New Rider Training Course
Compulsory Basic Training
A1 Restricted Licence Motorcycle Training
Is A1 the right course for me? Taking an A1 motorcycle training course is a good option if you’re 17 or over and want to ride a 125cc or you just find bigger bikes ‘too big’ but don’t want to repeat your CBT every 2 years. We have A1 manual and auto bikes for you to choose from. It gives you a full but restricted licence, thus you can ride your 125cc bike without L-plates, with pillions and on motorways! Once you're 19, if you have a manual A1 licence, you can step up to the A2 licence and ride the mid range bikes.
You need a current licence with provisional motorcycle on it along with a current theory test certificate prior to any A1 training. You can book your theory test with the DVSA here. We also provide A1 training on a daily basis which is great if you want to use your own bike or have a current CBT so don't want the whole package.
What Does A1 Motorcycle Training Involve?
There’s very little difference in the training between A1 (previously known as A2), the new A2 & Cat A (was DAS) in that the tests are the same, Module 1 with the on-site maneuvers and Module 2 with the road ride. The tests last the same 15/20 mins for Mod 1 & approx. 40 mins for Mod 2. The A1 training is therefore very similar, but you won’t need a conversion to a larger bike, or time to get used to a different bike, as all your training will be on a 125cc which you would probably have completed your CBT on.
However, unlike the CBT, there is no set syllabus for A1 training, at MTS Sussex we will help you become a safe and competent rider whilst covering everything you need for the big day and beyond!
At the end of your A1 training you need to complete 2 DVSA practical motorcycle tests; Module 1 and Module 2. For more information see our Guide to a Full Motorcycle Licence and Frequently Asked Questions.
At MTS Sussex we like to cover as much everyday riding as possible, including things such as riding in quiet and built up areas, town centres, junctions, roundabouts, country roads, and dual carriageways. You’ll learn effective use of gears, observations, signalling, positioning and much more. And of course there’s the preparation for the Module 1 test too.
Module 1 manoeuvres will be covered throughout your training with MTS Sussex, so by the time you go to test you should be confidant with each manoeuvre.
After the test there’s a debrief explaining the results, then, all going to plan we can get your Module 2 booked if we haven’t already done so, that is your option which we will explain and discuss with you when we arrange your training.
At MTS Sussex you will get plenty of opportunity for everyday riding from our centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex to prepare you for your Module 2 Test. We will ensure you are confident in riding in quiet and built up areas, town centres, junctions, roundabouts, country roads, and dual carriageways. You will be taught the essentials such as use of gears, observations, signalling and positioning - and so much more!
Please note: For your safety you must be able to communicate in English & have a basic knowledge of the highway code to complete any training with MTS. You must also wear appropriate clothing and footwear and without this you will be sent away and forfeit your training and fees. The list is non exhaustive but includes a minimum of jeans without holes, rips, tears, not shorts, skirts or track suits, and you must have boots (non steel toe cap) for all training beyond CBT, and sturdy footwear (ideally boots non steel toe cap) not sandals, Crocs, deck shoes or similar for CBT.