Basic motorcycle riding skills for CBT (Learners Academy)

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Learners (CBT) Academy - Rider Basics

Rider Basics covers essential motorcycle skills, the benefits of riding a motorcycle, important rider preparation and tips on avoiding common CBT novice rider faults. Safety critical observations are introduced, along with motorcycle controls, and motorcycle checks. Novice riders must learn these basic motorcycle skills before moving on to key skills. [video]

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The basics of how to ride a motorcycle

In this section, the basics of learning to ride a motorcycle are covered and structured to perfectly compliment ‘Element B’ (practical on-site training) of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). Without understanding the basic motorcycle controls, novice riders won’t get far and without carrying out routine motorcycle safety checks, a rider can never be fully confident in their machine. Understanding observations is fundamental to everything and being on two wheels demands a good understanding of how to use the handlebars.


basic motorcycle skills - Learning to ride a motorcycle - video training resources
Today’s congested roads, require high standards of observation, anticipation and of reading-the-road. [watch video]

2. Preparation

Preparing for motorcycle training
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a legal requirement for all motorcyclists before riding on UK roads. [watch video]

3. Academy explained

Motorcycle learners academy explained - VideoBiker
The goal of Learners Academy is better skilled, more confident, less stressed & safer novice motorcycle riders. [watch video]

4. Avoiding faults

Avoiding common motorcycle rider faults
Trust the CBT instructor. Listen, take their advice and don’t proceed to the road unless fully confident. [watch video]

5. Observations

Essential motorcycle observations
Good observations are vital to rider safety and demand an ongoing commitment to professional motorcycle training. [watch video]

6. Basic controls

Five basic motorcycle controls
CBT candidates need a level of skill with the five basic controls (clutch, throttle, rear brake, front brake & gears). [watch video]

7. Holding the bars

Holding motorcycle handle bars
Using a light grip is safer & helps riders to avoid suffering with sore hands, tension in the arms, shoulder and neck. [watch video]

8. Other controls

Other motorcycle controls
Practice is essential to a rider keeping their eyes on the road, whilst intuitively operating these additional controls. [watch video]

9. Daily checks

Daily motorcycle checks
Confidence in a bikes road worthiness helps with rider safety and reduces the risk of a dangerous situation [watch video]

10. Weekly checks

Basic motorcycle skills - weekly motorcycle checks
To help remember essential weekly motorcycle safety checks, the mnemonic POWDDERSS is a good memory aid. [watch video]

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