The Basics

The Basics

19 November 2011
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The basics 

A motorcycle instructor is really the best way to learn how to ride correctly and safely.

Firstly you will need to take a Compulsory basic training (CBT) course and previous riding experience is not necessary and it is not the type of test you can fail. The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) administers the course and the fee is around £100. The course lasts one or two days depending on different circumstances and the rider wishes to upgrade.

What you will need

Take your driving licence with you provisional (cat A entitlement), provisional moped (cat P entitlement) or full (cat P or A entitlement). Both parts of the new licence are required, photo and paper. This will also serve as form of identification but you will also need to take one other preferably a passport at least one has to be a photo ID just in case you have the old style paper one. Also if taking your own motorcycle:

Insurance document

The tax disc should be valid

MOT certificate (if the bike is over 3 years)

L plates should fixed to your bike

The helmet you take should adhere to BS6658 or ECE R 22-05 standards

Note – You will be required to take an eye test at the beginning of the course.

The course contains 5 different elements, these consist of:

Element A Introduction

Checking of your licence

Eye sight test

The aims of the CBT

Equipment and clothing

Element B Practical on-site training

The motorcycle and its controls

Stands and safety checks

How to wheel the motorcycle

Starting and stopping the engine

Element C Practical on site riding

Riding slowly

Use of the brakes

Changing gears

Riding in a straight line and stopping

Doing a figure of eight

U turns

Turns to the left and right

Emergency stops

Rear observation

Element D Practical on road training (classroom based0

The Highway Code

Speed awareness

Separating distances

Different weather conditions

Drugs and Alcohol

Where to position yourself on the road

Travelling over different road surfaces

Hazards and how to be aware of them

Being vulnerable

Your legal requirements

The weather

Being aware of the hazards

Make sure you can be seen

Element E Practical on the road riding

Learning stop when there is an emergency

Going round bends

Coming across obstructions

Junctions, crossings, traffic lights and roundabouts

Handling gradients

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