Book your CBT test with Bikesmart Motorcycle Training in St Helens

Rosebridge Court, Rosebridge Way, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN1 3DP
Helmet hire included

About Bikesmart Motorcycle Training

BikeSmart was formed by Kev Lock over 26 years ago in 1991, It is now
one of the longest running motorcycle training establishment in the
Northwest, with several trainers all offering a wealth of experience on
the road.

In those years we have gained an excellent reputation with a long line of
success stories, many of our customers send their sons/daughters, even
friends to us to receive our training through various lessons in Wigan

Friendly, family atmosphere
We are proud of our friendly, family atmosphere, many of our customers
have become our friends rather than students over the years. We often
have call ins from former students for a bikers chat & brew, or to show
off their new bikes acquired through passing their tests.

All Instructors are experienced riders with advanced qualifications and
are approachable with anything troubling you, we believe there is no
such thing as a daft question. All our Instructors are D.S.A approved and
ride daily, we are bikers teaching bikers.

Equipment and motorcycle hire
We offer a range of motorcycles to hire from 50cc Mopeds for CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) upto 600cc learner legal bikes for DAS (Direct Access). If you are lacking protective equipment such as gloves, a helmet or even a pair of armoured pants, these are all supplied as part of the training at request.

What does a CBT test in St Helens 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.