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 Adventure on Wheels are providers of bespoke Car, Car & Trailer, Motorcycle training, and  Motorcycle tours at their best throughout Scotland, Ireland and Spain

CBT Syllabus

CBT was introduced in December 1990 as part of an effort to improve the road safety of motorcyclists. The aim is to ensure that all learner riders achieve a basic level of competence before riding unaccompanied on the road. The purpose of the mandatory training scheme is to reduce the high level of accidents involving motorcyclists, particularly young and inexperienced riders.

Element "A" Introduction

1. Trainees must be told and must understand:-

bulletThe aims of the approved  training course.
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The aim of the course is to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcycle and moped riders.

CBT isn’t a test and there’s no exam - it’s a course of training you’re required to complete satisfactorily. It has no set duration other than a MINIMUM two hour road ride that should be full of experiences that you are likely to encounter on your own. If you are only given two hours riding experience during your CBT course we strongly recommend that you should question the quality of training you are being given.

During your road ride you should experience and be taught how to cope safely with roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, gradients, bends, obstructions, as well as any other relevant potential hazards that your instructor can find for you, ie speed bumps, narrow  blind roads, poor road surfaces, different speed restrictions, other road users, variable  road signs and paint work information etc. The list is endless. Remember your CBT certificate has a life span of two years and a lot of  riding can be done in that time, best it be a good knowledgeable positive experience rather than a negative one!     

It is impossible for even the best Instructors with even the most perfect student to teach you everything that you need to know to keep you and others safe during your riding this would take a life time, but you should come away from the course feeling positive with your new knowledge and skills to ride safely. Riding a motorcycle and moped has two major factors that are critical to good safe riding, these are: 1/the mechanical elements and 2/the mental, (mind set) if one or both are poor then the outcome is poor.

 

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 The importance of having the right equipment and clothing.

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The importance of having the right equipment and clothing is critical to the well being of you and others.  If your chosen training school and instructor are happy to let you ride an inappropriate or defective machine or allow you to ride without protective equipment (motorcycle boots, motorcycle trousers, motorcycle jacket, motorcycle gloves, motorcycle helmet and a high visibility vest) then we strongly recommended you seek an other provider.

2. Trainees eyesight test:-

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During your introduction to your CBT course you should be given an eyesight test. All students must be able to read in good daylight a vehicle registration plate containing letters and figures 79.4mm high at a distance of 20.5 meters. Glasses or contact lenses may be worn but if these are needed then you will also have to have them on during your road ride.

Element "B" Practical On Site Training

Trainees must receive practical on site training at the conclusion of which they must fulfil the following requirements, that is to say they must:-

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Be familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works

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Be able to carry out basic machine checks to a satisfactory standard and be able to take the bike on and off the stand satisfactory

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During this part of your training with us we will use mnemonics

BOLTSS & POWERD, to help you become very familiar with your

machine (handouts are also supplied)

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BOLTSS - Brakes, Oil, Lights, Tyres, Suspension, Steering,

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POWERD - Petrol, Oil, Water, Electrics, Rubber, Drive,

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Be able to wheel the machine around to the left and the right showing proper balance and bringing the machine to a controlled halt by braking

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Be able to start and stop the engine satisfactory

Element "C" Practical On Site Riding

Trainees must undertake practical on site riding at the conclusion of which they must be able to:

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Ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring the machine to a controlled halt

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Ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control

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Ride the machine slowly in a straight line under control

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Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactory

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Bring the machine to stop under full control as in an emergency

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Carry out controlled braking using both brakes

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Change gear satisfactory

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Carry out rear observations correctly

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Carry out simulated left and right hand turns correctly using the Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre (OSM) and Position-Speed-Look (PSL) routines

As the above skills are deemed the bare minimum, In your interest and that of other road users AOW aim to help you be a safer rider so in addition to the above our instructors will also teach you the following skills.

