A2 Licence – The route to a full licence for age 19 and over
The A2 licence is available to all aged 19 and over but you will be restricted to a machine of 46bhp. If you are 24 or older the Direct Access course may well be your best option.
Sick of paying £80 a tank for fuel ?? We can’t help you with that but we can help you make your fuel go a lot further – invest some money in taking an A2 restricted licence.
You will have a 46bhp restriction, but 46bhp is plenty for running around town and commuting to and from work.
As you can see from the picture of one of my excursions 46bhp doesn’t mean boring either – plenty of scope to tour and have fun at the weekend.
Make no mistake, you can travel big distances on smaller bikes. They have advantages of weight, economy and simplicity over some of the latest whizz bang monsters. You can make a great adventure bike out of a smaller capacity motorbike.
How to get your A2 Restricted Licence
You must be aged 19 or over to take this licence
- Step 1 – already have or complete a CBT certificate.
- Step 2 – pass the Theory and Hazard Perception Test. You can train without one but you cannot book or take a test without it.
- Step 3 – take the DSA Motorcycle Test Module 1 and Module 2 courses to pass the motorcycle test.
Please take a few moments to watch the Module 1 test requirements below
If you take the practical tests on an A2 bike you will be restricted to riding a motorbike with less than 46 bhp but the L plates come off, you can carry a pillion passenger and you can use motorways. After 2 years with this licence you can take further practical tests to move up to a Category A unrestricted licence.
It is possible to fit power restricter kits to larger bikes to bring them down to 46 bhp however you should note that if the engine power of the motorcycle has been restricted to fit sub-category A2, the normal unrestricted power can’t be more than double its new restricted power.
The original unrestricted power of the bike is 90bhp then the maximum restriction would be 45bhp so this bike would be ok for the A2 licence
If your original unrestricted power is 100bhp, the maximum restriction would be 50 bhp and that would not be ok for riding on the A2 licence.
Something you might want to check out before you go off and buy that R1!