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Is it possible to ride a motorbike with a car license?

Though it might appear unusual, there are motorcycles available for riding with just your car license if you meet the eligibility criteria. The process of transitioning from four wheels to a two-wheeled machine is outlined in this blog, elucidating how you can utilize your driving license to operate a motorcycle. Although we use the term “motorcycle” all 50cc machines are legally classed as “mopeds”, whether they are scooter style or motorcycle style mopeds.

Do all car license holders have this privilege?

Not every individual holding a driving license is automatically eligible to ride a motorbike. Eligibility is contingent on the date of passing the driving test. In certain cases, completing a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course may be a prerequisite before motorcycle riding is permitted.

For those who obtained their driving license before February 1, 2001, they possess the legal entitlement to ride a moped up to 50cc without requiring L plates or undergoing a CBT test. A Category P on the license signifies this privilege. However, if one desires to ride a moped or motorcycle with a larger engine, undertaking the CBT test becomes necessary.

On the other hand, individuals who passed their driving test on or after February 1, 2001, must successfully complete the CBT before legally being able to ride any type of motorbike or moped.

What sort of machines can I ride on my car license?

The primary consideration when selecting a motorcycle for use with a car driving license is its engine capacity. According to the government website, if you passed your driving test prior to February 1, 2001, you can operate a moped up to 50cc without the need for L plates or a moped test. It is crucial that the chosen bike also has a maximum speed of 50 km/h.

Opting for this type of motorcycle comes with a significant advantage – cost-effectiveness. These bikes are more affordable compared to their more powerful counterparts, making them a financially viable option. We recommend automatic, twist and go mopeds.

What exactly is a CBT and how much does it cost?

CBT, which stands for Compulsory Basic Training, is commonly misconstrued as a test, but it’s important to note that it is not a pass-or-fail examination. The CBT course is designed to provide beginners with fundamental skills necessary for safe and proficient motorcycle riding on UK roads.

Typically achievable within a single day, the CBT imparts essential knowledge and practical skills. However, if your instructor deems it necessary for you to undergo additional training to meet the minimum standard, you may be required to complete extra sessions.

The CBT consists of five crucial elements, and progression to the next stage is contingent on your instructor’s assurance that you have comprehended each element and exhibited the requisite skills. The cost of the course typically ranges between £135 and £150, depending on your chosen training provider and geographic location within the country. The five-part CBT course includes:

1. Introduction and sight checks
2. Training onsite
3. Riding on site
4. On-road training
5. On-road riding

Upon successfully finishing your CBT, you can initiate the process of obtaining a motorcycle license.

Expiry of the CBT certificate.

The validity of your CBT lasts for a period of two years. In practical terms, this implies that if you don’t progress to obtaining a motorbike license within two years of completing your CBT, you will need to retake the course to maintain legal authorization for riding on public roads.