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A high level of road craft similar to the DVSA theory test

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A high level of machine checks with a better understanding of the machine components

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How to avoid riding into things that you are looking at - Positive and negative fixations

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Better clutch, break, and throttle control

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Understanding the meaning of and developing good acceleration sense

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How to plan and perform high speed overtakes

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How to ride in windy conditions

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You will be tooled up to help you pass your big bike test much more easily

Element "D" Practical On Road Training

1. Before undertaking practical on road riding trainees must be instructed in the matters set out in paragraphs 2 and 3 below and achieve the objective mentioned therein

2. Trainee must understand the following:-

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The need to be clearly visible to other road users (the use of conspicuity aids)

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The importance of knowing the legal requirements for riding on the road

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Why motorcyclists are more vulnerable than most road users

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The need to drive at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions

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The importance of knowing the Highway Code

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The need to ride defensively and anticipate the actions of other road users

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The need to use rear observations at appropriate times

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The need to assume the correct road position when riding

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The need to leave sufficient space when following an other vehicle

As the above skills are deemed the bare minimum, In your interest and that of other road users AOW aim to help you be a safer rider so in addition to the above our instructors will also teach you the following skills.

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During your training and road ride with us we will teach you how to keep to the 2 second rule when riding

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We will teach you how to remember braking distances and how to recognise a set distance in front of you when riding

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The need to pay due regard to the effect of varying weather conditions when riding

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You will be given as standard a 3hr or 4hr (subject to individual needs) road ride and not the min of 2hrs

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Defensive riding techniques

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The use of the command position and its satellite positions

3. Trainees must be aware of

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The effect on a vehicle of the various types of road surface that can be encountered

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The dangers of drug and alcohol use

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The consequences of aggressive attitudes when riding

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The importance of hazard perception

Element "E" Practical On Road Riding

1. Trainees must undertake on road riding for a period of not less than two hours. You will be given 4hrs by AOW. They must (subject to paragraph 2 below) encounter all the following traffic situations and demonstrate their ability to handle each one competently and safely

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Roundabouts

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Junctions

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Pedestrian crossings

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Traffic lights

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Gradients

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Bends

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Obstructions

2. Trainees must also repeat the following exercises in normal road conditions

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Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactory

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Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

The equipment you will be given to use is state of the art and will help keep you safe during your time with us 

Test your knowledge before booking your CBT

Below we have given you 8 easy questions that you will need to know and understand before we take you out on the road. If you can get all of them correct before you start your CBT then this is a good start to developing a safe positive mind set well done, If you get any wrong then start studying the Highway Code before you start your course or you may find it much more of a challenge than you thought it would be.

Q1 What is the phrase used when applying the "two second rule"

Is it:-

  1. Tweedledum and tweedledee

  2. Ha ha cant catch me

  3. Only a fool brakes the two second rule

  4. Eeny meeny miny moe

Q2 What does this sign mean

 

Is it:-

  1. Post box near buy

  2. No ball games

  3. No entry

  4. Ahead only

Q3 What is your thinking distance at 20mph

Is it :-

  1. 0 feet

  2. 5 feet

  3. 10 feet

  4. 20 feet

Q4 What does this sign mean

Is it:-

  1. Priority to on coming traffic

  2. Look out for Archers

  3. Red Arrow flying team in this area

  4. Pass on the left only

Q5 What is the average stopping distance at 30mph

Is it:-

  1. 10 feet

  2. 20 feet

  3. 30 feet

  4. 75 feet

Q6 What shape is an order sign

Is it:-

  1. Round

  2. Square

  3. Triangular

  4. Hexagonal

Q7 What does this sign mean

 

Is it:-

  1. No kissing ahead

  2. No stopping in this area

  3. Red cross sale shop

  4. Love and Kisses are ahead

Q8 When approaching a stop sign on your side of the road what must you do

  1. Go slower and proceed with caution

  2. Go faster

  3. Ignore it

  4. Slow down and stop behind the stop line

Good protective clothing is a must for all riders

For CBT and full bike test you must pass an eyesight test 

at 20.5 met or 67 feet

 

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