A Government approved flow chart is available here
All persons in charge of a motorcycle in a public place in the UK must be in possession of a valid driving licence allowing them to ride that category of motorcycle.
The table below shows the minimum ages at which mopeds and motorcycles may be ridden.
|P||Mopeds with an engine size of up to 50 cc and a maximum speed of up to 50 km/h||16|
|A1||Light motorcycles with an engine size of up to 125 cc and a power output of up to 11 kW (14.6 bhp)||17|
|A||Medium-sized motorcycles up to 25 kW (33 bhp) and a power to weight ratio of up to 0.16 kW/kg||17|
|A||Motorcycles with a sidecar and a power to weight ratio of up to 0.16 kW/kg||17|
|A||Any size motorcycle, with or without a sidecar if you have completed the large motorcycle Direct Access Scheme||21*|
*You can ride a large motorcycle at any age two years after passing a test on a medium-sized motorcycle.
You can then ride on the public road, with L plates for up to two years.