Can I drive a motorbike?


#1

Legally speaking? Was chatting to a colleague about driving licenses, and he reckons that according to the back of my license, I can ride any size of bike I like.

NB: I’ve never ridden a motorbike in my life.


#2

Until the year 2057 at least


#3

You’ll need your CBT at least, regardless of when you passed your test.

Then depending on that either a 50cc or 125cc or 250cc


#4

That would suggest so. My license has the date I passed my motorbike test in the same place that yours is filled in. Weird. I say go for it! How hard can it be?


#5

My colleague reckoned this superseded the need for CBT and stuff?


#6

Drive a motorbike in town for a bit and find out


#7

I’ve got that too (and loads of other shit as I passed in the past).


#8

Something about the C in compulsory basic training makes me think differently… I dunno though…


#9

I also have C1, D1, BE, C1E and D1E


#10

And my A kicks off on the same date as yours…


#11

We should form a gang.


#12

Apparently the 79(3) refers to a trike. Is it just a trike I can ride?


#13

You can only drive a moped:

Mopeds
Category AM

You can drive 2-wheeled or 3-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 25km/h (15.5mph) but not more than 45km/h (28mph).

This category also includes light quad bikes with:

unladen mass of not more than 350kg (not including batteries if it’s an electric vehicle)
maximum design speed of over 25km/h (15.5mph) but not more than 45km/h (28mph)

https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories

and you still have to take a CBT

https://www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped/bike-categories-ages-and-licence-requirements


#14

Yes, you’re not even trusted with a normal pedal bike. Just a tricycle.


#15

Oh, hang on, I didn’t see the ‘A’ category on its own:

A Unrestricted motorcycles in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access route - CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24)

Progressive access route - held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years - practical test (21 or over) 24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)


#16

Probably for the best tbh


#17

Does it just mean I have the potential to drive these things, contingent on passing other tests?


#18

Me too. I also have f (tractor), k (ride on lawnmower) and l (mobility scooter)


#19

Thinking of just getting a dirtbike for quick London trips…


#20

Direct access route - CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24)

Progressive access route - held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years - practical test (21 or over) 24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)

Whatever happens, I think you need to do a CBT at some point.