motorcycle training

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Combining the thrill of learning to ride with high standards of training

If you already ride a motorcycle, moped or scooter (powered two-wheeler/PTW) or you are getting started on two-wheels for the first time, then booking your initial or ongoing training with an MCIA RIDE accredited training school is a great first step. This is the best way of ensuring an enjoyable learning experience, while also receiving the highest possible standards of training.

Powered two-wheelers offer a convenient, fun, practical and efficient mode of transport, but it is important for you to remember that a ‘safe-ride’ requires an investment in high quality training. For that, you need MCIA RIDE. 

Endorsed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), MCIA RIDE offers the motorcycle training sector’s only professional accreditation and ensures training is delivered to a consistent, national quality-assured standard.

To find your nearest MCIA RIDE accredited training school, click here.

What can I ride and what do I need? 

Licence TypeWhat can I rideWhat do I need
CBT

A CBT allows riders aged 16 and over to:
•    Ride a moped with a speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h (15.5mph to 28mph)

 

You will need to:
•    Be at least 16 years old
•    Have the correct licence entitlement
Note - You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you don’t have a valid CBT certificate.
 
AMAn AM licence allows riders aged 16 and over to:
•    Ride a moped with a speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h (15.5mph to 28mph)
•    Ride small three-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 kW)
•    Ride light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h)
•    Ride without L-plates
•    Carry a pillion passenger
 
You will need to:
•    Be at least 16 years old
•    Have a valid CBT certificate
•    Pass the motorbike theory test
•    Pass module 1 and module 2 of the practical motorbike test
 
A1An A1 licence allows riders aged 17 and over to:
•    Ride a light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1kW per kg) and 125 cc (top speed of around 60 mph)
•    Ride without L-plates
•    Carry a pillion passenger
•    Ride on motorways
 
You will need to:
•    Be at least 17 years old
•    Have a valid CBT certificate
•    Pass the motorcycle theory test
•    Pass module 1 and module 2 of the practical motorbike test
*See our test page for information on Module 1 and Module 2 test requirements 
 
A2An A2 licence allows riders aged 19 and over to: 
•    Ride a bike that produces no more than 35 kW or 47bhp 
•    Ride without L-plates
•    Carry a pillion passenger
•    Ride on motorways
 
See our test page for information on what you need for this licence type. Two options are available:
•    Direct access Route
•    Progressive access route
 
AThe A licence allows riders aged 24 (or 21 if undertaking progressive access) to:
•    Ride any machine of any cc and unlimited power
•    Ride without L-plates
•    Carry a pillion passenger
•    Ride on motorways.
 
See our test page for information on what you need for this licence type. Two options are available:
•    Direct access Route
•    Progressive access route
 

 

Where do I start?

Customer Service Pledge

All MCIA RIDE accredited training schools commit to a customer service pledge which includes giving you the choice of automatic or geared machines depending on your requirements. This is the first step to a tailored training programme which will meet your needs.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

A CBT certificate is usually required by all riders who wish to ride legally on UK roads displaying ‘L’ plates. CBT is also an essential step towards gaining a full moped, scooter or motorcycle licence. 

For those wishing to maximise the benefits of their motorcycle training, TryRIDE is an excellent first step, although there is nothing to stop novice riders from going straight to motorcycle and CBT training. 

CBT motorcycle training is a legally mandated basic training program that is required for learner riders to ride unaccompanied on the road. While a certificate of competence will be issued for satisfactory completion of the course, it is important to note that CBT may not always be completed in a single day.

This is because learner riders must be able to demonstrate a good level of skill before a certificate of competence can be issued and reaching this standard sometimes takes longer. This is one of the reasons why completing TryRIDE can be a good idea, as it gives valuable training and helps your MCIA RIDE training school to assess your training needs.

Course Syllabus

The aim of the CBT course is to make sure you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to go out on the road, on your own. It is also designed to help you prepare for a full motorcycle test if you choose to take one.
MCIA RIDE accredited training schools employ experienced and highly trained instructors who will provide you with valuable practical advice during your course, so take the opportunity to learn as much as you can.

What is included in a CBT?

There are five elements included in your CBT which are delivered in a classroom environment, on a training area, and on the public highway.

•    Element A - The aims of CBT, making suitable decisions about equipment and clothing, and meeting the eyesight rules
•    Element B - How the motorcycle or moped works, what maintenance checks are needed, and getting a feel for the weight and balance of the machine
•    Element C - Carrying out manoeuvres safely and under full control, using the brakes, changing gear, and carrying out observations
•    Element D - Meeting the legal requirements to ride, attitude, positioning, separation distances, speed, anticipating what other road users may do, and preparing for developing hazards
•    Element E* - Riding in typical traffic conditions (including traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, gradients and bends), and carrying out a u-turn and an emergency stop

Includes a two-hour road ride

Your MCIA RIDE training school will ensure that you receive the correct amount of on-road training *on-road riding lasts for a minimum of 2 hours (this is a legal requirement).

There isn’t a test or exam in CBT courses and no set timescale to complete. You should only move from one training element to another when you and your instructor are happy that you have learnt the theory and completed the practical skills to a safe level.

