FULL MOTORCYCLE A1 LICENCE
The A1 Licence can be taken from the age of 17 and is limited to a 125. After passing the test you can still only ride a 125 but you can remove the L plates, ride on a motorway and take a pillion passenger.
In practice, very few pupils take the A1 Licence because you can ride a 125 with a CBT on L plates Unless you need any of the benefits of passing it’s probably better to skip the A1 and wait until you are old enough to take the A2 test at 19.
To book an intensive A1 Licence course, consider the options, before going to the contact page to book.
It depends on your experience how many sessions you will need but If you do want to take the A1 test and you have never ridden before you will need all 5 sessions. If you have ridden before and feel confident on a geared bike it will be 4 sessions, so you can skip the second session. If you already have a valid CBT it will be 3 sessions, so start from the third session.
First session: – if you book an A1 intensive course the first session is your CBT. It depends on your previous experience whether you do the CBT as a novice or as an experienced rider. Look at the CBT pages to decide.
Second session: – If you have started the course as a novice your second session would be spent gaining confidence. Increasing the skill level that you have been taught on the CBT. It would develop slow riding skills, getting up to speed, cornering techniques and lots of junction work. By the end of this session you should be confident on a 125.
Third session: – we train for the mod 1 test on the track and aim to reach a good passable standard in the morning. Following a break we ride to Kings Lynn and train for the mod 2 test around typical test routes where an examiner will take you.
Fourth session: – we do the final training for the mod 1 test at the track, including a mock test before travelling to Lynn to take the test.
Fifth session: – we ride to Lynn on the mod 2 test day and you would get at least 3 typical test runs around the town before taking the mod 2 test.
The full course for a novice is normally spread over 3 weeks and for experienced riders over 2 weeks. It can be condensed by taking both tests on the same day, but the risk is that if you fail the mod 1 you can’t take the mod 2 and you lose the test fee. I only recommend that option for experienced riders who struggle to get time off work.
After passing the A1 test you are limited to a 125 until you are 19 at which point if you want to ride a bigger bike you would have to take the test again on a 400, the A2 Test. There is no need to do the A1 before taking the A2 which is why most pupils continue riding a 125 on a CBT with L plates until they are old enough.