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What To Expect In The Motorcycle Theory Test
Congratulations on getting a provisional license and for taking the first step towards a lifetime of biking! Assuming you have completed your Compulsory Basic Training, your next step is the theory test. This really is a crucial part of your training as you’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge you gain when you take your practical riding test.

The Test

The test is split into two parts: the multiple choice section, and the hazard perception section.

The Multiple Choice Section:

The questions on the test have been chosen based on the information contained within three books, The Official Highway Code, The Official DVSA Guide To Riding, and Know Your Traffic Signs. It is very important that you use these books to not just understand how to answer the questions but to understand the reason for the answers. Whilst the test will sample these books, it is unlikely that you will have prepared the answer to a question that will be used.

There are some products out there which offer mock theory tests, which can help you to prepare for the test situation but do not prepare solely by using these. You might not understand why your answers are wrong, and therefore decrease your chances of passing the real thing.

Some of the topics covered in the multiple choice test are:

Alertness
Attitude
Safety and your Motorbike
Hazard Awareness
Vulnerable Road Users
Motorway Riding
Rules of the Road
Road and Traffic Signs
Incidents, Accidents and Emergencies
Motorbike Loading
 

The Hazard Perception Section:

This is an interactive part of the test. You will be shown 14 film clips and asked to respond every time you see a developing hazard. A developing hazard is a situation that will require you, as the biker, to take some form of action such as changing speed or direction.

The best preparation for this section is the first-hand experience with your driving instructor and using The Official DVSA Guide To Hazard Perception. Knowing the rule of the road is essential and taking past tests is highly recommended. With the hazard perception section, it is as much about recognising developing hazards as it is about understanding the way the test works.
 

Tips

Practise Tests will help you understand how the real thing will be, as well as preparing you for the way the test expects you to answer.

Don’t cram the night before. The theory test sets you up for the rest of your life on the roads, take it seriously and study properly.

Learn from experience. Some questions are very simple and often seem obvious, if this is the case it may be that you are taking what you are learning into the real world, where the applied knowledge makes sense.

Get help. If you have friends or family who has passed it before, use their knowledge and advice, particularly if they have since ridden on the road.
 
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How To Do A Safe Hill Start
What have recently passed riders and drivers got in common? Often, a hesitancy when it comes to hill starts. Fortunately for drivers, the handbrake is always available to fall back on and provides comfort for new drivers as they gain confidence on the road. Unfortunately for riders, there is no handbrake which means the process of hill starts can be much more daunting, to begin with.

Here’s our step-by-step guide for a safe and secure hill start.

Step 1: To hill start, you have to stop.

As you’re riding along the road you notice the need to stop, either at a junction or due to traffic. What you don’t want to do is reduce your speed in order to roll until you can pull away without stopping, you will end up panicking and losing control of the bike. Be decisive. Make the stop. Once stopped, you’ll have more time to think about your next actions, and evaluate your surroundings to pull away safely.

Step 2: Stop safely.

Get the bike motionless, in first gear, with the bike securely on the back brake.

Step 3: Have a routine.

Find a comfortable routine when stopping and starting on a hill, this helps to make a habit of the process and ensure a more natural manoeuvre. Whilst static, you should be aware of your surroundings and looking for the opportunity to continue riding in your direction.

Step 4: Pull away with confidence.

Provide your bike with enough throttle to make a safe and controlled start uphill, the idea here is to not let the bike stall. Pulling away uphill requires a lot more throttle and clutch slip, so being tentative or nervous will not improve your chances of a safe pull away. Confidence is key in this situation.

Step 5: Clean Getaway.

As the clutch engages, the back end of the bike will dip, at this point gently release the rear brake and add more throttle. You should pull away smoothly and confidently, rejoining traffic on the road.
 

At A2Z Motorcycle Training, we want every student to feel confident on the road in all situations, and we understand that each person is different and has different worries. That’s why we tailor each course to the specific person taking it. If you need more time to go over one aspect of the course before moving on, this is fine. Learning to ride confidently and safely is not a race, and you don’t pass your tests based on how quickly you perform manoeuvres, it is based on your absorption of knowledge and how you put that into practice.  
 
