Are looking to pass your motorcycle licence in Watford? If so, then you will most probably want to carry out motorcycle riding lessons at one of our training centres in and around the Watford and Garston area.
The type of training that you will need and the kind of motorcycle or scooter that you’ll be able to ride will depend upon when you’re learning to ride and the type of licence that you qualify for.
How the Motorcycle Licence works.
You’ll be comfortable with the process for passing your motorcycle test if you’re at all familiar with the car driving exams. You will have to pass your theory and hazard perception modules before you can take a practical, riding exam first. After which you will have two years after passing your theory tests in which to pass your practical motorcycle riding exam.
The only time you don’t need to pass your theory test is when you are doing a CBT, which isn’t strictly a test and won’t grant you a full motorcycle license - but the Compulsory Basic Training will get you on the road and riding around town; albeit with L-Plates.
When you are ready for your full, practical motorcycle test, then you will learn that it’s actually split into two, separate parts; Module 1, and Module 2. You will normally complete these on seperate days, as you cannot progress to Module 2 without first passing Module 1 and it’s always wise to keep a little bit of time free in between each module - just in case you need some more practice.
Module 1 will be taken on an off-road training area - usually a purpose built piece of asphalt with specific line markings and cones - and you can expect for this to take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
During the first part of this first module for your motorcycle riding test, you will be asked to complete several different maneuvers such as, pushing the motorcycle around whilst off of the bike as well as proving that you can use the side-stand correctly.
Once these simple tasks are complete you will be required to perform a series of riding maneuvers; a slalom and figure of eight, a slow, controlled ride, a U-turn, some basic cornering and a controlled stop. Then it’s more cornering with an emergency stop, and then yet more cornering but this time with a hazard avoidance maneuver (sometimes referred to as a ‘swerve test’ - although it’s a lot more controlled than that).
After this it’s on to Module 2 of the your motorcycle licence test.
Module 2 is the on-road portion of the test, and you should expect for it to involve riding around your local, Watford roads for around 50 minutes.
You will head out onto the local roads in front of the examiner and will be given directions through a one-way radio that you’ll wear over your ear - this will be something that you would already have gained experience of when taking part in your motorcycle licence training.
The road ride will include a variety of maneuvers, including stopping, pulling away at an angle from behind a parked car, and will also include a hill start if it’s possible. Also, whilst on the on-road test you will have to show that you can ride independently, so to demonstrate that, the instructor will give you a destination, and you will have to reach it by following road signs - no Satellite Navigation allowed!
Once this has been completed - and because you’re learning through RideTo, we’re sure you will have passed with flying colours - you’ll be ready to hit the local roads around Watford with the fullest of confidence and with the knowledge that you’ve had the best training available.
What if I’m not ready for the full motorcycle licence training?
If you’re 17 or under - or you just don’t feel the need or desire to gain your full licence just yet - then the quickest way to getting onto two wheels in and around Watford is via the CBT… The difference this time however is that you can only ride bikes upto 125cc, with a maximum power output of 11kW and that you will have to sport L-Plates on your motorcycle or scooter until you’re ready to advance and move up to your next level of training.