Learning to Ride – How to Get Started

James Dean, Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda…Batman! – the motorbike has played a great supporting role in some of the most iconic films ever made, films that have no doubt inspired many of today’s riders to get in the saddle. But in the UK the number of people taking their motorbike riding test is unfortunately in decline, thanks, in part, to the introduction of the two-part test, which has made it more expensive and a lack of instructors and examiners. Some dealerships are thriving despite this, click here for one London example, but others are really struggling to cope with a lack of demand, which is a real shame as these obstacles are not difficult to overcome. Today we cover here details information about “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started“.

Motorbikes have got a bit of a reputation for danger, that’s undeniable. It’s also quite likely the reason many people are so attracted to them! But that reputation is unfounded. The vast majority of motorcyclists ride safely, and most machines on the road are in good working order. Testing for motorcyclists is rigorous and comprehensive – it is designed to wean out those who really shouldn’t be on a bike. Here’s how to get started.

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Provisional License and CBT

As with cars, you need a provisional license first before you can ride on the road, and in most cases you must also get a Compulsory Basic Training certificate, which gives a solid introduction to the practical skills needed. The provisional motorbike license must be applied for from the DVLA. That’s the first of several abbreviations that will now follow in quick succession! Your CBT certificate is issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – you need to book a course at the nearest Approved Training Body (ATB) near you. The course usually lasts one full day, and on completion, if you already hold a full UK driving license and are aged 17 or over, you will then be entitled to ride a motorbike up to 125cc. Instructor: Pupil ratios are normally no more than 1:4.

So you’ve got your provisional license, and passed your CBT. Maybe you can drive, so you’re already on a bike, but want to move on to a larger machine. What next? Continue reading “Learning to Ride – How to Get Started”