Book your CBT test with Northern Route in Kendal

25, Lake District Business Park, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6NH
Helmet hire included

About Northern Route

Some training schools do nothing but teach, then go home in the car at the end of the day - we're not like that!

Andy (the proprietor) has toured Ireland extensively, done track-days including Mallory Park in Leicestershire, completed the 2-day BMW off-road skills course in the Brecon Beacons and has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. He qualified in 1988 as a DSA Approved Driving Instructor, then in 1996 as a Motorcycle Instructor. He is the most highly qualified motorcycle instructor in the South Cumbria and North Lancashire area after attending the Driving Standards Agency's centre at Cardington, Bedfordshire for the Direct Access Scheme (DAS) and Instructor Assessor qualifications.

Andy has also completed the Special Test only open to DAS Approved Motorcycle Instructors, is an active founder Member/Senior Observer of the local Institute of Advanced Motorist group (IAM), DIAmond Advanced rider and works with Lancashire (County Council) Road Safety Partnership assisting on all the courses they run, from 'Speed Awareness' to free Assessments.

Andy now holds a DIA Diploma in Advanced Motorcycle Instruction/Training and is also a qualified Blues and Two's rider for the local Blood Bikes service.

What does a CBT test in Kendal 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.