Don’t be worried if your course takes longer than a day, your instructor will only sign you off when they are satisfied you are safe to ride unaccompanied on the road.

CBT Gear Conversion

If you complete a CBT on an automatic moped, scooter or motorcycle and then choose to move to a geared machine we recommend you speak to a MCIA RIDE accredited training school about a gear conversion course.
The geared conversion course will allow you to return to a safe training environment with an experienced instructor to learn how to use the gears on a motorcycle correctly. The effective use of gears is critical to safe riding, machine control and fuel economy. These sessions can be between 1-2 hours depending on your personal requirements. Prices will vary across the country. 

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Training for the Motorcycle Test

Following TryRIDE (if you chose to take one) and Compulsory Basic Training, to gain a full motorcycle licence there are two motorcycle tests to complete. The first test (Module One) is an off-road assessment, where you will be required to complete several manoeuvres to the satisfaction of a DVSA examiner. The Module One test consists of machine handling, slow control and higher speed exercises.

The second test (Module Two) is conducted on public roads by a DVSA examiner, who will guide you over a varied test-route that is designed to assess your skills and ability to safely handle a variety of roads, junctions and traffic conditions. When the required standard is achieved, a pass certificate will be issued, and you will have achieved a full motorcycle licence.

How will I be trained

You will be able to discuss your training requirements with a MCIA RIDE training school in detail. Some of the options available to you will be:

•    Intensive courses over consecutive days (the amount of time required will depend on your starting ability). MCIA RIDE training schools will provide you with a detailed initial assessment based on discussions around your riding or in some cases an initial assessment ride

•    Individual training sessions spread across a period of time are also an option. If you have work or family commitments, then training sessions spread across a period of time may be the better option for you

Whichever route you choose your training will be designed, discussed and agreed with you to ensure it meets your requirements. 

Client-Centred Learning

MCIA RIDE training schools recognises people learn in different ways and at different speeds. With access to the latest training materials and advice and guidance MCIA RIDE training schools will encourage you to reflect on your learning and progress at a pace that meets your learning needs. They will determine your preferred learning style to ensure you retain the information in the best way possible for you. The second aim of client-centred learning is to encourage you to take responsibility for your learning, so it is enjoyable and meaningful. Meeting your needs in full.

Training Courses

Your training course will be structured to meet your needs and will depend on:

•    The motorcycle you wish to ride
•    The time available on your course (the length of your course will be dependent on the recommendations of your MCIA RIDE training school and how much time you can afford and commit to. It is highly recommended to follow the guidance provided by the MCIA RIDE training school as they are experts in providing the right levels of training, in the right amount of time
•    How your course is structured – whether you are undertaking an intensive course or sessions over a period of time
•    Your riding ability at the time of the course

Training for the motorcycle test is more than just passing the DVSA set requirements on the day. Your MCIA RIDE training school will train you to ride for life, covering a range of differing road situations and scenarios.

The course may start with some familiarisation training to get a feel for the motorcycle you are riding and become used to the skills, knowledge and behaviours to ride a motorcycle well. Within the training programme you will cover the syllabus of both Module 1 and Module 2 tests.

Module 1 Training

You will train to take the module 1 test in an off-road area determined by your MCIA RIDE training school. This may be in the motorcycle manoeuvring area (MMA) or on a private area selected by the instructor.
The training will include:

•    Wheeling the moped, scooter or motorcycle and using the stand
•    Riding a slalom and figure of 8
•    A slow ride
•    A U-turn
•    Cornering and a controlled stop
•    Cornering and an emergency stop
•    Cornering and hazard avoidance

For the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises you must ride at a minimum speed of:

•    19 mph on a moped
•    31 mph on a motorcycle

Remember MCIA RIDE training schools use a client-centred approach so you will be able to practice the exercise required in any order and spend more time on those you would like to practice further. This is your training and you should have open dialogue with your instructor about what you need to be successful.

Module 2 Training

Every time you ride on the road you are practising for the module 2 test. Your MCIA RIDE training school will select routes suitable for your ability at each stage of your programme. Training will cover:

Various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways. During your training you will focus on key test requirements such as:

•    Normal stops
•    An angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
•    A hill start (where possible)

The MCIA RIDE training school instructor will give you directions using a radio, as this will get you used to how the DVSA examiner will give directions on your test. 

Riding test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test, but your MCIA RIDE training school will ensure you cover the types of roads you can reasonably expect to encounter on your test.

Training for the Independent ride

Your MCIA RIDE training school instructor will teach you how to ride independently. You will have about 10 minutes of independent riding during your test so it is an important element of your training and you will need to practice it to become proficient.

It is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions. Your MCIA Ride training school instructor will give you instruction to either follow signs or may provide a diagram, or a combination of both. 

During the independent ride, your instructor will provide guidance on directions. For example, the roundabout where the instructor wants you to (for example) turn right by taking the third exit may be a mile or so away. It’s then up to you to:

•    Find the roundabout
•    Time your approach to the roundabout completely independently.

Independent riding reflects ‘real-life’ riding and will be a very important, but enjoyable part of your training.

To find your nearest MCIA RIDE accredited training school, click here or for information on tests please click here.

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