Motorcycle Training Courses in North London & About The Motorcycle Test (Module 1 & Module 2)

Before anyone can attend any kind of motorcycle lessons or scooter licence training, they must first obtain a provisional licence for motorcycles (Category A).  A provisional motocycle licence can be held in the following ways:

  • A standard UK Provisional Driving Licence. By default, a UK provisional licence provides entitlements for both Motorcycles (Category A) & Cars (Category B).
  • A Full UK Driving licence (Category B). Existing driver with a full UK licence automatically have the provisonal entitlement to ride motorcycles (Category A).  This can be seen by looking a the paper counterpart under the section titled "Provisional Entitlements"
  • A full EU Driving Licence with UK counterpart. For those people with a European driving licence, you will first need to obtain a UK counter part by completing a Form D9. Once you have your UK counterpart, your Category A provisional entitlement will be stated there.

The first stage of learning to ride a motorbike or scooter/moped is to attend a Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT). This can be done at our North London training site, or our East London CBT centre.  The CBT is basically a motorbike lesson aimed at teaching people who want to get a motorcycle/moped or scooter licence. Everyone must complete a CBT assessment (or "CBT Test" as it's commonly known) to be able to ride a motorcycle or scooter/moped on the road. The only exception to this applies to car drivers who passed their driving test before 1st February 2001, as their licence will entitle them to ride a moped up to 50cc. However, if such car drivers want to ride any motorcycle or scooter/moped over 50cc, then they must attend CBT.

Upon successful completion of your CBT training, you will then need to sit and pass your motorcycle theory test. You can book this test online or by calling the DSA on 0300 200 1122. You can purchase a DVD theory pack from us for only £9.99, which includes all questions as well as hazard perception clips for you to practice. (n.b. You could choose to do the motorcycle theory test before your CBT if you prefer - i.e you do not have to have a CBT to do the motorcycle theory test).

The final step to getting your full motorbike licence is to choose which type of licence you would like to obtain. There are 2 main types of licence, which are the A2 Restricted Access Licence and the Direct Access Scheme (DAS). Again, training for any of these motorcycle courses can be arranged from our North London motorcycle training site in Tottenham, which is very close to Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate.

If you are still unsure of exactly how to get your full motorcycle licence, please view our flowchart guide

With London traffic being at its highest levels, the quickest and most realiable form of transportation is proving to be on a scooter or motorcycle.  With increased public transport costs and rising fuel prices, the ecomony of a scooter alone is enough to convince most people that motorcycles are the way forward.  Then you add on the convenience factors of not having to sit in traffic jams, and the ease of parking, and not to forget the realiablity of having your own vehicle, and not having to squash onto a train.  It's easy to see why so many people are looking to learn how to ride scooters / motorcyles.

About The Motorcycle Test

The DSA Motorcycle test is now comprised of 2 practical modules, Module 1 and Module 2.  You must pass your Module 1 test before you can attend your Module 2 test

Both the Direct Access motorcycle licence and the A2 Restricted motorcycle licence require you to sit and pass exactly the same motorbike test. The only difference between the 2 tests is the size of the motorbike in which you take your test on. (Direct Access requires you to sit and pass both Module 1 & Module 2 on a motorcycle capable of a power output of at least 40kw (53.6bhp), whilst the A2 Restricted licence requires your motorcylce or scooter to be at least 499cc or above with a power output between 25-35kw (33-46.6bhp)

Module 1

The DSA Module 1 Test is an off road exam, which is conducted at a DSA mulit-purpose test centre (MPTC).  As thisis an off road test, you will not be riding or performing any exercises on the public road.  The DSA Module 1 test will require you to demonstrate set manoeuvres to the examiner which are shown below:

Module 1 Left Circuit   Module 1 Right Circuit

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Although the Module 1 test has a right circuit and a left circuit (as pictured above), you will only be required to perform one of these, which will be at the examiners discretion on the day of your test.

The Module 1 test will last approximately 8 - 12 minutes. Upon successful completion, the examiner will issue you with a certificate which will then entitle you to proceed to sit the Module 2 test. This certificate will expire on the same date as your motorcycle theory certificate. If you fail to sit/pass your Module 2 test before this expiry date, then you will be required to re-take your theory and also re-sit the Module 1 test.

Module 2

The DSA Module 2 Test can only be conducted upon successful completion of Module 1. However, you can still book your Module 2 test before you have attended or passed your Module 1 Test, but should you not successfully pass Module 1, then you would not be allowed to sit your Module 2 test, and may lose any fees you have remitted for this test.

The Module 2 Test is all completed on the public road.  The time allocated for the test is 57 minutes, of which you will be riding for approximately 30 - 40 minutes.  The rest of your test time is allocated for briefings, an eye sight check, kitting you out with a radio, and paperwork and debriefing.  The Module 2 test will consist of a DSA Examiner following you on the road on his own motorcycle and assessing your ability to safely interact with other traffic.  To pass the test, you must not accumalate more than 10 rider faults (minor marks) or make any serious or dangerous faults.

As part of your Module 2 test, the examiner will also ask you some safety questions about the motorcycle you are riding (show me, tell me questions), and a question relating to the carrying of pillion passengers. These questions, along with the correct answers can be found by clicking on the relevant icon below.

Motorcycle Safety Questions Motorcycle Test Pillion Passenger Questions

Once you pass the Module 2 test, you will then obtain a motorcycle entitlement on your driving licence (Category A).

If you fail your Module 2 test, then you will only need to re-sit the Module 2 test. However, if you do not pass your Module 2 test before the expiry date on your theory certificate and Module 1 certificate, then you will be required to re-take your theory and also re-sit the Module 1 test.

