What Electric Motorcycle Can I Ride?
Unknown to most people the basic principles behind the legalities of riding an electric motorcycle are infact no different to that of riding an ICE (internal combustion engine) motorcycle, all of which are listed at the bottom of this page. The only real difference is that, unlike internal combustion engine (ICE, or petrol engine) motorcycles which are rated on peak power, electric motorcycles are rated and homologated on continuous power. The continuous power of an electric motor, for licence validation, is measured over a set period of time. Peak power is not factored so although for example one of our electric motorcycles continuous power may be restricted to 11kw (15bhp) the same as a 125cc motorbike, it could peak at more like 45kw (60bhp) which is more like a 500cc motorcycle.
Also never forget that the power rating (kw or bhp) of an electric motorcycle is almost irrelevant to the MASSIVE torque delivery that even the smallest of our electric motorcycles can produce which is many times higher than most ICE bikes. The fact is we have many customers used to riding big 1000cc sports bike who quite happily have made the move to owning 11kw variants of some of our range!
Electric Scooters and Electric Mopeds
Electric Mopeds and Scooters are often put in the same category, to avoid confusion we will explain about Electric Mopeds, these are often large vehicles which are fast and the perfect urban travel companion. Electric Mopeds and very similar to their ICE (Internal Compustion Engine) sister.
Electric Motorbikes are the pinnacle of electric bike travel, they are large and robust, with massive battery capacity and even better speeds. They travel at faster than 30mph and therefore it is important that you know the laws before you jump on and ride away.
Motorcycle Laws UK
16 year old plus requires just a *CBT (compulsory basic training) every two years. The Theory Test Pass Certificate is valid for 2 years. Ridden with L plates no passengers. Can take new AM license allowing riding without L plates. Top speed 28mph restriction
If you have a full car licence issued before 1st February 2001. Allows to ride without L plates and can carry a passenger without taking your CBT.
*Average CBT costs £120 and take a day to complete
17 year old plus requires just a CBT (compulsory basic training) every two years. The Theory Test Pass Certificate is valid for 2 years. Ridden with L plates no passengers. Can take A1 license allowing riding without L plates.
If you have a full car licence issued before 1st February 2001. Requires CBT to ride with L plates no passengers.
19 year old plus requires A2 Motorcycle Licence You are then allowed to ride any A2 category motorbike or scooter without L plates and to carry a passenger.
After holding an A2 Motorcycle Licence for 2 years, you can take another practical test and get an unrestricted A Motorcycle licence (see below).
At 24 you can get an A Motorcycle Licence, allowing you to ride any motorcycle or scooter of any size or power. There are two ways to qualify for an A Motorcycle Licence:
One, if you have held an A2 Motorcycle Licence for 2 years, you can take another practical test.
If you haven’t held an A2 licence for two years and if you are aged 24 or over, you can take the Direct Access route to an A Licence by completing CBT, Theory tests and a practical test.
You are then allowed to ride any motorbike or scooter without L plates and to carry a passenger.