So you want to ride a Motorbike

Some people ride motorcycles and scooters through necessity. The cost of a car, insurance, fuel, maintenance, tax, etc etc... make it a logical choice to pick the two-wheeled option. 

Others prefer the freedom that riding a motorbike gives. These people ride for pleasure. It has been my good fortune over the years to belong to this category.

This is a simplified version of what you will need to do. Along the way you will meet Options. Hopefully, you will find the right Option for you.

Licence

You need a licence to cover the class of vehicle that you are riding. Make sure you have a Provisional Licence that covers your class of bike. For Motorcycles you need Class A. For Mopeds, Class P. (N.B. If your already have a full licence for a car or other group, the provisional entitlement will be shown on the paper counterpart of your licence).

Age

At 16 you can only ride a Moped (as defined).

At 17 you can ride a Moped or Motorcycle up to 125cc (Includes automatic Scooter between 49cc and 125cc).

At 19 you can take your test on a 47 bhp bike (Class A2)

At 24 you can undergo Direct Access Training. (see later)

For those who have never ridden before, we offer a one hour taster session to help you decide whether biking is for you. This session is done off-road and carried out on a "one-to-one" basis. The cost of this session is £35.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

If you want to ride a Moped, Motorcycle or Scooter on a public road, you must undergo a CBT course. (An exception relates to those who passed a car test before 1 February 2001. These people can ride a Moped if their licence shows Category P as a Full entitlement).

CBT is not a "test", it's a training course with a certificate at the end. The CBT certificate validates your Driving Licence, allowing you to ride Mopeds and Motorcycles for 2 years from the date of issue. You must ride unaccompanied. You cannot ride on Motorways. You must display L plates.

The content of the CBT course is laid down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). It contains five elements, all of which are concerned with SAFETY. At Valley Bike School we aim to complete our CBT course in ONE day but if you do not complete the course within the one day, don't worry. We will finish your training at a time to suit you. Whilst riding a bike you will encounter hazardous situations. There is no mileage in rushing your training or short-cutting the system. Unlike some, our prices are all inclusive - there are no hidden extras such as bike hire, insurance and petrol.

The five elements of the CBT course are:

1. Introduction

2. Practical on-site training

3. Practical on-site riding

4. Practical on-road training

5. Practical on-road riding

Even if you don't intend taking your test just yet, it is a good idea to "gen up" on the Highway Code. This is especially true of younger riders who have little or no experience of the "rules of the road".

OPTION 1

Complete your CBT course and ride a Moped, Scooter, or Motorcycle for up to 2 years. Within that 2 years you must pass your Practical test or undergo CBT training again which will give you a further 2 years. Currently, you can complete a CBT Course as many times as you like.

OPTION 2

Class A1 Licence (You must pass a theory test) Minimum Age 17

Take a Practical Test on an A1 machine. (As defined). We use Yamaha YBR 125's. When you pass you will be restricted to riding a machine of the A1 Class. Unlike the earlier regulations, there is no automatic entitlement to ride bigger bikes unless you take other tests (See below). NB If you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic. 

OPTION 3

Class A2 Licence (You must pass a theory test) Minimum Age 19

 

Take a Practical Test on an A2 machine. We use Kawasaki ER5's. When you pass you will be restricted to riding a machine of the A2 Class. To ride bigger bikes you will need to take another test. Again, if you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic.

OPTION 4

Class A Licence (Direct Access) (You must pass a theory test) Minimum Age 24 (Unless you have had a full Class A2 licence for 2 years)

Take a Practical Test on a bigger bike. (We us Kawasaki ER6's, Kawasaki Versys and Yamaha XJ6's). It must be capable of delivering 53.6 brake horse power (bhp). This route is known as Direct Access. Once you pass the "Big Bike" test you can ride any bike from day 1.

The Practical Test is the same as Options 2 and 3 but to take advantage of the Direct Access option, you must take lessons with an approved Instructor and be in radio contact. Currently, we have four Direct Access Instructors, three of whom are trained to Advanced level with the police.

The Direct Access route changed in January 2013.

Theory Test

Based on the Highway Code, the Theory Test must be taken by everyone before they can take their Practical Test. Even though you have been driving a Class I HGV since Noah launched his Ark or have recently passed a Theory Test for another class of vehicle, you must pass a Theory Test for Motorcycles. The current cost of a Theory Test is £31.00 and can be booked on line at www.dsa.gov.uk or over the phone on 08700-101372. We can book your theory test for you if you want.

The Theory Test consists of two parts:

Part 1... 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 43 right to pass.

Part 2... Hazard Perception element. This involves 14 video clips than contain 15 "scoreable hazards". You must score at least 44 from 75 in this element.

If well prepared, the Theory Test should hold no fears for anyone.

There are a number of books, CD-ROMs and DVDs on the market to help you pass the Theory Test. We recommend the DSA's own products that can be obtained from most large bookstores, from us, or from The Stationery Office directly TSO

Practical Test

We book Practical Motorbike Tests in advance. The cost at present is £90.50 on weekdays, split into 2 Modules. (The cost is more for a Saturday or for an "extended" test).