Motorcycle Courses in North London

Our motorcycle courses in North London range from CBT training to getting your full unrestricted motorcycle licence with our Direct Access training courses in North London.  As our motorbike training centre is based in Tottenham, it is easily accessible for other areas of North London including Highbury, Islington and Kings Cross.  Furthermore, the DSA Multi Purpose Test Centre (MPTC) is located in Enfield, which is only 10 minutes ride away from our training site. 

This means people that book a full motorcycle course with us will be able to benefit from our instructors being able to take you around the motorcycle test routes which the DSA examiners use. Our instructors knowledge of the DSA test routes, coupled with our superb location, simply means you will have a huge advantage when attending your Module 2 motorcycle test, as you would have already been around the test routes used by the examiners, and all the local surrounding areas such as Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt and Brimsdown.

And if making your Module 2 test easy isn't good enough, we have an exclusive Module 1 training area, which gives us a leading edge over other schools when training you for module 1 motorcycle test.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is for people who want to ride any motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc.  Although CBT is often referred to as a "CBT Test", it is an fact an ongoing assessment by your instructor, who will need to be satisfied that you can ride your scooter/motorbike safely and under control before they can give you a CBT certificate to say that you have successfully passed your CBT test.

CBT is valid for 2 years from the date of completion, and allows anyone 17 years old and over to ride any scooter or motorbike up tp 125cc (50cc for 16 year olds).  For those people who want to ride larger motorcycles or scooters without 'L' plates, you will need to pass your

A1 Motorcycle Licence

The A1 Motorcycle Licence is available to anyone aged 17 or older who want to obtain a full motorcycle licence. The A1 licence is the only licence available to those under the age of 19, and restricts you to riding a motrcycle or scooter no greater than 125cc with a maximum power output of not more than 11kw (14.6bhp). but cannot see themselves riding a high powered motorcycle or scooter (above 35kw / 46.6 bhp).

Many people regard the A1 motorbike licence as a permenant CBT with the added privilege of being able to ride without 'L' plates, carry pillion passengers and use motorways.

A2 Restricted Licence

The A2 Restricted Licence is for those people aged 19 or older who want to obtain a full motorcycle licence, but cannot see themselves riding a high powered motorcycle or scooter (above 35kw / 46.6 bhp). The A2 Licence is the most powerful motorcycle licence immediatly avaialble to those under the age of 24.

People who sit and pass the A2 Restricted Access test still obtain a full UK Motorcycle licence, and can therefore ride without 'L' plates, carry pillion passengers & use motorways. However, the power of your chosen bike cannot exceed 35kw (46.6bhp). Once you have held the A2 licence for a minimum period of 2 years or reach the minimum age requirement for Direct Access (whichever comes first) you can re-take your practical motorcycle test on a larger motorbike and upgraded to a full unrestricted motorcycle licence.

Direct Access Scheme (DAS)

The Direct Access Scheme (DAS) is an unrestricted motorcycle licence.  Only people aged 24 and over (or those younger who have helf the A2 Restricted licence for a minimum of 2 years) can currently take a DAS test. People who take the Direct Access course will have to pass both the DAS module 1 Test & DAS Module 2 test on a motorbike of at least 599cc which has a minimum power output of at least 40kw (53.6bhp).

Once you pass the DAS test you immediatly get an unrestricted motorcycle licence, and can ride any motorbike, with any power output. You can also remove your 'L' plates, carry pillion passengers and use motorways.

Our Exclusive Module 1 Training Site

We are extremely proud of our extensive Module 1 training site, which is large enough to allow us to replicate the DSA Module 1 Test circuit. As a pupil of 1 Stop, you are guaranteed to benefit from this facility by practicing the Module 1 Test circuit as many times as you like, within a safe environment, which can ultimately only increase your chances of passing your test first time!

We would like to emphasise the following:

  • We do not hire our training site. Unlike most other schools, our training site allows us to copy the Module 1 circuit. As other schools do not have this advantage, they are left with no other option than to hire a training site from the DSA in order for them to be able to provide you with the same level of training. The DSA can charge for this service, and as such, this cost is almost inevitably passed onto you, the pupil, increasing the price of your course. The only alternative that these schools have to hiring a site from the DSA, is to not provide you with the proper and adequate training necessary for Module 1.
  • Our training is guaranteed! Training schools that wish to hire site's from the DSA, must do so at the DSA's convenience. This results in a large queue being generated, and schools having to wait their turn to hire out these sites. As such, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get any "on site" training, as the DSA may allocate a training slot on a day of the week that does not coincide with your training dates. At 1 Stop we do not suffer from this problem, as our training site is solely for the use of our pupils and so we can guarantee that you will be able to practice the Module 1 circuit.
  • No time limit. If other training schools are fortunate enough to be able to hire a site from the DSA, then we advise that you make the most of it! This is because the DSA only hire the sites out for a maximum 30 minutes! This time limit will undoubtably effect the amount of practice attempts you will be able to have at the Module 1 circuit (consider yourself lucky if you manage any more than 2-3, after all, it is a 12 minute test, and there will be other pupils in the group who will need to practice as well) With 1 Stop, you will not experience this kind of rushed inadequate training. As we have our own training site, we will not, and indeed do not have to place a time restriction on your training! This means that you can practice the Module 1 circuit as many times as you like, to help ensure that you are well and truly prepared for that all important test day.
  • Safety. Our training site is "off road". We will not train our pupils for any elements of Module 1 on the public road, which causes an extreme safety risk to both yourself and other road users. Module 1 also requires you to perform certain manoeuvres which are at best not safe, and at worst, illegal to conduct on the public road. Please think... there is a reason why the DSA make you perform the Module 1 circuit in an off road environment.

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