From CBT Test to DAS: How you get started
Are you interested in having motorcycle rider training but not sure where to start with a CBT test? Need to know the difference between MOD1 or MOD2? Confused about all the various types of motorcycle licences?
Fear not! Our complete motorcycle rider guide will explain everything you need to know to get your bike on the road, from licences and tests to preparing yourself for your first motorcycle ride.
Read on for everything you need to know about motorcycle rider training.
CBT Test or DAS: Here’s what you need to do first:
CBT Test or Compulsory Basic Training
CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training and you’ll need to do the training to be able to ride a 125cc immediately. It is not taken at a test centre, but with a qualified instructor. You’ll usually be training off the road in groups of about five and then take your bike onto the road.
It’s not a test that you can pass or fail, it’s training that you will be given a certificate for completing at the end of the day. It usually lasts around six hours and once done it means you can ride up to a 125cc bike with L-plates.
Your CBT runs out every two years, so if you already have one and are looking to get a bigger bike or continue riding yours, you will need to re-take it. You need a valid CBT to complete your training to get a bigger bike license.
Before doing any training, you’ll need to pass your motorcycle theory test. If you’ve passed your theory test for a car license, you still need to do another one that includes motorcycle related questions.
There’s two parts to the theory test, 50 multiple choice questions, where you need to get at least 43 right. Then, there’s hazard perception test, where you click the screen when you see a hazard and when it develops. This will be across fourteen video clips and you need to get at least 44 out of 75. The faster you click the developing hazard, the more points you will get.
There are up to five points available per clip and there will be two hazards in one of the clips. Your theory test will take place in a centre, where there will be computer desks set up. The room will be silent and you must not talk when you are in there. The test will be 57 minutes long, which is plenty of time.
Your MOD1 test is designed to ensure candidates have full control of a motorcycle before they can take their road test. Whilst the test is ‘off-road’ on a large tarmac-covered area within the test centre, you are expected to treat it as if you were on the road.
It is likely your MOD1 test will not take place in the same centre that you took your theory, although this will depend upon your area.
It will involve a series of eight manoeuvres that need to be completed without touching the ground, hitting cones or dropping the bike. The test will last around thirty minutes from beginning to end. Skip straight to our “Everything you need to know about MOD1” blog here.
Your MOD2 is a road test designed to ensure that you are riding safely. It will use the skills you’ve gained from your MOD1 training, with extra things to account for such as road condition, weather, other drivers and the highway code. This test may take place at the same test centre that you took MOD1 at, or another one, depending on where you have chosen to take the test.
The test lasts around 45 minutes and comprises of several sections:
- Number plate read
- Show me, tell me questions
- Directed ride
- Several pulling up and moving away stops
- Independent ride
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