What you need to prepare for your CBT day

The aims of the training instructor will be to teach you how to ride a motorcycle simple safe, on the day they will go into more detail Im doing a short blog on how you can be a better learner and inevitably be more confident on the day,

protective clothing and why we should wear it,

as motorcyclist we are inevitably more vulnerable, we are at the mercy of weather conditions and potentially falling of, now the government has determined that the only compulsory item of clothing we must wear is a helmet, All helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following:

  • British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark

  • UNECE Regulation 22.05

  • a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark (ref government web page )

always ensure the helmet is fastens correctly when being worn, learn how to use the fastener.

If you have a double D-lock it’s a little fiddly so practice it, the more modern seat belt style ratchet clips are much easier to use, I personally prefer D-locks, the helmet must fit correctly if it is to tight it will be uncomfortable if it is to loose it will Rattle around on your head. If you drop a crash helmet it is strongly advised you replace it, you may not see the damage the impact has done.

cleaning helmets and visors should be done with warm soapy water DO NOT use and chemicals on a crash helmet or visors it will damage the materials the safety equipment is constructed out of,

some schools will provide safety equipment for your CBT day I personally recommend buying the equipment before the day and wearing your own, this is for hygiene and fitting reason, if you go to a motorcycle store and purchase a nice fitted jacket, you can buy an array of different types of protective equipment now day from leather jackets to textiles and Kevlar shirts, each has there own purpose style and environment they work well in, textiles are the cheapest and most versatile.

Get a correctly fitted new helmet, helmets come in many different styles and construction you can purchase a helmet from as little as £80 and spend as much as you could imagine the styles again suit the person and the bike, open face crash helmets are great for cruiser style riding, carbon fibre full face is great for race bike style riding, it’s personal preference all the way.

Get comfortable motorcycle footwear this will support your ankles and arches in the worst case scenario it will help prevent you foot being smashed to bits good footwear is a must on a CBT training day,

and a good pair of gloves if you have equipment you trust feel comfortable in, riding will be just that little bit more fun.

Another recommended piece of equipment is definitely good leg wear I use Kevlar jeans but some people like leather or textile.

After this has been discussed an eye sight test will be carried out if you need contact lenses or glasses to drive bring them with you, as a road user have a regular eye test done it’s £30 and it could be the difference between seeing a hazard and hitting it,

Ok you understand the importance of protection and can see what you are doing what’s next?

motorcycles controls below are 2 pictures I have borrowed from google explaining the controls on a motorcycle and a moped.

those Simple pictures should of given you a good understanding of most modern machine, classic machine will require you to learn many controls all over the place, one thing the pictures do not show you is the position of the gears and how to select them well it goes

  • 6th

  • 5th

  • 4th

  • 3rd

  • 2nd

  • neutral

  • 1st

So to select 1st gear you push down on the gear selector the a half click up for neutral after that every gear is all upwards.

Now you have a basic idea of a motorcycle CBT these are only elements A B1 and B2 I will add a YouTube video of the practical elements of riding although the only way to ride is to just do it.

ride safe

ride within the speed limit

and enjoy riding

Chris Beeson

CBT instructor

Motorcycle mechanic

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