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Category AM (moped) – minimum age 16

  • Two-wheeled vehicle with a maximum design speed of 45 km/h (28 mph)
  • three- or four-wheeled vehicle with a maximum design speed over 25 km/h (15.5 mph), up to 50 cc and with a power output not exceeding 4 kW.

Category A1 – minimum age 17

  • motorcycles up to 125 cc, with a power output not exceeding 11 kW
  • tricycles with a power output not exceeding 15 kW.

Category A2 – minimum age 19

  • motorcycles with a power output not exceeding 35 kW.

Category A

  • unrestricted motorcycles with a power output over 35 kW (minimum age 24 under direct access, or 21 under progressive access)
  • tricycles with a power output over 15 kW (minimum age 21).
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MAINTAINING YOUR HONDA

Maintaining and cleaning your motorcycle properly will make sure you get the most out of it.

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Keep your ride a dream ride

Know your bike

Take the time to really familiarise yourself with your Honda, and what it needs. Looking after your bike is absolutely essential for both safety and performance. But make sure you leave mechanical maintenance to specially trained technicians – preferably through your Honda dealer.

Planning ahead

We offer a range of service plans and extended guarantees with fixed transparent monthly payments, to give you extra piece of mind that your bike is taken care of. Download our app to get reminders on your service and MOT reminders.

Pre-ride checks

You can perform basic safety checks yourself if you have the right tools. This will help you to understand your machine and how it works. It’ll also help you diagnose problems you notice while you’re riding.

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What you can do yourself

Here's a list of basic checks you can take on.

Chain and sprockets

Check the chain tension regularly according to your handbook, and make sure your sprockets don't have too much wear in them.

Clutch, brakes and brake fluid

Always check the free play in the clutch lever to make sure it's correct. Check the level on hydraulic clutches as you would the brake. Make sure your brake pads are not worn down to the limit, and remember to check the brake fluid. No fluid means no brakes!

Coolant

This is just as important in the summer as it is in winter, so keep it topped up.

Forks

Loss of oil in the fork seals will result in poor suspension performance, so check for any leaks.

Lights

Test the horn button and check that all your lights are working, including indicators and stoplight. Make sure your headlight beam is positioned correctly too. It's easy to blind oncoming drivers, which can be very dangerous for both of you.

Oil

Regular changes work wonders for your bike and its longevity. Oil is your engine’s lifeblood.

Throttle check

Make sure the throttle opens and closes smoothly on all steering locations.

Tyres

Cracks can appear during winter – even if you're not using your bike. Also, keep a look out for nails and bulges and make sure your tyres are always at the right pressure.