LEARN­ING TO RIDE

What will your friends be do­ing this sum­mer? A spon­sored walk? A char­ity bike ride? How about get­ting them to learn to ride a bike? Or take their bike test? Or just part of it? The size of the chal­lenge and how to best it looks like this…

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Present your non-rid­ing fam­ily/friends with a sum­mer chal­lenge.

Chal­lenge 1 Do Com­pul­sory Ba­sic Train­ing

What is it? It’s not a test as such – it’s a train­ing and as­sess­ment day based in a large car park or sim­i­lar, away from traf­fic to be­gin with. New rid­ers learn the ba­sics of mo­tor­cy­cle op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance and core rid­ing skills. When they’re up to the mark they go out for an ac­com­pa­nied road ride and if the trainer is happy with what he sees, he is­sues a CBT cer­tifi­cate. If he’s not, then candidates have to re-do the train­ing. What do I need? A driv­ing li­cence, full or pro­vi­sional. How much does it cost? £100­150 which should in­clude bike and nd kit hire. Check whether they’ll charge for ex­tra train­ing if it takes longer than a day. How long does it take? Nor­mally it can be done in a day. How much prep? None. Ring up your lo­cal school and see if they’ve got space this week­end. Where and with who? With a lo­cal train­ing school – find one on­line (check their re­views), speak to lo­cal deal­ers or get a per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion. Don’t buy based on saving 20 quid. What do you get? A cer­tifi­cate. It’s valid for two years and al­lows you to ride a 125 on the road with L-plates, and to progress to the next stage of your train­ing if you want to ride some­thing big­ger.

Chal­lenge 2 The­ory Test

What is it? A mul­ti­ple choice exam on a com­puter fol­lowed by a hazard per­cep­tion test, also on com­puter, view­ing var­i­ous videos con­tain­ing at least one hazard. What do I need? A brain and a work­ing knowl­edge of The High­way Code. How much does it cost? £31. How long does it take? An hour. How much prep? Do trial tests on­line and re­vise The High­way Code. Where and with who? Lo­cal test cen­tre. Book on­line at gov.uk What do you get? A cer­tifi­cate that al­lows you to book the Mod­ule One test.

Chal­lenge 3

Pass Mod­ule One

What is it? The first part of the prac­ti­cal test goes back to the car park for a se­ries of ma­noeu­vres to test a rider’s abil­ity to con­trol the bike. There are slaloms, fig­ures-of-eight, the dreaded U-turn and high­er­speed emer­gency stops and avoid­ance moves. What do I need? A bike and rid­ing kit, a the­ory test pass cer­tifi­cate

and enough ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand­ing to pass. How much does it cost? £15.50. But you’ll need in­struc­tion too and Mod­ule 1 and 2 are nor­mally taken as part of a pro­gramme of teach­ing with a recog­nised in­struc­tor (see over­leaf). How long does it take? About 20 min­utes.

How much prep? You need to have de­cent ma­chine con­trol, sond prac­tice and in­struc­tion be­fore­hand is a good idea. Typ­i­cally train­ing schools al­low at least a day of in­struc­tion be­fore the test. Where and with who? The test hap­pens at a Test Cen­tre, but

of­ten an in­struc­tor or train­ing school will book the test as part of an in­struc­tion pack­age. What do you get? A pass cer­tifi­cate that al­lows you to take the Mod­ule 2 test, though you need to take the test within six months.

Chal­lenge 4

Pass Mod­ule Two

What is it? On road prac­ti­cal test. The fi­nal part is the ac­com­pa­nied ride with the can­di­date wired up to the ex­am­iner, who will be able to talk to them via a head­set. Candidates ride ahead on a road route, fol­low­ing the ex­am­iner's in­struc­tions as their rid­ing is as­sessed. What do I need? A bike and rid­ing kit, a Mod­ule One cer­tifi­cate and enough ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand­ing to pass. How much does it cost? £75 (£88.50 for evenings, week­ends or bank hol­i­days) for the ac­tual test. But you’ll need in­struc­tion too and Mod­ule 1 and 2 are nor­mally taken as part of a pro­gramme of teach­ing with a recog­nised in­struc­tor (see over­leaf). How long does it take? About 40 min­utes. How much prep? A lot. This is the big one. The ex­am­iner will fol­low you on an­other bike and is look­ing for eas­ily made mis­takes. Where and with who? The test hap­pens at a Test Cen­tre but of­ten an in­struc­tor or train­ing school will book the test as part of an in­struc­tion pack­age. What do you get? A pass cer­tifi­cate, a warm feel­ing, and the le­gal qual­i­fi­ca­tion to ride a mo­tor­cy­cle of the spe­cific li­cence type.

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