Vehicle requirements

Vehicle requirements for the Motorcycle Test

Category Engine Size kW Power Power to weight Other
AM 50cc (max) (max) 4kW if electric n/a

(min) 25km/h

(max) 45km/h
A1 115cc (min) - 125 (max) (max)11kW

0.1W/kg

(min) 0.08kW/kg if electric
(min) 90km/h
A2 395cc (min) 20kW-35kW

0.2kW/kg

(min) 0.15kW/kg if electric
Not restricted by 50%
A 595cc (min) (min) 50kW (min) 0.25kW/kg if electric (min) 175kg


Category AM

“Two-wheeled mechanically propelled vehicle, not capable of being manually propelled. The machine must have a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc, in the case of an internal combustion engine, or a minimum continuous power of no more that 4kW in the case of an electric motor. The vehicle must have a design speed of at least 25 km/h but not more than 45 km/h”.

Category A1

 “A Category A1 motorcycle without sidecar, with a cylinder capacity of at least 115cc and not exceeding 125cc, and capable of a speed of at least 90km/h, with a power not exceeding 11kW and with a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.1kW/kg. If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the power to weight ratio of the vehicle shall be at least 0.08 kW/kg”.

Category A2

 “A Category A2 motorcycle without sidecar, with a cylinder capacity of at least 395cc, and an engine power of at least 20kW, but not exceeding 35kW and with a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power. If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the power to weight ratio of the vehicle shall be at least 0.15kW/kg”.

Category A

 “A Category A motorcycle without sidecar, with an unladen mass of more than 175kg, with an engine power of at least 50kW. If the motorcycle is powered by an internal combustion engine, the cubic capacity of the engine shall be at least 595cc. If the motorcycle is powered by an electric motor, the power to weight ratio of the vehicle shall be at least 0.25kW/kg”.

Click here for a  list of motorcycles indicating their suitability for various categories in the practical driving test.