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Autumn Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
Experienced riders will tell you that road conditions change with the seasons, and if you have recently passed your CBT and haven’t yet experienced a seasonal change on the roads, you may be a little naive to what this means.

Whilst some people love a long Summer motorcycle ride, others prefer the colours a ride in Autumn provides, either way, it is important to prepare for your first journey in different conditions.

Leaves

Autumn means leaves turning beautiful colours and eventually falling off the trees, yes this is very picturesque, but it can also make any road surface very slippery. We hear every year about trains being cancelled or delayed due to leaves on the track and we laugh, but this is seriously a problem. When fallen leaves get wet, they begin to decompose and become very slippery. This is a danger even for vehicles on four wheels, let alone two.

The best way to stay safe in these leafy conditions is to slow down. Just because a speed limit is in place, does not mean you are obliged to ride at that speed, be sensible and keep your balance. Allowing yourself more room than usual behind the car in front will provide you with plenty of time to alter your course or come to a stop should an emergency brake be needed. Leaves act as a blanket on the road, meaning they can cover and hide potholes and bumps in the road, riding into a pothole could cause damage to yourself or your bike, especially if you are riding too fast and oblivious to the damaged road.

Driving through a pile of leaves may look good in the movies, but be clever about it. Children like to play in piles of leaves, so always bear this in mind and drive around it.

Changing Weather

Have you read our previous blog about changing weather conditions?

Reduced Daylight

Every night gets earlier and earlier and every sunrise gets later and later. You’re morning commute might occur in complete darkness so be aware of pedestrians and especially children at bus stops.

Halloween is just over a month away, and this means that children will be wearing dark costumes and out after dark, take extra care riding around over this period.
 

Riding your motorcycle in Autumn can be a very rewarding experience as long as you understand the risks and dangers. Take care on the roads, and consider further training to help your confidence.
 
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How To Prepare For Your First Wet Weather Ride
This summer we have been truly blessed with the sunshine and hot weather, but things have started to change, and for many of our newly passed students. They are just now experiencing riding in wet weather. We’re here to tell you that there is no need to worry – with a little bit of prior preparation you’ll feel just as confident riding in the rain as you do in the sun.

Tyre Performance
In wet weather you are likely to experience a loss of traction. Our immediate and essential advice is to slow down. In wet weather your braking distance is dramatically increased, so by slowing down you increase your reaction times and ability to come to a halt or slow down safer.
If you are navigating bendy corners, by reducing your speed in wet weather, you are reducing the amount of lean you need to get around the corner. This will also increase the surface area of the tyre in contact with the ground helping you maintain your balance.
As your riding, try to avoid slippery parts of the road such as white lines, manhole covers and cat eyes whilst leaning or braking.
 
Visibility
The difference in temperature between outside and inside your helmet will cause your visor to fog up, you can apply anti-fog or simply leave your visor open slightly to help balance the temperature and maintain your visibility.
During periods of bad weather where the sky is dark, consider how you will look to other riders and drivers. Wearing dark clothing is not advised. Get yourself some fluorescent colours and reflective clothing to ensure you are well seen.
 
Comfort
Wear rain gear when riding; not wearing waterproof clothing is a sure fire way to catch hypothermia. If your clothes are wet and you are riding in the wind, you will get very cold, very quickly. Being cold will slow your senses and reduce your reaction times causing you to make errors that you wouldn’t have made before.
You control your bike with your hands, so protect them! When cold they will quickly go numb and you will lose your ability to effectively control the machine. Invest in a pair of good quality riding gloves with a waterproof and thermal lining.
 
Preparation
If you are about to undertake an unfamiliar journey in the rain, plan your route before you leave. You’ll feel more confident knowing what is coming up around the blind corner and be able to ride a lot safer.
 
