If you’re looking to gain yourfull motorcycle licence in Swansea we have a number of motorcycle training centres that will get you out on the road in no time, both in Swansea city itself and the Swansea county area.
The Steps to your Full Motorcycle Licence in Swansea
There are several routes to gaining your full motorcycle licence, dependent on how old you are and how much experience you have. If you don’t have have any motorcycle or scooter experience at all, then we would recommend completing CBT training first.
You can take your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) from the age of 16 and once completed it will remain valid for two years, which gives you plenty of time to gain experience riding on the road before you gain your full motorcycle licence in Swansea. It’s worth noting that riding with just a CBT will mean you have to display L-plates, and you won’t be able to take passengers or ride on motorways. You don’t need to pass your theory test to be able to complete your CBT.
If you want to shed those L-plates or take passengers you can take a theory test and two-stage practical test at 16, but you will still be restricted to a 50cc machine with a 28mph top speed. This is known as the AM licence. If you’re 17 you can take the same route to gain your A1 licence, which will also allow you to shed your L-plates.
Once you turn 19-years-old, you will be able to take your motorcycle training for the A2 licence, provided you have completed your theory test within the last two years. You will be required to take motorcycle lessons before your motorcycletest. The test itself is comprised of off-road and on-road modules, which are usually completed on seperate days, although they generally take 15 minutes and 50 minutes to complete respectively. On completion of your A2 test, you will be able to ride any motorcycle, provided it has a maximum power output of 35kW for two years. Once those two years are up you will be able to ride any motorcycle you like, regardless of the power output.
If you’re 24 or older then you will be able to take your unrestricted full motorcycle licence test in Swansea without going through any of the other licence levels.
What Bike Should I Choose?
There’s a huge variety of motorcycles to choose from, across a wide range of engine sizes. Obviously if you’re under 19-year-old then you’ll only be able to ride a 50cc or 125c machine, but once you turn 19 and pass your A2 licence you will be able to choose whatever tickles your fancy. You can buy motorcycles or scooters that produce 35kW of power as standard. These bikes are lighter and easier to ride, but once your A2 restriction is over, you will have to buy a new bike if you want more power.
Of course, there are many different things to consider when it comes to buying a motorcycle, such as budget, engine size and the type of motorcycle.
We’d recommend staying away from larger and heavier bikes, as they’re not as easy to handle, and we’d recommend bikes with a more natural seating position. Sportsbikes may look cool, but they’re more difficult to ride due to the cramped riding position.
But then if you’re going to be cruising the Swansea city streets, you’ll want to do it in style. So the choice really is up to you!