Learn­ing to ride with… Kawasaki Rider Train­ing Ser­vices

Think­ing about get­ting on two wheels? This step-by-step guide will cover com­pul­sory ba­sic train­ing, the mo­tor­cy­cle the­ory test, and mod­ule one and two of the full mo­tor­cy­cle test, fol­low­ing com­plete begin­ner Justin through the process to show just how eas

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What’s in­volved EL­E­MENT A

Af­ter a ba­sic eye­sight check, you’ll be head­ing into the class­room for El­e­ment A. Your in­struc­tor will take the time to dis­cuss the ben­e­fits of pro­tec­tive mo­tor­cy­cle gear. You’ll learn about mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets (in­clud­ing which vi­sors you can and can’t use), the dif­fer­ent jack­ets that are avail­able and the op­tions for choos­ing gloves, trousers, boots and re­flec­tive or high vis­i­bil­ity cloth­ing.


El­e­ment B is all about get­ting to grips with the mo­tor­cy­cle (or scooter) you’re go­ing to be rid­ing. The in­struc­tor will ex­plain the con­trols, and let you fa­mil­iarise your­self with them be­fore coach­ing you on how to put a ma­chine on and off its stand – be­fore run­ning through the start­ing pro­ce­dure. Fuel, ig­ni­tion, gears and then start.


El­e­ment C is all about learn­ing new ‘mo­tor skills’ un­der the watch­ful eye of the in­struc­tor, in a safe, off-road en­vi­ron­ment. In essence the in­struc­tor will ex­plain and then demon­strate a range of skills, be­fore of­fer­ing the chance for you have a go your­self. Here’s a quick break­down of what you’ll learn: Us­ing the brakes Rid­ing in a straight line and stop­ping

Rid­ing the ma­chine slowly, in a con­trolled man­ner Rid­ing in a large oval Rid­ing in a fig­ure of eight Chang­ing gears (if you’re on a geared ma­chine) Emer­gency stop Turn­ing right and left with a rear ‘life­saver’ ob­ser­va­tion

Per­form­ing a U-turn As we’ve said – the CBT is train­ing not a test, which means that your in­struc­tor won’t in­tro­duce any new skills un­til they’re com­fort­able you’ve mas­tered the last one.


El­e­ment D is an in­for­mal ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion pre­dom­i­nantly fo­cused on road safety – to en­sure you’re ready to get out on the road for the fi­nal part of the CBT. Dur­ing the ses­sion your in­struc­tor will dis­cuss road po­si­tion­ing, ob­ser­va­tion and hazard per­cep­tion, le­gal re­quire­ments, care­ful use of speed – in ad­di­tion to be­ing a vul­ner­a­ble road.


The fi­nal part of the day takes place out on the open road. You will ride lo­cal roads, prac­tic­ing the skills you’ve learned through­out the day. More specif­i­cally, you’ll be ex­pected to com­plete hill starts, emer­gency stops and U-turns un­der the watch­ful eye of your in­struc­tor, be­fore build­ing up to busier roads as the ride pro­gresses. When your in­struc­tor is sat­is­fied that you have shown you’re safe out on the road, it’s back to the train­ing school for a cup of tea and a fi­nal eval­u­a­tion.


So, you’ve com­pleted your CBT – and your in­struc­tor reck­ons you’re com­pe­tent enough to stay safe out on the tar­mac. Con­grat­u­la­tions! You’ll be awarded with a DL196 (a CBT pass cer­tifi­cate) – and sent on your way to prac­tice what you have been taught. But don’t for­get, CBT hold­ers are re­stricted from rid­ing on mo­tor­ways and car­ry­ing pil­lions. On the off chance that you’ve not got on so well, don’t worry – you can sim­ply get some more train­ing and try again. You’ll have to book in an­other day – and redo the full course.

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