I work at a computer lab for the Wollongong University College which consists of about 95% Asian students. Anyway a student had just come in to collect some printing and ask a question. I noticed a Valentino Rossi hat hanging of his hip and so naturally got talking about motoGP and Bikes. I found out he is japanese and he used to ride his dad's trail bike back in japans (around the streets aswell as off-road). I asked about the licence system due to it occasionally popping up on here and found out the following: There are three classes of bike licence: 1. 0 - 50cc 2. 51 - 400cc 3. 401 and greater. I can confirm that yes you do have to be able to pick up a bike from each class in order to complete each test for the corresponding licence class. However the thing that shocked me was the fact that he said it would cos around $2000 to get your 51 - 400cc class licence. And here we are whinging about the ~$200 or so it costs to get a licence over here and all the other aspects of obtaining a licence when the country that MAKES the majority of the bikes we ride has to go through SO MUCH WORSE!!! Even though laws may be slowly clamping down it makes you think how lucky we still are.