Gaining your full motorcycle licence may seem like a complicated affair at first glance, but we’re here to break it down for you.
The Motorcycle Test
The practical motorcycle test can only be completed once you have passed your theory and hazard perception tests, both of which remain valid for two years. You do not need to pass these tests to take the CBT.
The motorcycle test is split into two parts: Module 1, and Module 2. You can only attempt Module 2 once you have completed Module 1, which means they are often on seperate days.
Module 1 takes place on a purpose-built off-road training area, and usually takes around 20 minutes to complete. You will be required to complete several different maneuvers, including pushing your motorcycle around while off the bike and using the stand correctly and safely. You will also need to perform a series of maneuvers while riding; a slalom, a 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. If some of these sound a little complicated don’t worry, they will all be covered in detail during your motorcycle training.
Module 2 takes place on the roads, and will last about an hour. The examiner will ride behind you for the duration of the test, and will give you directions throughout the ride via a one-way radio. The road ride will include stopping, pulling away at an angle from behind parked vehicles, and a hill start if possible. For a small portion of Module 2 you you will be asked to ride independently. This means the instructor will give you a destination, and you must reach it using road signs.
Compulsory Basic Training
Unfortunately if you are under the age of 19 you won’t be able to take your full motorcycle test. But don’t worry, you can still ride on the road with a CBT.
Compulsory Basic Training can be taken from the age of 16, and unlike the full motorcycle test, you don’t need to pass your theory test, and you don’t need lessons or any prior experience on two wheels. The training only takes a day, and once you complete it you will be able to ride on the road for two years. When the two years are up you can opt to take your full motorcycle test, or retake the CBT. With your CBT you will have to display L-plates front and rear at all times, and you won’t be allowed to carry passengers or ride on the motorway.