Q Can I get a full licence for automatics only?
After years of scootering, I have decided it’s time for a proper bike... kind of. Having passed my CBT and theory, I’m about to take the A-licence modules. However, I only intend to ride a 750cc automatic. Does that mean I should take the exam/s on an equivalent cc bike? And if so, can I use an automatic? I’m so confused. It’s enough to put me back in a car. Hugh Billings, email
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Don’t panic, it’s not as confusing as it seems. Just as in the car world, if you pass your test on a machine with automatic or semi-automatic transmission then you’ll only get a licence for those types of machine and won’t be able to ride a manual bike unless you retake your test on one. The motorcycle you use for a category-a test has to be ‘at least 595cc’ and produce ‘at least 40kw’, or 54bhp in old money. You have to use the same class or sub-category of bike with the same type of transmission for both parts of the test.