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Full Motorcycle License

Full Motorcycle licenses are usually gained through a Direct Access (DAS) courses, which are most commonly 4 or 5 days depending on how much prior experience you have on a motorcycle. Each training day lasts roughly 6 hours.

There are 4 different kinds of Full Motorcycle License that you can progress onto after you have completed your CBT and Motorcycle Theory Test. The different Full Motorcycle Licenses are called AM, A1, A2 and A. Each one has different age and bike restrictions which are shown below.

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AM: Age 16, Limited to 50cc and 28mph.

A1: Age 17-18, Limited to 125cc

A2: Age 19-23, Limited to 35kW (47bhp)

A: Age 24 and over, No Capacity or Power Limit

All Full Motorcycle Licenses allow the holder to ride a motorcycle without L-Plates, with a pillion passenger and on the motorway

The Full Motorcycle License Test is split into two parts Module 1 and Module 2:

Module 1 is a test of your bike control which is crucial when riding a motorcycle on the road. The training you will receive will match what you are going to be tested on: these are wheeling the moped or motorcycle (putting it on the stand); riding a slalom and figure of 8 between cones; maintaining a constant slow speed; making a U turn; cornering and a controlled stop; cornering and an emergency stop and cornering and hazard avoidance.

Module 2 consists of an assessment of your ability to ride on the road as well as your knowledge of the UK Highway Code. There are 4 sections to the Module 2 test: an eyesight check from 20 metres away; “show me, tell me” questions about vehicle safety; a road ride in varying traffic and road conditions followed by a 10 minute independent riding session where you will be making your own decisions on the road rather than following instructions.

The first step to getting your full motorcycle license is to complete the CBT. Ready to book your CBT Training? Start here.

Or view our most popular CBT areas:

CBT Training London

CBT Training Bristol

CBT Training Manchester

CBT Training Birmingham

CBT Training Southampton

CBT Training Brighton

CBT Training Cardiff

CBT Training Leeds

CBT Training Portsmouth

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.