Learn to Ride

Get into the world of motorcycling, to start an exhilarating journey, whether you're looking to save some money with cheaper running costs for your daily commute, or just a thrill for the weekend, there's plenty of benefits to riding and it's easy to get on two wheels. 

To ride any motorcycle or scooter, you're going to need to take a CBT. A CBT is Compulsory Basic Training, it requires you to spend a day with an approved training body, to learn the basics of riding and the rules of the road you'll need to ride.

It's not a test as such, but just an assurance that you'll be safe on the road. It's up to the instructor to determine if you're safe enough for the road. The CBT includes:

  • Manoeuvring and controlling your motorcycle at low speed
  • Learning basic traffic and road rules, to understand your safety.
  • Safety checks and motorcycle health checks to ensure you can ride well.
  • A road ride, where your instructor will observe you to ensure you're safe on the road.

After this, you're qualified to ride a moped or a motorcycle up to 125cc with a power output of up to 11kW on the road. You'll have to use L plates though, until you pass a full motorcycle test.

If you're after a little more power, you'll want to look at completing an A2 motorcycle test or a full A licence test.

For the A2 test, you'll need to complete a theory test, a module 1 and 2, and a physical test with an approved body. After this, you'll be able to ride a motorcycle or scooter with up to 35kW of power, although you can restrict motorcycles down to this limit. It can get rather complicated, so we advise speaking to our team if you have any questions.

As for your unrestricted motorcycle licence, the A Licence. You can take this via a Direct Access course when you're 24 years old, or you can upgrade your A2 licence once you've ridden for at two years, where you can complete another Module 1 and Module 2, to get your next licence. From here, you can ride any motorcycle or scooter of your choice.