KJ's School of Motoring
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FAQ

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions about learning to ride. If you have a question that is not listed then give us a call or email us directly.

Q. HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY PROVISIONAL LICENCE?

Before you are allowed to ride on a public road you must have received a valid provisional driving licence from the DVSA for the category of vehicle you wish to drive or ride.

To apply for your licence you can go into any post office and pick up a driving licence application pack "D1" this contains all of the information you will need to obtain your licence.

The DVSA now only issue photo card driving licences, whether you are applying for your first licence, renewing or exchanging your old one, make sure you send your best passport sized photo as this will stay on your licence for 10 years, after this time DVSA will require an updated photo, if you would like to update it before the ten years is up then you will have to pay each time.

Q. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LICENCE?

You should receive your licence within 3 weeks.

It is important to keep your licence in a safe place. This is required when you go for your theory and practical tests.

Q. I WEAR GLASSES CAN I STILL LEARN TO RIDE?

To drive on a public road it is a legal requirement that you can read a new style car number plate format "FD57 LVF" from 20 metres away, for the old style number plate format "W123 XYZ" it is increased to 20.5 metres. If you need glasses or contact lenses to read it then you must wear them every time you are driving.

Q. IS THE CBT A TEST?

No. It is a training day to cover all the basics you will need to ride alone on the road. It is our job to make sure you are up to the required standard before we issue you with your certificate.

Q. HOW LONG DOES A CBT TAKE?

We start at 9am and usually finish around 3pm. of course some people take to riding easy and maybe finished by lunchtime others may even take longer than one day and will require further training.

Q. DO I NEED MY OWN BIKE?

No. We have 50cc automatic mopeds and geared 125cc motorcycles you can rent from us on the day, we also have a selction of motorcycle helmets, motorcycle gloves and motorcycle jackets you can rent if you dont have your own protective equipment available.

Q. DO I HAVE TO PASS MY THOERY TEST BEFORE STARTING A CBT COURSE?

No. But we would recommend reading the Highway Code to help keep you safer on the roads.

Q. WILL AN AUTOMATIC CBT CERTIFICATE LET ME RIDE A MANUAL BIKE?

Yes. As long as the CBT certificate is still valid, but we would highly recommend that you take further training if you move to a geared bike.

Q. HOW LONG WILL MY CBT CERTIFICATE LAST?

2 years.

Q. HOW MANY OTHER STUDENTS WILL BE LEARNING WITH ME

The maximum ratio of students to teachers allowed by law is 2:1 for on-road riding and 4:1 for off-road riding (2:1 for DAS off-road riding) but at KJ's we keep the groups small so it will only ever be one instructor to two trainees so you get a more personal learning experience compared to the larger schools that have large groups.

Q. DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN HELMET?

For health and safety while learning to ride a motorcycle you will need to wear a proper Motorcycle Helmet, Motorcycle Jacket, Motorcycle Gloves, Jeans with no holes and boots. At KJ's School of Motoring we have the helmets, gloves and jacket that you can hire for £5 per item on a you break it you buy it policy but you will need to bring your own jeans and boots.

Q. I AM ONLY 16 WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?

You are eligible to ride a bike from category "AM" a moped of 50cc or less with a design speed of not exceeding 45kph (28mph).

Q. I AM 17-18 YEARS OLD WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?

You are eligible to ride a bike from sub-category "A1" a motorcycle between 120cc-125cc with a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp).

Q. I AM 17-18 YEARS OLD WHAT IS THE POINT OF PASSING THE TEST IF I CAN'T GET A BETTER BIKE?

When you completed your CBT you were only taught the basics of riding if you go onto to pass your full test then:

  • You will be able to remove your "L" plates (more respect from other bikers).
  • You will be a much safer rider.
  • Because you will pass your theory test your knowledge of the rules of the road and hazard perception will improve.
  • Your planning will be much better with the extra training and this will help save your fuel and wear on your bike saving you money.
  • Now you have passed your test you could save money on your insurance premiums now you have proved you are a better rider.
  • You will be able to take a pillion passenger on the back of your bike legally now.
  • You are now allowed to ride on motorways.
  • You won't have to worry about doing another CBT if your current one runs out before you turn 19 again saving money.
  • If you keep riding to test standard and don't let yourself slip into bad habits you should only need half a day or a day's training to get your A2 licence you won't need to spend as much to upgrade to a cstegory A2 or category A licence.

All this means it's still well worth while passing your test at 17-18 even though the bike you can ride will not get any bigger. It could even save your more money that sitting on "L" plates for 2 years and waiting till you are 19 years old. Most importantly the extra training could save your life a good example would be the avoidance exercise on the module 1 test once you have mastered this skill you are much better prepared in case someone pulls out in front of you from a side road.

Q. I AM 19-23 YEARS OLD WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?

You are eligible to ride a bike from sub-category "A2" a motorcycle of at least 245cc with a power output of at least 20kW (27bhp) but not exceeding 35kW (46.6bhp).

Q. I AM 21-23 YEARS OLD IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN I RIDE THE BIGGEST BIKES?

At 21 you are eligible to ride a bike from sub-category "A2" but if you have already passed on an "A2" bike and have held this type of licence for 2 years then you are allowed progress onto a category "A" bike without having to wait until you have turned 24 years old.

Q. I AM 24+ YEARS OLD WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?

You are eligible to ride a bike from category "A" a motorcycle of at least 595cc with a power output of at least 50kW (67bhp).

Q. CAN I USE MY OWN BIKE?

Yes. It will need to display full sized "L" plates on the front and rear of the bike, be legal and road worthy.

Q. IF I PASS MY PRACTICAL TEST ON A 125CC, WHAT SIZE OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?

You can only ride a bike that fits into the same category as the bike you passed your test on so in this case a bike from sub-category A1.

Q. DO I HAVE TO PASS MY THEORY BEFORE I CAN PASS MY PRACTICAL TEST?

Yes. But you may begin your training before taking your theory test.

Q. HOW LONG DOES THE ON-ROAD TEST TAKE?

It will take approximately 45 minutes from start to finish, this also includes the briefing and de-brief.

Q. HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING TAKE?

It's very difficult to give exact time frame, as everybody learns at a different rate, but on average somebody with a little motorcycle experience and some road sense, 15 hours post CBT training is usually sufficient..