Age 17+

You can now ride a 125cc motorcycle or scooter.

You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old. You can start riding a moped (49cc) at 16, and a 125cc motorcycle when you’re 17.

You must first get your provisional licence and complete CBT – Compulsory Basic Training Course, on a maximum bike size of 125cc.

The Compulsory Basic Training course only enables riders to use public roads whilst displaying L plates on their bikes. Maximum bike size 125cc.

You can go on to pass the practical motorcycle tests once you’ve had more lessons.

There is one official motorcycle test which is spilt into two modules.

  • Module 1 (Machine handling skills)
  • Module 2 (Practical on road skills)

The standard you are expected to ride at is at a similar level to the national driving test.

You will need to pass the Theory test before you take your Module 1 test, but you can start your practical lessons before you take the theory test.

You can ride on the roads on an A1 licence after you have passed both modules, without L plates, you can carry a passenger and ride on a motorway.

Have a look here for details of the power of the machine you are allowed to ride.

Flow chart for licence categories and ages

“You may believe that you are safe on the roads at this age, but I was 17 once and I know you are vulnerable. I very strongly advise having at least a few more lessons after your CBT course to consolidate your skills.” Paul, Director and Coach, Get Cornering.