It’s a full day course, starting at 8.45am.
We’ll take you through an introduction and eye sight check, then teach you some basic manoeuvres on the bike but away from the public road, before breaking for lunch and briefing you ahead of a 2 hour road ride.
We’ll not take you out on to the public roads unless we think you’re ready, and you’ll get at least 2 hours tuition on the road (this is a legal minimum). It's not a pass or a fail: you get the certificate by showing competence and safety in completing the course.
Two things: multi-choice questions and then a hazard perception test on screen.
You can practise the multi-choice questions online at the address below, and you can practise the hazard perception too by ordering an interactive DVD if you want, from the same link below. The questions are really nothing to worry about, most are common sense and Highway Code based. There are couple which we wonder about the real world practise of, including taking your right hand off the bars to gesture to somebody at a crossing, and pushing your bike forwards every time before you start it - and there are some old refernces to the use of choke which really need revising soon too.
50 questions, and and hour to complete them. It'll probably take you about 15 minutes.
Also known as part one.
This is the part where we’ll teach you how to ride the basic manoeuvres ahead of your test. They include slow riding, figure of 8, controlled stop and hazard avoidance. All of these practice manoeuvres are performed away from the road.
The test your training for lasts around 20 minutes. The training you'll do with us in preparation for it for it is typically 6 hours.
Also known as part two.
It's the part of the training that most people enjoy the most. We teach you how to ride safely on the road, and teach some basic moves such as a hill start, or pulling out from behind a car.
When it comes to test time your eyesight will be checked again too - since you're looking at a new Triumph Motorcycle, we imagine your eyesight is really good already... You’ll then be asked some questions about how to check your motorcycle is safe for use on the road, referred to as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. We’ll let you know how to answer to these.
After the questions, you'll be taken to your motorbike and head out on to the roads. The road riding test takes around 40 minutes, the training you've done with us typically takes 6-8 hours.
Pass that training and that's it, you've passed your motorcycle training and test and you can ride without L plates on a bike of your choosing.
The whole thing is not as complicated as people make out at the pub...