The A1 Motorcycle Licence is available for people aged 17 or above who only want to ride a scooter/moped or motorbike with a maximum engine size of up to 125cc.
Many people consider the A1 licence as a so called “permanent CBT”, with the added privilege of being able to use motorways, and carry pillion passenger's.
Following European Legislation changes in January 2013, the A1 Motorcycle Licence is the only motorbike licence available to those people between 17 and 18 years of age.
You can choose take your A1 Motorcycle test on either a manual or an automatic motorbike. If you choose take your test on a manual motorcycle and pass, you can then ride either automatic scooters/mopeds or manual motorbikes. However if you decided to pass your test on an automatic, you will be limited to only automatic motorbikes and scooters only.
In order to attend an A1 Motorbike training course, you will need to be at least 17 years of age, and will also need to have a valid driving licence (both Photocard & Matching Counterpart), which can be held in various ways:
You will also have needed to have completed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) and be able to competently ride to a good confident standard. If you are nervous, inexperienced, or would like to learn how to ride a manual bike, then we would recommend you booking a 1-2-1 session with us before attending your A1 training course to ensure your riding is at a suitable standard.
The final requirement for you to book an A1 Motorcycle training course is for you to sit and pass the motorcycle theory test. Once you have passed your motorcycle theory test, you will get a motorcycle theory test certificate number which is needed in order to book your practical A1 Motorcycle test.
For a step by step guide of how to get your A1 motorcycle licence, please refer to our easy to follow flowchart guide.
Our A1 Motorcycle training courses in North London are typically run over 3 days. This allows us suffiecient time to train you to pass both the Module 1 & Module 2 practical tests. A typical 3 day course would envolve the following:
Day 1: This consists of Module 2 training in the morning. The purpose of this session is to allow your instructor to help make sure that your riding proceedures (mirror/shoulder checks, positioning, roundabout proceedures etc) are correct and are at a standard high enough for you to ensure you pass your Module 2 motorcycle test first time. This Module 2 training also provides you with a chance to familiarise yourself with the bike you will be using. The afternoon session consists of Module 1 Training. We take you to our extensive Module 1 training site which is large enough for us to be able to replicate all of the Module 1 excercises. Your instructor will then talk you through each excericse, and give you tips on how to make each exercise much easier. Our Module 1 training site is exclusive for our Pupils, and is a key contributing factor to our 95% first time pass rate.
Day 2: You will have a recap on your Module 1 exercises before heading up to the DVSA test centre. We aim to get you to the test centre about half an hour before your test so that we can hopefully watch and talk you through a 'live' module 1 test being conducted. After you have completed your Module 1 test, we continue with more Module 2 training taking your around the most popular test route roads, and highlighting common places where people often make errors so that you hopefully don't! You will hear on many of previous pupils commenting in our video testimonials about how the routes we teach are quite often the exact same roads that they were taken on for their Module 2 test.
Day 3: Involves us recapping both the safety/pillion passenger questions and some of the most popular test routes again before you taking your Module 2 test.
We do also offer a 2 day course which involves the same 'Day 1' training as our 3 day course mentioned above, which is then followed by the second day which involves you taking both your Module 1 and Module 2 tests. The risk you take with this course is that you do not receive as much Module 2 route training on the second day due to the fact that both Module 1 and Module 2 are taken on the same day. There is also the financial risk that if you fail Module 1, you will not be unable to take your Module 2 test, and will also lose the associated test fee. You will then be faced with having the cost of a Module 1 resit, plus the cost of replacing your Module 2 test, which when compounded, the financial cost is more expensive than our 3 day course, where the Module 1 & Module 2 tests are on seperate days to avoid that situation from happening, plus the benefit of additional Module 2 training which can only increase your chances of passing your test first time. For this reason, 95% of our courses are 3 day courses.
We can offer Module 1 & Module 2 tests on the same day, but do not recommend this as although it is more convenient for training schools to take this approach (as we only have to spend 1 day at the test centre), it is not the best option for the pupil, as you are the ultimately the one taking the unecessary risk, and placing additional pressure on yourself to pass your Module 1 test.
The A1 Motorcycle test can be taken on either a manual or automatic bike between 120-125cc with a power output of no more than 11kw (14.6bhp), and capable of producing a speed of at least 90km/h (55 mph).
You will be required to complete both Module 1 and Module 2 in order to successfully pass your test. For more information about the test, and to find out what is involved, please click here.
Once you have successfully passed both Module 1 and Module 2 of your A1 motorcycle licence you will then have a full motorcycle licence which entitles you to ride and motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc with a maximum power of 11kw (14.6bhp). You will also be able to ride without 'L' plates, carry pillion passengers, and use motorway roads.
You can upgrade your A1 licence to the A2 Motorcycle licence once you have reached 19 years of age or held your A1 entitlement for a minimum of 2 years (whichever comes first) via the progressive access route.
There are 3 ways that you can book yourself onto a A1 course:
Please note, to book your DAS you will first need to satisfy some basic requirements: