A2 and Direct Access Training

Whether you choose, and are able to due to your age, to sit Category A2 Stardard Motorcycle Licence, or take a Direct Access Motorcycle Licence, the standard of riding expected and the manoeuvres you will need to complete are exactly the same. See below the requirements for each test.

Category A2 - Standard Motorcycle Licence

To get a standard motorcycle licence you must firstly pass a theory test and then complete the 2 modules of the standard motorcycle practical test. Your riding skills will be tested on a motorcycle with an engine capacity between 120cc and 125cc and a max speed exceeding 100kph (62.5mph). If you pass the test you will get a restricted full motorcycle licence, also called a category A2 licence. This licence allows you to ride without the L plates, to carry a pillion passenger and to use the motorways. For the first two years you will be allowed to ride any motorcycle up to 25kW (33 bhp) or a power weight ratio of no greater than 0.16kW/kg. When this two year probation period is over, you can ride any size bike regardless of your age.

Accelerated Access

If you turn 21 and you are in the two year restricted period of your full motorcycle licence (category A2 licence) then you can use the Accelerated Access option to get the 25 kW bike restriction removed. This involves taking your practical motorcycle test again, but on a motorbike with a power output of at least 35 kW (46.6 bhp). If you pass you will get a full standard motorcycle licence and can ride any size bike. If you fail your A2 licence is still valid.

Direct Access

If you are 21 or older then you can choose to take the 2 modules of the standard motorcycle test on a motorbike of at least 35 kW. If you pass the test you are issued a full motorcycle licence with no restrictions and can ride any size motorcycle.

The Motorcycle Test

The Motorcycle Test involves sitting 2 practical examinations, in addition to a theory test. See below a summary of what is required in both examinations:

The Practical Riding Test Off-Road Module (Module 1)

You must provide all of the following valid documents:

Module one includes the following specified manoeuvres and generally takes around 20 minutes to complete:

There is a minimum speed requirement of 50 kilometres per hour (approximately 32 miles per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises.

At the end of module one, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you passed, you’ll receive your module one pass certificate.

You can see the map of the course you will need to follow below, however, this can be right or left handed all depending on the local conditions.

Module 1 Layout

The Practical Riding Test On-Road Module (Module 2)

For module two you must produce your module one pass certificate, and all the documents that you had to present at the module one test. Module two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes.

This module includes the:

You’ll be asked to carry out:

The examiner will normally follow you on a motorcycle, using a radio to give you directions.

You can download a list of all the safety and balance questions you could be asked by the examiner.

At the end of module two, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you pass, the examiner will explain to you how to change your provisional licence into a full licence.

Course cost: £25 per hour (inclusive of motorcycle hire). The average person will need approximately 14 hourly sessions and the total cost including all your test fees is about £600. A more specific breakdown can be provided. However, we at BMTC appreciate that our customers time is precious, and they may wish to obtain their licence in a fixed time, which is why we offer our intensive courses. Please call for details.

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