Motorcycles

Do you want to take a motorcycle test? You take the test for one of the A categories with us – A1, A2 or A.

Things to bear in mind before taking your theory test

  • You must have completed both parts of the mandatory risk course before you can take the theory test. The training must be valid at the time of the test.
  • A photo of you will be taken before the theory test when you arrive at our centre. You must be able to show valid ID at that time.
    Photo for the theory test

The theory test

The theory test consists of 70 questions in total, but you can score a maximum of 65 points. This is because 5 of the questions are sample questions and do not count towards the test score. To pass the test, you must answer 52 questions correctly. The test takes 50 minutes. You can choose to listen to the questions in the test if you wish.

The theory test gauges how much you know in the following areas:

  • vehicle knowledge and manoeuvring
  • environment
  • road safety
  • road traffic rules
  • personal circumstances

You will find out whether you have passed or failed immediately after the test. You will also receive an email showing your results. A theory test pass is valid for one year. You will need to take the driving test within that time.

Remember to start reading up on the theory well in advance of the test. If you practise answering questions, bear in mind that the questions you find online or get from your instructor will not be the same as the questions in the test.

The driving test

It is up to you to bring a motorcycle to your test. Ask your instructor or someone else to ride it to the test for you. You must use the same motorcycle throughout the test.

The driving test consists of:

  • a safety check
  • a special manoeuvring test
  • riding in and outside urban areas.

Safety check

The driving test begins with a safety check. You must be able to suggest what to do if you notice problems with the motorcycle. You must check the various functions independently. You should ask the examiner for help if you are unable to complete any part of the check yourself.

The manoeuvring test

A number of people doing their driving tests will be invited to the same test time for the manoeuvring test, which consists of several different elements. This is followed by driving in traffic, one person at a time. Hence you may need to wait your turn. Expect the test to take most of the day, so bring some food and drink with you!

The manoeuvring test consists of three parts:

  • a low-speed section
  • a high-speed section
  • braking

Low-speed section

In the low-speed section, you will be asked to crawl along as slowly as you can while maintaining your balance. You can apply a small amount of throttle if necessary, and you crawl forward using the clutch (similar to crawling along in a car). If you are travelling too fast, you can slow down using the front or rear brake, whichever you choose. However, you must not use the brakes to control your speed.

High-speed section

You accelerate the motorcycle to a speed of at least 50 km/h and travel at the same speed along a winding track. At the end of the track, you will slow down and manoeuvre around the last cone. After making a U-turn, you will then have to speed up again to 50 km/h, and ride back the same way. You will then bring the motorcycle to a standstill under efficient and controlled braking using both the front and rear brakes.

Braking

The manoeuvring test must be completed with efficient and controlled braking to a standstill from speeds of 70 km/h and 90 km/h using both front and rear brakes. You must start braking at a predetermined point. This tests your ability to use the correct riding position and correct braking technique, and to stop the motorcycle as quickly as possible.

Bear in mind that you may need to move the motorcycle from the manoeuvring area to the location where you will be riding in traffic: the person you are practising with may need to be on hand during the test, for example.

 

Motorcycle manoeuvring test

Riding in and outside urban areas

Your examiner will use a radio to communicate with you while you are riding. Headphones are available at our centre, but by all means bring your own to fit under your helmet.

You will have to ride in and outside urban areas, to a specified destination or along a specified route for a total of at least 25 minutes. If possible, you will have to ride on streets and roads where surface conditions, road width, route and traffic intensity all vary.

If the examiner has identified any issues during the special manoeuvring test, particular attention must be paid to these when riding in and outside urban areas This is particularly true of how you handle the vehicle in technical terms. Your driving posture and ability to use the correct gearshifting and braking techniques will also be assessed.

Your motorcycle at the time of the test

Check that your motorcycle meets the requirements before your driving test. During the test, your motorcycle must:

  • be equipped with a manual gearbox and clutch, unless you are taking a test that will enable you to ride automatic motorcycles.
  • be registered in Sweden and show the relevant registration.
  • be insured, and the tax must be paid.
  • be reliable from a safety standpoint.
  • not be an emergency vehicle or banned from the roads.

For category A1, the motorcycle must:

  • be capable of travelling at speeds of at least 90 km/h.
  • have a net power output not exceeding 11 kW. If the motorcycle has an internal combustion engine, it must have a cylinder capacity of no less than 120 cc and no more than 125 cc, and a net power to kerb weight ratio of no more than 0.1 kW/kg.
  • If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the ratio of net power to kerb weight must be no less than 0.08 kW/kg and no more than 0.1 kW/kg.

For category A2, the motorcycle must:

  • be capable of travelling at speeds of at least 100 km/h.
  • have a net power output of at least 20 kW, and no more than 35 kW. If the motorcycle has an internal combustion engine, it must have a cylinder capacity of no less than 245 cc, and a net power to kerb weight ratio of no more than 0.2 kW/kg.
  • If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the ratio of net power to kerb weight must be no less than 0.15 kW/kg and no more than 0.2 kW/kg. If the original design of the motorcycle has been modified, the original net power must not exceed 70 kW.

For category A, the motorcycle must:

  • be capable of travelling at speeds of at least 100 km/h.
  • have a net power output of at least 50 kW and a kerb weight of more than 175 kg; and if the motorcycle has an internal combustion engine, it must have a cylinder capacity of at least 595 cc.
  • If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the ratio of net power to kerb weight must be no less than 0.25 kW/kg.

Upgrading to a higher motorcycle category

If you already have a motorcycle licence and would like to extend it to include a higher category, you will need:

  • to have your photo taken at a driving test centre before your driving test.
  • to pass a driving test.
  • to complete parts 1 and 2 of the motorcycle risk course if you obtained your A1 licence before 1 November 2009.

FAQ

A1 – light motorcycle

The A1 licence category entitles the holder to ride light motorcycles with an engine displacement of no more than 125 cc, a power output of no more than 11 kW and a net power to kerb weight ratio of no more than 0.1 kW/kg.

The lower age limit for category A1 is 16 years.

A2 – medium-sized motorcycle

The A2 licence category entitles the holder to ride medium-sized motorcycles with a net power output of no more than 35 kW and a net power to kerb weight ratio of no more than 0.2 kW/kg. If the original design of the vehicle has been modified, the vehicle must not originate from a vehicle with a net power output of more than 70 kW.

The lower age limit for category A2 is 18 years.

A – heavy motorcycle

The A licence category entitles the holder to ride all two-wheeled motorcycles regardless of engine capacity or power output.

The lower age limit for A is 24 years. If you have held an A2 category licence for at least two years, you can obtain an A category licence from the age of 20.

You must wear appropriate protective equipment designed for riding motorcycles. This equipment must consist of protective clothing made of leather or other strong material, as well as protective goggles or equivalent, sturdy boots, gloves, a back protector and a helmet. The equipment must be undamaged.

Motorcycle driving tests are conducted during the summer months, from the end of April to the end of October. This period varies depending on where you want to take the test. The appointments available at the moment can be found in the booking service.