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Getting Started with your Motorcycle License

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Compulsary Basic Training
Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates or D-plates in Wales.
When to complete a CBT

You will need to complete a CBT if:

  • you want to ride a motorcycle
  • you want to ride a moped

A moped has an engine not over 50 cc with maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour which is approximately 31 miles per hour

If you obtained your car licence before 1 February 2001 you do not need to complete a CBT to ride a moped.

What does CBT involve?
The CBT course involves five elements:
  1. introduction
  2. practical on-site training
  3. practical on-site riding
  4. practical on-road training
  5. practical on-road riding

The five elements have to be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within the element can be varied. You wil move on to the next element when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.

Trainees must, by law, receive a minimum two hour on-road ride in Element E.

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Full motorcycle licence
The practical test must be taken on a bike of between 75 cc and 125 cc. There are two types of full motorcycle licence:
  • a light motorcycle licence (A1), which restricts riders to any bike up to 125 cc and a power output of 11 kW
  • a standard motorcycle licence (A), is obtained if the practical test is taken on a bike of over 120 cc but not more than 125 cc and capable of at least 100 kilometres per hour (km/h per hour)..

After passing the standard motorcycle practical test, you will be restricted for two years to riding a bike of up to 25 kW and a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.16 kW/kg. After this you may ride any size of bike.

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Direct and accelerated access
Riders age 21 or over, or those who reach 21 before their two year restriction ends, have other options.

Direct access

After taking Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and the theory test, the practical test may be taken on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 35kW. A pass allows you to ride any size of bike. All or part of the CBT course may be taken on either a learner bike or a large bike. To practice for the practical test on bikes larger than the learner bike specification you must:

  • be accompanied at all times by an approved instructor on another bike and in radio contact
  • wear fluorescent or reflective clothing
  • follow all other provisional licence restrictions

Accelerated access

Riders who reach the age of 21, while still within the two year period where they are restricted to maximum 25 kW machines, but who wish to ride larger bikes need to pass a further test on a motorcycle of at least 35 kW. They may practice on bikes over 25 kW under the same practice conditions for direct access riders. You will revert to learner status while practicing (on a motorcycle greater than 25 kW) although test failure will not affect your existing licence.

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