Thinking of riding a bike? Are you tired of having to rely on public transport?

There's nothing quite like the freedom and flexibility of a motorcycle.

Take a look around our learner pages for details on how to get started, see the licence options according to your age and hopefully answer any questions you may have.

Riding Gear

Gear comes styled for every kind of riding. We carry a range of different brands and styles and will be able to advise you on the best gear to suit your needs, and your budget. Come and have a chat to our Clothing Specialists in store.
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Honda Approved Training

JUST RIDE with Honda

Why pick Honda approved School of Motorcycling?

There are plenty of reasons to choose a Honda course, here are just a few:

  • Get advice on the course before you purchase
  • Courses are conveniently based working in partnership with Thunder Road Motorcycles
  • High levels of customer satisfaction
  • No hidden fees or extras (initial test fees, insurance and fuel included)
  • Learn more about the Honda range from our knowledgeable team

CBT course

  • You start in the classroom where your instructor will provide you with riding gear and take you through the equipment.
  • You’ll then get a good look at your bike or scooter and learn where everything is and what it does.
  • Once you’ve got to grips with the basics like turning the bike off and on and braking, you’ll ride round the training area to familiarise yourself with your machine.
  • After a thorough pre-ride briefing, you’ll be taken out on the road for at least 2 hours.
  • If you’re instructor is confident in your abilities on the road, you’ll leave with a CBT certificate.

Step-up course

  • You’ll jump straight on a bigger bike suitable for your ability, and practice manoeuvring on the training area.
  • On the second day (or earlier depending on your ability) you’ll take to the road. When you’re ready, your instructor will ride with you to the DVLA centre where you’ll take your Mod 1 off-road test. After your mod 1 training and test you will return on another day to practice on the road.
  • On your last day, following more road practice you’ll take your Mod 2 on road test.

Full course

  • On the first day you’ll take your CBT.
  • As soon as your Honda instructor feels you’re ready, you’ll jump onto a bigger bike and practice manoeuvring on the training area and the road.
  • Once your instructor is confident in your abilities, the two of you will ride to the DVLA centre to take your Mod 1 off-road test.
  • After your mod 1 training and test you will return on another day to practice on the road.
  • On your last day, following more road practice you’ll take your Mod 2 on road test.

Refresher course

  • All refresher training includes some off-road practice first.
  • When you’re comfortable your Honda instructor will take you back out on the road.
  • The instructor will tailor the remainder of the day according to your ability.
  • You’ll leave with a personal assessment of how you have performed.

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A powerful bike needs a skilled rider. That’s why Honda founded The Honda School of Motorcycling. It’s a place where you can benefit from our years of experience and highly skilled teaching. Access to their world-class equipment will get you ready to take on the road and make the most of the whole Honda range with a nationally recognised licence.

And if you book a step up course now, our special offer can get you closer to owning a Honda bike of your own.


Raring to go?

Register online today and we’ll make getting your hands on a new, more powerful, bike even easier.

With our step up course you’ll learn everything you need to start riding a bigger bike in no time. Under the guidance of expert instructors, you’ll work your way up to an A2 or A licence.

If you register before 3rd August 2022, not only will you get a nationally recognised licence, but we’ll give you £500 towards a new bike.



How does it work?

  • Simply fill the Honda online form and register for your unique code before the 3rd August 2022.
  • Quote your unique code to us when booking a course.
  • Pass our Step Up course using a Honda School of Motorcycling Approved Training Centre
  • Bring your pass certificate and quote your unique code at Thunder Road.
  • Receive £500 towards any new Honda bike above 125cc – vehicle must be registered by 15th November 2022.


Give us a call today for more information.

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Terms and Conditions

Licence Types

If you are 16 and over and you want to ride, you have the following possible routes available.


min age 16

  • A provisional licence that allows you to ride a 50cc moped, restricted to 28mph. If you hold a car driver’s licence, you can also ride a moped at this level.
  • You’ll need to complete the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) test first, and while riding on the road you will need to display L-plates.
  • Once you’ve sat your theory and practical tests, you may discard your L-plates.
  • You cannot carry a passenger and are not allowed on motorways.

min age 17

  • The A1 licence allows you to ride a 125cc bike with L-plates.
  • Once you’ve completed the CBT and theory test, you can take the A1 practical test.
  • With an A1 licence you can ride a 125cc machine until you are 19 years of age.
  • You can carry a passenger and you can ride on motorways

min age 19

  • The A2 licence allows you to ride a larger bike – up to 35kw maximum power output.
  • If you haven’t already done so, you will have to take your CBT and theory test (valid for two years).
  • You can ride with L-plates on a 125cc machine.

Changes to category A from 31 December 2018

From 31 December 2018:

  • the minimum engine power requirement for large motorcycles (category A) will increase from 40 Kilowatt (kW) to 50kW
  • a minimum kerb weight of 180kg will be introduced

min age 21

  • The A licence allows you to ride a motorcycle of any ‘cc’ rating.
  • You can carry a passenger and you can ride on motorways.
  • Progressive access route – held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years – practical test (21 or over)

min age 24

  • Direct access route – CBT, theory and practical (you must be at least 24)
  • After this, you will need to take your theory test (valid for two years), and your practical test. When you have passed these, you will hold your full category ‘A’ licence.

Age restrictions

There are age restrictions on the category of motorcycle you can use to take your test.

Your age
Highest sub-category you can take your test on
16 or over: AM
17 or over: A1
23 or over: A2
24 or over: A

Details are further explained on the website.

Motorcycle Training Schools

We have Honda Approved Riding Schools close to all three of our stores. Click on the button to find your nearest school.

Honda Training School List


Passing your test should not be the end of your training. Further training will help you ride more safely and enjoy being in control of your motorcycle. The DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme is one way to improve your riding – and save money on insurance premiums.