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Basic motorcycle riding skills for CBT (Learners Academy)

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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]