Getting a full licence...
From the 19th of January 2013 the options for obtaining a motorcycle licence in the UK has changed, particularly for younger riders. There are now four different options, each with its own restrictions:
In order to complete any of the above, you will need to have a UK drivers licence with category A entitlement (normally included in all full car licences), have a valid Compulsory Basic Training certificate (normally done on the first day of your training if you do not have one) and complete a Motorcycle Theory Test.
A1 (Lightweight Licence)
The new Lightweight licence is designed for 17-19yr olds with your training and test completed on a 125cc (cubic capacity of at least 120cc and no more than 125cc, with a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp) and capable of a speed of at least 90km/h (55mph)).
Upon completion of the A1 test, you will licenced to ride a bike of the above restrictions without L-Plates and will be able to ride on motorways and take passengers.
A2 (Restricted Access)
Similar to the old restricted access but requiring you to be at least 19 years old, the new A2 drivers licence involves part of your training along with your test taking part on a 500cc (cubic capacity of at least 395cc, with a power output of at least 25kW (33bhp) not exceeding 35kW (46.6bhp), power to weight ration not exceeding 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle more than double its power.)
Simplified, once you have passed your test you will be able to ride any motorcycle up-to 45bph, this includes getting larger motorcycles (such as popular 600cc range) restricted, as long as said bikes original power is not over 90bhp.
A (Progressive Access)
This is a new entitlement which covers the age gap now between the Restricted and Direct Access. The details of the standards and tests required for this are yet to be completed by the DSA, completion of the progressive access test will grant the rider full category A, allowing them to ride any motorcycle without power restriction
*To be eligible for the Progressive Access test, you will need to have had the restricted (A2) licence for a minimum of two years, theoretically allowing a 21yr old to obtain a full category A entitlement without restriction.
All motorcycle tests are split into two parts, know as the Module 1 and Module 2 tests. The Module 1 test involves demonstrating basic riding capability to a DSA examiner on a closed circuit and generally takes 20 minutes.
The Module 2 test involves at least 30minutes of on-road testing with a DSA examiner where you must demonstrate all of techniques needed to be a safe, legal and capable rider.
We offer intensive courses from 2-7 days 7 days a week and can also break it down to individual training days, whatever is needed to suit your schedule and preference. CSN helps you arrange your entire training experience, including assisting you in booking your Theory Test and answering any questions you might have.