Book your CBT test with ART of Motorcycling in North Shields

4 Elm Road, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE29 8SE
Helmet hire included

About ART of Motorcycling

The Art of Motorcycling is a professional, approved training body (ATB awarded by the DSA) and is based in the centre of the North East of England Our instructors have many years of experience riding motorcycles both on and off-road and all are DSA approved. Our instructors are also thoroughly trained in the art of giving instruction. This is as important as riding ability if students are to learn properly whilst appreciating the experience of the lessons.

So we pride ourselves on being a professional, yet friendly school with lots of patience and understanding. We aim to put people at ease. We also have a good sense of humour.... which helps! The training can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual. We do have some fairly pre-defined courses as per our price list, but can also provide individual one to one or small group courses. We cater for everything from the absolute novice who may never even have been on a pedal cycle to those with substantial experience who may be simply be upgrading to a larger motorcycle or returning to a bike after a few years of using other transport.

What does a CBT test in North Shields involve?

A CBT test consists of 5 elements labelled A to E. You will do these 5 elements in order throughout the day.

Element A comprises of talk about clothing, safety helmet and equipment. This is also when your licence and eyesight will be checked and the aims of the course outlined. Make sure to bring your glasses or contact lenses if you wear them as you will need to read a registration plate at a distance of 20 metres. You will also learn:

  • Understanding the legal requirement to riding
  • Reinforcing your understanding of the Highway Code to a good level
  • Objectives of completing the CBT test
  • Understanding the importance of using good motorcycle equipment and clothing

Element B introduces you to the machine and its controls and includes:

  • Using the motorcycle stands to safely park your bike
  • Familiarity with the different motorcycle or scooter controls
  • Wheel the bike round to the left and right
  • Starting and stopping the engine
  • Carrying out basic maintenance checks

Element C is the main part of the course and takes place on an approved training site (CBT pad). This is when you will learn to:

  • Pull away, stop, start and change gears (where applicable)
  • Ride in a straight line
  • Ride in a slow and controlled manner
  • Change gears
  • Use both brakes
  • Ride a figure of eight
  • Carry out left, right and U-turns
  • Carry out emergency braking
  • Ride round bends safely
  • Carry out rear observation

Element D is a return to the class room prior to going out on the road. You will get a full briefing explaining:

  • The use of speed, road positioning, safe driving distances
  • The importance of the Highway Code
  • Your visibility on the road
  • Using rear observation
  • Riding at the correct speeds, road positioning and distance between other vehicles according to traffic and road conditions.
  • Learning to anticipate danger and riding defensively
  • Care will also be given in explaining about the radios and how not to get lost on the road

Element E is where you put all the above into practise by riding on the road. You will go out on the road with an instructor two at a time with a radio link. You must do at least two hours of road tuition, which must include doing a U-turn and emergency stop. At the outset the instructor will give plenty of guidance and help, but towards the end of the time on the road the instructor will be looking to see if you can get safely from one place to another without hurting yourself or anybody else.