What can you ride on what license? What are the equivalents between combustion and electric motorcycles?
It can seem a bit confusing when looking in to what size and power of motorbike you can ride and on what license. To compound that, ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) and electric motors are inherently different which can confuse things further. Below we have detailed what the requirements are for each license type to try and make things a little more clear.
CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
A CBT can be gained with either a provisional or full driving license in the UK, and it is exactly as it says, training. So there is no test, it is purely a means to ensure you have the basic knowledge to be safe on public roads.
In terms of motorbike license, a CBT allows you to get an AM classification which allows you to ride a 50cc ICE motorbike or electric motorbike with a max power of 4kW and restricted to a max speed of 28mph with L Plates.
A CBT can also allow an A1 license ridden with L Plates. This gives you an increase to 125cc ICE or 11kW electric motor.
*ALL Super SOCO motorcycles can be ridden on a CBT license!
Completing an A1 license essentially removes the need to display L Plates but are still restricted to a max 125cc ICE or 11kW electric motor (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg)
You will need to complete a motorbike theory test and a practical test.
An A2 license allows you to ride an ICE or electric motorcycle up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg). It is possible to have a larger motorbike restricted to ensure that power output but the motorbike chosen must not be derived from vehicle more than twice its restricted power.
As with the A1 license, you will need to complete a motorbike theory test and a practical test, unless you already have an A1 license in which case only a practical test is required.
An A license allows you to ride any cc or kW. As with the A1 or A2 license, you will need to complete a motorbike theory test and a practical test, unless you already have an A2 license in which case only a practical test is required.
With any or the license levels, there are age restriction that only allow you to move to the next license dependent on either your age, or if you've been riding for a min 2 years.
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