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Hi guys,


So I failed mod 1 again, because they wouldnt let me use my bloody bike!


Anyway, to get riding as soon as possible, could I do a restricted course? Would that be easyer to pass? and possibly cheaper?


I thought I was going to do a restricted course but they said the bike was too powerful for it.


Is it still the same, that you do a restricted and then you have two years then you can ride anything?

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Now, I can't be bothered wading through all that Civil Service speak on these links, but can someone clear something up for me?


If a 17 year old (or someone of any age) were to pass the test on a 125 would he or she then be able to ride a bike of any capacity after a given period of time, or do the various classes have to be tested before they let you loose on them?


BTW, I'm very skeptical about the benefits of tougher testing. 20 years as an ADI during a period when the driving test changed out of all recognition convinced me that teaching and testing inexperienced drivers to a standard above a certain level has had unintended consequences of a negative nature.

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Sorry Luke, just posted this on your other thread but I'll put the detail here for Joe


At 17: you can only take the test on a 125 and then you can only ride a 125 (but at least you can take pillion or take it on the motorway... w00t. Why you'd want to is anyone's guess :) )


At 19: you can take the test on "a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 395cc with a power output between 33bhp and 46.6bhp" after which you can ride any capacity bike but restricted to 46.6bhp and it can't have started with more than twice that before restriction. This restriction doesn't just end after 2 years like it used to now.


At 24 or 2 years after you do the 400 test (whichever comes first) you can take the test again on "a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 595cc with a power output of at least 40kW (approx 54bhp)" which lets you ride unrestricted.

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Sorry Luke, just posted this on your other thread but I'll put the detail here for Joe


At 17: you can only take the test on a 125 and then you can only ride a 125 (but at least you can take pillion or take it on the motorway... w00t. Why you'd want to is anyone's guess :) )


At 19: you can take the test on "a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 395cc with a power output between 33bhp and 46.6bhp" after which you can ride any capacity bike but restricted to 46.6bhp and it can't have started with more than twice that before restriction. This restriction doesn't just end after 2 years like it used to now.


At 24 or 2 years after you do the 400 test (whichever comes first) you can take the test again on "a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 595cc with a power output of at least 40kW (approx 54bhp)" which lets you ride unrestricted.

Thanks for that, the whole thing finally becomes clear.


Makes me glad I was able to do the couple of times round the block test!

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