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Let the CBT Training Commence | RideTo
Tom Baker · July 11, 2017
I knew getting on two wheels was pretty straight forward but until this Saturday, I had no idea how fun and addictive it was. Obviously working in and around the motorcycle training industry for a while now, I had helped hundreds of people with their CBT training, however, now it was my time to take the plunge onto two wheels and the first step was my CBT.
The CBT Training:
The CBT course usually starts around 8.30/9.00 and runs for around 8 hours which includes 5 main elements - The induction and eye test, onsite training, onsite riding, on-road training and the final element being the on-road practical. We’ve written an article on what to expect here! The classes only consist of four people which will allow you to maximise your learning and really get the most out of your CBT training.
I decided to book in for a weekend CBT course with IPASS Motorcycle training who are based a stone's throw from Richmond station so easily accessible from most of South West London and parts of Surrey. On arrival, we were greeted by our CBT instructor Charles who sat us down for the first part of the day, the CBT induction and a brief eye test that everyone passed with flying colours. This 45-minute induction consists of all the basic elements that make up the CBT course, all the protection and safety features that are key to riding safely and a theoretical overview of the basics of motorcycle riding.
Next on the agenda was an overview of the bikes. It was clear that IPASS took great care of all their equipment and as a first-time rider, it did give me an extra element of confidence. Running through the bikes features took all of 10/15 minutes and then we were swiftly moving onto the first riding part of the day. We started with probably the most challenging part of the day, learning to control the motorcycle at slow speeds. I must admit having to navigate around cones in a small carpark was hard already, add to that being 6ft 3 on a tiny moped, you do start to sweat a little. Having successfully passed a few of the CBT training challenges I was starting to feel confident riding around and although I was still in the car park, I did feel an increased sense of freedom.
After a short lunch break, it was on to the motorcycle theory. Having driven for 8 years I had a good understanding of the Highway code, but before anyone does their CBT training, it's recommended that they top up their knowledge. The theory side lasts about 1 hour and depending on your experience can be wrapped up pretty quickly.
The final element and probably the most important is the on-road practical. This was by far the highlight of the day and the real reason I suddenly found myself hooked. Unfortunately, for this segment, only 2 riders can go out at the same time and have to complete at least 2 hours on the road before being awarded a CBT certificate. This is great for the first two riders but in my case, I was included in the second batch of riders which meant a 2 hours wait - Thankfully it was 30 degrees and the training centre is a short walk from Richmond common.
After strolling around Richmond for the afternoon I was more than ready for the final part of the CBT training course. For the on-road practical, both riders take it in turn to be the lead motorcycle whilst instructions are passed through an earpiece from the instructor who is following just behind. Richmond seems like a great place to ride, the roads are relatively clear and easy to navigate.
After this, the big moment came, we got to find out if we’d been given our CBT certificate. Thankfully I can say we were (prompting the picture above). Overall I think it’s fair to say the day was a massive success. The training was informative and easy to follow. The practical parts of the CBT were great fun and extremely useful. Most importantly - I got my CBT meaning I can ride a 125cc with L plates!