Guide to licence types

As of January 2013, motorcycle licence laws have changed. This page is to help you understand the new laws and how they will affect you if you’re taking your bike test. There are also examples of some of the bikes that fall into the new licence categories.




Category AM licence

  • 50cc bikes (categorised as mopeds):
  • Aprilia SR 50R
  • Gilera Runner SP50
  • Honda NSC50R
  • Lexmoto Tornado

The above are all examples of good quality 50cc scooters, ideal for young riders or older people with a short or city-based commute. They have low running costs with economical fuel consumption, and will get you through city centre traffic quicker than any car.


Category A2 licence

Restricted to 46.6 brake horsepower (BHP)

With a motorcycle A2 licence, your bike’s original power must be no more than 92bhp. It also allows you to carry pillions.

With an A2 licence you’ll be able to ride bikes such as:

Sports/Naked Bikes:

  • Honda CBR500R
  • Kawasaki Ninja 300
  • Kawasaki Versys (Restricted) – Do we need to explain restricted?
  • Suzuki SV650 (Restricted)
  • Honda NC700X


  • Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Iron (Restricted)
  • Honda VT750 Shadow Black Spirit (Restricted)
  • Suzuki M800 Intruder (Restricted)


Category A1 licence

Restricted to 125cc machines

With a motorcycle A1 licence you will be able to ride bikes including:

Sports 125s:

  • Yamaha YZF-R125
  • Honda CBR125R
  • Aprilia RS4 125

Commuter Bikes:

  • Honda CBF125
  • Yamaha YBR125
  • KTM 125 Duke

Dual Purpose Bikes:

  • Honda XL125V Varadero
  • Yamaha XT125X
  • Aprilia RX125


  • Gilera Runner ST125
  • Honda PCX125
  • Suzuki Burgman 125


Category A licence

This licence gives you the choice of any size of bike you want.

Sports Bikes:

  • BMW S1000RR
  • Aprilia RSV4 R
  • Ducati 848 Evo
  • Honda Fireblade

Dual Purpose Bikes:

  • BMW R1200GS Adventure
  • Honda Crosstourer
  • KTM 990 Adventure
  • Triumph Explorer

This is just a selection of the bikes you could ride when you’ve obtained the relevant licence.


This information is correct as at 10/10/2013

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