Automatic Motorcycle License
What you Need to Know About the Automatic Motorcycle License – At present, Spanish legislation allows motorcycle licenses exclusively for automatic motorcycles. This means that it is a completely legal procedure and that it can be done today without any limitation other than finding a driving school that has this model of motorcycle.
However, it is important to know that, on the driving license, a warning will appear indicating that you can only drive a motorcycle without a manual gearbox, that is, without clutch control (pedal or lever).
Mototechno has noticed that, increasingly, there is a greater number of users who do not consider anything other than a scooter or an automatic motorcycle, either for convenience, by necessity, or by their own limitations. For this reason, we want you to know the pros and cons of the automatic motorcycle license. Read our analysis, and we will solve all the doubts you may have.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Automatic Motorcycle License
Since 2013, anyone who wants this license (quite limited) can take this test with this model of motorcycle. Any of the motorcycle licenses (AM, A1, A2, or A) can be acquired, but only for automatics. Regardless of this feature, the requirements, the exam, and the costs will be the same as if you were taking any of the other licenses currently available.
If you want to know more in depth about each aspect of each of the licenses, you can access the General Regulations for Drivers, where everything is regulated.
Advantages of the Automatic Motorcycle License
It is much more comfortable and easier to pass the license because you do not have to be aware at any time to bring the gear that touches to avoid stalling. Starting and stopping are easier. In short, it is much more comfortable at the user level.
Some brands are demonstrating that automatic gear shifting systems are already giving a lot of play or, in some cases, are even better than manual gear shifting systems. Honda and Yamaha are two of the brands for which we can prove it.
Disadvantages of the Automatic Motorcycle License
These are the following:
It is difficult to find driving schools that allow you to get this license. And the fact is that most of them today only have motorcycles with gearboxes. And that is taking into account that it is the A2, since getting the A1 is even more complicated.
In the case of going freelance with your own motorcycle, you have to take into account that you will have to comply with the technical specifications for the license you are applying for, which are somewhat complicated.
This is a bit tricky. Why? According to the legislation, you must take the test not only with an “A2″ motorcycle, but it must be a single two-wheeled motorcycle with a cylinder capacity of at least 16 inches and not less than 400 cm3, a power of not less than 25 kW and not more than 35 kW, and a power/weight ratio of not more than 0.2 kW/kg”.
Once you have this license, another limitation you will encounter is that you will only be able to drive automatic motorcycles. Legally, you will not be able to drive motorcycles with a gearbox, even if they are semi-automatic.
It is not a special license, so you do not save money or effort on exams.
After explaining all of the above, we can conclude this article by indicating that, from our point of view, we recommend that, when it comes to getting your motorcycle license, you should not limit yourself only to the automatic one. Not “self-limiting” will allow you to drive motorcycles with gears and clutch in case you ever need it; that is, with the normal license, you can drive scooters as well as any other authorized motorcycle.
We only think it is appropriate to opt for it when a person has it very clear and knows that in the long run he or she will no longer like riding a motorcycle and when changing the manual of these would be a serious problem. We hope we have helped you!