LEARN TO RIDE
Age 16 – You can ride a moped up to 50cc after completing your compulsory basic training (CBT). You must hold a provisional licence. You must display L plates. You cannot carry a pillion.
Age 17 – You can ride a moped or small motorcycle up to 125cc after completing your CBT. You must hold a provisional licence and display L plates. You cannot carry a pillion.
Age 18 – You may choose to take your theory test and a 2 stage practical test after the completion of your CBT. This will allow you to ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc (maximum power of 11kw) without L plates and carry a pillion. After two years you can take a further practical test to obtain an A2 licence.
Age 19 – You can get an A2 motorcycle licence allowing you to ride a motorcycle with power up to 35kw (46bhp). This may be a restricted 600cc for example.
If you have held an A1 licence for 2 years you can take a further practical test. Or, if you are 19 or older you can take the direct access route by taking the CBT, theory and 2 part practical tests. You can then ride any A2 class motorcycle without L plates and carry a passenger.
After 2 years, you can take a further practical test and get an unrestricted A motorcycle licence.
Age 21 – You can get an A motorcycle licence which is unrestricted.
If you have held an A2 licence for two years you can take another practical test. If you haven’t held an A2 licence for two years and if you are at least 24 years old you can take the direct access route. This involves completing your CBT, theory and 2 part practical tests. You can then ride any motorcycle without L plates and carry a passenger.
What bike should you get?
We advise that you try as many bikes as possible when looking for your first bike. There are many styles of bike from Mopeds, trial bikes, customs, to super sports. You will most probably have a clear idea of what style you would like. Test the bike to make sure you feel comfortable with the riding style, height, and power.
Most importantly, ride within your means.
What gear do you need?
No matter whether you are riding a moped capable of 30mph or whether you have a super-sports bike capable of 0-60 in no time at all you should always dress suitably on a bike. The minimum legal requirement is a fastened helmet that meets the necessary British safety standards (BS 6658:1985 and carries the BSI kitemark) but it would be unsafe to journey out without additional safety equipment. It is possible to purchase motorcycle clothing that is comfortable and protective.