- A minimum requirement to learn to ride a Motorcycle is the current ability to ride a bicycle and maintain balance and forward momentum. If in doubt, please learn to ride a bicycle first.
- Take a look at www.k53bikelessons.co.za or find us on FB “K53 Bike Lessons” and give me a shout on Cell: 082-334 9722 for a chat about your riding requirements and let's get you started.
- Book your Course/Lesson, arrive at the Training Venue with an “open mind” and come have some fun...!
- All our Motorcycle Courses and Lessons are done on a "one to one" basis and the pace of the Course or Lesson is done at the Riders Pace.
- Everything else, including the use of a gear Motorcycle and Helmet and all the Riding Modules is supplied.
- Our 60 min Learn to Ride Beginner Course is a very basic introduction to riding a Motorcycle and is ideal for absolute Beginners who have never ridden a Motorcycle before. It is is also recommended for those Folk who, at this stage, are undecided as to whether they will venture beyond the initial “Learn to Ride” Phase and for Folk who may doubt their ability to ride and have no idea of how or if, they will carry on into the next phase of Intermediate “riding” or not.
Take a look at www.k53bikelessons.co.za or find us on FB “K53 Bike Lessons” and give me a shout on Cell: 082-334 9722 for a chat about your riding requirements and let's get you started
- How many Lessons you will need is dependant on your how quick you retain your balance and develop the required riding skills. This will include the understanding of the required Clutch, Gear, Throttle Controls to move forward and the correct use of the Brakes.
After your first Riding Course, we should have a good idea of your riding capabilities and based on that, we can set up a program of Lessons which includes various Modules and Skills Tests that have been carefully designed to further develop your riding skills until the time that the Rider feels comfortable and competent to ride in the traffic, on a public road and/or to commence their K53 Test Prep Lessons
- For all information regarding all Drivers Licence Test Stations go onto www.capetown.gov.za and click on the Traffic Dept or Drivers Licence Tab or contact the CoCT Traffic Dept Call Centre on 0860 103 089 during Week Days - 08H00 to 15H30. If you need further info or unsure unsure about anything in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me on Cell 082-334 9722 or email@example.com
- The National Road Traffic Act allows for this and the Rider/Driver can apply to the Traffic Dept to do his/her Learner's Licence Test orally or verbally. The procedure is that the Applicant, when booking their Learner's Licence Test, must supply a detailed Psychologist 's or Medical Report, clearly outlining the Applicants Learning Disability and then this Report is submitted for approval to the Provincial Traffic Department.
Make very sure that this Medical Report has all information about your Doctors Names, their Medical Registration Number, address, and Contact Number/details, Names of Applicant, ID, Photo's, Contact Details and a very detailed breakdown of your Learning/Writing Disability, all signed by a Commissioner of Oaths at your nearest SAPD Police Station.
For all information regarding all Drivers Licence Test Stations go onto www.capetown.gov.za and click on the Traffic Dept or Drivers Licence Tab or telephone the CoCT Traffic Call Centre on 0860 103 089 during Week Days - 08H00 to 15H30. If you are unsure about anything in this regard, please contact me on Cell 082-334 9722 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
- You better believe it or not, this is a Frequently Asked Question... No, no and hell, NO...!
- Don't even ask me about this option or expect a reply..!
- I pride myself in running an ethical Motorcycle Rider Training Academy and distance myself from any thing illegal like this suggestion..!
- I cannot give you the copies of the actual K53 Learner's Licence Test Papers, but a couple of options are, that you can buy the K53 Book or download the K53 Pp and go through the info supplied and answer the "mock" questions available or, even better, attend a Learner"s Licence Course that I present in a Zoom Virtual Classroom and be properly prepared to pass your Test and even make you a safer Rider or Driver. For more info about the Zoom Virtual Learner's Licence Class. please contact me on Cell 082-334 9722 or email@example.com .
- To do any Motorcycle Courses/Lessons with K53 Bike Lessons or THINK Motorcycle Academy where we do not venture out into a Public Road, having a Learner's Licence is optional and at your discretion.
However, unless a Rider has a valid Learner's Licence we cannot do any Courses/Lessons that include riding on a Public Road. We will need to see that valid Licence before commencing.
- There are 4 to 5 basic “phases” of Rider Lessons, together with their relevant Skills Modules that take a Beginner Rider with no prior “riding” experience to an Intermediate Rider, capable and competent of riding in “soft” traffic on his/her own. After the first Course/Lesson, we can usually assess a Rider's competency from their basic balancing skills and their required ability to understand and co-ordinate the controls of a Scooter or Motorcycle.
- On average, this will require about 5 to 8 hours of Rider Training, assuming that the “new” Rider already has the necessary confidence and capability.
