To gain your motorcycle licence in Brixton you will first need to complete motorcycle training at one of our training schools in and around Brixton.
How the Motorcycle Test Works
Before you take your practical motorcycle test you need to pass your theory and hazard perception tests. Once you’ve passed these you will have two years to complete your practical test. The only time you don’t need to pass your theory test is when you are doing a CBT, which is different to the full motorcycle test.
The practical test is split into two parts; Module 1, and Module 2. You’ll normally complete these on seperate days, as you cannot progress to Module 2 without first successfully completing Module 1.
Module 1 is completed on a purpose-built off-road training area, and usually takes around 20 minutes to complete. You’ll be asked to complete several different maneuvers during this part of the test. All of the maneuvers will be covered extensively by your instructor during your motorcycle training. You’ll have to push the motorcycle around while off the bike and show you can use the stand correctly and safely. Once on the bike you’ll have to perform a series of maneuvers while riding; a slalom and figure of eight, a slow, controlled ride, a U-turn, cornering and controlled stop, cornering and emergency stop, and the cornering and hazard avoidance maneuver.
Module 2 usually lasts about 50 minutes. You’ll head out onto the road ahead of the examiner, who will give you directions through a one-way radio as he follows you to observe your riding. The road ride will include stopping, pulling away at an angle from behind a parked car, and a hill start if possible. For a small portion of the test you will have to ride independently. This means the instructor will give you a destination that you must reach using road signs and your own knowledge.
Which Motorcycle Should I Choose?
If you’re under 19 then you’ll only be allowed to ride a 50cc machine (at the age of 16), or a 125cc machine (17 and over) so your choice is limited. But once you turn 19 and pass your motorcycle test to gain your A2 licence you will be able to choose whatever motorcycle or scooter you like - as long as it has a maximum power output of 35kW. You can buy a motorcycle that produces this much power as standard, or you can buy a more powerful motorcycle and have a restrictor fitted. This 35kW restriction lasts two years, after which you will be able to ride a bike with any power output.
There are many things to consider when it comes to buying a motorcycle; What’s your budget? What do you plan to use your motorcycle for? What engine size do you want? Ultimately it’s down to you, but we’d recommend staying away from larger and heavier bikes if you’re inexperienced. We’d also recommend staying away from bikes with unnatural riding positions, such as sportsbikes or custom bikes. They may look cool, but the riding position can make them tricky to handle, especially at lower speeds and around town. Take your time, do your research, and shop around.