Learning to Ride a Motorbike in Christchurch
Why are you wanting to learn to ride? To get to work easier? To avoid public transport? To go adventuring along the coast on the weekends? Or to get that local courier job?
Whatever your reason for wanting to pass your CBT test in Christchurch, we at RideTo are here to help you get on 2 wheels!
We work with a CBT test school only 2 miles down the road in Bournemouth called Tizwaz Rider Training. Based at the Road Safety Centre the family-run business has a team of fantastic instructors all passionate about riding.
Tizwaz require you to bring your own helmet, jacket and gloves to your training course, if this isn’t possible for you, you may want to consider another partner school we work with called Dorset Advanced Motorcycle Training.
They will provide these items in their training package for you to use/wear and are only 5 miles away from Christchurch.
What Actually Is a CBT Test?
Standing for ‘Compulsory Basic Training’ a CBT test is the initial training course everyone must complete in order to ride a moped, scooter or motorbike.
That is unless you are one of the lucky ones who passed their driving test before 1st February 2001 in which case you are legally allowed to ride a 50cc moped without L plates and carry a passenger on the back of your bike if/ when you choose.
Even if you are intending on completing a full licence course in the near future you will need to complete a CBT test first.
The compulsory basic training course lasts just one day for around 6-8 hours and doesn’t require you to complete any form of theory test first, however you will need to understand The Highway Code.
What Are the Requirements of a CBT in Christchurch
To complete a CBT test in Christchurch you must be at least 16 years old and have a provisional UK driving licence that you will need to bring with you on the day of your training.
Another document you need to bring with you is your national insurance number.
A key requirement is that you must be able to speak and understand English to a good level as the whole course is taught in English and it’s important for everyone's safety that you understand what your instructor is teaching you.
As mentioned earlier, you must have good knowledge of The Highway Code before you attend the course.
Your eyesight needs to meet the UK driving safety regulations which means you must be able to read a registration plate from 20.5 meters away. This includes wearing glasses or contact lenses if you need them to see clearly.
Another requirement which may seem a bit random but is actually very important, is that you must have the skills to be able to ride an adult sized bicycle. This is important for balance purposes indicating you can safely balance a two wheeled vehicle.
Lastly you must turn up on time (ideally 15 minutes early) to your CBT test and be wearing all of the safety clothing expected of you. Your confirmation email will list what you need to wear.