This is not an easy or simple question to answer because everybody has a different way of responding to the basics of learning to ride, however, here is a very brief outline of the basics pertaining to each of the options of two-wheeled Vehicles:
RIDING AN “AUTO” SCOOTER
- Learning to ride an “auto” Scooter is usually much easier than learning to ride a “gear” Motorcycle. An “auto” Scooter, has all it's main “controls” such as Throttle, Back Brake & Front Brake on the handlebars and once a Rider has proper co-ordination of using these Twist and Go “Controls”, together with the skills of handling a Scooter, including the ability to maintain balance whilst moving, they are usually quite capable of going onto the next phase of intermediate riding, being an Introduction to Road Riding and Traffic Safety Skills.
- RIDING A “GEAR” MOTORCYCLE?
- A “gear” Motorcycle is a little more complex to learn to ride, having a Throttle, Gears and Clutch, a Foot (Back) Brake and a Hand (Front) Brake. Also, the co-ordination of Clutch, Gear and Throttle control as well as keeping and maintaining your balance is a little intimidating and overwhelming to a new Beginner Rider. The initial “learn to ride” process on a “gear” Motorcycle does take a little longer to develop and to understand and requires a different style of instruction to that of an “auto” Scooter. If a new Rider has some prior understanding of the “gears and clutch” co-ordination such as when driving a car, then the learn to ride process can usually be is a lot easier to understand..!
- Yes, you will need to obtain a separate Licence to ride a Motorcycle or Scooter. In South Africa, before you may legally drive any motor vehicle on a Public Road, you need to prove to the Local Authorities, ie: the Traffic Dept and Police,(and other Road Users) that you know and understand the “basics” about driving or operating a Car or riding a Motorcycle or Scooter on the road, that you have a thorough understanding of the Rules of the Road, know how to react and comply with Road Signs & Traffic Markings and the legal responsibilities placed on you as a Road User..
You will need to first do your theory Motorcycle Learner's Licence, which is valid for 24 months, then followed by a practical K53 Motorcycle Riding Test, which a Rider must pass within that 24 month period
- Not at all, we have a variety of Motorcycles you can use/hire for your Courses/Lessons.
They would need to be at least 16 years of age and a parent or guardian must be present for the duration of the Course/Lessons.
- They would need to be 16 years of age in order to qualify for a Motorcycle Learner's Licence.
- When they book their Learner's Licence Test at the local Traffic Dept, then he/she will need to be in possession of a valid RSA Identity Document, Proof of Residence, 4 x Photos and about R150 in cash.
- The National Traffic Act allows for the existing Learner's Licence to Expire first and only then can you re-apply for another Test Date.
- Be aware, you will need to go through the full Learner's Licence process again, when you re-apply for another Learner's Licence and this could take a couple of weeks between the time your Learner's Licence expires and when you pass your next Learner's Licence .
Another incentive to get your practical K53 Motorcycle Test done as soon as you possible can.
- In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, any Rider, operating a Motorcycle on a Public Road, under the age of 18, is restricted to riding a Motorcycle or Scooter up to and including a 125cc, provided they are in possession of at least a valid Learner's Licence.
- Yes, you would both have a problem. Your Son/Daughter, would be fined for not being in possession of a valid Licence for the Motorcycle or Scooter and you also will be fined for allowing him/her to be riding on a Public road without a valid Licence.
- A word of caution here, in this matter, it's all “peachy” for your Son/Daughter to be riding a bigger Motorcycle, that is until, heaven forbid, your Son/Daughter is involved in an accident whilst riding without a valid Licence, even with or without your permission. If there are damages or injuries, then expect the wrath of both the Law and the Insurance Companies to come down on you heavily. In reality, this Rider, would be classified as an “Unlicensed Rider” and would be dealt with in the “legal” side accordingly. Also, no Insurance Company will honour any Insurance Cover, if a Damages Claim is made where an "unlicenced" Rider is involved.
- Yes, you can, this is correct. The CODE A Motorcycle Licence is what most Folk here in South Africa refer to as a “Big Bike” Licence. It is an “open” Motorcycle Licence that permits the Rider to operate(ride) a “Gear” Motorcycle or Auto Scooter, exceeding 125cc up to as big a Motorcycle they are capable or competent of riding. The only basic limit being that in order to get your “Big Bike” Licence is that you must be 18 years of age or older.
- To start off, go onto www.capetown.gov.za and click on the Traffic Dept or Drivers Licence Tab and here you will find a fairly comprehensive and up to date “graph” giving you the average “waiting time” of each Test Station, until their next open dates. However, it is also a good idea to give the Test Stations a call to check up first, before going there.
To contact a Traffic Department within the City of Cape Town, call: 0860 103 089 (08H00 to 15H30)
- There are 2 x basic Licence Codes that refer to the holder of a Code A or Code A1 Motorcycle or Scooter Licence, with and without Restrictions or Endorsements.
CODE A1 Motorcycle/Scooter is a Licence that permits the Rider to operate a “Gear” Motorcycle or “auto” Scooter up to a max of 125cc only. The restriction here is whether the Rider passed his/her K53 Test using either a “gear” Motorcycle or an “auto” Scooter.
- If you passed your Code A1 Motorcycle Test, using a “gear” Motorcycle, 125cc or less, then you will be authorised to ride both a “Gear” Motorcycle and an “auto” Scooter, up to but not exceeding a 125cc.
