What Licence Do I Need To Get Started
Regardless of the style of licence you must have provisional motorcycle (category A) entitlement on there with valid dates. If you are already qualified to drive a car and have the more recent licence you'll find confirmation of your provisional entitlements on the back.
If you haven't passed your car test and you only have a provisional licence then check the back of the photo card for your provisional (category A) entitlement.
Do I Have To Learn On A Bike With Manual Gears ?
Definitely not you could complete your CBT on a Honda SH125 scooter and then your full A licence on a Honda NC750DCT with automatic gears. In both instances your licence will be restricted to automatic models only.
Frankly if all you want to do is ride a scooter (big or small) or a bike with automatic clutch then there is no reason to learn to ride a bike with a manual clutch and manual gearbox if you don't want to.
Do I Need To Sit A Theory Test?
No, not if you only want to complete the CBT course: everything you need to achieve the certificate will be given on the day.
As part of any test training for a full licence whether A1, A2 or full A licence you must sit a Motorcycle Theory Test. You can book this directly with the Driving Standards Agency at www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test or on 0300 200 1122.
In most instances the the biggest thing to consider is most likely your age at least with regards what you can qualify yourself to ride:
All of the tests beyond CBT require you also complete the theory test once you’ve passed that it’s valid for two years:
Okay so you know the power restrictions but what can you actually ride?
The following isn't an exclusive list, but should give you an idea: