BIKE TEST INFORMATION
Provisional Licence. Before you can ride a motorbike, you must obtain a provisional licence for a motorcycle or moped or posess a full car or moped licence which acts as a provisional bike licence.
What is the difference between a motorcycle and a moped? A motorcycle is defined as a machine which exceeds 50cc, a moped is a machine which does not exceed 50cc.
CBT. Upon obtaining your provisional licence you must undertake a Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT) with an approved training body and attain a CBT certificate to validate your provisional entitlement.
Once completed you will be allowed to ride on the road with L plates, but you are not allowed to carry passengers.
The CBT certificate is valid for two years.
Motorbike Theory Test. As well as completing your CBT, you will need to pass your motorbike theory test within two years. You need to do this before you can book a practical test.
Your Practical Test Options
Category P, the practical test can be taken on any moped.
Sub-category A1, the practical test must be taken on a bike of between 75cc and 125cc.
Category A, the practical test is taken on a bike of between 121cc and 125cc and capable of at least 100 kph. After passing the standard motorcycle practical test you will be restricted for 2 years to riding a bike of up to 25kW and a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg. After this peiod you may ride any size of bike.
Direct Access Scheme (DAS). The DAS scheme allows riders over the age of 21 to train and apply for the "big bike" test. By doing this you can avoid the two year restriction that applies when passing the test on a 125cc bike.
Merely passing the test is not your only goal. You can become a more skilfull rider by taking advanced rider courses such as those leading to the Advanced DIAmond Test.