How to Get a Motorbike License in Australia

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by Jug Jones

How to Get a Motorbike License in Australia

Being able to ride a motorcycle can be a daunting but yet extremely exciting ability. You are provided with the freedom to ride your motorcycle and experience the thrills and joys which can come from traveling the open roads on your bike; but with this comes a certain level of responsibility. As with any automobile, it is imperative that all riders are aware of the responsibility which comes from being on the roads to ensure not only the safety of themselves, but also the safety of other road users. This is why in order to be able to ride a motorcycle, it is vital you have a motorbike license.

Obtaining a motorcycle license will begin with the individual in question preparing themselves and learning how to ride a motorcycle. Within Australia, an individual must firstly apply for an R-E learner’s permit before they can begin to have motorcycle lessons, but can only do so once they have reached 16 years of age. Once you hold a full R-E class permit, you will be able to apply for an R class permit but you will be unable to complete the practical text for this until you have been in possession of your R-E license for at least 12 months.

A learner’s permit may be a small step into fully obtaining your motorcycle license, but with it the individual will be finally able to have riding lessons. A learner’s permit will allow the individual to learn with a licensed riding instructor who holds a similar or higher license than the license in which you are applying for. However, it will also enable them to learn with someone who has a current driver’s license and has held this for over 4 years, or if you are learning to ride a moped; you can also learn with someone who has held an R-N, R or C class license for over two years. During your lessons, your instructor must accompany you at all times on either another motorcycle or whilst riding in a sidecar connected to your motorcycle. In the event that you are applying for an R-E class license, you can only ride motorcycles which have an engine capacity which does not exceed 250cc, and must display your ‘L’ plates at all times.

The time in which you are ready to take your motorcycle theory test will differ with each learner, but your instructor and your own personal feelings on whether you are ready or not will help you decide when is the correct time. If you are applying for an R-E class license, you will need to sit a theory test, but this is not required when applying for an R-N or R class license. The test consists of 15 multiple choice questions which will cover a wide range of topics related to road rules when riding a motorcycle. In order to pass this test you will need to have a score of 12 or more. If you are applying for an R-E license, you may also have to sit a road rules theory test which consists of 30 multiple choice questions. In order to pass this, you will need to have a score of 24 or more.

Following the success of your theory test, you will then need to ensure you have as much practice as possible in order to be able to gain your motorcycle license. Once you and your instructor feel you are ready, you can take your practical riding assessment. This is something which you should only do when you feel completely sure that you know how to handle the motorcycle and will be able to answer any questions which may come up during your assessment. By ensuring you are prepared you will not only have a greater chance of passing and obtaining your license; but will also be much closer to enjoying the thrill of riding your own motorbike.

Once you have your license in hand you are ready to hit the open road, but make sure you are properly kitted out with a helmet, riding glasses or goggles, a sturdy jacket and clothing, and appropriate footwear.

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