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The Best Motorcycle Blogs in 2018
We love staying up to date with the latest bikes, the best biking routes, and discovering new top tips. Here we have highlighted our favourite blogs from the UK, with some great entries from London.

Visordown | www.visordown.com

One of the fastest growing motorcycle websites with all the latest news, reviews and road tests. We specifically love their blog section with funny videos from the motorcycling world. Have you seen the motorcyclist chased by a herd of cows?

Biker and Bike | www.bikerandbike.com

Our first local blog on this list, Biker and Bike makes sure its readers are well equipped with the latest gear, and knowledgeable about the common insurance rip-offs and scams. Very useful for new bikers looking to boost their knowledge of biking.

Beginner Biker Adventure | www.beginnerbiker.com

Starting as a newbie in 2012, this blog goes from learning to ride to becoming a weathered commuter.  Arthur commutes on his motorbike throughout London, whilst Mary offers a more experienced female perspective. This blog is great for top tips and product reviews.

Greasy Kulture | www.greasykulture.com/blog

A blog showing the more glamorous side of motorcycling. If you love traditional bikes from Harley choppers to bobbers to hot rods, you must check this blog out.
 
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Frequently Asked Questions
We've gathered some of our frequently asked questions to help answer any you may have before joining us for some motorcycle training. 

What Is The Minimum Age To Ride A Motorcycle?
  • You must be 16 years or older to ride up to a 50cc motorcycle WITH a CBT and L-Plates.
Do I Need To Re-Take A Theory Test If I Have A Car Licence?
  • Yes. There are specific questions regarding motorcycles in a Motorcycle theory test, and these are not covered in your car licence. You do not need to pass this theory test to ride on with L-Plates and up to 50cc.
Do I Need A Licence To Learn To Ride?
  • As with learning to drive, a provisional licence is required to start any form of training. You will need a provisional to start a CBT and a CBT to start training for a full licence.
What Does A CBT Involve?
  • Attending Compulsory Basic Training is required BY LAW, before taking to the road. The CBT will consist of:
  1. The Basics: Legal Requirements, Safety, Clothing, Highway Code, Motorcycle Riding Theory
  2. Introduction to machine controls: Safety Checks, Motorcycle Controls, Basic Maintenance
  3. On Site Training: Practising Manoeuvres, Building Skills and Confidence
  4. Road Craft: Road Conditions, Road Hazards, Awareness of other road users
  5. On-Road Training: Out on the road with the instructor closely advising, experiencing of varying traffic conditions.
What Should I bring?
  • Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear, we will provide the rest. YOU MUST BRING A VALID PROVISIONAL LICENCE. It would be beneficial to bring a basic understanding of the Highway Code too.
How Long Does A CBT Take?
  • Usually the course takes a day to complete, although some people take longer to complete it. This is fine! We are there to make sure you are comfortable on the roads and a confident rider; there is no sense in progressing unless you are ready!
How Long Does A CBT Last?
  • A CBT certificate lasts two years from the date of issue. You will need to retake your CBT or upgrade to further training should the CBT run out.
Will I Pass?
  • The CBT is not a test, so we will not pass you or fail you. But if you do not meet the required standard we cannot issue a completion certificate. Understand your limits and be vocal to your instructor and there is a great chance you’ll receive your certificate.
If you have anymore questions please do not hesitate to get in touch, our service team are delightful and will help you in every way they can. 
 
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What Is The A2 Licence
What is the A2 Licence?
 
If you are looking to ride a bike larger than 125cc and are under 24 years of age, then you have to have an A2 licence.

The A2 Licence is the quickest and most cost-effective way for a young rider to progress to a full unrestricted motorcycle licence in the future. In order to obtain the licence, the following conditions must be met:
  • Aged 19 or over
  • Completed a CBT
  • Passed a motorcycle theory test and hazard perception test
  • Passed both MOD 1 and MOD 2 of the A2 training

A2 Motorcycle Training

MOD 1 training starts at our training centres in Highbury & Islington, and Tottenham & Wood Green, on day one and then moves onto the roads of North London. To help you pass this training and test first time, we practise on the testing route helping you to feel confident on the big day. The MOD 1 test assesses your low and high speed manoeuvres, and the MOD 2 is on public roads whilst in constant radio contact with an examiner.