Contrary to the belief of some, the examiner is not there to fail you. There are no "quotas" of pass and fail. If you show that you have the ability to handle your machine well and have a good knowledge of various road situations then you should pass. You are allowed upto 15 minor riding faults (5 for Module 1 and 10 for Module 2) but a "serious" or "dangerous" fault will mean a fail, even if you have no other minor faults.

There are many reasons why people fail but the most common reason is "NERVES"! Don't put undue pressure on yourself - try to relax and "enjoy" the experience. That is obviously easier said than done but many a good rider fails because nerves gets the better of them. You need total concentration and it is impossible to give your best if all you can think about is the "churning" within your stomach! Remember - the examiner is there to "assess" you. He or she will not put extra pressure on you.

Module 1 lasts for 10 - 15 minutes. In this part you will be asked to:

Push the bike backwards from one set of cones to another;

Ride through a slalom of cones followed by a figure of 8 around two cones;

Slow ride exercise;

U-turn;

Controlled stop to a set location;

Emergency stop from 50kph (32mph) ;

Swerve manoeuvre from 50 kph (32mph) 

 

Module 2 lasts for 40 minutes but that doesn't mean that you will spend all of those 40 minutes riding the bike. Your documents will be checked and you will be given a radio. Once this has been checked you will go outside and take an eyesight check. Then comes the "safety questions". You are asked two questions about your machine. These can be found via this link... SAFETY QUESTIONS.

Now, finally, it's time to ride your bike. Approximately 35 minutes are left for you to demonstrate that you are safe and fit to be allowed out on the road - without L plates. The only "set" manoeuvre on Module 2 is moving away from the kerb. This may be on an incline or from behind parked vehicles.

After the test you will be asked a question relating to carrying a passenger.

And... that's it... Easy ! So calm down and relax !

DSA statistics show that the top 10 reasons for failing the Practical Test are:

10. Observation before turning

9. Correct positioning

8. Controlled Stop (Emergency Braking)

7. Moving away safely

6. Moving away under control

5. Observation at Junctions

4. Inappropriate Speed (Too slow as well as too fast)

3. Rear Observation (Mirrors and Shoulder Checks)

2. Signal Correctly

1. U-Turn


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Friday, 17 January 2014 10:32

Compulsory Basic Training

Compulsory Basic Training (C.B.T.)

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Compulsory Basic Training was introduced in 1990 as a means of lowering the number of accidents involving Motorcycle and Scooter riders.

The syllabus has been laid down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Training bodies such as ours are overseen by the DSA to ensure that training meets their requirements. We appreciate that some other training bodies say that they are able to conduct their CBT training in 4 hours (or even less) but we will do things correctly and in accordance with DSA requirements.

There are no added extras and the cost is the same whether you do your training midweek, weekend or public holiday. We do not charge extra for the use of our bike or safety equipment. See our terms and conditions

So, what is involved in CBT?

If you want to ride a Motorcycle, Scooter or Moped on a public road, you must undergo a CBT course. An exception relates to those who only want to ride a 49cc Moped and passed a car test before 1 February 2001. Your licence must show Category P as a full entitlement.

CBT is not a "test", it is a training course with a certificate at the end. That certificate validates your Driving Licence, allowing you to ride Mopeds and Motorcycles for 2 years from the date of issue. You must ride alone. You cannot ride on Motorways. You must display clearly L plates, to the front and to the rear.

CBT contains five elements, all of which are concerned with SAFETY.

At Valley Bike School we aim to complete our CBT course in ONE day but if you do not complete the course within the one day, don't worry, we will finish your training at a time to suit you. There is a charge for the re-assessment, but we need to ensure that you are safe to be on the road when riding alone.

Whilst riding a bike you will encounter hazardous situations. There is no mileage in rushing your training or short-cutting the system. Unlike some, our prices are all inclusive - there are no hidden extras. We have heard of some that charge for bike hire, insurance and even petrol.

The five elements of the CBT course are:

1. Introduction

2. Practical on-site training

3. Practical on-site riding

4. Practical on-road training

5. Practical on-road riding

Even if you don't intend taking your test just yet, it is a good idea to "gen up" on the Highway Code. This is especially true of younger riders who have little or no experience of the "rules of the road".

So, what's next after CBT?

Depending on your age, you have four options:

OPTION 1Ride with L plates

Age restriction: 16 for mopeds, 17 and above for 125cc machines 

No need to take a theory test. This may change in the future.

Ride your Moped, Scooter, or Motorcycle for up to 2 years with L plates. Within that 2 years you must pass your practical test or undergo CBT training again which will give you a further 2 years. Currently, you can complete a CBT Course as many times as you like.

If you are looking for a cheap form of transport, this may be the option for you. 

OPTION 2 Category "A1" licence (Light Bike) 

Age restriction: 17 and above

You must pass a theory test.

Take a practical motorcycle test on a 125cc machine. (For other restrictions click here). We use Honda CG125's and Honda CBF 125's. 

