On 22/07/2018 at 09:15

Hi guy's and ladies new to the forum so please go easy.

I recently had an unfortunate experience attempting to get through my first CBT.

To give you a little background I'm 61 and last year had a cancer scare.I have always had an interest in bikes from the age of 14 but back in the day mother would not entertain it.

All these years later family grown up and recent events it was now my time.

A few days ago I made enquiries about training to ride a bike but was told I would receive all the train needed to pass the CBT although I had never sat on a bike.

The day arrived and it was a total fuck up
Class stuff done we went to the pad which was tiny. Four of us about two yards apart on a 20 metre pad. The other three had previous bike experience had found the initial clutch and throttle control not a problem except myself. I admittedly was struggling but the instructor was more concerned with the other three it just seemed to me he was rushing through it to get it onto the road run. I knew within myself this was not going to happen for this old shit. Subsequently the instructor cut my training short.

Feeling a little put out I contacted another training centre who offered me an assessment session lasting an hour. The difference was bloody night and day, ratio here was 1 instructor to 2 the pad was enormous in comparison and the bikes were more suited lighter and low seating I could actually plant my feet fully on these. To add the instructor was first class took his time explaining the throttle and clutch control and twenty minutes later I was going up and down the full length of the pad not great but it was a massive improvement on the last balls up.

Conclusion training centres should not be allowed to advertise that they will get you through a CBT irrespective of bike experience.

On 22/07/2018 at 21:10

Hi mate and welcome to the forums :-)

Sorry to hear you have a crap experience. I think 4 to 1 is too many for the instructor to give proper tuition and attention to the students. An area 20 meters long isn't really big enough either! You need enough space to go along and practice going up and down the gears and turning etc.... Sounds to me like they were more interested in taking your money!

Have you got another CBT booked in? What part of the country are you from?
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On 24/07/2018 at 07:52

Thanks mate no I haven't booked another cbt as yet plans is to take training until I'm comfortable with the bike and confident enough to pass the CBT.
I'm in the West of Scotland.

On 25/07/2018 at 22:10

Fair enough mate might be a sensible approach to things! Do the guys you're doing this training with at the moment do CBT?
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On 26/07/2018 at 05:48

Yes they do and they are really good making good progress now and starting to feel comfortable with the clutch and throttle.

On 26/07/2018 at 14:40

That's good then, at least you can do the CBT there and know that you will have some decent training :-)
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On 28/08/2018 at 22:15

Hi there, sorry to hear you had a such a bad experience doing your CBT. I agree that one instructor to four students is really not on at all!

I myself did a couple of taster sessions at different places before doing my CBT. It was good to try out different schools, and helped me decide where I wanted to actually do the CBT. I found that the Yamaha bikes they used at one place we’re easier to handle than the Honda’s at the other place (which I personally thought were a bit heavier to steer) so it’s a good idea to shop around.

Sounds like you’re on the right track now though, so I’m glad the first experience didn’t put you completely off!

On 24/09/2018 at 16:19

Hi Robbyb - sorry you didn't have a great experience ce first time round on your cbt. I was similar, new to bikes and took a while to get the clutch right and felt the instructor wasn't bothered about getting me through it and focused more on the two more experienced guys there. I didn't get out of the practise yard that day and went back to the same place to finish another day but the instructor really wasn't floating my boat. I did get through and finish on the second day but I'll be looking elsewhere to do my DAS to be honest.

Anyway, I'm from the West Coast of Scotland too and although I'm a good bit younger and a girl we have a common interest so if you're ever in need of a ride out pal who's still on a 125 and practicing give me a shout. :-)
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