125cc motorcycles are very popular as they offer an extremely cheap and fun way to commute. 125s are often very cheap to tax and insure and use less fuel than the most efficient cars on the market. There are several types of 125cc motorcycle training.


You can ride a 125cc motorcycle with L plates for up to two years with a CBT certificate as long as you are 17 years older or over. You don’t need to take a theory test, but if you are a new road user we highly recommend that you practice one.

This is also ideal for novice & nervous new riders who wish to build their confidence before going on to take a full test course. Find out more on the CBT page.


WITHOUT L PLATESIt is possible to ride a 125cc motorcycle without L plates, to do this you must pass an A1 motorcycle test. The biggest advantages of taking the A1 test are:

  • Never have to take a CBT again
  • Start to build up a decent No Claims Bonus (NCB) on your insurance
  • Have no pillion restrictions so you can take your mates for a ride as a passenger
  • Get rid of your L plates.

You must have already passed the DVSA theory test for motorcycles which costs £25. The practical test must be taken on a minimum of a 115cc motorcycle that is capable of at least 55 Mph (88 Kph) and once passed will give you a full licence to ride bikes up to 125cc without L plates.

Our courses include all training, bike and equipment hire and all DVSA test fees. If you have your own bike it may be possible to take the test on it – please ask for further details when booking.

Please note that training course lengths are determined by the individual’s level of competence. The number of days spent on training is advised by our instructors after an assessment of your riding skills. This assessment can be carried out when the CBT road ride is undertaken. Alternatively, if you can already ride and have a current CBT and theory test certificate, you can ring us to arrange a free assessment 01293 413330.

For more info or to book a CBT/1-1 Lesson please see the ART website.