Getting your motorcycle licence in Blackburn can sometimes seem like a daunting and confusing experience, but we’re here to make the motorcycle training process as easy as possible. We have a number of motorcycle training schools in Blackburn area that will help you get your full motorcycle license in no time, and below we will set out exactly how you can gain your motorcycle licence in Blackburn.
The Different Motorcycle Licences
The route to gaining your full motorcycle licence can be a little complicated, depending on your age. If you’re aged 24 or over you will only have to take one practical test, after which you will be able to ride any motorcycle you like. If you’re not 24 don’t worry, you can get on two wheels from the age of 16 by taking the CBT test. The CBT itself only takes one day, but the CBT qualification runs out after two years. After those two years you’ll have to retake it or move onto a full motorcycle licence.
If you go down the CBT route in Blackburn you’ll be restricted to either a 50cc machine with a top speed of 28mph when you’re 16, or a 125cc bike with a maximum power output of 11kW once you turn 17. You will have to display L-plates, and you won’t be allowed to take a passenger or ride on motorways.
If you want to get rid of those L-plates and gain more freedom you can take your AM licence and A1 licence tests at the ages of 16 and 17 respectively. You’ll need to pass the theory and hazard perception tests first, but these licences will allow you to carry passengers and use motorways, although the machines you can ride will still be restricted depending on your age.
At the age of 19 you will be eligible to take the test for the A2 licence. You will need to have taken - and passed - your theory and hazard perception tests within the last two years. The practical test will be split into two parts; an off-road test and an on-road test.
For the off-road test you will be required to complete certain maneuvers and ride set courses marked out by cones - all of which will be covered in your motorcycle training prior to the actual test, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Once you pass the off-road module, you will move onto the on-road section, where you will be assessed on your ability to ride on the road with other traffic. You will also be require to perform certain maneuvers while on the road. Because you need to pass the off-road module before you can take the road test, the entire test usually takes place over several days, although there isn’t that much riding involved - around 15 and 50 minutes for each part respectively.
Once you have passed your A2 licence, you will be able to ride any motorcycle or scooter with a maximum power output of 35kW for two years. Whether you choose a bike that makes 35kW as standard, or a bike that needs to be restricted is entirely your choice. Once the two years are up, you can ride any bike with any power output, which means you can potentially ride any bike you like from the age of 21 if you pass your test at 19.