Direct/Progressive Access (DAS)
Once you have your CBT Certificate further training is essential before you attempt your motorcycle tests. If you want to obtain your full motorcycle licence, the size of motorcycle you can ride will depend on your age. If you are under 19 you will carry out this training and test on a 125cc motorcycle. The tests are exactly the same but you will be restricted to riding a 125cc machine only.
If you are 19 years old or over you will carry out your road training on a larger 650cc machine and achieve your A2 or A category licence depending on your age. At North Down Rider Training we conduct this training on a one-to-one basis, concentrating on teaching you to cope with everyday road and traffic conditions as well as preparing you to pass the riding test.
You will need to have passed the Motorcycle Theory Test before taking the practical test.
You can sit your theory test in Pearson Vue, near the Europa hotel in Belfast.
The practical tests are conducted in two modules:
The test is carried out on a DVA approved test site providing safe tarmac riding conditions. For this module you will need to show proficiency in various elements, i.e. Slow riding, the U turn, slalom & figure of eight, swerve & avoid procedure and controlled stop ( the last two being at a speed of 50 km/hr).
You will be fully trained on our training site for this before taking the test. You will be accompanied to the test , or met there, by a qualified instructor.
This test can be taken locally in Downpatrick or at Mallusk Test centres.
This consists of an on road ride covering various road and traffic conditions of a duration of about 35 to 40 mins with the DVA examiner following. You will have to demonstrate a competent hill start, pull in and away from the kerb, and demonstrate an independent ride of about 10 minutes (where the examiner will direct you to follow the signs to a particular destination and will then follow without giving any further directions).
At North Down Rider Training we carry out this training in the town or city where the test will be conducted so you will be familiar with the road layout and any hazards which you may encounter during your test.
While being trained on the road you will be in radio contact with your instructor and advised constantly of your progress.
When ready you will be briefed fully as to what to expect on both modules, and be accompanied to, or met at the test centre.
The local test centre will be Newtownards.