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 CLICK HERE and ask 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 8.30am-9am and usually finish around 4pm. 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. you are welcome to rent a motorcycle or moped from us which includes all the safety equipment for need too.

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 is 2:1 for on-road riding and 4:1 for off-road riding (2:1 for DAS off-road riding).

Q. DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN HELMET?

At KJ's School of Motoring if you rent one of our bikes then we provide you with a helmet, pair of riding gloves and a waterproof jacket. But if you have your own equipment feel free to bring it along with you. If you are using your own bike then we rent the safety equipment for £2 per item or £5 for all 3 on a you break it you buy it policy.

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 can now complete the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) and could receive even more insurance discounts.
  • 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 another £500.
  • The A1 licence is £50 cheaper than the A2 licence and if you use your own bike then it's an extra £80 cheaper again saving £130.

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 395cc 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 40kW (53.6bhp).

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..

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions about learning to ride. If you have a question that is not listed CLICK HERE and ask us directly.