Learning to ride under new licence rules
Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:49 PM (#1)
She's over 24, passed her CBT and is taking lessons on a 125cc geared bike. That all made sense until I read the rules about the A2 licence have changed (i'm well out of date, i know) and you no longer automatically get the rights to ride any size/power bike after 2 years.
So am I right in thinking, other than for confidence and basic riding skills the 125cc bike is a bit of a waste, as to get any licence now you need to take Mod 1 and 2 on a 'full size' albeit 0.2kw/kg limited bike?
Am I wrong in thinking that you would be wise to take lessons on an A2 compliant bike, as handling/manuvering a 125 vs say a 500 is noteably different given what is expected from the rider in Mod 1 and 2?
However I am assuming that you can only be out with an instructor on a A2 bike, or at an off the road based training area.
Fundamentally I don't want her buying a 125cc bike then finding out she may as well have waited to pass the A2 test and get a 125+ bike.
Posted 10 April 2017 - 05:28 PM (#2)
Sounds to me like she's going for the wrong licence.
(See https://www.gov.uk/r...ce-requirements for age requirements)
This post has been edited by Scythe: 10 April 2017 - 05:28 PM
Posted 10 April 2017 - 09:16 PM (#3)
Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:52 AM (#4)
The 125 (no idea why they picked 125 as the number suitable for learners) seems like a good choice for a personal bike to ride around on while learning, getting the hang of the rules of the road and dealing with other road users. But regarding proving that you're an efficient rider and passing a test I'd always tell people, if they can, get all lessons on a 'big' bike.