Process to get a Full Motorcycle Licence

There are three simple stages to getting a full motorcycle licence:

  1. Pass motorcycle theory test
  2. Complete your compulsory basic training (CBT)
  3. Pass your motorcycle test

(your age and which size of motorcycle you pass your test on will determine what category of licence you qualify for)

It can be a little confusing if you are new to riding, but here is a general guide that should help you understand what you need to do and how we can help you pass your motorcycle test in Scotland. if you have any questions then just get in touch we will be happy to help.

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Summary guide

CBT. Compulsory Basic Training

From age 16 you can sit your CBT on a 50cc moped, this restricts you to a 50cc Moped. From 17 and over you can sit your CBT on a 125cc Motorcycle, this restricts you to a 125cc motorcycle. Normal learner restrictions apply, you cannot carry a pillion passenger, you cannot ride on a motorway and you must display L plates. Your CBT certificate is valid for 2 years. It is not a full motorcycle licence and only allows you to ride on a valid provisional licence.

Category A1. At age 17+

You can take your test on a learner 125cc bike

Pass this and you can just ride a 125cc - nothing above! You now have to wait for 2 years or until you reach 19 years of age where you can either stay on just the 125cc bike or take training and the next stage of test (A2):

Category A2. At age 19+

You can take your test on a motorcycle with a minimum of 395cc and a power output between 33Bhp and 46.6Bhp.

Pass this and you can ride a bike up to 46.6 Bhp, you will be restricted to this power output indefinitely and would need to sit another test to ride a more powerful motorcycle. You can restrict any motorcycle to this power so long as the original manufacturer's declared output was less than 92 Bhp. Large bikes such as Honda CBR1000, Suzuki GSX1000, Triumph Sprint etc. are not allowed. Now wait a minimum of 2 years to qualify for the next test, or reach the right age bracket. You can now choose to stay on your restricted bike or take training and test in the next stage of test (A):

Category A At 24

(Or younger if you have held your A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years): You can take your test on a motorcycle with a minimum of 595cc and a minimum of 53.6Bhp.

Pass this test and you can ride any bike, any size, any power.

16 and over. Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) on a 50cc moped and restricted to a 50cc moped. Valid for 2 years. Normal learner restrictions apply you cannot carry a pillion passenger, you cannot ride on motorways. This is not a full licence and only validates your provisional moped licence.
17 and over. Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) on a 125cc motorcycle and restricted to a 125cc motorcycle. Valid for 2 years. Normal learner restrictions apply you cannot carry a pillion passenger, you cannot ride on motorways. This is not a full licence and only validates your provisional moped licence.
Category A1
Age 17 and over

If you have a valid CBT certificate, you can take your test now on a 125cc and that's what you are limited to until the age of 19, when you can train and take another test if you choose - otherwise restricted permanently to 125cc. There is no automatic progression!

Category A2
Age 19+

If you have a valid CBT certificate, you may take your test on a min 395cc motorcycle producing bewteen 33 Bhp and 46.6 Bhp. When you pass then you can ride a restricted motorcycle producing no more than 46.6 Bhp Eg. older Kawasaki ER500 or a middleweight bike that has been professionally restricted. NOT however large bikes that originally produce more than 92 Bhp - this means pretty much everything over 600cc is excluded from you that is a modern sports bike or sports tourer. Also the power to weight ratio is set at a maximum of 0.2 Kw/Kg - this means light or smaller cc sports bikes are not allowed too.
Now wait 2 years or until you are 24 when you can train and take another test if you choose. There is no automatic progression!

Category A
Age 24+

If you have a valid CBT certificate, you may take training and pass your test on a 595cc plus motorcycle that produces at least 53.6 Bhp. Pass your test on this and you have a licence for any motorcycle, any size, any power. This licence is also available to those under the age of 24 who have held a full A2 motorcycle licence for a minimum of 2 years.

What do our learner riders have to say?

Colin Stuart

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Scott Pew

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Steven McCall

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Stuart Aitken

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Kate Ivanova

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Iain Henderson

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D'Arcy Rush

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Alan Brown

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