In order to get a full motorcycle licence, you’ll need to pass a two-part practical test. You will also need to take the Motorcycle Theory test and you must take your practical test within two years of passing the theory test – otherwise your theory test pass certificate will expire.
The type of licence and the size of motorcycle that you can ride depends on your age. If you are under the age of 24 it is best to ask your ATB for advice about the best route to gaining a motorcycle licence that meets your needs. If you are over 24 you can take what is known as ‘Direct Access’ which will give you a full category A licence and allow you to ride any motorcycle of your choosing.
Passing your motorcycle test demonstrates that your riding skills have reached a level where you can ride consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance. in differemt road and traffic conditions. your understanding of the Highway code will also show through your riding ability.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have published a document called the National Riding Standard. This standard is at the heart of your training when conducted by a MCIAC accredited ATB and ensures that you know and understand everything necessary to become a safe and responsible rider.
Costs of Training
There are no set prices for training, so MCIAC accredited ATBs have a policy to provide you with a clear pricing information. They will explain how your training will be delivered (this may be by module or training day) and what you can expect from your training. Our ATBs are amongst the best in the country but this doesn’t mean they are the most expensive. Remember you can also benefit from an exclusive insurance policy with Carole Nash Insurance who recognise that you have taken training from a responsible and professional ATB and are therefore less likely to make a claim on your policy. This policy can therefore save you money when you insure your motorcycle.
The Theory Test
There are 2 parts to the theory test:
- the multiple choice part
- the hazard perception part
Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. There are hundreds of local centres where you can take your Theory Test.
The Practical Test Modules
There are two modules in the practical test; you’ll have to pass Module 1 before you can take Module 2.
- Module 1 takes around 20 minutes and is on a purpose build off-road area in which you’ll have to undertake various manoeuvres, including a figure of eight, cornering and a U-turn.
- Module 2 takes around 40 minutes and is a road riding test; it also includes an eyesight test and a few basic questions questions about your motorcycling safety questions.
Module 1 Overview
This module is tested in a safe off-road area at a Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) approved site and takes about 20 minutes. You’ll need to complete the following manoeuvres :
- wheel the moped or motorcycle and use the stand
- do a slalom and figure of eight
- a slow ride
- cornering and controlled stop
- cornering and the emergency stop
- cornering and hazard avoidance.
Module 2 Overview
This is the on-road module and it usually takes about 50 minutes. You will need to show your Module 1 pass certificate when you take your Module 2 test. You must use the same size and type of motorbike for both modules.
The module includes:
- an eyesight test
- safety questions
- road riding including stopping, an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle) and a hill start, where possible
- 10 minutes of independent riding, when you’ll be asked to ride a route following traffic signs or a series of directions, to see how you make decisions while riding.
While you’re riding on the road, the DVSA examiner will give you directions using a radio. They’ll normally follow you on a motorcycle but sometimes use a car.