We offer courses starting from three days depending entirely on experience. The A2 training will cost £500, plus the fee for the test. 

 

After Passing

You'll ne itching to get out on a bigger and better bike, but be careful, whilst you have an A2 licence; you are still restricted to certain weights and power. Your bike cannot be higher than 35kW, or higher than 47bhp. The power to weight ratio must be no more than 0.2kW or 0.26bhp per kilogram.

You can ride a powerful bike as long as it has been restricted , which you can do by yourself, by purchasing a restrictor kit online.
 
What are you waiting for? 

There is a whole network of roads out there wanting to be ridden on, so get in touch about your A2 training and testing and you'll be on a bigger and better bike in no time.

 

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5 Essential Tips To Secure Your Bike Summer 2018

Police statistics for the motorcycle, scooter and moped theft in London shows that nearly 14,000 incidents were reported and much less than that actually recovered. In response to this the Metropolitan Police have launched a new public awareness campaign to tackle the epidemic sweeping the capital.


In the past year they have introduced decoy motorcycles with DNA sprays and pursuit vehicles to catch the criminals and this has reduced bike theft by 52%. Their attention now turns to educating the riding population on how to minimise the risk of having your bike stolen.

Here are our 5 tips to protect your bike this summer.

Park it publicly

It may feel counterproductive to park it in front of the potential thieves, but actually making it public deters some thieves. There are too many eyes in a public place, and trying to pinch a motorcycle is made a lot hard. If there is not a suitable place to park it in public, try and park it in plain sight of a CCTV camera.

Avoid leaving a lock on the floor

You may think you are protecting your bike by placing a heavy duty lock on your frame or rear wheel, but in reality, if it rests on the concrete floor you are allowing thieves and opportunity to smash the lock to pieces. By raising the lock off the ground you are reducing the ability to create a meaningful contact with a blunt instrument like a hammer.

Anchor to an unmoveable object

Making sure the object you are locking your bike too is secure is very important. If the object is moveable, you are providing no security for your bike at all. Do not underestimate how far thieves are willing to go to take your bike too, a tall pole might be an unmoveable object, but your bike could be lifted over it through a combined effort.

Use multiple locks

Why stop at one lock? Secure your bikes frame, rear wheel, and front wheel. The time it will take to get through all three locks is not worth the risk for a criminal. Three locks will act like a deterrent whilst also providing actual protection.

Cover it

If I can’t see them, they can’t see me. Sort of. Organised criminals are looking for specific models, and your bike could be one of them. By covering it, they would have no way of identifying it whilst walking past, they would have to physically remove the cover and act suspiciously, maybe catching the attention of other pedestrians or a CCTV Camera.
 
A staggering 2,591 crimes were committed in the capital in July 2017, relating to bike theft, so make sure you keep your bike safe this summer, and stay on your guard! 

Statistics via Carole Nash

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Best Present For A 16 Year Old In London!
So your child turns 16 soon and you don’t know what to get them. You’re not alone, with trends and fads changing like the wind, it’s impossible to keep up with their interests. We’re going to offer you the best birthday present they’ll ever receive – probably.

It’s well documented that when you turn 17 you can learn to drive, but why wait until then to gain your independence and get on the road? At the age of 16 you can take a CBT and get going with a Moped.

Having a Moped opens up the world to them, they’ll gain freedom, responsibility, maturity, a sense of belonging, and a lot of independence. You’ll stop having to give lifts! They might get themselves a part time job to fund their new hobby! They might even become a fully fledged biker in the future!


