Learning to ride a motorcycle is a great way to acquire a fun new skill. That being said, it can be difficult to know where to get the best training. Many people learn to ride a bike by taking a CBT test, which gives you the basic skills you need to ride a motorbike. It also teaches you the laws and regulations for riding a motorcycle in a short period of time.
1. What is CBT?
CBT is a motorcycle training programme. The UK government requires you to have this certification to get a license. This is the most accessible training programme, and it can be done relatively quickly if you have a keen interest in riding a bike. Many people finish the training in one day, although it could take longer depending on your learning speed. The main goal of the training is to make sure you drive safely in order to reduce the numbers of accidents caused by reckless motorcycle drivers. To become a fully qualified bike rider, you must complete five sections of the training.
2. CBT Course Sections
- Introduction and eyesight check
- Training on-site
- Bike riding on-site
- Training on the road
a. Introduction and eyesight training
The introduction gives you a basic overview of driving a motorcycle. For this section it is beneficial to know the highway codes and rules. In addition, you must be able to read a license plate number from a distance of 20 metres. This section also covers the importance of keeping your bike maintained and what safety gear and equipment you should be using.
b. Training On-site
This section of the course teaches you the basics about your bike including how to use all of the controls. You must become familiar with the basic functions and controls of your motorcycle or scooter and demonstrate that you know how to use them. This includes braking properly. You will also learn how to park your motorcycle safely and how to perform basic maintenance.
c. Riding On-site
Before you get on the road, you will do some on-site driving to learn how to drive your bike in a straight line, how to use the brakes and how to ride your bike slowly so that you have the utmost control over it. This section of the course also teaches you how to make U-turns and how to switch gears.
d. Training on the Road
After going through all the basics on-site, you will finally be ready to learn how to drive your bike on the open road. Some important things to remember include using your rear-view mirrors and maintaining a safe speed to prevent accidents
The CBT test is available all over the UK. Contact London Motorcycle Training for more information about the CBT test and to book courses. They are fully authorised to do the training and will help you complete the course to obtain a license to drive a motorcycle. This includes the ‘L’ provisional license that you must use for the first few weeks.