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Cat A2 and Staged Access around Barrow-in-Furness


Passing a Motorcycle Test if you’re 19-23


Category A2 is about a 4-500cc bike. A lot of good 600+ bikes which can be easily restricted.
Example A2 bikes:

  • BMW G650GS

  • Honda CB500X

  • Yamaha MT07 (res)

  • Kawasaki ER-6n (res)

  • Suzuki SV650SA (res)

  • Triumph Tiger 800 (res)

  • Ducati Monster 821 (res)

A2: max 35Kw and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 Kw/kg, The bike mustn’t be derived from an original one more than twice its power. See this useful site:

When you’re 19+ you have the option to take the Category A2 test.

Cat A2 is restricted but still means great riding on really fun bikes! They’re not small bikes!

If you’re 19+ it’s really worth taking your Test! All bike tests are the same, it’s just the size of the bike that’s different. Category A2 allows you to ride bikes with a power output up to 35kw or a restricted bigger bike. It really is worthwhile doing your A2 test, otherwise you have to wait until you’re 24 to ride more than 125cc. Why miss 5 years of marvellous riding?!

Staged Access: Two years after passing A2 you have the option to take Cat A test which de-restricts your licence allowing you to ride anything you wish. So, if you took A2 at 19, at 21 you can get an unlimited licence.

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The Test Process

As with all tests - there are several stages! Worth a read if you want to know what’s involved! We can tailor the amount of training to suit you.

Staged Access

Staged Access has a few stages! It might seem like a long process, but doing A2 means you get on big, fun bikes at 19, ride for 2 glorious years, and then do an easy retake for an unlimited licence. If you restrict a bigger bike, when you pass Cat A, you can just derestrict your bike and away you go! Saves having to change your bike immediately, and from a safety point of view probably good to get used to that bit more power on a familiar bike.

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See the Simple Steps to Gaining your License:


If you're not already riding, complete CBT. Book it with us today!

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Costs and Booking

Let us know when you start thinking about Tests! It can be tricky getting dates from the DVSA - we can’t just book you in for next week! If only! Send us an email and we’ll get back to you, or give us a ring. We’ll explain the options and send you some info and links, and let you know when we have a Test date. We can get you booked in and arrange the training when convenient.

A2 Package

The cost of the standard A2 package is £700. This includes a full day’s training for Mod 1 and Mod 2, the two test half-days, bike hire, the DVSA test fees for Mod 1 and 2. It excludes CBT and Theory Test fees. The package cost can be split between the two modules, so just £350 to book Mod 1.

Additional Training

The ‘standard package’ can be tailored to suit your experience. Do a taster for a couple of hours, or do an additional half or full day’s training before getting to grips with the cones. You can also add more training before Module 2 if you feel your road knowledge isn’t great. An additional day’s training prior to Mod 1 or 2 costs £220. An extra half-day costs £120. Big bike taster session is £120.

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