At the age of 17 you will be able to take the A1 light motorcycle licence. This will be on a machine of 125cc with a maximum of 14.6 bhp/11Kw. You will need a valid CBT certificate and motorcycle theory certificate to take the tests. Once you have qualified then you can legally ride the same size machine, remove the L plates from your bike, take passengers, ride on motorways and ride abroad. At 19 if you want to ride something bigger, you can arrange further training and take the A2 motorcycle test. You can complete the A1 test on either a manual bike or your own automatic scooter if you like. In order to be successful you will need to pass both module 1 and module 2 tests, more info can be found on the module 1 here and module 2 here.
Aged 19 – 24? Then you can take the A2 restricted licence course. Training is carried out on a restricted 700cc machine (restricted to 46bhp). You will need a valid CBT certificate and motorcycle theory certificate to take the tests. If you are successful on both your module 1 and module 2 tests, then you will be restricted not by engine size but bhp. The simple rule is that once you have passed the tests on this machine you will be able to ride any CC. However, it either must not exceed 47bhp as standard, or it must have a 47bhp restrictor kit fitted. If you are restricting the power of the machine it must not be restricted by any more that 50% of its original power, therefore when shopping around for your dream bike it must not exceed 94bhp as standard. If you want to ride bigger full powered machines then you can take the tests on a bigger 600cc bike, but only after holding this licence for a minimum of 2 years. The costs in upgrading from the A2 middleweight licence to the full category A licence should be minimal for an experienced rider. In order to be successful you will need to pass the module 1 and 2 practical tests again on an unrestricted 600cc machine. More info can be found on the module 1 here and module 2 here.
If you have a full motorcycle licence with either categories A1 or A2 and would like to progress to the next level then our Progressive Access courses are for you. The Progressive Access route allows you to upgrade to the next category of motorcycle licence providing you have held your current entitlement for a minimum of 2 years. Each time you progress to the next category, you will have to pass both module 1 and 2 practical tests, but you will not have to complete your motorcycle theory again.
At 17 years old: Passed A1 Light Motorcycle Licence (Maximum of 125cc not exceeding 11Kw/14.5bhp. Same as CBT)
Then at 19 years old: Upgrade to A2 Standard Motorcycle Licence (No maximum engine size but must not exceed 35Kw/47bhp, and the motorcycle must not be restricted more than half of it’s original power output)
Then at 21 years old: Upgrade to A Unrestricted Motorcycle Licence (No engine or power restrictions apply)
You must pass the motorcycle categories in the correct order and have held the licence for a minimum of 2 years. This is regardless of whether you have become old enough to qualify to take the next category of licence in order to follow the Progressive Access Route. If you decide to upgrade your licence to the next category within the 2 years, you will need to provide a valid motorcycle theory test.
If you are 24 or older, then you can take the direct access scheme (DAS) with the module 1 and 2 tests. You will need a valid CBT certificate and motorcycle theory certificate to take the tests. If you are successful on both tests, then you will be qualified to ride ANY sized machine. Training will be on a larger capacity 650cc machine. If you have any reservations about riding bigger bikes, and/or you have problems with reaching the floor, and/or you have problems with handling the extra weight of a bigger bike, then you may want to consider either the A1 light motorcycle course or the A2 restricted motorcycle course. To be successful you will need to pass the module 1 and 2 tests. More info can be found on the module 1 here and module 2