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A1/A2/DAS Full Motorcycle Licence Information
A1, A2 & DAS Motorcycle Licence Categories
Motorbike lessons, motorcycle training, bike licence, direct access training, so many different ways to put it, but what you really want to know is "How can I learn to ride a motorcycle", "How much are motorbike lessons" and "can I learn to ride a motorcycle on my provisional licence"
Well, we're here to guide you through it each step of the way, and yes you can learn on either your full car driving licence or a provisional licence. The type of training you can do depends on your age and riding experience, and how much learning to ride a motorbike will cost depends on how much training you need:
A1 Licence - over 17 years of age
Motorcycle must be at least 120cc and no more than 125cc, power not to exceed 11kw (14.6bhp), Capable of at least 90km/h (55mph).
A2 Licence - 19 to 24 years old.
A motorcycle without side car, of at least 395cc with a power output between 25 and 35 Kw (33bhp and 46.6 bhp). No upper engine size limit, but the power to weight ratio must not exceed 0.2kW/kg and it must not be derived from a motorcycle of more than double its power.
DAS (Category A) Licence- 24 & over
Motorcycle without side car, must be at least 595cc with a power output of at least 40kw or (53.6bhp).
A1 & A2: The size of the bike you test on is the maximum size you will be permitted to ride. If you want to ride anything bigger, you can either wait until age permits and re take the tests for the Category A licence, or after 2 years on the restricted licence you can retake the tests on the bigger bike.
DAS: Once you pass your Direct Access you are allowed to ride any size bike you choose to with no restriction on size, weight etc.
What You Need
"Do I need to book a motorbike theory test?"
For either A2 or Cat A (Full licence) you need to have a current licence with provisional (or A2) motorcycle category, a current CBT and a valid bike theory test certificate.
Motorcycle Theory Test
Before taking your motorcycle practical test you must have passed your Motorcycle Theory Test. You can book a suitable day & time for your theory test here.
The Motorcycle Test
The practical test consists of two practical test modules. The tests do not have to be taken on the same day.
Module 1 Practical Test
The Module 1 Practical Test requires you to complete a series of maneuvers at the DVSA test centre, which lasts approximately 15/20 minutes.
Currently these maneuvers include:
- Manual Handling:
- Pushing your bike into a parking bay - technique not muscle power!
- Slow riding through a slalom of 5 cones
- Figure of eight:
- Slow riding around 2 cones to form a figure of 8
- Slow Ride:
- Riding slowly across the test pad
- Turning the bike in in the simulated road area of the test pad
- Riding the bike round a left or right curve
- Controlled Stop:
- Stopping the bike under control in a designated area
- Emergency Brake:
- Stopping the bike as in an emergency whilst traveling at 50kph/32mph
- Hazard Avoidance:
- Riding the bike around a hazard (cone) at 50kph/32mph
After the test there is a de-brief explaining the test results.
Module 2 Practical Test
Module 2 is a road ride (approx. 35/40 minutes) where the examiner follows you whilst giving you directions.
Prior to the module 2 test the examiner will check your eyesight and ask you a few safety related questions. Don’t worry, these will have been covered during your training with MTS Sussex.
The Module 2 test (road ride) will cover various things such as town riding, roundabouts and possibly dual carriageways and country lanes etc. A chance for you to put into good practice all you have become familiar with during your training.
Finally, the de-brief with your instructor and examiner about the ride and how well you have done, including any tips for your riding in the future.