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
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.
I’VE DONE IT!
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.