Learning to Ride a Motorbike in Barnsley
With a CBT test centre in Barnsley itself, you have no reason not to start learning to ride a motorbike as soon as possible!
CBT tests take only a day to complete so you can get riding really quickly and easily by booking with RideTo.
RideTo’s partner school based in Barnsley is at Ride-On Motorcycle Training run by S&K Motorcycle Training. If you want to drive to your training there is onsite parking at the training ground in Royston and it’s only a 20-minute drive from Barnsley Town centre.
You can also easily get a bus to Ride-On by taking the 59 or 59a from town, but be sure to check the status of public transport as you mustn’t turn up late to your training. Allow plenty of time for unexpected hold-ups.
A helmet, gloves and a jacket are provided for you to wear during your CBT test if you book in at Ride-On Motorcycle Training, however, make sure you are wearing jeans or motorcycle-specific trousers and strong boots that must cover your ankle for protection when riding.
S&K Motorcycle Training also run another training site at Frickley Athletic Stadium in South Elmsall, approximately 8 miles away from Barnsley.
What Are the Different Elements of a CBT Test?
A CBT test can be broken down into five different elements. Element one is simply an introduction made by your instructor who will go through what will happen across the training day.
You will then need to pass an eyesight test to check your vision complies with UK driving standards. This means being able to read a registration plate from 20.5 metres, with glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
The next element is where you start learning how to control a bike and learn what all the controls on the dashboard mean/do. You will learn maintenance, how to park and also how to do safety checks before you ride. You will then get to have a go at doing this all by yourself.
Next up, in element three is learning maneuvers including how to change gear on a manual bike and how to brake safely. The training pad at the CBT test centre will be set up with cones to help you practice moving the bike around obstacles.
Element four is where your knowledge of The Highway Code is important and when you will be taught best practices for being a motorcyclist on the roads. Diagrams will be shown to help explain what to do in different situations.
The last element of the day is Element five which lasts for around two hours. Your instructor will ride behind you on the roads and tell you directions via an earpiece. This is so they can check you can ride safely and look and respond to road signs correctly.
If the instructor is happy that you are a safe rider they will give you a certificate to say that you’ve passed your CBT test!
What Motorcycle Can I Ride With a CBT Certificate?
After passing your CBT test you can ride any moped, scooter or motorcycle with an engine power of upto 125cc as long as you are 17 or older.
It can be manual or automatic and also includes electric bikes - if this is something you are interested in read our guide on why you should ride an electric motorcycle with a CBT.
The only exception is if you have learnt to ride at 16. Then you are restricted to riding a 50cc moped at a top speed of 28mph until your 17th birthday comes around.