Provisional Driving License

Actually, you can apply for a Provisional Driving License three months before their 16th Birthday, this is obviously vital if you decide to buy them the CBT, but even if you don’t get them the training, the provisional is a handy form of ID (getting them into those rated 15 movies without risking their passport!)
Applying for the license is really simple; you can apply online via the DVLA website, or visit your local post office and ask for a D1 form.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

When they turn 16, they are allowed to ride a Moped with an engine size of 50cc or less, and a top speed of 45km/h or less, however they MUST complete a CBT.
A2Z Rider Training is one of the best Compulsory Basic Training Centres in London, and with loads of great testimonials we can be trusted to give you the best guidance available! Prices for the CBT start at £100 and is offered 7 days a week at our Wood Green Centre, and on weekends at our Highbury & Islington Centre.
The course is a legal requirement and usually takes eight hours to complete, we advise you take the full course over one day.


What to expect

Over the course of the day, the CBT recipient will receive:

  • Eyesight Test (very simple, nothing to worry about)

  • A safety talk and demonstration

  •  Learning the controls

  • Learning to ride

  • Danger awareness

  • Bike maintenance

  • On-road riding

  • Hazard Perception

Whilst the CBT is not a test, it is expected to be treated as one and students will be expected to conduct themselves maturely and respectfully.

What to bring

Just themselves, we will provide all the equipment they need to get going. If the recipient decides to bring their own moped, it must have a valid MOT, Road Tax and Insurance. We would advise they  wear comfortable clothing.

Passing

At the end of the course, our instructors will inform them if they have passed or require further training. If they have passed they will receive a certificate which is valid for two years and are free to get out onto the roads and begin their real learning!

Book a CBT here or get in touch here.

We look forward to welcoming you or your child to the ‘biker club’!

 

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Our Essential Advice for New Riders
A2Z Rider Training is not all about passing your CBT, Category A1 or A2, or even reducing your premiums with the ERS – we want to encourage the next generation of motorcyclists to be safe and responsible on the road.

Here are some essential pieces of information that you have probably heard us talking about before!

Personalise Your Bike
We don’t mean adding stickers and decals! Although we’d love to see your impressive designs, we actually mean spending some time with a new bike to ensure it fits your body correctly. Fine-tune your lever heights to make sure that your arms are in line with your natural riding position. Having a harmonious fit with your bike will not only increase comfort, but also lead to quicker reaction times.

Look After Your Tyres
As you know by now, when you’re riding along, two tiny patches of rubber are the only parts of your bike in contact with the floor. Making sure your tyres are in good condition before you set off is essential. Make sure you are checking your tyre pressures, wear patterns, and tread depth at least once a week, but long periods of use may require more frequent checks. Also make sure you buy the correct tyres for your bike, make them appropriate for your riding styles, and the weather conditions you often ride in. Cheapest does not mean best. Neglecting your tyres will affect performance and also jeopardise your safety.

Don’t Underestimate Earplugs!
Yes it may be uncomfortable the first few times you wear them, but trust us – constant wind noise and enduring engine noise will harm your hearing long-term. Pick a pair of earplugs that suit your ears and you’ll soon find that not wearing them feels unnatural.

Be Responsible
You may think you know your favourite road like the back of your hand and claim to be able to ride it with your eyes closed. You don’t. Traffic could be right around that next corner, maybe they installed a new roundabout, and perhaps the road has a few potholes since you last rode on it. All these cautions can happen overnight and without warning. Never assume the road you know so well is exactly the same each time you ride.

Trust Your Instincts
If your bike feels wrong, it probably is. You know how your bike rides and any changes in that could indicate a problem, if you can’t identify why it has changed do not hesitate to take it to a professional to be looked at. It could save you a whole host of problems in the future.

and finally, on a lighter note!

Go On An Adventure
Wake up and be excited to explore, get yourself lost and find your way again. Go out in the morning and come home in the evening with new stories to tell and new friends made. It should never feel like a chore to ride your bike. 

 
If you have passed with us and want to bring your insurance premiums down then speak to us about the Enhanced Rider Scheme.

