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At Horton Motorcycles we are always happy to talk you through what you need to do to get your motorcycle licence. But here is some information that may help you.

If you have held a motorcycle or moped licence since the 19th January 2013 there are different rules. You will need to own a provisional licence and have completed your compulsory basic training (CBT) the CBT is an easy day course showing you the basics on road safety and how to ride. This CBT will last 2 years and if you haven’t completed your full test in this time you will have to take it again.

To ride a motorcycle above a 125cc you must have done your CBT and have a full licence. Some of the rules vary depending on your age as to what size bikes you can ride.

To ride a moped up to a 50cc you must be aged 16 or over and have competed a CBT and to have a 125cc moped or motorbike you must be 17 or over and have completed your CBT. There are some exceptions to this if you have a car driving licence.

Once you’ve done your CBT you have 2 years to pass your theory and motorcycle tests or you’ll have to do CBT again.

Learning to ride

If you’re learning ride you will need to ensure that the provisional licence you have is correct. If this is ok you will be able to take your test. You can use your own vehicle to take lessons and learn to ride but there are a few things that you will need. Please ensure that you take with you:

  • Your log book (v5c registration)
  • Proof the vehicle is taxed
  • And you may need proof that the vehicle has a valid MOT
  • You’ll also need adequate motor insurance.

Official Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) guides

You can buy the official DVSA guide to learning to ride and the DVSA guide to riding – the essential skills.

Taking the full motorcycle tests

All riders have to pass the theory test before taking the motorcycle practical test.

Enhanced rider scheme

Once you’ve passed your motorcycle test you can take the enhanced rider scheme. It checks your riding skills and provides training to help you improve. You can get discounts on motorbike insurance if you successfully complete the scheme. For more information visit the government website here or pop in or contact us at Horton Motorcycles and we will give you all the help we can.