Posted: 30 Jan 2014
So you want to get yourself on two wheels? Congratulations, you’ve made a great decision! While it’s a bit more complicated than it used to be, getting your bike licence is still an easy process. What kind of test you take will depend on two things, your age and the size of the motorcycle you wish to be licenced to ride.
Find your age below to check out your options!
16 or over
You can get on two wheels as early as sixteen years old, so long as you possess a valid provisional or full car licence gained after 1 February 2001. Once you’ve passed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), you’ll be able to ride a moped with L plates until your CBT expires after two years. To progress to a full AM licence, you must take both your theory and two part practical AM test before your CBT expires.
17 or over
With a valid CBT, at seventeen you can ride a motorcycle up to 125cc with L plates and again, to pass your full test you must then take a theory and two-part practical. With a full A1 licence, you can ride a motorcycle up to 125cc with a maximum power output of 11kW without L plates.
19 or over
If you are nineteen and wanting to get started, with a valid driving licence with provisional motorcycle entitlement you must take a CBT and then you can progress directly to the A2 theory and practical tests without having to worry about AM or A1 licences.
If you’re nineteen and have held your full A1 licence for two years, you can proceed straight to your A2 practical test on a motorcycle of at least 395cc not exceeding 35kW in power. If you haven’t held your A1 licence for two years, you must re-take a theory test if yours has expired before completing the practical.
The good thing about the A2 licence is there is no upper limit on engine size, meaning you could buy a 600cc bike and get it restricted to A2 standards until you pass your Category A test. Many manufacturers will do this free of charge for new models or relatively cheaper for older models.
21 – 23
If you’re between twenty-one and twenty-three years old and don’t currently possess any motorcycle licence, you can take the A2 test after passing a CBT and motorcycle theory test.
If you’re aged 21-23 and have had your A2 licence for two years, you can take your Category A practical test to permit you to ride any sized motorcycle. You must have had that A2 licence for two years though!
24 or over
At twenty four, even without any prior licence, you can take your practical Category A test with a valid CBT and theory test certificate, allowing you to ride any size of motorcycle.
If you have an existing full A2 licence, you can proceed directly to the practical test. If you have a full A1 licence or have had your A2 licence for less than two years, you must have a valid theory before taking your Category A practical test.