The category A2 motorcycle licence is available for anyone over the age of 19. The A2 motorcycle licence allows riders to ride any motorcycle/scooter with a maximum power output of up to 35kw (46.6bhp). Following European Legislation changes in January 2013, the A2 restricted licence is the only type of licence available to anyone under 24 years of age unless you intend on following the progressive access route, which allows riders who have held a Category A2 bike licence for a minimum of 2 years to upgrade their licence to a full Category A licence by simply re-taking their practical test on a larger and more powerful bike.
You can take your A2 motorcycle test on either a manual or automatic motorbike. If you choose take and pass your test on a manual motorcycle, you will then be entitled to ride either manual motorcycles or automatic scooters. However if you take your test on an automatic, you will only obtain an automatic licence, and will be limited to only ride automatic bikes.
Once you pass your A2 restricted motorcycle test, you can then ride any motorbike or scooter of your choice, providing that you have restricted the power output to a maximum of 35kw (46.6bhp). However, European Legislation states that you can only restrict a bike for the A2 test which had an original the power output not greater than 70kw (93.2bph) according to the original manufacturer's declartion. All of the motorbikes and scooters which we use have been restricted to make sure that they comply with the European rules and regulations, and have been approved by the DSA for test purposes.
A2 Motorcycle Training Requirements
In order to attend an A2 restricted motorcycle course, you must be at least 19 years of age and will also need to have a valid driving licence (both Photocard & Matching Counterpart), which can be held in various ways:
- A Provisional UK Driving Licence
- A Full UK Driving licence
- An EU Driving Licence (UK Counterpart must be obtained from the DVLA by completing a Form D9)
Unless you hold an existing A1 motorcycle licence and are following the progressive access route, you will have needed to have completed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) and be able to competently ride to a good confident standard. If you are nervous, inexperienced, or would like to learn how to ride a manual bike, or refresh yourself on a manual bike, then we would recommend you booking a 1-2-1 session with us before attending your A2 training course to ensure your riding is at a suitable standard.
The final requirement for you to book an A2 Motorcycle training course is for you to sit and pass the motorcycle theory test. Once you have passed your motorcycle theory test, you will get a motorcycle theory test certificate number which is needed in order to book your practical A2 Motorcycle test.
For a step by step guide of how to get your A1 motorcycle licence, please refer to our easy to follow flowchart guide.
A2 Motorcyle Training Courses
Our A2 Motorcycle training courses in London are typically run over 3 days. This allows us suffiecient time to train you to pass both the Module 1 & Module 2 practical tests. A typical 3 day course would envolve the following:
Day 1: This consists of Module 2 training in the morning. The purpose of this session is to allow your instructor to help make sure that your riding proceedures (mirror/shoulder checks, positioning, roundabout proceedures etc) are correct and are at a standard high enough for you to ensure you pass your Module 2 motorcycle test first time. This Module 2 training also provides you with a chance to familiarise yourself with the bike you will be using. The afternoon session consists of Module 1 Training. We take you to our extensive Module 1 training site which is large enough for us to be able to replicate all of the Module 1 excercises. Your instructor will then talk you through each excericse, and give you tips on how to make each exercise much easier. Our Module 1 training site is exclusive for our Pupils, and is a key contributing factor to our 95% first time pass rate.
Day 2: You will have a recap on your Module 1 exercises before heading up to the DSA test centre. We aim to get you to the test centre about half an hour before your test so that we can hopefully watch and talk you through a 'live' module 1 test being conducted. After you have completed your Module 1 test, we continue with more Module 2 training taking your around the most popular test route roads, and highlighting common places where people often make errors so that you hopefully don't! You will hear on many of previous pupils commenting in our video testimonials about how the routes we teach are quite often the exact same roads that they were taken on for their Module 2 test.
Day 3: Involves us recapping both the safety/pillion passenger questions and some of the most popular test routes again before you taking your Module 2 test.
We do also offer a 2 day course which involves the same 'Day 1' training as our 3 day course mentioned above, which is then followed by the second day which involves you taking both your Module 1 and Module 2 tests. The risk you take with this course is that you do not receive as much Module 2 route training on the second day due to the fact that both Module 1 and Module 2 are taken on the same day. There is also the financial risk that if you fail Module 1, you will not be unable to take your Module 2 test, and will also lose the associated test fee. You will then be faced with having the cost of a Module 1 resit, plus the cost of replacing your Module 2 test, which when compounded, the financial cost is more expensive than our 3 day course, where the Module 1 & Module 2 tests are on seperate days to avoid that situation from happening, plus the benefit of additional Module 2 training which can only increase your chances of passing your test first time. For this reason, 95% of our courses are 3 day courses.
We can offer Module 1 & Module 2 tests on the same, but do not recommend this as although it is more convenient for training schools to take this approach (as we only have to spend 1 day at the test centre), it is not the best option for the pupil, as you are the ultimately the one taking the unecessary risk, and placing additional pressure on yourself to pass your Module 1 test.
The A2 motorbike test can be taken on either a manul motorcycle or automatic scooter which is at least 395cc. The bike must also have a power output between 25 - 35kw - (33 - 46.6bhp).
You will be required to complete both Module 1 and Module 2 in order to successfully pass your test. For more information about the test, and to find out what is involved, please click here.
Once you have successfully passed both Modules of your A2 practical motorcycle test, you will then discard your 'L' plates, carry pillion passengers, and use motorway roads. As previously mentioned, your A2 bike licence will be restricted to motorbikes/scooters up to a maximum of 35kw (46.6bhp). It is crucial that you check the power output as many bikes over 395cc produce more than 35kw (46.6bhp). If this is the case, then you may well be able to get your motorcycle/scooter restricted.
You also always have the option to upgrade your licence to a full unrestricted motorcyle licence once you reach the age of 24, or have held your A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years (whichever comes first) following the progressive access route. This means that to upgrade to a full licence to ride any unrestricted motorbike all you will have to do is re-take the practical tests on a larger bike (no additional theory tests or CBT again), and once you pass, your licence will auomatically upgrade to a full unrestricted motorbike licence, which will allow you to ride any motorbike or scooter with no power restrictions enforced.
A2 restricted Licence Price List
|2 Day Course With Our Bike
|3 Day Course With Our Bike
|Module 1 Test Re-Sit
|Module 2 Test Re-Sit
||£10 extra per day
All courses INCLUDE test fee's for both Module 1 & Module 2. (An additional £20 will be charged for any practical test booked on a weekend)