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post #1 of 5 Old 01-10-2009, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a question about the U.K bike licence.
I understand it is graduated for new riders and displacement, but to what extent?
and, what if I have a licence from a different country?
Here in Ontario Canada, we are limited to things like passangers, time of day and type of road, eg. motorway, but not by size of bike.
If someone could shed a little light it would be great,
Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-11-2009, 01:01 PM
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-11-2009, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the links, very useful.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-17-2009, 08:49 PM
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Unsure about overseas licences

Basicly this is how our tests go

16 years old restricted to 50cc

50cc and under you need a provisional licence and a cbt(compulsory basic training)


17 years old you can ride a 125 and under licence Same as above



Anything above 125 needs a full bike licence

21 years and under you can take your full licence but are restricted for 2 years to 33BHP

if your over 21 you can take a direct access test which enables you to ride any bike

Before you can even start training you first need the CBT then you can ride something over 125cc under instruction then you need to take a Theory Test Then you can take the main test.




If your coming over from the US make sure you have VALID insurance. The uk have stiff laws about this. No insurance your bike is instantly seized and costs around 120 to get back plus 10-20 each day its left in the compound. After 7 days it is Destroyed . It also will not be released without someone with a valid licence and insurance to take it away.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-03-2010, 11:35 PM
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I have a question about the U.K bike licence.
I understand it is graduated for new riders and displacement, but to what extent?
and, what if I have a licence from a different country?
Here in Ontario Canada, we are limited to things like passangers, time of day and type of road, eg. motorway, but not by size of bike.
If someone could shed a little light it would be great,
Thanks
Here in Ireland its nearly the very same as in the UK (only we have fewer speed cameras :biggrinjester and its a pain in the ass having the 33bhp restriction for 2 years after passing your test. I did my A1 (125cc licence) in 2005 and then my A (125cc+) in 2007 after a 14 month wait for the practical test. I was riding 6 years in total by the time my restriction to drive what I like was up. Then you've the issue of trying to get insured afterwards which is still an uphill battle.

As I said I have a Full Irish/EU motorcycle licence and I simply got an International Drivers permit for 5 euro (8 CAD Dollars) which allowed me to drive almost anywhere. I needed it for Canada where I used it over there with no problems. I was in Ontario btw. You guys have alot of straight roads btw which made me realise why you guys and the Americans drive much bigger and relaxed bikes. Nice scenery in most places though. I still had a blast.
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