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You Ask/You Answer: New Licences

"I turn 17 next month, and want to get my bike licence, but is it really worth doing the A1 motorcycle test for a 125, or should I just stay as a learner until I can take the A2 test at 19? I would like to progress to bigger bikes, and a full unrestricted licence as soon as I can" Your...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (15 January 2013 10:32)

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Aug 07

Posts: 13

Bolfunga says:

At your tender age two years is a feckin lifetime ;O) If you can afford it take the test, move up a stage, then move on again at 19. The experience you'll gain over those two years on your 125 will be invaluable. You'll also have more fun. Do it if you can afford it.

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Sep 11

Posts: 13

I wouldn't bother.

If you want to carry pillions, or ride on the motorway, or if you're allergic to L plates then do the A1 test. Otherwise you might as well save your money, get a CBT, a cheap 125 and loads of riding experience.

You could renew your CBT and do a theory test before your 19th birthday, then you can book A2 training + tests for when you turn 19, but an A1 test won't get you to an A2 licence any quicker.

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Dec 10

Posts: 12027

preunit says:

Do the A1

Get yourself a nice cheap secondhand 125 and take the 2 years getting riding

experience and building up some NCD on your insurance.

Both of those will be a massive help to you when you get to ride bigger bikes.

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Aug 12

Posts: 13

psychoSam says:

I'm getting riding experience, well not in this weather.

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Aug 10

Posts: 26

Krisrexter says:

Personally I would do my Cbt buy a 125 ride it until I'm 19 spend my money getting my car licence in the meantime then get my theory and repeat Cbt and a course booked for my 19th then same again for my 21st there done boom cartwheel !

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Sep 12

Posts: 7

Bootstrap says:

Depends how much you disliek your learner plates, i personally wanted them off ASAP as no matter what cool 125 you buy it will be ruiend by them. Passing your test should also reduce your insurance. So it all depends on how many lessons your goign to need to pass.

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Jan 11

Posts: 267

cairnsie13 says:

Don't Bother!

Get a cheap 125 and ride around for 2 years, maybe take a few lessons to make sure you stay safe,there's no point in doing your test unless you want rid of the L plates. This is exactly the reason why the new licensing system is ridiculous. It discourages young riders from getting the proper training they need to stay safe and a lot of riders that are 19 and under will only have the CBT as formal training.

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Nov 12

Posts: 28

MrGiggle says:


What ive done is my CBT at 17 then just keeping that for two years then doing my A2 to save money on lessons, extra tests and to get more experience before doing my test.

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Oct 11

Posts: 2671

Piglet2010 says:

Move to Iowa

Then you can take your test on an old borrowed Honda Aero (Melody), and legally ride off on a Kawasaki ZX-14R (ZZR1400).

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Jan 11

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snev says:


Honda Melody .. $150 per day  excluding Insurance, call Snev Hire Somewhere close to the " Real World"...

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