Although a motorbike license is not a requirement for purchasing a bike, it is required by law to have at least a learner's license to ride up to a 125cc scooter or motorbike (if between 16 and 18 years of age). This learner's license is valid for two years and although you are allowed to ride bikes with bigger engine capacities when 18 or older, you will be restricted from highway riding as well as lifting passengers. During this two-year period you will also need to then pass your practical motorbike test.
The motorcycle learner's license is a simple theory paper consisting of multiple-choice questions and can be booked at any license and testing centre in your area. A list of these is available in the links to the government sites we have listed below. It is recommended to phone several centres to see which would offer you the earliest booking. You can also download the application form here to fill in before going to the traffic department for your booking.
If your area is not listed, please contact your local Department of Transport for a list of training centres available.
Training courses are designed to teach you the correct riding techniques from day one and cover basics such as clutch control, using your gears correctly, navigating though traffic safely, cornering, hill starts, braking in varying road and weather conditions as well as swerving to avoid obstacles safely. If you are a beginner and would like to receive some one-on-one training to build confidence on your new bike, contact one of the below training centres: