Thinking about getting a motorbike license? Not sure how or where to start? This should help!
You have your provisional license, but before being let out on the open road you must complete compulsory basic training. This costs around £70 to £100 and allows you to get a feel for the bike, riding around cones and learning the basics of motorcycle handling. This basic training means that every learner driver has some level of competency and it is valid for 2 years. You won’t need to have your own bike or leathers for this, as they are available to hire at the training centres. Don’t confuse this basic training with a test, it’s not the same and there is no way you can fail.
The theory test consists of two parts. The first part tests your Highway Code knowledge, while the second part tests you on your hazard awareness. The theory costs £28.50 and practice tests can be found on the internet to help you prepare.
The practical test
The practical test is made up of two parts.
Off road manoeuvres, cone dodging, low speed handling assessments, emergency stops and a break and swerve test.
A 30 minute on road assessment. This can only be attempted once you have passed the first part of the practical test. During this part of the test, an examiner will trail you, either by car or bike followed by a few questions about your motorbike.
There are two routes to taking your practical test. If you are over 21 years of age, you will qualify for direct access which is an intensive course that is usually completed within a week. Prices for this range between £600 and £1200, although it is generally cheaper to take this in winter. The Direct access route means that once passed you can ride any bike you like.
If you are under 21, you will have to take the restricted route and once passed you will be restricted to a 33bhp bike for two years and this will be automatically changed once you are over 21.
However from 2013 these test options will change
If you are 17: You will be able to take your test, but will be restricted to a 33bhp for two years before you qualify for the next test.
If you are 19: You can ride a bike up to 46bhp, but only if the original bike was less than twice that. This is for another 2 years until you can qualify for the next test.
If you are 24: You can ride any bike you want.