Electric Motorbike Licenses
We have provided detailed information on the requirements for each license type in an effort to make things clearer.
What license do I need to buy an electric motorbike?
CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
A CBT can be obtained with either a provisional or full driving license in the UK, and it is exactly as it sounds – training. There is no test; it is purely to ensure that you have the basic knowledge to be safe on public roads.
With regards to motorbike licenses, a CBT allows you to obtain an AM classification, which permits you to ride a 50cc ICE motorbike or electric motorbike with a maximum power of 4kW, restricted to a maximum speed of 28mph, and with L Plates displayed.
A CBT can also enable you to obtain an A1 license, which allows you to ride a motorbike with an engine capacity of up to 125cc (ICE) or 11kW (electric).
*ALL Super SOCO motorcycles can be ridden on a CBT license!
Completing an A1 license essentially removes the need to display L Plates, but you are still restricted to a maximum of 125cc (ICE) or 11kW (electric) motorbike, with a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kW per kg.
To obtain an A1 license, you will need to pass a motorbike theory test and a practical test.
An A2 license allows you to ride an ICE or electric motorcycle with a maximum power output of up to 35 kW, and a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW per kg. It is possible to ride a larger motorbike that has been restricted to meet these power requirements, but the chosen motorbike must not be derived from a vehicle with more than twice its restricted power.
Similar to the A1 license, you will need to pass a motorbike theory test and a practical test, unless you already have an A1 license, in which case only a practical test is required.
An A license allows you to ride a motorbike of any engine capacity or power output. Like the A1 and A2 licenses, you will need to pass a motorbike theory test and a practical test, unless you already have an A2 license, in which case only a practical test is required.
Please note that there are age restrictions with each license level, which determine when you are eligible to progress to the next license, or if you have been riding for a minimum of 2 years.
For more information, you can visit the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped/bike-categories-ages-and-licence-requirements