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To get a motorcycle learner permit (including motor scooters) in Victoria you must be 18 years of age and you’ll need to successfully complete a two-day course. This course is designed to prepare riders for riding on the road. To help you prepare for your test we recommend you read the Victorian Rider handbook [PDF 7.75 Kb].

  • Basic riding skills. How to use the controls; mirrors, brakes, gears, etc.
  • How to get moving, stop, turn and change gears
  • A discussion on the unique aspects of motorcycling
  • An introduction to roadcraft tactics
  • What to look for when buying riding gear
  • Motorcycle knowledge assessment
  • Slow speed manoeuvring skills
  • Steering and cornering
  • Emergency braking 
  • Strategies for safe riding
  • A simulated road ride (off-road assessment on the training range)
  • An on-road assessment

Before you ride on-road you’ll need to show that you have good control of the motorcycle by repeating some riding exercises that you’ve learnt over the course.   

The on-road component is a ‘real world’ assessment on safe riding behaviours. The riding instructor will take you out in a group to a pre-determined area to assess your ability to manage your motorcycle and understanding of the road rules. During the assessment, you will take turns to lead the group (including your instructor) through the route. You’ll be familiarised with the route prior to leading. Please note: It is not a navigational exercise, so if you get lost, you will not be penalised. 

You’ll need to bring the following:

  • your original evidence of identity documents ie: drivers licence or car learner permit
  • Full Skin Coverage – long sleeve top and long pants to protect your skin
  • closed-in footwear; boots or runners (generally a low heel is best, steel caps are not recommended)
  • lunch and water.  There are some nearby shops to purchase your lunch, please ask one of our team to find out where)
  • protective eyewear e.g. sunglasses. If you’re required to wear prescription glasses, then you must wear them during the course and assessment period
  • wet weather riding gear (if applicable on the day)
  • fully registered, roadworthy learner approved motorcycle.  
  • an approved motorcycle helmet
  • an approved high-visibility vest
  • eye protection
  • wet weather riding gear (if applicable on the day)

YES! you absolutely can!  in Victoria, Australia, it is possible to obtain a motorcycle licence by riding a scooter. 

However, you are only permitted to ride motorcycles with automatic transmissions. This means you are restricted from riding motorcycles with manual transmissions.

The licensing system in Victoria differentiates between motorcycles with manual and automatic transmissions. If you hold an automatic motorcycle licence, it indicates that you have completed your training and testing on an automatic motorcycle and have not been assessed for riding a manual motorcycle.

It’s important to consult the official website of the Victorian Government or the VicRoads website to get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding motorcycle licencing and the specific requirements for different licence classes.

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display an ‘L’ plate on the rear of the motorcycle so that it is clearly visible from 20 metres

carry your learner permit at all times when riding (or a receipt until your learner permit is received)

can not carry a pillion passenger (a motorcycle and sidecar is acceptable with a passenger)

must ride with zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

cannot ride a bike towing a trailer or another vehicle

must ride with headlight on at all times

must wear high visibility vest or jacket whilst riding

cannot Lane Filter


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