Book your CBT training with Beacon Motorcycle Training in Hemel Hempstead

London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9SX
Helmet hire included

About Beacon Motorcycle Training

We provide the very best in motorcycle rider training from CBT to full test. Beacon Motorcycle training has over 34 years of experience and a reputation as the leaders in customer service and quality instruction. Just call for a chat to get some advice on what is best for you.

In particular we are the only local company to be able to mock up the Module 1 test here in Bovingdon in the same real size the DSA will conduct it in, and also you will find we only use new high quality motorcycles that are compliant with 2013 test requirements. We believe we have the best instructors, best site and best motorcycles that it is possible to get to pass your test.

Your training can be carried out either on our motorcycles or your own machine (renewals). The fees include the use of safety helmets, gloves, waterproof clothing and high visibility riding wear. If you wish to wear your own clothing we recommend at least a sturdy pair of boots with ankle protection, no sandals or trainers; tough wearing trousers, warm clothing, especially during cold weather.

Lessons can be arranged in 2, 3 or 4 hour slots as required. If you decide to use your own bike, then please note it must be of legal roadworthy condition; have a current road tax; a minimum third-party insurance and a current M.o.T. certificate if appropriate.

What does a CBT test in Hemel Hempstead involve?

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

The DVSA have produced an excellent short video showing you the elements of a CBT. Here is the video and below it is the description of each of the elements.

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

The CBT test in Hemel HempsteadElement 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

You can book your CBT training and test in Hemel Hempstead hereElement 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.