Top level training from a Q-Ride qualified motorcycle rider with 35 years riding experience.
Never turned the key or have had some experience, we will be able to assess your ability to ride during your first lesson and develop a training package to suit your level of experience. Your improvement during each lesson will be discussed, recorded and available for you to keep track of your skills development.
You must have your own motorcycle, learner licence and safety equipment for learner riding instruction. However, when you are ready to take the next step, most registered Q-Ride Training Centres will supply motorcycles.
Don't think of Q-Ride as a test, it is an assessment of your skills that will be developed throughout training. You will be ready to sit your Q-Ride assessment, once you can ride at a competent level without our guidance.
Getting a learner motorcycle licence (RE)
If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle, you must apply for an RE learner licence.
To get your RE learner licence, you need to:
- hold a provisional or open car licence and have held the licence for at least 1 year. This makes sure you have on-road driving experience before you learn to ride.
- successfully complete the Q-Ride pre-learner course
Note: If you live outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training area, you may choose to apply for an exemption from completing the course, however if you are exempt from the course you will need to hold your RE learner licence for longer.
- pass a motorcycle knowledge test
- be medically fit to ride
- apply for your RE learner licence.
Motorcycle knowledge test
You will only be able to take the motorcycle knowledge test online if you have already completed the Q-Ride pre-learner course or been granted an exemption from it.
You can practice the motorcycle knowledge test online.
If you pass and pay for your knowledge test online, your driver licence may have the RE learner licence automatically added to it and a new driver licence will be sent to you.
Your RE learner licence can't be automatically added, and you will need to apply at a driver licence issuing centre if:
- you have a laminate licence
- your licence is expired or will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee
- you have not had a digital photo and digitised signature taken in the last 9 years.
You can now start learning to ride a motorcycle once you have been issued your RE learner licence.
What sort of motorcycle can you ride on your RE Licence
A class RE licence holder (learner, provisional, probationary and open), you can only ride a learner approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) motorcycle. The learner approved motorcycle scheme gives you access to a range of motorcycles and scooters that are appropriate to your level of experience.
A LAMS motorcycle is a production (not custom made) motorcycle that is fitted with an electric motor, or has an internal combustion engine with a capacity of not more than 660mL, and:
- a power-to-weight ratio that does not exceed 150kW/t
- is on the list of LAMS approved motorcycles
- has not been modified except for allowable modifications
Motorcycles produced prior to 1960 and do not exceed 660 mL will be included within the scheme.
Progressing from an RE to an R Licence
To upgrade from a class RE learner licence to an RE provisional or R open, you will need to complete either a Q-Ride training program or pass a Q-SAFE practical riding test.
You must also do this to upgrade from an RE to an R motorcycle licence.
Q-Ride or Q-SAFE
If you live:
- within a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training centre, you must complete the Q-Ride competency-based training and assessment course
- outside a 100km radius of a Q-Ride training centre, you can choose to either complete a Q-Ride training course or take the Q-SAFE practical riding test.
Q-Ride is a competency-based training and assessment program delivered by Q-Ride registered providers. During the course you will need to demonstrate your competency on a learner approved motorcycle.
You can enrol in a Q-Ride course and start training as soon as you get your class RE learner licence.
You can apply for your class RE or R provisional or open licence once you get your Q-Ride certificate (or competency declaration) from your training provider. It is important to note that the competency declaration is not a motorcycle licence.
Your competency declaration is only valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If you do not present it within 12 months, it will expire and you will need to undertake Q-Ride again to obtain a new one.
Q-SAFE is a practical riding test delivered by Queensland Government driving examiners. It is designed to evaluate your ability to ride safely and correctly in different road situations.
You can only take the Q-SAFE test if you live more than 100km from a Q-Ride training provider.
If you are eligible, you must hold your RE learner licence for 6 months before taking the Q-SAFE test. During this 6 months you can practice riding with a supervisor.
You must take the test on a LAMS motorcycle.