- If you passed your A1 K53 Test using an “auto” Scooter, 125cc or less, then your Licence will be restricted to that Code of Auto Scooter only (not a “gear bike) and your Riding Licence will be endorsed accordingly.
CODE A Motorcycle Licence is what most Folk refer to as a “Big Bike” Licence. The Code A Motorcycle Licence is an “open” Licence that permits the Rider to operate a “Gear” Motorcycle or “auto” Scooter, exceeding 125cc up to as big as what they can competently ride. The applicant for this A Licence must be 18 years of age or older.
There still remains one important restriction and it is whether the Rider passed his/her CODE A K53 Test using either a “gear” Motorcycle or an “auto” Scooter:
- If you passed your Code A Test, using a “gear” Motorcycle, exceeding 125cc, then you will be authorised to ride both a “Gear” Motorcycle and an “auto” Scooter, up to as big an Engine Capacity (cc) you are competent to ride.
- If you passed your Code A Test riding an “auto” Scooter, exceeding 125cc, then your Licence will be restricted to that of an “auto” Scooter, only, up to as big an Engine Capacity (cc) you are competent to ride. Your Riding Licence will be endorsed accordingly.
I get the impression that there is a fair amount of misunderstanding or ignorance in this regard by the various Law Enforcement Agencies and they don't seem to effectively or actively police” these endorsements on the Licences.
- However, be warned, this will become a serious “issue”, if the Law Enforcement Officer picks up on it or, heaven forbid, the Rider is involved in an accident and the huge unpleasant drama starts when the Insurance Companies questions liability as an unlicenced Rider..
If you are not properly and legally licensed for the Code of Motorcycle or Scooter you were riding at the time of the accident, the Law will be applied, you will be charged as being an "unlicensed Rider and the Insurance Companies will not pay out any of the Claims made against them. Read the "small writing".
That short trip to the Shop could be your most dangerous..! Don't skimp on your Riding Kit - dress for the fall and not for the Mall. A Helmet, correctly fastened, a pair of Riding Gloves, a suitable Jacket, Pants and Shoes that offer adequate protection, is the minimum requirement. Shorts and Flip Flops looks cool – but offer no protection.
Be sensible about wearing the correct riding gear – the pain from the injuries suffered afterwards, is just not worth it...!
- They simple answer to this is, “they are all the same”..!
Each Test Station has the same “standardised” K53 Test Track and Test Marking Sheet that every Examiner has to work through during your K53 Bike Test and if you do not have the required Motorcycle or Scooter riding skills or if you are not properly prepared for your Test, then don't expect to pass your K53 Test.
For more up to date info about your K53 Test Prep Lessons, give me a shout
- In the Greater City of Cape Town Region, there are only 5 x DLTC's that do K53 Motorcycle and/Scooter Tests, these being Green Point (Gallows Hill), Milnerton, Parow, Bellville and Somerset West.
- Further afield, there is Hermanus, Caledon, Paarl, Moorreesburg, Malmesbury and Vredenberg.
Your Motorcycle and/or Scooter Learner's Licence can be done at most of of the DLTC
- Unfortunately, Yes, if your Learner's Licence has expired or lapsed, then you will need to re-apply at your nearest Traffic Dept and, go through the full process again of Booking your Learner's Test and writing the Test again.
- Your Motorcycle Learner's Licence is valid for a period of 24 months(2 Years) from date of issue only and during that time, you are expected to develop your riding skills and make the effort pass your “practical” K53 Riding Test..
- As you would have realised from the previous time that you went through the process of getting your Learner's Licence, this was a tedious process that eats into your valuable time and drains your energy so this is the perfect incentive to commence the K53 Motorcycle Test Prep Lessons and pass your practical K53 Motorcycle Test as soon as possible.
Just a “heads up”, if your Learner's Licence has expired or lapsed, do not expect any “sympathy” from the Traffic Authorities, in this regard as the The Road Traffic Act does not allow for a Learner's Licence to be extended beyond this period of 24 months. (Unless of course during a State of Disaster, such as the Covid 19 Lock Down.)
- Don't even waste your energy on “fighting the system”, there is nobody, no “contact” within the Traffic Dept that can legally extend your Learner's Licence beyond the 24 months. ..!
- Minimum Protective Clothing is a Long Sleeved Jacket or Top, Long Pants such as Jeans and closed Footwear, such as Boots or Takkies.
- No Rider will be permitted to join any Riding Course/Lessons if their Clothing or Footwear does not comply, including wearing Short Pants, High Heel Boots/Shoes, Sandals or Flip Flops.
- Of course, you may use your own Motorcycle or Scooter, subject to it being Licensed and Road worthy and is the correct classification of Motorcycle or Scooter Licence you are making application for.
We have Motorcycles for Hire for those Riders who don't have their own Bikes, but we actually recommend that Riders use their own Bikes for the K53 Test Prep Lessons and their K53 Test.