Zero To Hero: From CBT to Full Licence
The process of getting your motorcycle license can feel a little confusing sometimes… lets be honest, even for those who have been around motorcycles for a good few years, it still isn't all that clear. So here at RideTo we have made it simple and broken it down into simple steps so you can find out how to get your Full Motorcycle Licence in the UK.
1. Pass Your CBT
The very first step to getting on two wheels is to book yourself a CBT. CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training and as the name suggests, it is the minimum training required to get out on the road. Depending on your age you will be limited to riding either a 50cc or 125cc machine. It consists of a one day course where you will be taken through theory and practical training with an instructor.
You can book your CBT directly with us here at RideTo and choose from over 130 schools across the country.
We’ve got plenty of in depth articles on the CBT process from start to finish, Ill list a few for you here:
The Easiest Way To Book A CBT Test
What To Prepare For Your CBT Training?
It’s natural to be a little nervous about your CBT which is why we have created the Peace of Mind Policy which means that should you fail your CBT we will cover the cost of your next day of training. (Ts&Cs Apply)
Once you have passed your CBT test your certificate will be valid for two years, so you can either stay on a 50cc-125cc machine or you can move on up to step no.2.
2 . PASS THE THEORY TEST
The next step in the process to get your Full motorcycle licence is to complete your Theory test. The motorcycle theory test is separate from the theory test you take when doing your car licence, so (frustrating I know) you will have to take this even if you have a car licence.
You will need to book an appointment on the Governments Website to complete the test. They also have a useful tool for finding local test centres in your area.
The test itself is made up of two parts, you must complete both sections to pass the test.
Part 1: Motorcycle Theory Test
You will have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. This is plenty of time so don’t rush, take a breath and flag any questions you’re not sure about. You can also flick back to any previous question at any point. You will need to score 43 out of 50 to pass.
Part 2: Hazard Perception Test
This is a 15-minute test where you will watch 15 video clips and you will need to click as soon as you spot a hazard appearing. You can score a maximum of 5 points for each developing hazard, you score higher the quicker you respond to seeing the hazard. Although you can't lose points if you click and get it wrong, you won’t score if you continuously click in a repetitive pattern.
If you want to know a little more about the theory test and how you can practice for it, you can read our in depth blog here.
3. PASS YOUR FULL LICENCE
The next step is to complete your full licence training - also known as a DAS (Direct Access Scheme). A full licence course consists of the time it takes to actually learn to ride a motorcycle as well as the 2 actual tests. These are called modules.
Module 1 - Manoeuvres
Off road riding; learning the test exercises such as riding in a figure of 8, emergency stop and turn in the road.
Module 2 - Road Riding Skills
On-road test, similar to the car driving test. You'll ride through a variety of road conditions under assessment from an examiner following on a motorcycle.
Depending on your age you could still experience some restrictions on what bike you can ride...
Age 16: AM Licence, restricted to ride up to 50cc Moped
Age 17-18: A1 Licence, restricted to ride up to a 125cc Scooter or Motorbike
Age 19-23: A2 Licence, restricted to ride up to a 35kw Motorbike
Age 24+: A Licence, no restrictions!
For a full break down of the motorcycle examination process along with a hole host of helpful information on routes and gear once you pass, why not buy our RideTo New Rider Journal.
2. CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO TRAIN
Each instructor tailors their training based on the needs of the student. However when booking a course, you will usually have a choice of 3 training packages.
Introduction Course - 16 Hours/ 2 Sessions
2 days of training without tests - perfect for a new rider looking to start their learning without committing to test dates.
Intermediate Rider Course - 40 Hours / 5 Sessions
5 days of training to learn and take both module 1 and 2 tests. Suitable for riders with lots of experience riding on a CBT licence.
Experienced Rider Course - 32 Hours / 4 Sessions
4 Days of training to learn and take both module 1 and 2 tests. Suitable for experienced riders only.