When you pass, you will be restricted to riding a 125cc machine. If you want to "upgrade" to more powerful machines, you will have to take a further practical motorcycle test. You will have to wait until you are 19 to take the A2 (Medium motorcycle) test, or 24 to take the Direct Access route.

Licence is valid until you upgrade to a bigger class of motorcycle.

N.B. If you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic.

OPTION 3 Category "A2" licence (Medium Motorcycle)

Age restriction: 19 and above

You must have valid theory test certificate. You must have a valid CBT certificate, unless you have an A1 licence already.

Take a practical motorcycle test on a bike at least 395cc and between 33bhp and 47bhp*. We use Kawasaki ER5s that have been restricted to the required limit. We also have a Yamaha Virago 535cc. 

When you pass, you will be restricted to riding the A2 class of motorcycle. If you want to "upgrade" to more powerful machines, you will have to take a further practical motorcycle test. You will have to wait until you are 24 to take the Direct Access route, or take a further test two years after passing your A2 test.

In many respects, this is advantageous for people aged 19 - 21. They are now allowed access to more powerful machines than before 19 January 2013, BUT, only whilst in company with an instructor or examiner, or after the A2 test is passed. 

Licence is valid until you upgrade to a bigger class of motorcycle.

N.B. If you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic.

OPTION 4 Category "A" licence (Direct Access)

N.B. There is no automatic upgrade to larger bikes from "A1" or "A2" categories.

Age restriction: 24, or two years after passing A2

You must have a valid theory test certificate. You must have a valid CBT certificate, unless you have an A2 licence already.

Take a Practical Test on a bigger bike. (We use Kawasaki ER6's, Kawasaki Versys and Yamaha XJ6's). It must have an engine size of at least 595cc and engine power of 53.6bhp. This route is known as Direct Access.  Once you pass the "Big Bike" test you can ride any bike from day 1.

The Practical Test is the same as Options 2 and 3 but to take advantage of the Direct Access option, you must take lessons with an Approved Instructor and be in radio contact. Currently, we have five Direct Access Instructors.

Theory Test

Based on the Highway Code, the Theory Test must be taken by everyone before they can take their Practical Test. Even though you have been driving a Class I HGV since Noah launched his Ark or have recently passed a Theory Test for another class of vehicle, you must pass a Theory Test for Motorcycles. The current cost of a Theory Test is £23 if you book it yourself, and can be booked on line at www.dsa.gov.uk or over the phone on 0300-200-1122.

The Theory Test consists of two parts:

Part 1... 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 43 right to pass.

Part 2... Hazard Perception element. This involves 14 video clips than contain 15 "scoreable hazards". You must score at least 44 from 75 in this element.

If well prepared, the Theory Test should hold no fears for anyone.

There are a number of books, CD-ROMs and DVDs on the market to help you pass the Theory Test. We recommend the DSA's own products that can be obtained from most large bookstores, or from The Stationery Office (TSO) direct.

For details of the Practical test, click here

*Figures are approximate. The actual requirements refer to 25kW and 35 kW respectively. 

Published in Our Courses
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:29

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Winter is just about upon us, but there is still time... Time to pass your Motorbike test. 

Our Courses include the Module 1 and Module 2 test fees. Day 1 of any Course is CBT, if required.

But, you don't have to do a Course. We have a "pay-as-you-go" option which may suit you better.

Looking for a Special gift for your partner, family member or friend? We can provide the same as a Birthday present, or simply as a "Happy Monday" surprise. Prices start from £35. Never ridden before? Ask about our taster sessions.

When trying to contact us, please be patient. We are are usually out riding our bikes. We may take some time to answer the phone. Text is good to 07740-195921, or hit the "Book Now" button above.

From CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) through to Advanced motorcycling, we provide it all. Direct Access and Test Preparation form the mainstay of what we offer and whether you do your motorcycle training intensively, or on a lesson by lesson basis, we will not compromise on safety. We will not rush you, or berate you if you make a mistake. We will treat you as you want to be treated, whether you are spending one hour with us or several days. We will tailor your training to meet your needs. Only available at weekends? Then do your training at weekends. Unfortunately, the Driving Standards Agency do not currently offer practical tests at weekends.

We offer motorcycle tuition from advanced trained instructors with a personal touch that makes learning to ride a positive pleasure. Unlike some alleged training schools, we do exist and we provide training from where we say (Brookside Business Park, Burnley Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire). Confused by this? Check out some other sites that purport to have Motorcycle trainers in your area. Some don't even exist! Others exist, but somewhere else! 

Rossendale and the surrounding areas, have some of the most beautiful scenery and roads in the North West of England. When you learn to ride a motorbike with Valley Bike School, you will be travelling these roads on a daily basis.

Whether you want to save money by using the two-wheeled option, or whether you want to ride around the World, the long way around, riding a motorbike puts a smile on your face. Time to get your test passed... NOW! 

Who says that we are the best? Our former students do. See The Review Centre. Like any other learning process, you have to prepare yourself properly. Give yourself the best possible chance of passing first time, book today with Valley Bike School.

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