If you want to get your full motorcycle licence in Basildon, first you will need to complete motorcycle training at one of your schools in and around Basildon. What type of training you will be required to undertake will depend on your age.
Unfortunately if you’re 16, the earliest you can get your full motorcycle licence - to ride an unrestricted bike - is 21-years-old. But that doesn’t mean you have to twiddle your thumbs for the next five years - you can get out on the road on two wheels right now by taking your CBT Training in Basildon.
CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training. It only takes a day, and you don’t need any prior experience with motorcycle or scooters in Basildon. Once you’ve completed the training you’ll be able to ride on the road with L-plates, but you won’t be allowed to carry a passenger or ride on motorways. At 16 you’ll also be restricted to a machine with a capacity of 50cc and top speed of 28mph. When you turn 17 you’ll be able to move upto a 125cc motorcycle with a maximum power output of 11kW. Here’s more information on what you can expect during your CBT.
When you turn 19 you will be able to take your A2 motorcycle test. This will require you to pass your theory test first, and the practical test is comprised of an off-road module and a road-riding module. You’ll need to take several days’ worth of training to prepare for your test, but once you pass you will be able to shed the L-plates. At this point you will be allowed to ride any motorcycle or scooter with a maximum power output of 35kW for two years. After those two years you can ride any bike you want.
You can choose a machine that makes that much power as standard, or you can opt for a more powerful motorcycle and restrict the engine. If you go with the former option you’ll have a bike that is lighter and was designed to produce that amount of power. The latter option will give you a heavier bike that may feel less dynamic due to the restriction, but after two years you will be able to remove the restrictor.
If you’re at least 24 years old then you will be eligible for the Direct Access Scheme (DAS). If this is the case then you’ll still have to take the same theory and practical tests as you would at age 19, but once you pass you will be able to hop straight onto nay bike, regardless of the power it makes.