|Basic requirements – The CBT
Before you can ride any motorcycle or moped as a learner, it is now a legal requirement to have passed your Compulsory Basic Training (C.B.T.) * - Once you have learned the controls and got used to the handling your instructor will accompany you out onto the road for a minimum of 2 hours. If all goes well, you will then be issued with your C.B.T. certificate (DL196) which is valid for a period of two years.
* If you have a full car licence which was issued prior to February 2001 you are automatically entitled to a full moped licence and it is not compulsory for you to complete the CBT. If you want to ride a larger bike, or if your car licence was issued after February 2001, you must pass the CBT.
What can I ride?
At age 16 you are entitled to ride a bike or scooter with an engine no larger than 49cc and restricted to no more than 30mph.
If you are aged 17 years and older, you can ride a bike or scooter with an engine no larger than 125cc and which has a power output restricted to no more than 14.6bhp. As a learner rider, you must always display L-Plates on your bike, and you may not carry passengers or ride on motorways.
The next step-your full motorcycle licence
There are two stages to gaining a full motorcycle licence, the theory test and a practical test.
Before you can take your motorcycle test, you must first pass a specific motorcycle theory test, even if you have passed the car theory test. The theory test certificate is valid for a period of 2 years.
If you are aged 16 years, you can only take your test on a machine with a 49cc engine. If you pass you can ride without L-Plates and are entitled to carry a pillion passenger.
If you are aged between 17 and 21, you can take your test on a 125cc motorcycle and after passing will be entitled to ride a bike of any engine size restricted to 33bhp, without L-Plates and to carry a pillion passenger. After 2 years on a machine up to 125cc you can ride any size motorcycle without having to take another test.
If you are aged over 21 years, you can choose to take your practical test on a machine with 46.6bhp or more, and are entitled to ride any size of machine without restriction.
- For more information on the legal requirements for motorcyclists visit the Driving Standards Agency website here
- A lot of useful information for learner motorcyclists can be found at the All4bikers.com website here
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