If you or anyone you know are looking for Motorcycle Training, get in contact with us for more information, or see our price list.
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CBT Training London - What to Expect
CBT is not a test, and there is no exam!

It is however a training course you are required to complete satisfactorily to be able to ride on the road. CBT has proved to be a great success in achieving it's aim - to improve road safety and reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on our roads.

We run weekly CBT courses from our two London training courses, one in Highbury & Islington, and one in Tottenham & Wood Green. See below some images from one of our most recent courses: 
 
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6 of the Best Motorcycling Routes in the UK
So, you’ve finally passed. All those hours spent obsessing about learning to ride have been worth it, and now you’re looking for a great route to get you started on the open road. Are you ready for a lifetime obsession in riding? 
 
To get you started, here are some of our favourite rides, and would highly recommend you try them! 
 
The Cat and Fiddle 

One of the most challenging roads in the UK is named after the pub at the summit. Swirling through the heart of the Peak District, if gorgeous views and twisty bends are what you desire, then surely give this route a ride. Be warned however, that whilst this route will intoxicate any newcomer, it has been named the most dangerous road in Britain, so take your time on your first go. 
 
Yorkshire Loop

 The Yorkshire Loop is a 98 mile ride through the Yorkshire Dales, with traffic free tarmac and plenty of open roads to test your skill between the stoned walls. This route offers lots of long straights and many dips. If you desire a scenic ride be sure to plan this ride during dry weather, the fog has been known to hide the spectacular views, but not to worry, the Penny Garth Cafe will be happy to serve you some traditional Yorkshire Tea if you do get caught in the fog.

Horseshoe Pass

Wales is well known for its beautiful scenery, but at 1,400 ft above sea level, the views at the peak of the Horseshoe Pass will rival any, anywhere. The slow incline and decline (on the way back) is great for beginners, and is guaranteed to hook any newcomer to biking. We highly recommend you try this route, particularly in the morning when you have a chance of glimpsing the sun peaking over the many hills in Wales.

Cheddar Gorge

Once voted the second greatest natural wonder in Britain, Cheddar Gorge is home to some of the most challenging yet rewarding bends in the country. Nestled between the gorge, you’ll pass through several villages, and whilst there we would definitely have a look at the cave system. However, Cheddar Gorge is a tourist attraction, so we would suggest taking your ride in the morning to avoid the traffic.

North Coast 500

Scotland’s very own ‘Route 66’ stretches across over 500 miles of wonderful coastal scenery, and weaves through villages and towns. The route itself will take you up to 14 hours to complete, but with Inverness Castle, many waterfalls, plenty of beaches, caves, and museums, you’ll want to stop and maybe complete the journey in a few days. As a beginner you may be put off by the windy roads, but with plenty of straights and sweeping corners, it’ll be a fantastic experience.

Your Favourite:

What’s your favourite ride? Comment or message us on any of our social media for a chance to be featured in our next blog! 
 
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Learn to ride in 2018!
It's the beginning of a new year! A new start for many as goals are decided and new years resolutions are put in place for things that you want to accomplish by the end of the year. The common ones would cover things like; "I'm going to eat healthier", "I'm going to make sure I go to the gym more often" or "I want to read 10 new books". But what about "I want to learn to ride a motorcycle"? Getting a licence to ride a motorcycle out on the roads gives you an immense amount of freedom and independence, allowing you to travel much more freely.

Well, if this is your goal for the new year, then you have come to the right place! Here at A2Z Rider Training, we provide a range of different courses that are designed to teach you essential skills needed out on the road. The place to start will be with getting your CBT, or Compulsory Basic Training which teaches you the basics alongside all the requirements and controls needed to safely ride a motorcycle. For full details on our CBT course, click here.

If you already have your CBT, Great! There are other courses you can take that are designed to further advance your motorcycle skills. These involve A1, A2, DAS and ERS courses, all of which we offer!

