Getting a motorcycle license in Germany

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I have a regular european B-driver's license, and I've been dreaming of getting a motorbike A-license for quite a few years now. Does anyone have experience on this? How many lessons do you have to take at a fahrschule, what about theory lessons? Is it possible to take the theory test in english?

 

And the most important question: how much does it cost? Back home it'd cost me maybe 600e, probably a little less. It doesn't seem likely that I'm going back home for more than a week in quite a while though, that's why I'd like to do it here. I reckon I'd pass the test with minimum driving lessons, I know the basics and have driven on private roads, just have to get the touch.

 

BTW, I live in Munich, if anyone can recommend a good and cheap Fahrschule, it'd be awesome!

 

Thanks...

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If you can get it done back home do so, it will cost you at least a 1,500 here.

 

It is possible to take theory in English and probably the practical too.

 

In Germany there are minimum requirements on the number of hours you have to take so you have to do and pay for those, regardless of your standard. this is what keeps your basic cost up. I'll look it up later and post tonight.

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Is it even possible to xfer a foreign Motorcycle license over to a german one? (Non-EU License only)

Usually anything that requires special training beyond that of a normal car license (Bus,Truck,Motorcycle) will not be converted to the German system

and requires you to complete the entire training of such a vehicle in the normal German driving schools. I went thru the same process back in 1998

when they wouldn't let me xfer my truck classes over to the German system. Good thing my training was covered by my Uncle Sam. ;)

 

Update:

Just talked to my Military friend. The Germans will not allow you to xfer your foreign (non-EU) Motorcycle class to a German license.

Even those in the Military here for 2-4yrs are required to complete the German Motorcycle school. Usually each base/location contracts

with a fahrschule that gives the training and tests in English, sometimes even on base.

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20 year old Finnish snowboarding chick wants motorcycle lessons. Oh my god. Anyone got the phone number of a good divorce lawyer?

 

Edit: Pig tails and drinks beer. Its all too much for an old man...

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@DK, she already has a european licence, so she can skip the first aid training.

 

@JE, I know, I thought exactly the same, but be nice now.

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Haha, thanks! Yea, Finland is in the EU (comes as a surprise to many) so luckily I don't have to worry about that stuff!

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are required to complete the German Motorcycle school

Isn't it like the automobile license though? You don't need to take all the theory classes, just pass the written test and practical?

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You are younger that I was though when I did my licence here. You won't stick out like a drunk driver retaking training or a cradle snatcher.

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ha, true... life could always be worse...

 

Also, isn't it the case that when you just receive your license, you are limited in horse power? I was told that's only true up to a certain age though (25?)

 

It's starting to be spring, I want my bike now! (ugh, I have to import it from the US)

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That depends on your age.

 

You can do the A1, the A limited and the A unlimted licence.

 

A1, minimum age 16, up to 125 cc and not more than 11 kw power.

 

A limited, minimum age 18, up to 25 kw power and not less that 6,25 kg per kilowatt (untanked)

After 2 years driving an A limited you automatically get the A unlimted

 

A, minimum age 25, and you can drive everything, si, everything.

 

If you actually have a car licence (Class 3) from before 01.04.1980 you can drive anything that is in the A1 class. Only of interest to the more "mature" members of the forum. Mature obviously in the sense of mature cheese.

 

I think if you have a car licence, class B you only need to do 12 hours of normal theory and 8 hours of extra motorcycle theory.

 

Then you do as many hours basic practical as the instructor considers necessary and you must do 5 hours on country roads, 4 hours autobahn and 3 hours night time.

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I knoooooooow, it will be limited! I'm not sure how it is here but at least in Finland after you get your license you only get to drive <25kW and after 2 years anything you want...

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Yes it's limited although to be honest that is not a bad thing, plenty power still available to make a mess of yourself. The power and the power/weight ratio are controlled so they really are giving you a chance to learn. It's after you do your licence that you really start to learn how to ride and then practice at lower speeds is invaluable. You have a hell of a lot more space to make mistakes in.

 

Of course the tuning fairys might steal your motorcycle for a night and change the settings in the carbs or the injection mapping and you might never know about it.

 

I've heard of it happening.

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I know, I don't think it's a bad thing either. And once I graduate in a million years and can afford to buy a bike, I'll stick to the "small" ones... If your feet don't touch the ground and you can't move it without someone helping you push its really not worth it...

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Well the feet touching the ground is important, the pushable weight is debatable though. Plenty of people riding bikes that they can't push very far.If oyu know how to use leverage you should be able to control and even pick up a heavy bike with ease. You can learn this at an advanced riding course which is wel worth doing.

 

Anyway good luck with the licence and hurry up, the season never really ended this year.

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I'm currently having a mid-life crisis and have applied for my motorbike license class "A". I've got the "behörde" bit done the next step is the theory test. I've got a normal car driving license class "B". My questions is, do I have to do the complete theory test or just an additional bit for the class "A" license? What's the best way to prep for the test?

 

Has anyone tried bribing the examiner?

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Bah... I learned on a 125 in riders school then graduated directly to a GoldWing 1500GL... weight aint a problem if ya know leverage. I can't move it but I can pick it up from a spill. There's actually a few good youtube videos on that =)

 

I'm in the same boat though... xchanged my auto license here but they won't take my bike license. Looks like back to riders school for me, though ...

How about if I already have a license ... I heard I can bypass the school and just take the exams. At least that's what my veeeeery limited German lead me to understand from the lady at the DMV here when I swapped my auto license.

 

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I'm in the same boat as The Vicar. Learned to ride at age five, rode all through high school and college and years afterward, and then moved to Germany only to learn that I couldn't ride anymore.

 

I've kept all my US license classes current, but not being authorized to ride in Germany has been, frankly, cool with Die Frau, but now that the kids are older she's much more relaxed about me potentially eating a peach (and probably more than ready to collect the insurance money and take her chances :))

 

However, I have no idea where to even start. I sometimes see people riding around with a Farschule car tailgating them, and often wonder if that isn't even more dangerous than just letting people go. They're also always dressed up like some sort of kevlar Mad Max even if they're on a coffee can put-put ... which makes me dream of riding around with jeans and my old flight jacket just to freak everyone out.

 

My conundrum reminds me of a great somewhat apocraphal story of one of my father's school friends who'd raced motorcycles back in the 50s and 60s. When all the new japanese bikes' popularity had states requiring morotcycle licensing, most made everyone come in for a road test. After about 15 minutes of mickey mouse, he was asked to ride on top of a straight white centerline. He revved up, cocked a snook at the test adminstrator, and pulled a perfect smokey one-handed wheelie right down the entire line. They stamped his licence and said "just get the hell out of here."

 

I would like to closely recreate this tableau if possible. Suggestions?

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