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Why should I get a full motorcycle licence?


Alex K · October 05, 2018

It’s a good questions to ask yourself, whether you’re on your 5th CBT or you’ve just started looking into motorcycle training anytime is a good time to get your full motorcycle licence. We’ve put together a few reasons why you should get a full motorcycle licence.

Four riders getting instruction in car park

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Certificate Limitations

As many of you will already know the CBT Training certificate only lasts for a period of 2 years meaning that you’re constantly having to renew it. For some that’s just too much hassle and that’s understandable.

The process of getting your full motorcycle licence is just like the CBT but on a more advanced level - Mod 1 is just like the first half of the CBT and Mod 2 is like the road ride. If you want more information on what the full licence consists of have a read here.

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Biker riding a Triumph street scrambler


You’re limited to a 50cc moped if you’re 16 and a 125cc motorcycle or scooter if you’re over 17 - this is great if you’re only ever interested in commuting but there is a whole world of bikes above the 125cc limit that you’re missing out on.

The learner legal motorcycle market is currently really strong but is a YZF-R125 really as desirable as a Yamaha R1, XSR700, Triumph Bonneville or a Harley (if you’re into that)? There’s a whole world of bikes to suit every style that makes the 125cc market look limited.

The other bike related reason to get your full motorcycle licence is the feeling of a big bike. A 125cc is a great starting point for all motorcyclists but it is rarely enough for very long. The freedom, speed and excitement offered by a bigger bike just can’t be matched by something learner legal.

Rider completing cone training

Road Trips

Just a CBT means no motorways! Are you a little like me and dream of long road trips? I’m sure that it’s something that every motorcyclist wants to do at some stage in their riding career.

The issue is that it’s nearly impossible to get serious miles under your belt and seeing the country with just a CBT. Without using motorways to cut out the boring bits you’re in for a slow and less adventurous ride.

Getting your full motorcycle licence cures this problem and even though motorway riding is not exactly fun it gets you to some of the best, hilly and beautiful parts of the UK.

Bike with helmet on handlebars

Carrying Passengers

Want to take your friend, partner or child somewhere on the back of your bike? Not with a CBT you can’t. The extra practicality of being able to take a passenger changes motorcycling massively - no longer a solo experience you can bring someone along to share it or complete the slightly more day-to-day jobs you’ve got to do like the school run.

Rider driving the roads

Full Motorcycle Licence Is Becoming More Affordable

RideTo will soon be offering finance packages on full licences - you’ll be able to pay for your full motorcycle training and tests in monthly instalments. We can help make a full motorcycle licence as accessible for you as possible - get in touch with us here at RideTo HQ to find out more.

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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.