If you don't know where to start or have questions about any of our courses, please Contact Us today!​
 
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Top Tips for staying safe this winter
As we now start to face the worst of the weather, it is important to ensure that you are your bike are in the safest position possible. There is no need to leave your motorcycle in the shed all winter, you can still enjoy riding it, just with a little more preparation. The first thing to make sure is that you are wearing the appropriate gear. This means wearing multiple layers to stay warm. To avoid restricting movement, you can wear lighter, breathable materials underneath a windproof jacket. It's equally important to make sure that the rest of your body is also kept wrapped up though, so woolly socks and a full face mask would be ideal to keep nearby.

As well as making sure you are prepared, you also need to make sure that your bike is as well. Whilst you need to ensure that the basics such as making sure the antifreeze is clean (if the bike is water-cooled), checking for sufficient tread on the tyres and tyre pressures. You also could consider also undertaking some additional checks. These can include adding a pair of shorter heated grips to keep your hands warm along with handguards to shield them from the colder winds. In addition to these modifications, you can also take it a step further and use some thinner oil which will help the engine to lubricate itself better in the colder temperatures.

Now that you and your bike are ready to go, make sure to always stay hydrated and eat well. Although this may be common sense for some people, a lack of the correct amount of liquids can lead to dehydration and onto fatigue which is definitely not something you want to experience in the colder weathers. Good nutrition is also key to making sure that you stay warm! When your out and riding, be aware that the road surface will be a lot different to riding in the warmer weathers. Make sure to watch out for large potholes, loose gravel and icy patches. Most of all, remember to keep enjoying the freedom of riding your motorcycle!
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Preparing for your CBT
The first thing to remember about the CBT is that it is not a test! Instead, it is a structured training course which means it is impossible to fail it! Hopefully, within this post, we will cover any of the questions that may be floating around your head in the build-up to a course you have booked, or, whether you are just starting to think about applying for a place on one.

So let's assume you have booked your CBT with your chosen motorcycle training school and the big day arrives. There are a few things to keep in mind that will help you get the most from the course. First of all, make sure to eat before your test because although it will be a lot of fun, you will need to concentrate quite a bit and so make sure you're not counting down the clock to lunchtime or dinner but instead focusing on the tasks you'll be given. Another thing to think about on the day is clothing. Although this might be an obvious one, if its a warm day, remember you'll be moving at speeds on a motorbike and so you're likely to need some extra layers. We recommend going with some sturdy boots, a decent of jeans, a thick jacket and a pair of motorcycle gloves. Finally, make sure to have all your relevant paperwork ready to go as well as your driving license.

Okay great, so you've had a decent breakfast, got dressed in your thick clothing, packed your paperwork and now your on your way there. But now your starting to think about what to expect when you arrive. If your feeling nervous, remember there are other people in the same position as you, likely heading to the same place to do the same course! When you get there, you will get to meet the instructor and other people enrolled in the same course as you. If you're still feeling a little nervous at this point, take this time to talk to the other people around you, you'll probably find you will settle in with them all quite quickly.

The first part of the course will involve an eyesight test and a safety talk. Right now you'll be thinking "But I'm here for a motorcycle training course and I haven't even seen a bike yet!". Don't worry, these beginning parts of the course may not be very exciting but are important and can sometimes even give you ideas for when you come to buy some new motorcycle protective gear. Once you've had the talks, it's now time for the real deal. Depending on which course you have enrolled onto, you'll be paired with either a scooter or a 125cc motorcycle. You'll be taken over the controls of by your instructor to help familiarise you with the bike. It's always a good idea to do some prior research to this to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible when you first begin to rise. Try following along with some discussions on online forums such as bikechatforums and bikershub. Places like these have an incredibly welcoming community who have a vast amount of first-hand information regarding riding bikes that you can read up on and hey, you may even make some new friends along the way!

