Doing my CBT. Any tips?

Barney626

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I know there are a couple of bikers knocking around here so wondering if they'd have any advice for a newbie starting out.

Doing the CBT on wednesday then looking at getting a YZF 125 for about £1500.
 

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CBT is easy enough mate, just get use to the bike, look where your going and the bike will follow, get use to clutch control and balance etc.

You'll soon get bored of riding around in circles, not to put the fear of god in you but getting hit by a car on a 125 or a thou hurts just the same, ride like EVERYONE is out to kill you!
 
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Barney626

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CBT is easy enough mate, just get use to the bike, look where your going and the bike will follow, get use to clutch control and balance etc.

You'll soon get bored of riding around in circles, not to put the fear of god in you but getting hit by a car on a 125 or a thou hurts just the same, ride like EVERYONE is out to kill you!
Already kinda drive like everyone is out to kill me so fingers crossed I do that naturally :sweatsmile:
 

DS197

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I've always wanted to do my CBT and get a YZF R125, they look great. But then I think about waiting a year or two and doing the DAS, although the CBT is a good and cheap way to see if i'll actually enjoy riding motorbikes in reality!
 

Barney626

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One of my main reasons for doing it now is I'll be commuting a bit of distance for the next year and the 197 fuel efficiency is so bad the bike will pay for itself over the year...
 

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I know there are a couple of bikers knocking around here so wondering if they'd have any advice for a newbie starting out.

Doing the CBT on wednesday then looking at getting a YZF 125 for about £1500.
Thats the best way of doing it start small & work your way up
when i passed the test back in the 80's there was no cbt just go to the test center & take the test
at that time you could ride upto 250 with L plates
As said when on the road always ride defensively look at the car at a junction in front of you has he seen you, is he going to pull out in front of you ? take it as he is going to so always ride more towards the middle of the lane in case he sticks the nose out
Use your mirrors & take a look over your shoulder & always be aware of what traffic is around you in case you need an escape route if things go bad & lastly dont be bullied by other road users
On the bike type i would be looking for something naked ie no expensive fairings to replace when you drop it because you will
everyone does
Have fun & enjoy yourself
 
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The CBT will only learn you the basics mate. If you can do DAS. I've been biking for years and love it, it's so different in every way from driving a car. Read the road, look where you want to go and ride like everyone is out to kill you! It will make you a better driver.
 
Listen you'll be fine just relax enjoy the moment......and then just get out on the road no matter what your ride is...........motorcycling is just F***ing brilliant. ENJOY
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If you're looking at riding a bike for years on end then id just do a proper bike licence when you're ready! You will find a 125 pretty gutless after a while.
You cant fail a CBT as such but can be deemed dangerous, which stops them passing you. but never seen that happen personally.
Enjoy your self :smile:
 
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Barney626

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So did the CBT and got the certificate.

Just because of budget restrictions I'll have to start on a 125 for now (As much as I'd like to get a 300)
 
So did the CBT and got the certificate.

Just because of budget restrictions I'll have to start on a 125 for now (As much as I'd like to get a 300)
well done! enjoy.
unfortunately you wont be able to ride anything above 125cc on a cbt. so crack on and get your bike test done. I had a ninja 300 for my first bike. Just enough power to have some fun!
 

Jimmy

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So did the CBT and got the certificate.

Just because of budget restrictions I'll have to start on a 125 for now (As much as I'd like to get a 300)
Congrats on passing and getting your certificate! Did you get hold of a bike? If so, how are you finding the riding experience?

I've been giving this some serious thought recently, for the same reasons as you: commuting costs, plus the challenge of doing something different. I am tempted to go straight for the DAS, so was interested in your thoughts.
 
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Barney626

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Congrats on passing and getting your certificate! Did you get hold of a bike? If so, how are you finding the riding experience?

I've been giving this some serious thought recently, for the same reasons as you: commuting costs, plus the challenge of doing something different. I am tempted to go straight for the DAS, so was interested in your thoughts.
At the moment I'm going through the process of passing my A2 licence, then I will be getting a ninja 250R as first bike.

Only going for A2 because I'm not 24 yet, would definitely go for full class if you can. If you have any friends with bikes ask to have a quick go on one if you haven't already. I've got a group of bikers I'm friends with and they let me have a pootle on their bikes before the CBT which helped me feel more confident on the bike in general.

Get the feeling once you've got basic control of the bike you'll be able to pass any test as we've all got some decent years on the road and have that 'Road sense' that most new riders are missing. While they have to think about control of the bike AND working out how roads work, we just have to make sure we don't fall off...
 
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Jimmy

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At the moment I'm going through the process of passing my A2 licence, then I will be getting a ninja 250R as first bike.

Only going for A2 because I'm not 24 yet, would definitely go for full class if you can. If you have any friends with bikes ask to have a quick go on one if you haven't already. I've got a group of bikers I'm friends with and they let me have a pootle on their bikes before the CBT which helped me feel more confident on the bike in general.

Get the feeling once you've got basic control of the bike you'll be able to pass any test as we've all got some decent years on the road and have that 'Road sense' that most new riders are missing. While they have to think about control of the bike AND working out how roads work, we just have to make sure we don't fall off...
Thanks for the reply, much appreciated, I had a feeling you'd be saying that :smile: I guess DAS is the right way to go then!

I don't know anyone with a bike, although I do know a few riders, so there is people I can talk to about it (and have talked to already). I've wanted to do it for a while, but always put it off, so I think I just need to bite the bullet and go for it!

Thanks again.
 
Thanks for the reply, much appreciated, I had a feeling you'd be saying that :smile: I guess DAS is the right way to go then!

I don't know anyone with a bike, although I do know a few riders, so there is people I can talk to about it (and have talked to already). I've wanted to do it for a while, but always put it off, so I think I just need to bite the bullet and go for it!

Thanks again.
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do it
 
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