To gain your motorcycle licence in Essex you will first need to undergo motorcycle training at one of our training centres. What training you will be required to undergo and what bikes you will be allowed to ride once you complete your test will depend on your age.
How the Motorcycle Test Works
Before you can hop on a bike for your practical test you must first pass the theory and hazard perception tests. Once you pass these you will have two years to complete your practical test - or you will have to take the tests again. The only time you don’t need to pass your theory test is when you are doing a CBT, which isn’t a test and won’t grant you a full motorcycle licence. A CBT will however get you on the road, albeit with L-plates and without the ability to carry passengers or ride on the motorway.
Your practical test will be split into two parts; Module 1, and Module 2. These will usually be completed on seperate days, as you cannot progress to Module 2 without first passing Module 1.
Module 1 is completed on an off-road training area, and it usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. For this you will be asked to complete several different maneuvers, which your instructor will have prepared you for: You’ll have to push the motorcycle around while off the bike and show you can use the side stand correctly and safely. After that, you will need 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 takes place on the road, and usually lasts around 50 minutes. You will head out onto the road ahead of the examiner, who will give you instructions via a one-way radio. 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 Module 2 you will have to show that you can ride independently. The examiner will give you a destination, and you will have to reach it by following road signs - the examiner won’t give you any instructions.
Not ready for your full Motorcycle Licence?
If you’re 18 or under - or if you don’t feel you need a full motorcycle licence - then the quickest way to two wheels is via the CBT, which stands for Compulsory Basic Training. If you complete the CBT you will be required to display L-plates front and rear, and you won’t be allowed to carry passengers or ride on motorways.