Hours of Training
To be able to take a motorcycle test you must first complete a CBT Course. This allows you to progress to the motorcycle test, the DL196 is only valid for two years. Once the CBT is complete further training is necessary to be able to pass the two part motorcycle test. The tests are split into two modules, the first one is done in a purpose built test area and is called the Module 1 motorcycle test. Your handling skills will be assessed by an examiner after you have completed the necessary training. The next test is the Module 2 motorcycle test, an examiner will follow you for approximately 40 minutes on their own motorcycle. This test is conducted on the public road to ensure you can ride around different road situations safely. Once you pass the two motorcycle tests, you will be allowed to ride on the road unaccompanied and without L Plates. You can carry passengers once you have passed the test and can go on motorways if your motorcycle is above 50cc.
You must have taken and passed a motorcycle theory test as well as holding a valid CBT certificate. You can take further training without a theory test certificate but you cannot take a practical motorcycle test without it. When you take the Module 1 motorcycle test, the examiner will date your Module 1 pass certificate with the same date that your theory test runs out. Make sure you keep an eye on your expiry date because if your theory test expires before you take the Module 2 test, you will have to take the theory test and module 1 test again.
Category AM (Age 16+ - moped licence) 50cc moped without displaying L-plates Can carry passengers Not allowed on motorways Category A1 (Age 17-18 - light motorcycle licence) 125cc without L-plates Passengers and motorways allowed Category A2 (Age 19-23 - restricted motorcycle licence) A motorcycle up to 35Kw (46.6 bhp) without L-plates Passengers and motorways allowed NB. After two years or from age 24, you can take the Category ‘A’ motorcycle test to gain an unrestricted motorcycle licence. Category ‘A’ unrestricted licence is possible from age 21. Category A (Age 24 - full motorcycle licence) Any size motorcycle without L Plates Passengers and motorways allowed Direct Access Scheme (DAS) course, with training on a motorcycle of 595 cc and at least 40 KwH (54 BHp) Must be 24 or have held an A2 licence for at least two years (this is known as Accelerated Access). NB. Other licence restrictions may apply. If in doubt, ask your local training provider.
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