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It all started on Monday of this week when I woke up, I had a brainwave and decided that my car is too boring and expensive and I want to ride a motorbike instead! A couple of hours later and I had booked my CBT (compulsory basic training) and my theory, all to be completed in the same week.

If you haven’t passed your bike test your probably a bit confused as to what you actually have to do to pass, and what bikes you can ride at which stage of your license.  I was very confused, so I rung up my local bike school and asked them to run me through what I needed to do. So here is the basic route if you are, like me, a 19 year old who wants to pass their bike test.

 

  •  Complete CBT – This is  course that must be completed by ANYONE who wishes to ride a bike now. It took me from 9-3 to complete mine and you will usually be given the CBT after the single day of training. Depending on your ability however, you may not be issued with a CBT and be asked to come back to continue your training. The CBT costs £128 and is a mandatory stage in passing your bike test.
  • Complete Motorcycle theory test – I have got my motorcycle theory test this Saturday, and after some revision it’s clear that it is pretty much the same as the car theory, and can be completed by anyone with an ounce of common sense. It is split into 2 sections, 1st section is 50 multiple choice questions, where you must achieve a score of 43 or more to pass, and the questions range from road signs, to bike maintenance. The second section is a hazard perception test in which you watch videos of a bloke riding a bike, and while watching you click the screen when you see a hazard. The faster you recognise the hazard, the more points you get. The hazard perception is out of 75 marks and the pass mark is 44/75.
  • Complete Module 1 – Module 1 is basically your manoeuvres test, you used to have to perform a U-Turn in your road riding test, but they have recently moved it to Module 1. In your module 1 test you will be taken to a test centre and you will ride around a training course, and be asked to perform manoeuvres including a slalom, a figure of 8, U-Turn, controlled stop, emergency stop, manoeuvring the bike while pushing it, and cornering while reaching speeds of 50 kph. Module 1 costs a mere £15.50 to attempt.
  • Complete Module 2 –  Module 2 is when you are followed around by an examiner. You will be assessed on riding safety, and that includes your shoulder checks when indicating and turning, and your road awareness and positioning on the road. They will also asses how well you deal with any potential hazardous situations. The test lasts around 40 minutes and costs £75 on weekends and £88.50 on weekdays.
As well as all this you will have to fit in some time for lessons from your instructors as they will show you and train you to pass your tests. They will all have knowledge of each module, and they usually are able to give you a mock test for Module 1 on their training courts.
Once you have completed module 2, you are now free to ride without L plates and on any bike, if you are under 21, this bike will have to be restricted to 33 BHP, but it can be any bike you wish. So you can have a Hysbusa if you want, providing it is restriced to 33 BHP. After 2 years you can then ride any de-restricted bike you want and your liscence will update automatically.
If however you turn 21 part way through your 2 year period, you can opt to take another test to enable you to ride any size bike.
If you are 21 or over and wish to take your bike test, once you have passed your ‘Direct Access’ bike test you are able to ride any bike you want with no restrictions, straight away.
As for me, I have completed my CBT as of wednesday, and I have my theory this coming Saturday. Once I have passed my theory I will get some lessons booked, and I will keep you all updated of my progress.

 

 

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