This is everything you need to know to get your motorcycle license
Getting your motorcycle license is the first step to get into the amazing world of motorcycle riding. Why should you start with the license and not with the vehicle? The answer is because you have to learn the insights about the machine and the rules to drive it in your own country. We did the hard work for you and put together this post explaining all the details about it. Besides giving all this information to you, I will also tell you about a couple of accessories that blew my mind. Read on and ride the way to your motorcycle dreams from the license to the accessories.
Motorcycle License in the UK
Motorcycle license in the UK can open the door to some of the best roads on the planet. The highest category you can go for is A. this category will allow you to drive virtually any bike you want. But before you get this from the UK government, you are going to have to go through a lot of instances. Although it is not a complicated procedure, here is the clarification.
The CBT Course
First, before you think of this course, you have to be at least 17 years old. The application form can be obtained at the post office. The next step is to find a place to do it that is convenient for you, these places are called Approved Training Body (ATB). The price for this course is mostly around £100 and £135. In this kind of places you will have a motorcycle and a helmet.
This is a good moment to be very prudent and also responsible. Pay a lot of attention on your CBT course and learn how to drive your motorcycle. Remember that by the time you have your motorcycle license, you are no longer playing it safe. Roads can be dangerous and it is better that you are prepared for it.
Practical Test Mod 1 And Mod 2
You need to pass practical and theory tests to have a full motorcycle license in the UK. Passing these tests take a lot of studying and practicing.
Each of these tests consists of two parts. For them, you have to qualify in a series of tests called “Staged Access”. To check which the ones you qualify for are, it is important that you check the official license guidelines.
The Mod 1 and the Mod 2 are practical and theory respectively. The first one is a practical test that takes about twenty minutes. The things topics included in in the 20 minutes are:
- Using the bike stand
- Make a U-Turn
- Do a slow ride
- Test cornering and a controlled stop
- Ride through a slalom and an eight-number
- Test cornering and an emergency stop
- Test cornering and hazard avoidance.
Once you are done with Mod 1 it is time for Mod 2 which is a set of questions. Mod 2 also includes a 30-minute ride. The instructor will check your skills again and give you the full approval or disapproval.
The tricky thing for people 17 or 18 years old is that you can take the full test but only get A1 license. This type of motorcycle license will only allow you to ride 125cc but you´ll drop the L-plates. Also, with this type of motorcycle license you can take on the highway.
Motorcycle License in Canada
Canadian roads are among the best of the world and the landscapes are breath-taking. In this northern country, you need to be sixteen years old to apply for your first motorcycle license. Let´s take a look at what you need to have a Canada motorcycle license.
Motorcycle License Types
- The M-Class is the one that involves M-1 and M-2 and with it you can ride virtually any bike of any speed. In fact, it is what other countries call full-license.
- The M with condition L is the smallest one you can get. It is good for driving mopeds and motorized scooters. For youngsters that want to take their first steps, it is important to start with this one.
- The M with condition M is the motorcycle license that you need for motorcycles that have three wheels.
There is an available full list of licenses in which you can check which of these categories suit you.
The documentation you need to apply for the motorcycle license in Canada is not complicated.
- Prove you´re sixteen or more – For this you will need your documents that can be different ones depending on your condition.
- Canadian citizens need any ID including passport, citizenship with card, Secure Certificate of Indian Status Card or Ontario Photo card.
- Permanent residents need the PR card, Ontario Photo card, record of landing or confirmation of permanent residence.
- Temporary residents can show a study permit or work permit. Also, they can show visitor record or temporary resident permit. For refugees, they can show refugee status claim, acknowledgment of intent to claim refugee status. Finally temporary residents can show report pursuant to the immigration act.
- Present the passing of eye-test.
- Certificate of passing the written test about traffic signs and rules of the road.
Motorcycle Safety Courses
Motorcycle safety courses are one of the needed steps for getting the motorcycle license in Canada. If you do it and bring the referred envelope within six months, you can pass the M1 road test. Also, by taking this safety course, you can take the second road test before than the 22 usual months. If you take motorcycle safety courses, you can take the test after only 18 months. If going for the M2 level straight sounds great, then you should take motorcycle safety courses.
