To get your motorcycle licence in Tottenham you will first have to complete motorcycle training at one of our schools in and and around Tottenham. Don’t know exactly how the motorcycle licence system works? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Yes, that’s right, you can ride a motorcycle or scooter on the roads in the UK from the age of 16. At this age you can complete the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). This will allow you to ride a bike with an engine capacity of 50cc and a top speed of 28mph. Your CBT test in Tottenham will only take a day and you don’t need any prior riding experience riding motorcycles. Because the CBT isn’t the full motorcycle test you will have to display L-plates on the front and rear of your machine, and you won’t be allowed to carry passengers or ride on motorways. Once you complete your CBT it will remain valid for two years, after which point you will have to retake your CBT or take your full motorcycle test.
You can also pass your theory and hazard perception tests before taking a practical test at 16, which will let you to shed the L-plates, carry a passenger and ride on motorways. This is the AM licence.
Once again the quickest way to two wheels at this age is via the CBT, except upon completion you will be able to ride bikes upto 125cc, with a maximum power output of 11kW. Much like the AM licence at 16, you can again choose to shed the L-plates, passenger and motorway restrictions by completing your theory test and a two-part practical test to gain the A1 licence.
From the age of 19 you’ll be able to take your motorcycle test for the A2 licence - which is where your options start to open up. As with the AM and A1 tests, this is comprised of your theory and hazard perception tests and a two-part practical test spread over two days. Once you complete those you’ll be allowed to ride a motorcycle or scooter with any engine capacity. However, the bike must produce no more than 35kW for the two years following your test. Once those two years are up, you’ll be free to ride any bike you like. You can choose to ride a bike that makes 35kW as standard, or ride a more powerful bike with a restrictor fitted.
Direct Access Scheme
The Direct Access Scheme, commonly known as DAS, is only open to those aged 24 and over. The Direct Access test must be completed on a motorcycle with a minimum power output of 40kW. As has already been stated, if you pass your motorcycle test before the age of 24, the bikes you will be eligible to ride will be restricted depending on your age, but with the Direct Access you will be allowed to ride any bike with any power output upon completion.
No matter your age, the actual test - comprised of two modules - will be the same. During Module 1 you will be tasked with completing certain maneuvers on a purpose-built off-road training area. These include maneuvers such as a slalom, U-turn and figure of eight. For Module 2 you will have to complete an hour long road ride with the examiner, which will also include independent riding - where you must get to a certain destination using road signs. Your instructor will prepare you specifically for all the maneuvers ad scenarios you will encounter during your test.