Are you 24 or older? Held an A2 license for 2 years? You can take your Direct access test
The new practical motorcycle test came into force in 2009 as a result of EU regulations. In addition to the existing accompanied on-road element there is an eight minute off-road test around cones. This will allow the examiner to be sure that the candidate has a high level of machine control before being allowed on the on-road element. The test is in two parts, module one and module two and they can be taken on separate days.
During the module one at least two manoeuvres are carried out at slow speed, including a slalom At least two manoeuvres are carried out at higher speed, of which one manoeuvre should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (18.6 mph) One manoeuvre avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph) At least two braking exercises, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (31.1mph)
This new part of the test is designed to be difficult and you will need to be able to demonstrate that you can ride the bike with a great deal of confidence. It is anticipated that most people will need an extra 8-10 hours training.
Unfortunately for module one there will be NO test facilities in Scarborough for the foreseeable future because of the amount of land required and the cost of constructing the off-road facilities. Our nearest centres for the module one test are Darlington and Hull. Module two remains in Scarborough.
More details of the Module 1 motorcycle test are available from the DVSA. Click on the link.
Click on the graphics for a full size image of the mod 1 layout
Age: 17 +
No sidecar / min. 120cc - max. 125cc / max. output of 11kW (15 bhp).
Passing your test grants a restricted Category A1 motorcycle licence. You can ride any motorcycle up to 11kW (15 bhp)†.
You can carry a passenger and use motorways and don’t need L plates.
*A1 licence WILL NOT automatically convert into a full Category A2 licence, you will be required to complete a Category A2 licence test.
Age: 19 +
No sidecar / min. 395cc / min. 25kW (33.0 bhp) - max. 35kW (46.6 bhp).
Passing your test grants a restricted Category A2 motorcycle licence. You can ride any motorcycle up to 35kw (46.6 bhp)†.
You can carry a passenger, use the motorways and don’t need L plates.
*A2 licence WILL NOT automatically convert into a full Category A licence, you will be required to complete a Category A licence test. You will have to take the Tests again on the bigger bike once you are 24 or have held an A2 Category licence for at least 2 years.
*Upgrading from an A1 licence DOES NOT require a CBT & Theory Test re-take.
Age: 24 + (21 if upgrading from an A2 licence, with minimum 2 years experience)
No sidecar / min. 595cc / min. 40kW (53.6 bhp).
Passing grants a full Category A motorcycle licence. You can ride a machine of any size, carry a passenger and use motorways.
*Upgrading from an A2 licence DOES NOT require a CBT & Theory Test re-take.
*Upgrading directly from an A1 licence requires a Theory Test re-take.