Getting your motorcycle licence in Derby can be a daunting and sometimes confusing experience, but RideTo are here to make the motorcycle training process as simple as possible. We have a number of recommended motorcycle training schools in and around Derby that will help you get your full motorcycle licence in no time.
Explaining the different Motorcycle Licences
If you’re 24 years old or over then you are eligible for the Direct Access Scheme. If you pass your test via the DAS then you will be allowed to ride any motorcycle you want straight away. If you’re younger than 24, then it’s a little more complicated.
You can easily get on two wheels from the age of 16 by taking the CBT. The CBT involves a day of learning how to ride on the road and you don’t require any prior motorcycle experience. If you haven’t moved onto a larger capacity motorcycle of scooter after two years however, you will have to retake your CBT or move upto a full motorcycle licence.
If you go down the CBT route 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 if you are 17 or over. You will have to display L-plates front and rear, and you won’t be allowed to carry passengers or ride on motorways.
If you want to lose the L-plates and earn yourself a little more freedom you can take the motorcycle test for your AM licence and A1 licence at the ages of 16 and 17 respectively. You’ll need to pass the theory and hazard perception tests first, but these will allow you to carry passengers and use motorways. You will, however, still be restricted in the machinery you can ride, depending on your age.
If you’re 19 or over you are eligible to take the test for the A2 licence, which will allow you to ride motorcycles with a maximum power output of 35kW for two years. After those two years you will be allowed to ride a motorcycle with any power output.
The practical motorcycle test is split into two parts; Module 1 (which takes place in a purpose built area) and Module 2, which takes place on the road. For the off road test you will be asked to complete specific maneuvers and ride set courses marked out by cones. These maneuvers are to check that you have mastered control of your motorcycle and will be able to handle your machine safely on the road.
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 along with other cars and vehicles in a safe and confident manner.