Before you can ride any motorbike on the road, you’ll need to have the correct licence and complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course. The type of machine you can ride will depend on the type of licence you have.
|Licence category||Minimum age||What you can ride|
a maximum design speed of over 25 km/h but not more than 45 km/h
maximum design speed of over 45 km/h but not more than 50 km/h
engine size no more than 50 cc
engine size not more than 50 cc
maximum design speed of no more than 25km/h
Light motorbikes with
engine size up to 125 cc
power output of up to 11 kW
power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW/kg
power output up to 35 kW
power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW/kg
|A||24 years*||Any motorcycle|
* 21 years if you have 2 years' experience on an A2 motorbike and you pass a further practical test.
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