At age 17 or over, you will have two types of full motorcycle licence to aim for;
Category A1 light motorcycle licence or the standard category A motorcycle licence. To gain a full A1 light motorcycle licence you must successfully complete a CBT and pass a theory test followed by a practical test on a machine over 75cc but not more than 125cc. A full A1 licence permits you to ride any motorcycle upto 125cc and a power output of up to 11kW (15bhp) without ‘L’ plates, carry pillion passengers also use motorways.
Category A licence you must successfully complete a CBT and pass a theory test followed by a practical test on a motorcycle of over 120cc but not larger than a 125cc and capable of at least 100kph. A full standard category A licence permits you to ride any motorcycle with a power output of up to 25kW (33bhp) and a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg without ‘L’ plates, carry pillion passengers also use motorways.
You are restricted to a motorcycle up to 33bhp for two years. After this period then you may ride any size motorcycle.
Riders who reach the age of 21, while still within the two year period where they are restricted to maximum 25 kW machines, but who wish to ride larger bikes need to pass a further test on a motorcycle of at least 35 kW. They may practice on bikes over 25 kW under the same practice conditions for direct access riders. You will revert to learner status while practicing (on a motorcycle greater than 25 kW) although test failure will not affect your existing licence.
If you are aged 21 or over you can opt to train and take your test on a larger motorcycle. This is called the Direct Access Scheme (DAS). This training is usually done on one of our 500cc plus motorcycles.
There are several advantages with DAS (Direct Access Scheme) training. First off you learn on a larger more powerful machine, similar to the ones many people will buy on passing their test. Once you have passed the test, you can ride any motorcycle you wish with no restrictions on power output or engine size. While we would definitely not recommend buying a super bike as a first big bike the Direct Access Scheme does allow a much greater choice of machines and this can be useful if commuting, riding with a pillion passenger or touring by motorcycle is planned.