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motorcycle licence

Hello everyone,

I am interested in learning to drive a motorbike here in Switzerland. I have a driving B licence already issued in a EU country.
I am 25 years old and.

What are the categories here for motorbike licence and also does anyone know procedure and how the examinations are?
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Re: motorcicle licence

Two Categories.
- Cat. A unrestricted, you must be at least 25 years old (*). You will need a bike with more than 35 kW for the practical test.
- Cat. A restricted 35 kW (same as A2 in the EU). You will need a bike with more than 125ccm and 35kW or less for the practical test.

There is also A1, but you said motorcycle

See also this threads:
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...itzerland.html
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...license-7.html
https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...arge-bike.html

Have a safe ride.

(*) Starting January 1st 2022 this is no longer an option. All beginners will have to begin with A restricted 35 kW for at least two years.
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Re: motorcicle licence

Good morning,

Thanks for the answer. Actually unrestricted category A is what I want. Do you know how much lessons and exams cost approximately?
Also you mentioned I need a specific motorcycle for each test. This means I bring my motorcycle for the test?
Last question is, if you pass the test here and then leave the country (as I am foreigner from EU), does the licence conversion works backwards also (Swiss -> EU)
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Good morning,

Thanks for the answer. Actually unrestricted category A is what I want. Do you know how much lessons and exams cost approximately?
Also you mentioned I need a specific motorcycle for each test. This means I bring my motorcycle for the test?
Last question is, if you pass the test here and then leave the country (as I am foreigner from EU), does the licence conversion works backwards also (Swiss -> EU)
You need 12 hours of classes. In Vaud they are blocks of 4 hours ie, 3 4 hours classes. IIRC it cost 600F per block. But Valais tends to be less expensive and more motorcycle friendly.

Yes. You have to bring a motorcycle to the test. They don't provide them. I has to conform to the requirements for the category. However, it doesn't have to be yours. You can borrow or rent one.

Good luck!
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Re: motorcycle licence

All your questions are answered in the linked threads You just have to read them

CHF 600 per Block Can't be! Even in Zurich it is not more than CHF 210 per block. Or around CHF 420 per block when booked as a one-on-one private course.
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All your questions are answered in the linked threads You just have to read them

CHF 600 per Block Can't be! Even in Zurich it is not more than CHF 210 per block. Or around CHF 420 per block when booked as a one-on-one private course.
Likewise around here, 600 total, i.e. 3x200.

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Re: motorcycle licence

So, basically you can show up with a 1000cc for the A unrestricted as long as you have more than 25 years old?
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So, basically you can show up with a 1000cc for the A unrestricted as long as you have more than 25 years old?
Yes, as long as you get your learners permit before January 1st 2021 !

From January 1st 2011 only restricted 35 kW learners permit are available, regardless of age. To get a unrestricted learners permit you must have passed the A (35 kW) practical test, have had the license for at least 2 years, and have no major traffic infractions.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/official...n/2019/191.pdf
https://www.astra.admin.ch/astra/de/...schriften.html
https://www.admin.ch/gov/de/start/do...-id-73387.html
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Re: motorcycle licence

What about if you want to learn how to ride a motorbike but you have literaly zero experience? Are there schools that also provide the motorbike? Im not going to buy one, renting one is out of the question since i have no idea how to ride, and im not going to borrow one because if i drop it which i will, my friends will kill me.
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What about if you want to learn how to ride a motorbike but you have literaly zero experience?
Such schools exists. I do not know if also around Geneva and be aware that it is not the cheapest option. In addition do that the TCS offers Schnupperkurse/Découverte where you can learn the absolute basics how to handle a motorcycle on a closed course (no permit needed) so that you should get the bike from the store/sales person to your home in one piece. Such trials opportunities are sometimes also organized by stores, at motorcycle test days, and at other training facilities.

Also, you could do your first lesson with an instructor starting at the store/sales person from whom you buy the motorcycle. You might also ask a friend to transfer the bike first to your place and start from there.

After that do the mandatory basic training courses ASAP, but latest within 4 months of acquiring the learners permit. If you do not attend the basic courses within 4 months the learners permit will be void and you have to get a new one. If you miss them again you must wait two years before you can apply for a third learners permit!

Only the basic training is mandatory. Further or previous driving lessons are optional. It is a wise idea to do a mock exam with a driving instructor some weeks before the real one and discuss pitfalls, easy fails, and tricky locations you should be aware of.
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Re: motorcycle licence

Thank you for this I guess the best way forward is to email a few schools and ask. What i want really, is a couple of lessons just to see if i like it enough to get a learners permit. Im sure i wont be the first one to ask that.
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