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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Motorcycles and Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

It's probably not unfair to say that the Compulsory Basic Training or CBT for motorcycles has gone a long way to changing the public perception of motorbikes and those that ride them on the public highways. It (the CBT) was introduced more than two decades ago with the specific intention of reducing motorcycle related accidents on the road. With a combination of on road and off road training, those who proceed with the training are far more equipped for on road situations, than they would have been before the introduction of the test.
Motorbikes have endured a love - hate relationship over the years, although much of the hate has come from people who have perhaps been affected in some way by accidents involving these two wheeled machines. However, although there is a sporty, daring element that is indeed associated with bikes, it is a fact that many people, every single day, rely on them practically for their basic means of transportation.
For young people, the temptation has always been that a moped or low powered motorcycle is actually much cheaper to buy and run than a car and so as a result we see a lot of teenagers and young adults with motorcycles. The great news is that since 1990 when the CBT requirements were put into place, there has been a much greater emphasis on safety in every aspect of a motorcyclist's life.
So, just who is the CBT for? If you want to ride on a machine with a power of anything up to 125cc, then the training is for you. For those people aged between 17 and 21, there is also a practical test for a 125cc machine. If passed, the rider will actually only be able to ride bikes and mopeds within this power category for the next two years. There is something different for those aged 21 and over to complete and this is known as DAS or the Direct Access Scheme and this is the scheme that grants access to bikes that are bigger and more powerful.
Most of these courses and training schemes are conducted within the safe confines of a training centre, which allows professional trainers to monitor and guide each rider in their development. No rider will be taken onto the public roads, until the trainers deem that they are proficient enough with their motorcycle to do so.
So, it is clear that motorcycle safety has improved dramatically in recent years and largely thanks to the awareness of the compulsory basic training.
Probike Motorcycle Training Ltd is dedicated to improving the standards of motorcyclists before they hit the road and offer facilities for compulsory basic training as well as other tests.
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