Just got booked in for my CBT test which, when passed, allows you to ride up to a 125cc everywhere but motorways. Motorcycle licencing is pretty complex in the UK, so here’s a quick sum up.

The CBT is there so that you can legally ride on the road for experience before you do your main tests. The CBT is a quick course that takes a day, which has theory, off road and on road elements. After that you progress to your full licence, which requires a full theory test, an off road manoeuvring assessment and then a seperate main test with 40 minutes of on road riding that you’re graded on. Once all that is passed you’re STILL limited to a bike with a max power output of 11kW. From there you can get your a higher level licence if you have 2 years riding experience on the small bikes and are over 19. That still limits you to around a 500cc bike. Or if you’re over 24 you can do ANOTHER round of tests to get fully unrestricted without the experience.

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UK bureaucracy people...

Picture at the top is an Aprilia RS125, the bike I want to get if I have the funds.

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Edit: corrected to reflect some newer rules. Some stuff is still missed out or this post would be epic, in total there are at least 5 levels of licence. It’s so confusing I’m not sure I fully understand it.