Simple Steps for Getting On Your Bike
Get Your Provisional Licence
You must be 17 in order to obtain a provisional licence. Due to new legislations that began in January 2013, you must follow guidelines in regards to what kind of bike you can ride.
Take your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
The CBT is like a training day for every learner, whether they want to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle. It consists of many elements from learning about how to ride your bike, an eyesight test and gives you important information about riding on roads. Look for a DSA approved school in your area because within most schools you can also hire a bike and protective gear, but check they offer this service.
Buy the Right Gear
It is a legal requirement to have a helmet that meets British Standards. You must also protect yourself as much as possible. Your clothes are your armour. Don’t ever scrimp on quality. If leather’s not your thing it is possible to get other materials such as a Kevlar mix, and this kind of material is often more appropriate for wet weather conditions.
Learning to Ride a Motorbike
Once you have taken your CBT you can drive a vehicle no more powerful than 125cc with (maximum power outage 11kW). It is compulsory to wear L plates, you must be accompanied by a qualified trainer at all times, and you cannot go on the motorway.
Make sure you register your vehicle and that you carry all the relevant legal documents, an MOT and adequate insurance.
Take your Motorcycle Theory Test
Even if you have taken your driving theory test in a car then you still need to take and pass the motorcycle theory test. The theory test includes a Hazard Perception Test.
Practical Bike Test
There are two parts to the practical test, which include Off road and On road. Once you have passed your test you will receive a licence in one of the following categories (AM, A1, A2, A) the specifications of each licence depend on your age and restrictions apply in regards to what kind of vehicle you can ride. Between the ages of 19 and 24 you have to keep working up towards your full licence.
Get on the Road
Now comes the truly exciting part – shopping for your own wheels. Once you have put in all the hours to get your hard-earned motorcycle licence, you can reward yourself by purchasing a sparkling vehicle that suits your requirements. West Sussex Motorcycle Hire has a diverse range for every age.