Although the Direct Access Scheme is open to anyone who is 24 years and above, many riders who are entitled to enter motorcycling by this route opt for a Standard (A2) Motorcycle Licence instead. Their reasons for choosing a restricted licence are varied, but for most there is simply no immediate need for the more powerful machines.
Often referred to as a Restricted Licence, riders who successfully pass the tests in this category are able to ride a medium motorcycle up to 35 kW (with a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg) bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power. This restriction will remain in place for the life of your licence unless a Big Bike test (A) is passed. This can be done when you have reached 24 years of age, or have held your A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years.
Restricted Licence - What Will It Take?
To apply for the practical tests you must be adequately prepared, which for the majority of riders will normally translate into around 18 hours of post-CBT training, and hold valid CBT and motorcycle Theory test pass certificates (unless you have held an A1 licence for 2 years). The tests must be carried out on a machine that is at least 395cc, be between 25kW and 35kW engine power, and have a power to weight ratio no more than 0.2kW/kg.
If a motorcycle (manual gear) is used, the resulting licence will be valid for manual and automatic. Using a scooter (automatic) for the test will result in a licence to ride automatics only.
Make no mistake, although it carries a restriction on permissible power output, this is a full motorcycle licence and as such, will remove the requirement for L Plates as well as entitling the holder to make use of the motorway network and carry pillion passengers.
Motorcycles for A2
There are of course smaller motorcycles on the market which fall within the limits allowed under this category of licence but it is worth noting that most modern motorcycles can be fitted with restrictor kits to reduce the power output to 35kW exactly for this purpose, opening up a huge range of options for your first ‘Big’ bike. The mechanical components used to achieve the required reduction in power output can be removed at any time if the licence becomes unrestricted.
Saltire Motorcycles is one of the most popular motorbike rider training facilities in Scotland attracting bikers from the Lothians, across the central belt and beyond – so make it your first choice for the Standard Motorcycle Licence.
We offer a package option (including a payment schedule or finance) or pay as you go option for all levels of training.