Book A Road Test
Booking a road test is for those who don´t have the above-mentioned certificate. In order to book the test, it is necessary for you to present:
- You need to present your preferred location for taking the test.
- A valid Ontario driver´s license number.
- The date and time you prefer to have the test
- Two more options of location for the test.
Motorcycle License in Australia
Australia is an amazing country with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Can you picture the headlamp of your favorite bike lighting the way on the desert? If this sounds like music for your ears, then this is the correct place to be. Read on and we will go step by step together through it.
This mandatory training has a cost of $85 AUD. It is a two-session of three and a half hours and you can select the school you want to do it at. Once you pass the classes, you will get a certificate from the school. After this you have three months to use it.
Driver Knowledge Test
The preparation for the theory part of the exam is called Driver-knowledge test. The theorist that will prepare you to take the exam will cost you around $42 AUD. This is a mandatory part of the exam taking in Australia. Also, it is the part of it that you have to put special attention to. Learning the theory is not a step to overlook. The more you know about the traffic rules, the more chances you have of being safe.
Learner Rider License
The first part is the theory exam and once you have that certificate, you need to go through the practical exam. The timeframe to go through the practical exam is twelve months. If you don´t complete the practical part in 12 months, you will have to do it again. The second requisite to have the Learner Rider Certificate is the one-day 6-hour course. This course will cost you $130 AUD.
It is important for you to remember that for this exam you need to provide your own motorcycle and helmet. Also, you need to pay $52 AUD for the right to the practical exam and $24 AUD for the Learner Rider License.
License Types in Australia
All the steps before were to get you to the certificate of competence. Once you have that document, you can choose between:
- P1 Provisional Motorcycle License – This is the motorcycle license you get after the 3-months of the learner rider license. It will last you for 18 months and you can apply for P2 at 12 months. It has a cost of $54 AUD.
- P2 Provisional Motorcycle License – This license lasts for 30 months and is the last step before the Full Motorcycle License. At 24 months you can apply for the full license. The P2 has a cost of $84 AUD.
- Full License – When two years go by (24 months), you can have the full license. This is the definitive step, you are ready to cruise Australian roads.
Accessories for better safety
Safety, when you are riding a motorcycle, is your main concern. Unlike cars, the first barrier against anything is your own body. To avoid going through accidents and testing your limits, I found this couple of accessories that can keep you safer. What was once a promise is now a reality; read on and see why you need them too.
- SBS – Smart Braking System is the name of this accessory that brings a lot of safety to your riding. What it does is amazing, super simple and super effective. In fact, the first thing I thought was how in the world it didn´t occur to me before. This little, easy to install device engages your stop light when you lose speed. In the case that you want to lose speed by not accelerating instead of braking, you´re safer. The Smart Braking System will tell all the other vehicles around you what is the maneuver you are attempting. The Smart Braking System will make your riding safer, especially on the open road.
- STS – Smart Turning System is the name of the other accessory manufactured by the same brand. What it does is also amazing and very simple, it disengages the turning lights. It is a very unsafe situation to leave your turning lights on after turning. You might give other vehicles the wrong indications about your intentions. It is not uncommon to forget them on, especially if you drive a car. Cars disengage them automatically, hence, you think your bike will work the same way. If you leave them on in the city, chances are you can cause a small accident. So, if you leave them on in the open road, the chances of an accident are more critical.
Although everywhere is different, getting your motorcycle license is a needed step to get into the motorcycle world. Take a good look at the requirements and be very responsible with your training lessons. Overlooking your own security might turn out to be the road to disaster. Also, not being responsible with the license might get you into legal problems. So, to avoid all of those, be prepared, safe and understand all the directives you have to follow in public places.
Some important things to bear in mind as a final comment:
- Remember that you are invisible to cars – This might not sound to you as a common sentence, but you really are invisible to cars. These big machines have blind spots in between the rearview mirrors. With this in mind, be extra careful and expect their maneuvers to be as if they didn´t see you.
- Practice a lot in your bike – Riding a lot makes you a better rider; this is just the way it is. Make the most of your time and practice on the safest roads you can find. The more hours you spend on your ride, the better you will understand it.
- Get the right first bike – This might seem as a no-brainer, but it is actually very important. If you get the wrong bike, you might be over your capabilities and it can be dangerous. Aim for smaller bikes, start low and be very prudent.
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