motorbike licensing

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  1. darklord

    darklord Read Only Funster

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    Yup , that old chestnut again. got my license back from dvla FINALLY, and was checking the entitlements in case theyd buggered it up again.
    one category is "A"....(motorbike), it says "Any sized motorbike at age 21 see note 1".
    When I look at note 1, it says, "at age 21 or 2 years from standard A test pass" can any bikers clear this up...whats on your license?.......can I go get a harley:Rofl1:, or have I still got too pass a test on a hairdryer to take the missus on the back?
    Just to help outthe "A" entitlement is from 30/01/1975 until 06/12/2026.
     
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    well my advice would be get a kawasaki 1500cc drifter . even more so if you want to do a few long trips riding the bike not riding in a recovery truck. ha ha . but yes it does look from what you have said you can.
    i imagine you have took your bike test years ago.
    mine runs out in 25 so i guess you are about 55yr old ?and was a december baby.ha ha .
     
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    Bloody hell, your almost phsycic:Rofl1:, yup 55, at my peak:BigGrin:. Cheers Alan, I'll make one more check...then start looking around:Blush:
     
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    come on all the info is on the lcence . it runs out the day before your 70th birhday.
    i take it you also know your birthdate is part of your licence number .
    its all part of the tricks they try to play.if you have nothing to hide doesnt matter really.
    the computer stuff started in 74 if i remember right, thats why going back further is difficult for dvla.
    but get a kwacka mines been faultless in 10yrs ,got to be the comfortablist bike i have ever had. get off ferry in plymouth ,in the morning can drive 508 miles to a friends house in france ,then party . all in one day. just loves to sit at about 70etc and stay there all day . just stop for fuel . and baguette and pate. swig of drink. get back on and ride. fully laden .sometimes pulling a trailer. pulls my teardrop caravan a treat but unfortunately its too wide to be legal so dont do it often.
     
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    And when you get to be a big boy you can have a REAL bike and knock out a 1000 miles a day with ease and in perfect comfort ( and still return 50MPG ) :Wink: :BigGrin:
     
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    go on then tell us what.. hee hee
     
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    when I got mine back

    When I last renewed my licence they had removed my A licence.. complained and they put it back on... I have to have an auto clutch now ... I used to ride a Guzzie V1000a few years ago... have not risen a motorbike in the past 8 years or so.. doubt I would.. but it is my entitlement and I want it on my licence... like I wanted a bus pass at 60... have it, but never used it other than to prove I was entitled at a C&CC site to age discount and my B&Q card.

    Often fancied a big trike.. oh one day maybe.

    Bob
     
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    all things are possible bob , made quite a few for disabled riders .
    at one time i was the county rep for the national association of bikers with a disabilty.
    understand many of the needs. still have the mould for ourtrike bodies and lots of trike bits.
    nice 3 seater for you your wife and the dog. you could maybe get a part on a clint eastwood film .ha ha .
     
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    something odd happening here....

    on my licence (plastic card) my bike entitlement is dated as 22/7/75 to 12/6/27.

    no mention of any notes or time spans......just a full category 'A' bike licence.

    after taking my car test in 1978 i have full entitlement to A, B, BE, B1, C1, C1E, D1, D1E.


    does anyone know what cat B1 is for ?......i cant work out what the picture/symbol on my card is.
     
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    hi pappa b1 is trike up to 550kg basically . and small 4 wheelers and vans . if having a combustion engine no bigger than 50cc.
    strange you have that on ,usually its over ruled by other groups. group, a. covers it . so they usually miss it off.
    bet youhave a few others as well. in small print.
     
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    I have exactly the same categories.:thumb:


    B1; Motor tricycles, quadricycles and three or four wheeled vehicles with an unladen weight no more than 550 kg.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/WhatCanYouDriveAndYourObligations/DG_4022547

    Hope that helps..

    Callum
     
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    Wellllllllllllllllllll

    pretty much anything that is not a 'cruiser' !

    my personal choices are BMW 1200GS and a couple of Blackbirds.. But one of the 1400GT kwaka's maybe, or a Pan European.. crikey the list is huge !
     
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    i must say i really do find my drifter really comfortable . have had lots of other types but now i find its so smooth . handles much higher speeds but of course i dont like speeding .ha ha . i really dont get tired when on it. unfortunately its very heavy and as both legs are in calipers find it abit difficult at times . but shall keep it as long as i can. got trikes part built here but although i used to ride one when the kids were young i like the bike more now. find i use the suzuki grasstracker alot . its like being 16yr old again .250cc single . but also use the dax in winter . makes a good truck bike. best bit about the drifter is the gear change as the big toe and heel change . really good for clumsy feet like mine. good job we are all different . think 1000mls could be too far for me. ride down to near angouleme often . thats the furthest i have done . well in one hit .
    i used to run a half beetle trike bit like a beach bastard but with no roof . found that was comfy. used to take four of us and the tear all over europe. but never quite did the full way to my friends . the kids always wanted to stop too long. ride free live to ride.
     
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    thats why it made no sense Alan :thumb:
    could be a throwback to my full bike licence before passing my car test allowing trikes,


    and yes....cats F, K, L, N, P
     
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    Alan, next time you fancy a change do take a long look at the 1200GS.. They are no where near as tall as they look ( I have a 28" leg and am very comfortable on them.. Number one son is only 5' 6" and he has no problem either )
    They are VERY comfortable and have plenty of room for gear shift .. In fact there are a couple of guys on one the foruma I infest that have both lost their left leg .. Both did the heel toe conversion in about 5 minutes :thumb:
     
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    Nice to see some fellow bikers on here.:thumb:
    Here is my ride.
    Went up to the Artic circle last June,5000 mile round trip.
    This year going to tow behind the van.:BigGrin:
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    Cool.
     
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    its a bloody milk float with a maximum weight of 500kg :Doh: and as a member on RVOC said.....how many milk floats weigh 500kg ? the batteries alone would weigh 500kg :Laughing:
     
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    hi jaws . i have tried allsorts . built chops and race stuff . i really am only 5,5 inside leg 30ins . struggled all my life with short legs. got into building choppers in 72 just so i could ride some of the bikes. my mate runs southwest choppers . you might know howard . gets lots of good reviews. but i am getting that the 250 is enough .mind like i say i shall keep the drifter as long as i can ride it . had it since 2001 so its mine. my misses had a kwak 500 cruiser that was ok but a bit small. might get back into trikes just for me. kernow trikes was our trade name on them. built loads . i used to write articles or freeway magazine in france. at one time about the nabd in uk . but dropped out several years ago with so much travelling. as you might know this is the first winter i have had here for years. must say if you do 1000mls you are abetter rider than me. i,m getting that i dont want to go fast , must be getting old .ha ha . how slow can we go thats our motto . no tolls ,no m,ways, dont use a dual carriage way, if there is a service road. always take the difficult road where ever possible . never miss out on an adventure. might grow up one day but not holding my breathe .
     
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    Coincidence....

    I have the same categories.

    I also passed my bike test before my car test.....
     
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