Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
The CBT is a one day course, with the aim of enabling you reach a safe standard of riding on either a 50cc moped or 125cc moped or motorcycle. A Certificate will be issued by your instructor upon completion of the course which validates your licence and permits you to ride on the road with L Plates. The format of the course will be as follows.
Introduction: This is a classroom based session, which will take place in the form of a discussion, during which your instructor will explain the days schedule and by the end of which you should have a good understanding content and purpose of the CBT.
The next session will be taken outside and is an introduction to the motorcycle or scooter you will be riding, you wont be riding the motorcycle and scooter during this session, but by the end of it you will have good understanding of the controls, the capabilities of the bike, how to use stands and wheel the bike correctly,how to start and stop the engine and also knowledge of basic checks to ensure the motorcycle or scooter is safe to ride.
Time to start riding: This session is all about gaining good basic control of the motorcycle or scooter and develop the basic skills needed to ride on the road safely, this session will be taken on our purpose built training pad. You will perform a series of exercises starting with riding in a straight line through to more difficult exercises such as a u-turn.
After you have enjoyed your first experience of riding you will then take part in a second classroom session, as with the introduction this session will take place in the form of a discussion covering many different aspects you are likely to encounter when riding on the road.
The last part of the CBT consists of a 2 hour minimum road ride, you will be under instruction via radio contact during the whole session and for the first part be given instruction on how you should be riding on the road to reach the safe basic standard required. For the second part its time to put into practise what you have learnt during the day and show your skills to the instructor that you can ride at the safe basic standard required.
Once you have completed the road ride satisfactory you will be issued with a DL196 CBT certificate, which entitles you to ride on the road as a learner for 2 years.
Aged 16+ : Upon completion of your CBT you can ride a Moped with maximum engine size of 50cc and a maximum speed of 30mph with L plates. No pillion passengers or motorway use. Aged 17+ : Upon completion of your CBT you can ride a light motorcycle with an engine size of up to 125cc and a power output of up to 11 kW (14.6 bhp). Ride with L plates and no pillion passengers or motorway use.
Direct Access (500cc) and Restricted Access (125cc)
Direct Access is taken on a 500cc motorcycle or bigger and means you will obtain a full A1 licence once you have passed your test, this means you can ride a motorcycle with any capacity or power output.
Restricted Access is taken on a 125cc motorcycle and means you will obtain a A2 licence once you have passed your test, this means you will be limited to 33bhp for 2 years after which you will receive a A1 full licence as above.
Direct and Restricted Access consists of a 5 day training course split into 2 modules, Module 1 and Module 2, both of which are taken separately over a 2 and 3 day period. To undertake a Restricted or Direct Access course, you must hold a current CBT, and have completed the Motorcycle Theory Test which you can book by contacting the DSA on 0300 200 1122 or on their website at www.dsa.gov.uk. You can practise your motorcycle theory test at www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_4017669
The Direct Access and Restricted Access modules consist of the following:
MODULE 1 TEST (2 days)
This is conducted 'off-road' on the Module 1 test pad at the Local Test Centre and consists of a series of manoeuvring exercises. You will be asked to demonstrate the following to the standard required.
- Show that you can use the stands correctly and handle the weight of the motorcycle by wheeling it to a designated area.
- Perform a Slalom and figure of eight through a series of cones
- Perform a slow ride of around 2-3 mph to a designated area
- Perform a U-turn as you would on the road in the space provided
- Perform an avoidance exercise of around 50kmh (32mph) around a set course where you will steer the motorcycle around a set of cones while bringing the motorcycle to a controlled stop
- Perform an emergency stop at again around 50kmh.
Once you have passed Module 1, you may proceed to Module 2.
MODULE 2 TEST (3 days)
This is conducted 'on-road' in the local area and will test the rider on a range of road layouts and traffic conditions. The test will last approximately 35 to 45 minutes and will include a self navigation section of around 10mins, where you will be asked to follow a series of directional signs.
Once you have passed both modules you will receive either an A1 for Direct Access or an A2 licence for Restricted Access.
Licencing Restricted and Direct Access
You must be at least 17 years of age and hold a provisional or full driving licence, you must also hold a current and valid CBT and motorcycle Theory certificate.
You must be at least 21 years of age and hold a provisional or full driving licence, you must also hold a current and valid CBT and motorcycle Theory certificate.
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