A1 Motorcycle Training - Everything you need to know!

Learning to ride a motorcycle can be one of the most rewarding forms of motoring around. Not only are they highly practical and economical, they also have a low carbon footprint. So you can get around safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment. OK so you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle? The first step you will need toward motorcycle training is the A1 Test stage.

To take this test you will need/require:

  • You must be 17 years of age or above
  • A Driving Licence with Provisional Category A1 entitlement
  • A CBT Certificate (DL196) valid for 2 years from the date of issue.
  • A Motorbike Theory Test Certificate valid for 2 years from the date of issue.


  • A1 Motorcycle Training

    What Is The Purpose Of A1 motorcycle Training?

    A1 motorcycle training courses take place between a three and five day periods usually. When you book, you will be given a Module 1 test date and time. It is important to be fully prepared with some CBT experience before you attempt the test though. You cannot simply obtain the correct licence then go headlong into the test. You must have a little real world riding experience since this is the purpose of the CBT. If you fail either of the modules you will have to retake both, so the course will include both on and off road motorcycle training with your instructor. To determine whether you have any weakness in your riding skills.

    The purpose of this is to find out what stage your motorcycle training is at and polish any flaws that could cause you to fail. So in the build up to taking Module 1, you can have a better understanding of what kind of rider you are and where you need to improve.

    You will be training for both Module 1 and Module 2 in the build up to the test. If by any chance you already have some on-road riding experience. For instance if you have been riding on your CBT training certificate for a while, then this will come in very handy for the learning curve of Module 2. However you still need the correct training for Module 1, since bypassing this stage is impossible. If you fail to train for either of the modules the chances of passing are low to none. Since you need both theoretical and practical knowledge.

    If you are a novice rider looking to take your test, then after your Module 1 has been taken and passed, you have 2 years in which to take Module 2. But if your theory test certificate expires BEFORE your Module 1 certificate expires you would have to retake them both.

    SECRET FORMULA: Relax and don't think of it as a test.
    Think of it as an opportunity to show your skills to the examiner.

    After You Have Passed

    Once you have completed your motorcycle training and the full A1 licence has been passed. You can ride ANY motorcycle up to 125cc with a maximum power output of 15bhp.

    The most important thing to remember when undergoing motorcycle training, or preparing for your A1 licence test, is to relax. Don't think of it as a test situation. Think of it as an opportunity to show your examiner what you have learned out on the open road.

    Happy riding!
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