Training for the Practical Motorcycle
Naturally, most learner riders are keen to pass their
practical test at the earliest opportunity and to then enjoy
the freedom and benefits that come with holding a full licence.
Prior to sitting the practical it is highly advisable to take
Depending on your circumstances and preferences you have a
choice as to which course and licence to obtain;
A1 Licence Course (light motorcycle)
be eligible to sit the practical test for this licence category
you must be aged 17 or over and have obtained your CBT
certificate and passed your theory. You must sit the test on a
bike with an engine capacity between 75cc and 125cc with a
power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp). Once you have passed
the test you can ride the same sized bike but without L-plates
and you can carry a pillion passenger.
A2 Licence Course
If you are under 21 years of age and have obtained your CBT
certificate and passed your theory this is the course for you.
You must train and take your practical test on a bike with an
engine capacity of between 120cc and 125cc that is capable of
at least 100kph. If you are successful in the practical test
you will receive category A2 on your licence. This will
restrict you to riding machines up to 25kW (33bhp). After 2
years you will be entitled to ride a machine of any size and to
upgrade your licence to category A.
Direct Access Scheme
If you are aged 21 or over you can sit a direct access course
to obtain a category A licence. However you must firstly sit
the CBT course and pass your theory test. You may practice on a
motorcycle larger than 125cc only while a certified direct
access instructor accompanies you. If you then pass the test on
a large motorcycle (at least 35kW) your licence will be
Most motorcycle training establishments will offer course
for these licence categories and you will certainly need their
services to be successful in the test. You can find a database
of trainers by clicking here (hyperlink).
Your trainer will be the best judge of how much training you
will require and the timing of when to sit your practical
driving test. He will have been trained
- to assess your current standard of riding
- to measure your likely progress if you were to apply
for a future test date
- to recognise the level of competence and skill required
to not only pass the test, but to also be a safe and
competent rider for life.
Remember, if anything, your performance will be worse on the
day, due to nerves and the pressure of the occasion.