The first step in doing your test is you will need to do is to a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). Before you take the CBT you also need to get your provisional license, this costs £34. Once you pass this, you're allowed to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc, with L-plates if you're 17 or over , and will entitle you to ride a 50cc bike at 16.
The CBT is a 1 day training course, which is compulsory and lasts for 2 years once it is completed. It should cost about £100, and is carried out both on and off road, and teaches you to ride safely.
There are 5 parts:
- - Eye sight
- - Learning bike controls
- - Learning to ride the bike
- - Highway code and bike safety
- - Road riding
Once successfully completed, you get a certificate enabling you to ride a bike relevant to your age. If you go on to do your full motorbike test, you will need to bring this certificate with you then. Meanwhile, you must ride displaying L plates, you can not go on motorways, or carry pillions. If you are 16, you can ride a 50Cc, or a 125cc if you're 17 or over.
Full overview of Compulsory Basic Training
Whether you’ve done the car theory test or not; you have to do a bike one as well. Much of it is the same, although there are some bike specific questions. It costs the same as the car (£23) and lasts two years
New Motorcycle Test
Since 19th January 2013 there will has been a new Motorcycle test rules in effect.
There are going to be extra different license types:
- 17 years old will be able to have: A1 which lets you ride a 125 cc, 11kW / 14.6 Bhp bike, without L plates, you can carry passengers.
- Test must be taken on a 125cc bike with no more than 14.6Bhp.
- 19 years old will be able to have: A2 which is the "Medium Motorcycle" test. Which allows you to ride a bike restricted to 47 bhp for 2 years, You can do this Direct Access without 2 years A1 experience or Staged Access with two years A1 experience.
- Test must be taken on a bike of at least 395cc with between 33Bhp and 46.6Bhp.
- 21 years old will be able to have: A which is the "Large Motorcycle" test. Which allows you to ride a bike unrestricted , You can do this Staged Access with two years A2 experience
- Test must be taken on a bike of at least 595cc of at least 53.6Bhp.
- 24 years old will be able to take: Direct Access test to immediately ride any power bike.
The motorbike test are the same, all that differs is the size of bike you take your test on. The bike tests have 2 parts.
Module 1- from £15.50 You must take with you your CBT certificate (DL196), your Theory and Hazard Perception Test pass certificate (less than 2 years old) and a valid licence. You must also be wearing suitable clothing. This covers manual handling, slalom and a figure of 8, cornering, hazard avoidance at 30mph, a U turn, slow riding, and an emergency stop at 32mph.It takes, on average, about 22 minutes. If you've reached the required standard your examiner will issue you with a pass certificate.
Module one advice from Armador
There are a lot of cool tips for it, though. I'll give you a few of the ones my instructor gave me:
- - Slalom and figure of 8 are all about keeping revs high but keeping the clutch in the friction zone and looking at the cones. If you feel the bike slip, don't drop the bike or put your foot down - let go of the clutch. It'll bring you back above ground level
- - Slow ride is piss-easy. Clutch in friction zone, about 3k rpm, watch for balance
- - Emergency stop brake order is a bit of front, a bit of back, a lot of front. Instructors are looking for the weight transfer, NOT the distance. If your front forks are compressed, he'll pass you. Remember the check over the shoulder at the end for added cool points.
- - Swerve is the trickiest bit of it. Counter steering makes it easy, but the hard bit is to do the swerve and land in the line of cones. The way my instructor kept saying is the easiest is to hammer into 2nd gear all the way to the speed trap, and as soon as you've gone past it, to let go of the throttle. Cruise past the swerve, and then brake nicely in the line. It worked for me the 2nd go (stopped accelerating too early on first go, 45kph)
Module 2- from £75 Is a road ride taking about 40minutes, which assesses your ability to ride safely. You will start with an eye test, then 2 show me, tell me questions before beginning the ride. You need all the documents you took to module one, plus the equipment.
Entitlement to ride bikes of different sizes
- MOPED - Licence category AM - maximum design speed between 25-45 km/h (also includes small three wheelers up to 50 cc and below 4 kW and light quadricycles with unladen mass less than 350 kg and up to 45 km/h). The minimum age to ride these vehicles will still be 16 and you'll still need to pass your CBT, theory test and practical test if you want a full moped licence.
- SMALL MOTORCYCLE - Licence category A1 (up to 125 cc, power output not more than 11 kW and a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg. Also tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW). The minimum age limit for category A1 will still be 17 years and you'll still need to pass your CBT, theory test and practical test if you want a full A1 licence so that you can move up to a bigger bike two years later.
- MEDIUM MOTORCYCLE - Licence category A2 (up to 35 kW, (47bhp) with or without a sidecar, a power to weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg - NB: the bike must not be restricted down from a vehicle of more than double its power). The minimum age for category A2 is 19 years. There are two ways to get this entitlement: 'Staged Access' if you have two years' experience on an A1 motorcycle by passing another practical test. 'Direct Access' if you do not have two years' experience on an A1 motorcycle, by passing a theory test and a practical test.
- LARGE MOTORCYCLE - Licence category A (machines unlimited in size and power, with or without a sidecar, and trikes with a power output of more than 15 kW). There are two ways to get this entitlement too. 'Staged Access' if you have two years' experience on an A2 motorcycle by passing another practical test. 'Direct Access' if you are aged 24 or older and do not have two years' experience on an A2 motorcycle, by passing a theory test and a practical test.
- TRIKES - You'll need to follow the same rules if you want to ride a trike that falls within these categories. MAG has asked for confirmation from DSA whether this takes us from a position where you can currently ride a trike from age 17 on a car licence, to a position where you will have to be aged at least 21 and have worked your way through Staged Access (or take Direct Access from age 24). NB: Tests using mopeds with three or four wheels, motorcycle-sidecar outfits, A1 tricycles and A tricycles will only be offered to the physically disabled.