Taking your CBT test in Ilford is a piece of cake. Here at RideTo, we have a number of CBT test centres in and around Ilford for you to choose from, no matter which direction you’re travelling from.
Our closest CBT test centre is currently located in Dagenham, less than 3 miles from Ilford. SL Motorcycle Training Dagenham are based at Barking Rugby Union Football cLub, which is incredibly easy to get to from Ilford. If you’re travelling from Ilford station, hop on the 169 or EL1 bus to Barking station. Once at Barking station it’s simply a case of hopping on the District line to Becontree station. SL Motorcycle Training is then just a 15 minute walk straight down Gale Street. This particular training school is MCIAC Approved, so they offer some of the best training available in the UK, and the surrounding roads are quieter than Central London - perfect for your first time on two wheels.
Slightly further afield is 1 Stop Motorcycle Instruction, who are just a 10 minute walk from Fairlop underground station. 1 Stop Motorcycle Instruction are open seven days a week, so no matter what hours you work, you’re sure to find a time suitable for you.
Riding a Motorcycle in London
Once you’ve passed your CBT Test in Ilford it’s time to hit the roads, but riding in Central London will be slightly different. For a start you can expect the roads of central London to be much more congested, and in many cases traffic will be moving incredibly slowly. In these situations it’s best to remain patient. There may be irate drivers using their horns liberally, but stay focussed on your own riding.
While you could be forgiven for thinking all roads in London are congested and slow moving, that’s not always the case, and there are some roads you may want to stay away from altogether, especially if you’re riding a slower 50cc machine. A good example of this would be the A12. Speed limits on the A12 vary, but they’re mostly 40mph or 50mph. The stretch between Newbury Park and Romford is 50mph, but traffic often moves much quicker, especially at night. The A406 North Circular is another busy dual carriageway that would be best avoided on a slowe 50cc or 125cc machine. Much like the A12, the speed limit varies between 40mph and 50mph. Most stick to the speed limits, but a lot of regular users no where the speed cameras are, and only travel at the speed limit in those sections.
As a motorcycle or scooter rider, you’ll be one of the smaller vehicles on the road, which means other road users may not always see you straight away. Wearing a hi-vis vest or bright clothing will counteract this.
Check out our top tips for riding in London for more information.