If you want to take your CBT test in Shepherds Bush then you’re spoilt for choice, as we have multiple CBT training centres in Shepherds Bush and the surrounding areas where you can complete your CBT.
Off The Kerb Motorcycle Training are based in Shepherds Bush and the schools boasts a spacious off-road training area. The school is just a short walk from White City and Wood Lane stations, so getting there isn’t a problem.
If you want to travel further afield, Ipass Motorcycle Training are located just a two minute walk from Richmond station. Ipass have great on-site facilities that include a cafe and changing rooms, and they’re also MCIAC Approved, which means they offer some of the best training in the UK.
Alpha Motorcycle Training are a long established training school located in Wembley, just a short walk from North Wembley tube station. Like Ipas, they’re MCIAC Approved and the team are friendly and professional.
Scooter or motorcycle?
When you take your CBT, you will be given the choice of riding either a scooter or motorcycle. If you’ve already bought yourself a bike, then it makes sense to complete your training on the type of bike that matches your own bike the closest, but if you’re unsure which type of bike would be best for you, don’t worry, we’ve got some advice.
Living in the city of London, chances are you see a lot more scooters than motorcycles on the roads. That’s because scooters offer more practicality than motorcycles, and they’re easier to ride - especially if it’s your first time on two wheels.
Scooters use automatic gearboxes, which means all you have to do is twist the throttle to go, and pull the brake levers to stop. Scooters also have the added bonus of underseat storage - which is great for everyday riding. While it’s not the same on all scooters, most of them can fit a full face helmet under the seat, which means you don’t have to carry it around with you all day. All this practicality does come at a slight cost. They’re not as exciting or fun as motorcycles, and the lack of a clutch and manual gearbox means slow speed riding isn’t quite as smooth.
Motorcycles take slightly longer to master, due to the addition of a clutch and gears, but once you’ve mastered those you have much more control. During slow manoeuvres you can balance the clutch and rear brake to make speed changes smooth and effortless without having to move the throttle. On the road you’ll be able to choose whichever gear is right for any given situation, so you’ve always got the right amount of power at your disposal. Unfortunately, motorcycles don’t provide any storage - you’ll have to carry a backpack or invest in some luggage if you want to use your bike to transport more than just yourself.
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Scooters might be more practical on the daily inner-city commute, but some people still prefer motorcycles. So take your time, and do your research.