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Fresh Start Motorcycle

Prestwich Street, Atherton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M46 0FY

Approx. distance: 2.3 miles

Bikesmart Motorcycle Training

Rosebridge Court, Rosebridge Way, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 3DP

Approx. distance: 5.1 miles

Phils School of Motoring

Hollins Park Social Club, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8TE

Approx. distance: 5.9 miles

Force Rider and Driver Training

Unit 7A Pilot Industrial Estate, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL3 2ND

Approx. distance: 6.5 miles

Williams Motorcycle Training

16 Kendal Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 4DS

Approx. distance: 6.6 miles

Lambs Motorcycle Training

Thelwell British Legion, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 2TB

Approx. distance: 8.2 miles

Davies Motorcycle Training Centre

Grappenhall Sports Club, Stockton Lane, Warrington, WA4 3HQ

Approx. distance: 8.8 miles

Scotti Knights Motorcycle Training Ltd

Trafford MV Rugby Club, Sale, Greater Manchester, M33 6LR

Approx. distance: 9 miles

Focus Rider Training

Bury Football Club, Gigg Lane, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 9HR

Approx. distance: 11 miles

Moto Technique Manchester

Units 1 & 2 Millgate, Dantzic Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 4JW

Approx. distance: 11.7 miles

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What are the different types of motorcycle licence I can get in Leigh?

There are 4 main types of full motorcycle licence issued by the DVSA. The first three (AM, A1 and A2 motorcycle licences) have restrictions on the type of moped or motorcycle you can ride, the fourth (the full A motorcycle licence) has no restrictions.

The AM restricted moped licence

This is the only licence available to you when you are 16 years old. This licence allows you to ride a moped of 50 cc or less which has a top speed of 28 mph, with a passenger and without Learner plates. If you are only interested in riding a moped and nothing more then this licence could be right for you. If you want to ride a more powerful motorcycle then you might find it better to wait until you are 17. From the age of 17 onwards you can take the A1 motorcycle test which allows you to ride motorcycle up to 125 cc and with some restrictions on its power to weight ratio.

The A1 restricted motorcycle licence

The minimum age to take this test is 17. According to the DVSA website it will allow you to ride a "Light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc". This means it's up to a 125 cc motorcycle with some restrictions to make sure it cannot accelerate too fast - a really good idea when you are new to riding a motorbike!

Requirements to take the A1 motorcycle test - You must have a UK provisional or full driving licence, a valid theory test certificate and a valid CBT certificate. Once you have taken this test you will not have to keep renewing your CBT certificate every 2 years, you can ride on motorways and you can take a pillion passenger on the back of your motorbike.

The A2 restricted motorcycle licence

For this licence you need to be at least 19 years of age, have completed your CBT or have had an A1 licence for at least 2 years. As with the A1 test you also need to have a UK provisional or full driving licence and a valid theory test certificate . The main benefit of getting an A2 licence is you can ride a more powerful motorcycle. The law states a "standard motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg)". So it's a more powerful bike, but still not completely un-restricted. To find A2 legal motorbikes you are best visiting your local motorcycle dealer and asking them to show you the A2 legal bikes, as otherwise it's very difficult to work out just looking at the tech specs.

The full A motorcycle licence, or DAS licence.

This is the licence that allows you to ride almost any motorcycle without restrictions, so it's the ultimate motorcycle licence. No limits on power outputs or power per kg or engine size! It is also called a 'DAS' licence as it can be obtained from the 'Direct AccesS' route. There are two ways you can get this licence:

1) If you are 24 or over you can take the tests for an A licence. You must also have a UK provisional or full driving licence, a valid theory test certificate and a valid CBT certificate

2) If you are at least 21 years of age and you have held an A2 category licence for at least 2 years. This is sometimes referred to as the 'progressive access' route as you progress from one licence to another.

When taking the test the biggest difference is that you have to use a bigger, more powerful motorcycle. It will have a power of at least 40kw and an engine cc of at least 595 cc. Your local training school will make sure you have the right size bike for your test.

There is also a flowchart (click here) that the DVLA have produced that shows these different licences and how to obtain them.

To get more detailed guidance on what licence is right for you then talk to your local motorcycle training school. You can search for them here and they are qualified to speak to you on the right type of training for you.

When can I take a pillion passenger on the back of my motorcycle?

In order to carry someone on the back of your motorbike you need to have a full motorcycle licence. This means one of the AM, A1, A2 or full A (also known as DAS) licences. This means that you cannot carry a pillion passenger if you only have a provisional licence, even if you have done a CBT. A CBT is not enough for you to take a pillion under any circumstances.

Even when you have passed your full motorcycle test you will need to make sure your motorcycle is properly equipped to take a pillion. As the rider you are legally responsible for your passenger, so it is very much in your interests to make sure your motorcycle is properly equipped. This means making sure there is a proper seat with foot rests and grab rail to hold on to. Your passenger must also wear a safety helmet (as well as all the other protective clothing!). Don't forget also that riding a motorcycle with a pillion is quite different than riding solo, so read up about the changes you need to make to your motorbike and riding style before attempting to take a pillion passenger.

You can book your motorcycle A1, A2 or DAS test in Leigh here

What can I ride on a provisional driving licence in Leigh?

A provisional driving licence is not a full driving licence so you are limited in what you can ride. So, when you first come to ride a motorcycle the DVSA will issue you with a provisional driving licence. What you can ride will depend on your age.

Age 16

You must complete a CBT and then you can ride a moped or scooter up to 50 cc and with a top speed of no more than 28 mph. You must display L plates, you cannot carry a pillion passenger and you must not ride on a motorway.

Age 17 or over

You must complete a CBT and then you can ride a restricted motorcycle up to 125 cc. You must display L plates, you cannot carry a pillion passenger and you must not ride on a motorway.

Do you have a full car driving licence?

If you already have a full car driving licence then this automatically gives you provisional entitlement for riding a motorcycle. So, priovided you get your CBT certificate then you can ride a moped or motorcycle as mentioned above according to your age.


What is the DVSA Certificate Of Competence?

This certificate is awarded as part of the Enhanced Rider Scheme, often abbreviated to ERS. This scheme was devised by the DVSA and the motorcycle industry. The ERS course is run by many motorcycle training companies around the UK. It is for anyone who has a full motorcycle licence and wishes to check their safe riding skills. Not only will it make you a better rider but some insurance companies offer cheaper motorcycle insurance if you have been issued with a DVSA Certificate Of Competence. You will receive this certificate at the end of your ERS course if the instructor deems you to be a safe rider. If the instructor feels you need additional training it may be given on the day, or if it is felt you need a larger amount of training then you may need to come back on another day. Although ERS is not a test it is much like a CBT: provided you demonstrate a safe level of riding and knowledge during the day then you will be issued with your certificate. You can view a short video about ERS here

You can book your motorcycle A1, A2 or DAS test in Leigh here

What is the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)?

This scheme was devised by the DVSA and the motorcycle industry. The ERS course is run by many motorcycle training companies around the UK. It is for anyone who has a full motorcycle licence and wishes to check their safe riding skills. Not only will it make you a better rider but some insurance companies offer cheaper motorcycle insurance if you have been issued with a DVSA Certificate Of Competence. You will receive this certificate at the end of your ERS course if the instructor deems you to be a safe rider. If the instructor feels you need additional training it may be given on the day, or if it is felt you need a larger amount of training then you may need to come back on another day. Although ERS is not a test it is much like a CBT: provided you demonstrate a safe level of riding and knowledge during the day then you will be issued with your certificate.

The DVSA has produced a short video showing what the Enhanced Rider Scheme is all about: