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Direct Access Scheme motorcycle training for female riders

Direct Access Scheme (DAS) Pass your full motorcycle test

Once you have completed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training), you can then continue with further training towards your motorcycle test. The motorcycle test can seem quite confusing when you first start to research it, so we’re going to try and make it as simple as possible for you; If you’re under 24 years old, you’ll need to consider a slightly different route, please click here for more details.

If you’re over the age of 24, you can start your training towards a category A full motorcycle licence, which means that when you have passed your test, you can ride any size motorcycle, unrestricted.

Your DAS (Direct Access Scheme) training usually starts with at least one day on a 125cc to ensure your basic skills are good enough before moving you on to the bigger bike. This is usually extended to 2 days at Women Only Motorcycle Training. It’s really important that any problems or issues you may have, no matter how small, are sorted out before you move on to the larger machine. We endeavour to make every stage of your training an enjoyable one, we don’t rush you, ensuring you are comfortable at controlling the bike in all areas of riding. You’ll never be pushed to move onto the bigger bike until both you and Laura are happy.

Shorter than average? We do have shorter 125s and lowered 650s to ensure you relax into training without worrying about dropping the motorbike. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable in your training environment, so please let us know prior to your training day if you need a lowered bike. Usually if you’re shorter than 5’5” or plus size you may need a lowered bike. Still not sure? Please give us a call and even arrange a convenient time to come and sit on the bikes prior to training.

Moving up to a bigger motorcycle

Once we’re happy with your progress on the 125cc motorbike, we will then introduce you to the larger machine. Your first day on the larger bike will be essentially getting used to the bigger bike and lots of students tell us it’s much easier to ride the bigger bike than it is the smaller one. Once you’re comfortable on the bigger bike, you’ll need at least 2 days training in preparation for your test. As everyone learns at different levels, your training is tailored to your needs, meaning we will never put your forward for a test if we don’t think you’re up to it.

In order to gain a full motorcycle test, you need a valid CBT, a theory test certificate (click here to book your theory test) and a driving licence with the category A entitlement. You’ll then need to do a Module 1 (Mod 1) and Module 2 (Mod 2) test and pass both in order to obtain a full licence.

The Module 1 test is set in a purpose built test centre, it looks a lot like a large car park, but it’s designed specifically for the Module 1 motorcycle test. RMT Motorcycle Training (our sister company) has an arrangement with the DVSA to use our nearest test centre over a weekend, so that you get to practice each exercise before your test. We recommend at least two sessions in the MMA (Motorcycle Manoeuvre Area) prior to your Module 1 test, this would involve 2 weekend training sessions.

Module One overview

The Module 1 test takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and consists of the following manoeuvres:

  • On and off the stand
  • Wheel the machine
  • Slalom
  • Figure of eight
  • Slow ride
  • U-turn
  • Ride a Left or Right hand circuit
  • Controlled stop
  • 50 kph / 32 mph emergency stop exercise
  • 50 kph / 32 mph avoidance exercise

Click here for a birds-eye view of the Module 1 course layout.

Module Two overview

Once you’ve completed Module 1, we’ll then book you in for your Module 2 test. Module 2 is an on-road test that lasts no more than 45 minutes. You’ll be introduced to your examiner, they will check all your documentation and they will then complete an eye site check with you, before you move onto the motorcycle maintenance and pillion passenger questions. Once these questions are answered, the examiner will do a radio check with you. The on-road riding part of the test will then commence. Whilst on the road you’ll be given a series of exercises and scenarios to complete, including:

  • Varying speed limits
  • Junctions and roundabouts
  • Road positioning
  • Hill start and angle start
  • Dealing with other traffic
  • Dual carriageways
  • Separation distance
  • Country lanes (where applicable)

Once you have passed your Module 2 test, you are eligible to ride unaccompanied on the road on any size motorcycle. However, we strongly recommend further training once you have passed your test, remember having a motorcycle licence only means you have passed a basic level of safety on the road. Click here for advice on Take Control and the Enhanced Riders Scheme (ERS).