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Above is a brief overview of training available to you, you can click on "more" to see far more detail in any section that interest you.
This page is designed to hopefully simplify the new laws introduced to motorcycle licencing on the 19th January 2013.
The easiest way to do this is to give you a few examples :
Now Fred is 17 he can keep riding his moped for the duration of his current CBT certificate, or he can buy a 125cc motorcycle and ride that for the duration of his current CBT certificate. If he decides to go down the 125cc route he does not need to do any further training as his CBT certificate covers him.
Keep in mind in this example, Fred would now be nearly 18 years old, so now Fred has the option to just simply renew his CBT by retaking the course again, or he could take his Category 'A1' Test.
As long as the laws don't change Fred could just keep renewing his CBT every 2 years, but would always be bound by the CBT restrictions.
So as Freds goal is to ride a big bike his quickest route to this is to take the Category 'A2' test at 19 years old, so in the mean time he can either carry on riding for the 2 years on his current CBT certificate, or he can take the Category 'A1' Test.
If he takes the Category 'A1' test he is no longer bound by the CBT restrictions, which means he can ride on a motorway, he can carry a pillion (if he adds this option to his insurance) and he no longer needs to display 'L' plates.
Ok, back to Fred, he is now just 19, firstly lets assume he chose to just stick with the CBT, he still wants to ride a big bike but now his CBT has just run out. Because he is 19 years old his best option now is to take the Category 'A2' test, but he is starting from scratch so he will have to do everything, CBT, Theory Test, Mod1 & Mod2.
If however Fred had chose the other option and taken his Category 'A1' Test from the start, as soon as he has held his Category 'A1' licence for 2 years, he can take his Category 'A2' practical test (Module 1 & 2).
This could apply to Fred being 20, 21 or 22.
As in the other examples Fred can continue to ride on a CBT renewing every 2 years for as long as he wishes.
Fred can now ride any bike up to a maximum of 47bhp. some motorcycle manufactures are already producing motorcycles specifically aimed at the Category'A2' licence group (around 500cc) but if you want to buy motorcycles with a higher cc rating you would have to have them restricted to 47bhp. You would need to sort this out with your motorcycle dealer.
This means Fred has held his Category 'A2' licence for 2 years which means he is now entitled to take his Category 'A' test.
For details on the Category'A' test click here.
Fred passes all the above test and is now able to ride any motorcycle
Please keep in mind as mention above this page is designed to give you a brief overview and a simple explanation of how to achieve your goal depending on which motorcycle you are aiming to ride, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us on the numbers at the top or bottom of the page.
Please keep in mind if you pass any of these tests and this is your first full licence, you come under the new probationary period laws, this means if you get 6 points within 2 years you get your licence revoked and have to start all over again. Full delails can be found here