Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) – Firstly you will need a CBT. This is not a test in the real sense of the word but it is a course that you must attend and demonstrate a basic level of competence to ensure that you and you fellow road users are safe once you are out on your own. The CBT is generally taken on a moped or a 125cc bike. Once you have passed the CBT your instructor will issue you a certificate (the DL196) and you can ride a moped or learner motorcycle on the road with L-plates. Once passed the CBT is valid for 2 years.

You do not need to have passed a theory test to pass your CBT and ride on the road but you must have a provisional licence.

Theory – The next step to your full licence is to pass your theory test. This is a computer based test that examines your knowledge of the highway code and also determines if you can see hazards developing in real world situations. Once passed the theory test is valid for 2 years.

You do not need to have already passed your CBT to take your theory test but you must have a provisional licence.

Once you have passed both your CBT and theory you can then take your practical test.

Practical test – There are 3 basic catgoriesof test:

Category AM (moped) test. The test can be taken on any moped (50cc).

Category A1. The test must be taken on a bike of between 75cc and 125cc

Category A2. The practical test is taken on a bike of up to 35kW (46.6 bhp). After passing the test you are restricted to riding a bike with a maximum power output of 25kW (33bhp) and a maximum power to weight ration of 0.16kW/kg. After 2 years you may ride any size of bike.

Category A (direct access). Only available to riders over the age of 24. The test is taken on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 35kW (46.6bhp). You may practice on bikes larger than the learner specification bike (up to 125cc and 11kW) only if you are wearing reflective clothing and are accompanied by a qualified instructor in radio contact. Once you have passed the test you can ride any size of bike.

A flowchart showing the routes to a motorcycle licence can be found on theGeton site.