In this country the training required to get a motorcycle licence is huge compared to a car licence. It is ridiculous that car drivers can get on the road so much easier.
Basically over here at 16 year old you can sit your Compulsory Basic Training (A full day on and off road training with an Authorised training centre) before you can get on the road. once you have sat this you can ride a 50cc moped restricted to 30mph with L plates on it.
At 17 you can ride a 125 cc bike restricted to 12bhp after you have sat your CBT. you then have to sit a written test and your part2 test before you can ride a bigger bike . Once passed your part2 test you are restricted to a bike with 33bhp or less for 2 years, You can buy any bike you want and get a restrictor kit fitted. Imagine a 33bhp 996!!!!
At 21 years old if you have had a full car licence for 3 years you can ride a 125cc (12bhp) after you have sat your CBT. Once you have passed your written test, then pass your part2 test on a 500cc bike you can then ride any size / power bike that you wish . If you pass your test on a 125cc 12bhp bike you are restricted for 2 years to 33bhp
In theory you are getting a good training for the road.
Now to get a car licence at 17 years old all you do is put L plates on your car and away you go with a co driver(someone over 21 with a full licence for at least 3 years). The only restriction to the type of car you drive is the insurance you can afford to pay for. You have to pass a written test and a practical driving test to drive without a co driver and L plates. There is no requirement to take any lessons by an approved instructer to get your licence you can get a friend to teach you how to drive
Is it any wonder car drivers cause so much damage. I believe that car drivers should face the same compulsary basic training before they are allowed on the open road and have the same scaled power restrictions once they pass there driving test.