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Taking The Road To Motorcycle Riding

in the UK, one thing that many teenagers who turn 17 want to do first is start working towards their driving licence. A driving licence gives a level of freedom and opportunity, not normally afforded to someone of this age before. However, with it can come the stresses of equal spells tedium and road rage. There is another option... Motorbikes!
If you want to start on the path to motorcycle riding, the first thing you will need to do is complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). The CBT is a short one day course that gives complete novices the chance to get used to the handling and awareness required for motorbike riding, away from busy roads and under the supervision of an instructor. If the instructor is happy with your progress, you will be given a certificate that allows you to ride on the road without supervision (but still carrying L plates) for a period of two years.
Once experience has built up enough and/or extra lessons have been taken, it is time for the next stages in obtaining a full motorbike licence. A multiple choice motorcycle theory test must be passed first, after which you can move onto the practical part of the test. This hands on aspect of the test is split into two modules - one of off road manoeuvres and hazard avoidance, the other an on road session of monitored 'free' riding. Upon successful completion of all these stages, the newly licenced rider is permitted to ride any bike up to 25kW in power for the first two years, and then they are free to ride any sized motorcycle.
However that's not all - if the learner rider is 21 or over, they can instead opt to take their practical test via the Direct Access scheme. It involves taking fundamentally the same test but using a higher powered motorcycle than the standard 125cc machine, and when completed gives the new motorcyclist immediate access to any sized bike. Learners looking to take the Direct Access Scheme are allowed to practise on the large motorbike only under the supervision of an instructor.
Most new bikers will opt for the standard test with the two year "probationary" period - meaning getting used to the world of 125cc motorbikes, a perfect starting step into a life of motorcycle riding. There are options to match most riding styles, from the sturdy and reliable Honda CB125 to the speedy and stylish Aprilia RS125.


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