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Old 06-11-2007, 09:05
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Ok, i'm booked to do my CBT test on saturday and i've never riden a motorbike before (just a moped up and down the road). I've always wanted to ride a motorbike and this is the first step.

Has anyone done theirs and is it difficult? I've had a driving licence for almost 10 years.

I've got that dreaded exam feeling again....!
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:53
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Extremly easy! You cant fail, unless you knock someone over and kill them!!!!
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:04
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You cant fail, unless you knock someone over and kill them!!!!
I wouldn't go that far. No-one should be out on the road if they are riding dangerously.

But again, its not really a test but training so technically you can't fail. What's the worse that can happen
Lose any nerves you may have before you start! and Have fun.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:29
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Yeah it is a doddle...

Are you doing lessons to pass your test?

I did a Direct Access Scheme course a few years ago

I turned up on the Friday having never ridden a motorbike in my life (I was 27 then) did my CBT. We spent half a day riding around an indoor Karting track, and half a day out on the road on little 50cc bikes

Saturday and Sunday was spent riding a 600cc Bandit with the instructor

Monday morning I sat my theory test, then drove up to where the DAS scheme was run to pick up the Bandit and did the practical test..

Three days later I bought a Fireblade 1000cc from a guy I worked with...
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:36
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I sat mine in April, it's not a test it's a one day course that really you can't fail unless you're an idiot.

You will learn road safety, motorbike controls, practice runs on private land and then you will go out on bike for around 2hrs.

They will watch you and mark you but it's nothing like a test.

As long as you know a bit of the highway code and use common sense you will pass.

I was a bit worried as I had not even ridden a moped, yet now I have a 125cc geared motorbike and it's so much fun.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:37
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Easy peasy I took it and passed
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Old 06-11-2007, 18:57
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Thank goodness!! I have visions of failing and not being able to ride a motorbike!!

Just a warning to stay away from Northamptonshire roads on saturday in case you see me!!
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:26
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It took me three times to pass.
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:29
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Someone I know recently went to do theirs, and before they could even get on the bike, the examiner was sick on to the road! They got to do it the next week.
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:29
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I'd like to find out about what you need in the way of a licence etc to ride a motorbike but have no idea where to start or where to look.

Any links to info about it would be v. welcome.

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Old 06-11-2007, 20:31
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I'd like to find out about what you need in the way of a licence etc to ride a motorbike but have no idea where to start or where to look.

Any links to info about it would be v. welcome.

Ta daa.
http://www.begin-motorcycling.co.uk/
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:35
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Cheers , i'm determined to get a bike next year.
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:39
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Cheers , i'm determined to get a bike next year.
It is great, people who aren't into bikes, will rarely 'get it' but once you get one you'll know all about it

I am planning a nice European trip for next summer with my Brother-in-Law and my Nephew [he passed his test this summer] I can not wait.
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:41
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Thank goodness!! I have visions of failing and not being able to ride a motorbike!!
You can't fail it anyway, seeing as it's training as opposed to a test. You just have to complete each part to the required level before you move onto the next.
When I did it for the first time* I didn't complete it all on the first day as I wasn't ready to do the on-road part - I had never ridden a geared bike before that and I was the only person not doing it on a moped.
The guy I did with charges for eight hours so I came back another evening to complete it and it didn't cost me any more.

(*I had to get another CBT certifcate when I was doing my DAS as the first one ran out about a month before.)


If you are planning on getting a full licence, do it as soon as you can - the test changes in October next year to make it longer (and therefore will cost more).
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Old 06-11-2007, 20:50
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It is great, people who aren't into bikes, will rarely 'get it' but once you get one you'll know all about it

I am planning a nice European trip for next summer with my Brother-in-Law and my Nephew [he passed his test this summer] I can not wait.
Sounds good.

Thats a useful website , loads of info to read. The test for the full licence sounds tough but ok.

I need to look into hiring a bike as i don't want to buy a 125.
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Old 06-11-2007, 21:03
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Sounds good.

Thats a useful website , loads of info to read. The test for the full licence sounds tough but ok.

I need to look into hiring a bike as i don't want to buy a 125.
My nephew who was an absolute novice did the lot by booking his lessons and using the bikes from the school all the way through.
He took a couple of weeks off work and got stuck right into it, 2 weeks and he was done and dusted.
I know a lady nearby who did the same but over a longer period, used the schools bikes and went through OK.
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Old 06-11-2007, 21:16
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If you are planning on getting a full licence, do it as soon as you can - the test changes in October next year to make it longer (and therefore will cost more).
Thanks for that. My plan is to get a 125cc and get used to it and get experience on the road and then do the big test and get a bigger bike.
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Old 06-11-2007, 21:39
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My nephew who was an absolute novice did the lot by booking his lessons and using the bikes from the school all the way through.
He took a couple of weeks off work and got stuck right into it, 2 weeks and he was done and dusted.
I know a lady nearby who did the same but over a longer period, used the schools bikes and went through OK.
Thanks, I need to sort out a plan so i'm not wasting money .
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