The A2 license provides a lot more freedom and choice to the A1 license, but it isn’t completely unrestricted. The A2 license is a popular option for those who aren’t looking to ride the most powerful bikes on the market but do want to get rid of their learner plates and little bikes, however, it is also the only option if you’re 19. To obtain the A2 license you must be 19 or over and will need to complete a theory test as well a two-part practical test. Both tests will need to be completed on a minimum of 395cc motorcycle with a power output of between 20kW (27bhp) and 35kW (47bhp). Once you have gained your A2 license you are actually able to ride a motorcycle of ANY cc, however it must be restricted to no more than 35kW (47bhp).

Another huge benefit to completing the A2 license is that is speeds up the process of you gaining your full unrestricted category A license. If you have held an A2 license for two years you can immediately go for your full category A license and do not need to wait until you are 24.

The course

  • All sessions are completed in three-hour slots and are planned to work around you.
  • Module One is a structured course with a combination of both car park and road-based riding. A higher percentage of riding will be focused towards the module one manoeuvres, which enables us to develop the skills needed to pass the Module one. Prior to going to test we will complete a mock session which not only shows that you have the skill sets required, but also gives you confidence knowing that you have done it all before.
  • Module Two is now all about polishing your skill sets and focusing on your roadcraft. We will cover the procedures within the module two test such as normal, angled and hill starts as well as some independent riding. During the course we will take you to the test centre, so you can get comfortable with the layout and get familiar with the area. Like your module one, prior to your test we will complete a mock session which again confirms that you have the ability and skill sets to be successful.
  • As not everyone comes with the same skill set or picks up new skills at the same rate, lessons can be added or removed to suit the individual’s needs.

Types of full licence

There are different types of full Licence on offer, to suit what you’re looking for.

The types available are all dependent on your age and the bike you take your test on:

  • AM Licence (50cc) – If you only want to ride a scooter (16+)
  • A1 Licence (125cc) – Ideal for younger riders (17+)
  • A2 Licence (500cc) – More freedom and choice (19+)
  • A  Licence (650cc+) – Also referred to as full catergory A or Direct Access. It is the only option if you want to ride any bike. (Min 24+ or 21+ if you’ve held an A2 Licence for 2 years)

Course Requirements

To take your A2 Course you will require:

  • UK Provisional Licence / UK Full Car Licence / EU Licence with a Confirmation of Registration Certificate (D91)
  • If you still have an old style paper Licence (without a photo) you must bring a valid passport as proof of ID
  • You must be at least 19 years old
  • Your CBT certificate
  • Your motorcycle theory test certificate

The Ride Academy provides everything you need on the day. Bike hire, clothing (helmet, jacket, gloves, waterproof trousers) & all insurances.

You will need to wear sensible clothing – we suggest jeans and boots / trainers. Strictly no shorts, sandals or flip-flops. When you arrive for your lesson, if your instructor feels that you are not sensibly dressed they could reject you for training.

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