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CBT Training ....

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Farty, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. oedbachgen

    oedbachgen Top Poster

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    In my day:rolleyes:, I could ride my 250:eek: forever, on L plates;), but we were men back then:p
     
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    I just missed out on that they changed it down to 125 just before I turned 17 so took my car test instead still have a yearning to take my bike test but she who must be obeyed has put her foot down and said no way after my sister told her I broke both my arms and my left leg after a lad on a dt125 crashed into me on a kx250 :mad:
     
  3. Doomlord73

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    I did my CBT to get my 125 then 5 years later had to do it again (so it was valid) before I sat my full test never bothered in between - no reminders or warning from anybody- Including the several times I got pulled over by over zealous bike cops.
    But yes get a full licence I was 30ish so direct access and got myself an R6 (I miss that almost every day now) but wife is happier I'm back in a car and not commuting everywhere on a race bike.
     
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    PS I did have a full car licence at the time so maybe thats why no one bothered about 2 yearly retests.
    There was even a big crash that wrote of my first 125 (Naughty I know but on the motorway , it was the only sensible way to get to work)
    Insurance company didn't query being on motorway or stateus of CBT

    I did my DA on the cheap-
    Did 2 saturday cbt courses mornings did the Carpark maneuvering on a 600 (figure 8 emergency stop etc as The new test involved all that)
    Then in the afternoon we did the town drive again on the 600's
    Then 2 days full riding with instructor on his 600's again then test day
    think full thing was about £400
     
  5. SteveO

    SteveO Top Poster

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    I believe the cost of my DA course was circa £400 in 2003, I passed the CBT on my own bike on day one (got it transported there)

    I spent day two and day three on the road training and was tested on day 4 - Full A licence!

    The instructor was an ex-police motorcyclist and would pick me up at my home each morning, give me the hi-vis and chaperone me to the test centre 6 miles away.

    Using your own machine can save a lot of money, I didn't have to hire their ER500's but my own CX500 only just scraped through as useable on power.

    My old pops on my CX... :cool:
     
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  6. Honest Bob

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    I remember it well. Rode a 200cc for ages with L plates. Wanted to take the new girlfriend camping :rolleyes:, so put in for my test. Arr at test centre, examiner on foot, he told me where to go, hand signals in those days, he said at some point on the route he would stand in the road with his arm out for me to do an emergency stop, came to a junction and he is about 100 yards up the road, turned the corner and was doing about 20 mph, he stood out in the road with his arm out, he must have been run over at some point, hardly what I would call an emergency stop, we met back at the test centre, asked me to reed a car number plate, then showed me a few pictures of road signs and asked their meaning, then said you have passed. Went camping that weekend in Torver in the Lake District with the girlfriend, did not get to see much of the lakes ;). Now been married to her for over forty years with two grown up children now in their forty's. Gave up bikes a couple of years ago, the last one was an 1100 Pan, decided I would not bounce anymore at my age, too many nutters on the road, so stick to the car now. Things where a lot simpler back then, and the roads a lot quieter. View attachment 154314 The girlfriend/wife took the picture. I was neither a Mod nor a Rocker, I was a Mocker, the scooter was a decent bird puller, and the only one I ever had, a pile of unreliable junk, also covered in junk and loads of spot lights, none of them ever worked, just bling, would not be seen dead on one now, the folly of youth. For you old scooter buffs, it is a Lambretta GT200, bored out to 225 with Amal carb. Sold it for spares for a tenner when I got married, had been stood in my parents back yard for a couple of years with yet another knackered piston.
     
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  7. Readie

    Readie Grumpy Old Fart

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    Love those rugged safe motorbike boots Bob
     
  8. Honest Bob

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    That was the whole idea of scootering in those days, you could go out without looking like a greasy rocker, as your legs where protected to certain extent by the leg shields, plus like a lot of youngsters, you think you are immune to injury. It was all about looking good and posing.
     
  9. ajs193

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    If you're an experienced rider, then do the Direct Access and get your full licence.
    Yes, you can do courses that cost £400 but the tests themsleves cost nothing like that.

    You will need to do -
    CBT - you need to do that anyway
    Theory - £23
    Mod 1 - £15.50
    Mod 2 - £75

    And you would obviously need access to a qualifying 650cc bike to take the mod 1 & 2 on.

    If you can find a big enough space, you can easily map out the mod 1 course but you should breeze that if your experienced
     
  10. Readie

    Readie Grumpy Old Fart

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    I had absolutely no idea it costs that much now.
    Like others here, got mine in 1978 when the examiner waited on pavement as you went round the block a couple of times.
    That was pretty much all it was, If you didn't fall off or hit anything or anybody you passed.
    :)

    I seem to to remember you had to use hand signals too for turning, anybody else remember that
     
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  11. Dibble

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    Will doing your full test reduce the cost of your scooter insurance?

    You don't have to go the big bike route either, there are some blinding mid sized scoots and some of the super scoots will leave big bikes for dead around town.

    The first time I raced a T-Max through traffic I was properly confused, I had to look it up what it was when I got home
     
  12. timmytree

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    I did mine in 1977 on a Honda XL 125, it was almost impossible to fail. That allowed unlimited size and power, crazy really but I'm still alive.
    Similarly the car test was simple, I took mine in a VX 4/90 fitted with a 3 litre 6 from a Vauxhall Ventura.
     
  13. wolfy68

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    I did my cbt on a Wednesday and past the test on a CG125 on a friday the same week and that afternoon i was fully legal on a GSX600F.That was in the early 90's though.
     
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    When I passed my full test on a Honda 125 a month later rode a 600 from the shop. A mate and I went from Oxford to Bournemouth for the day the week after I passed my test! Got pulled too the copper could not believe my bike would do 70 two up or I had my licence.
     

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