DAS (Direct Access Motorcycle Licence)
Direct Access Scheme (DAS), ride any motorcycle training courses are for
- Anyone 24 yrs old or more wishing to obtain a full Category A motorcycle licence
- Existing A2 licence holders wishing to upgrade to a full category A licence. In which case you have either held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years (min 21 yrs old). No theory test required in this case. Or you have held an A2 licence for less than 2 years but have turned 24 yrs old. In this case you will require a valid theory test certificate.
Our DAS packages are tailored to your riding experience requirements. There are 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 day options depending upon your riding experience. and can come as a package with a CBT course and/or a Theory Test booking.
Book direct from the main menu under COURSES / DAS or use our course finder tool by clicking on the button below or call us to discuss your requirements for DAS Motorbike training in Berkshire, Hampshire, and Surrey.
Due to Covid-19 we no longer loan HELMETS, GLOVES, OR JACKETS for training. Please ensure you purchase and bring your own. You cannot train nor take your test without these or with inappropriate/unprotective equipment.
- A motorcycle helmet – ECE2205 (or the future ECE 2206), damage-free and correctly fitting
- Motorcycle gloves
- Strong jacket, trousers, and footwear with over ankle protection
If you want to obtain a full motorbike licence there are different classes of motorbike and what you can ride fundamentally depends on your age. Motorbikes are indicated on your driving licence by categories; A1, A2 and A.
Category A (Also known as ‘full power’ or ‘Direct Access’ – DAS) covers machines unlimited in size (minimum 595cc) and power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with a power output of more than 50kW or 67bhp.
To ride a Category A motorcycle you either need to be 24 years old or more to proceed with ‘Direct Access’ training on this category of motorbike or you can ride this category from age 21 if you have two years’ experience on an A2 motorcycle and you pass a further practical test on a category A motorcycle. (You revert to ‘L’ status for the training and testing sessions. On passing the required tests you can upgrade to the larger machine. If you don’t pass you can continue to ride on the full category already obtained).
If you are undertaking a motorbike test you must hold a CBT certificate and motorcycle theory test pass certificate. The only exception is if you are testing to upgrade from an A2 licence to a category A licence and have at least 2 years experience riding on your A2 licence.
Based on your CBT (or if 3CMT haven’t done your CBT then through a discussion of your riding experience) a training course of between 4 or 6 days will be recommended. When you book your course we will discuss and explain the best approach for you as an individual.
Ideally the course is split into 2 sessions focussing on the Mod1 and Mod2 tests but it can be done as one course.
Training is typically around 6hrs per day from early morning until mid afternoon. During the training your skills will be developed to be able to control the additional power, weight and controls of a larger motorbike and to be able to deal with a wide variety of road types and traffic conditions.
You will undertake 2 separate riding tests conducted by a DVSA examiner.
The first is known as ‘module 1’ and focuses on large motorbike handling skills similar to as on your CBT.
The second part of the test known as ‘module 2’ focuses on road-riding skills
Both parts need to be passed to obtain a full motorbike licence. Module 2 can only be undertaken once module 1 has been passed.
The current DAS machines are heavy, most weigh approx 200kg as part of training and testing you will be required to physically manoeuvre the machine around. If you are concerned about the weight and/or seat height please arrange a sizing appointment prior to booking a course.
3CMT Motorcycle training teach across Berkshire (West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough), Hampshire (Test Valley, Basingstoke and Dean, Farnborough), and Surrey (Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Woking, Camberley)