Once the course is complete, you'll be taken back to the test center where the majority of people will be told they've passed that day, if not, for others, the instructor may ask them to return for further training. However, whichever way it goes, once you've been handed over your pass certificate you'll feel that motorcycle bug hit you and your free to head out onto the roads on your own. Remember to be safe out there, this is where the real learning begins. Have fun out there!
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London Motorcycle Training School
Our training school is ideally located for anyone in London or in the North London surrounding area to learn to ride a bike or Scooter! We have two easily accessible training centres, one in one based in Highbury and Islington and the other in Tottenham and Wood Green, both with excellent bus & tube links. 

All of our trainers are highly qualified, professional and supportive to any new or nervous riders. In fact, we get so many reviews that say how friendly, helpful and knowledgeable all of our instructors are. An exaple of which can be seen below: 

"I’ve used A2Z in the past for my CBT training and today for Mod 2 training. Scheduling through Tina is always smooth and reliable, and Ossie’s vast knowledge, professionalism and patience is an impressive combination. His passion for his work comes shining through, and I felt like he genuinely cares about his students. He worked with me today to reverse some bad habits and uncertainties on the road, took time to explain things and broke down the Highway Code into easy to remember formulas. I entered my test a much more confident rider and I am very pleased to share that I passed! I cannot rave about the A2Z team highly enough. Thanks guys!" - Google Review

Our pass rate is also extremely high, and we have a great track record of helping students pass their CBT, A1, A2 and DAS licences. 

For more information, please call Tina on 0208 524 9223. 

Or click here to book now 
 
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MOD1 Motorcycle Test Tutorial - London Training Centre
Not sure what to expect from your motorcycle training? Well, one of our lovely students filmed this to help explain the process! You can also see our trainer, Ossie, walking him through all of the steps and guiding him throughout the training session. 

On the day of the Module 1 test, candidates will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate their riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. Please note that the standard off-road layout may change due to local conditions on the casual sites.

These specified manoeuvres are:
  • On and off stand.
  • Wheel the machine.
  • Slalom.
  • Figure of eights.
  • slow ride.
  • U-turn.
  • Controlled stop in the box.
  • 50kph (32mph emergency stop.
  • 50kph (32mph) avoidance and brake

To book in for your Module 1, please contact us here 




 
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A Lovely New Review
We're so honoured to receive so many lovely reviews from our past students, we can't believe that we now have over 135 reviews on Google! It's simply amazing, and we couldn't be more thankful to you all for supporting our business. 

I just wanted to quickly highlight this recent review we got on Google as it's a perfect example of our processes and what you can expect on the day/s of your training. Many thanks to Sam for leaving such a nice review, and a big well done from all of us for passing!

"I completed my CBT and DAS course with A2Z and passed all first time!

The CBT is an hour in a car park followed by 90-120 mins on the quiet residential roads around Islington. If you're doing the DAS then you can complete the CBT on a manual geared 125, which is a good starter towards the big bike. CBTs are done in groups of 6, which can split to ensure groupings of similar ability.

Tina did a great job at scheduling the DAS course around my diary, which was 4 days training (6 hours a day) followed by both mod 1 & 2 tests on the 5th day.

Day 1 is an introduction to the big bike, of which A2Z have a fleet of brand new Yamaha MT07 ABS which are great to ride a look wicked (so much so I picked mine up yesterday!). You'll spend the first day riding around Islington learning junction discipline and then the remaining days are up around Enfield, Waltham Abbey and Chingford which are where the mod 2 test routes are, picking out specific tricky potential parts of test routes to practice. The great approach to the training is that time isn't spent riding around cones in preparation for mod 1, it's spent riding on the roads of which the scenarios you ride are then related back to the types of maneuvers on mod 1 exercises, killing two birds with one stone.

Every day will rendez-vous at the DVSA test centre, to get used to the surroundings of the test centre and where the mod 1 test is held - there are opportunities to watch each exercise in test and on the 4 day A2Z take you onto the Mod 1 yard to do practice runs of each exercise before the test on day 5 (not all schools do this). It's clear that A2Z really commit and pride themselves on a 95%+ pass rate on mod 1!

The DAS is completed with 1 other student, so 2 students to 1 instructor. Ossie and Shane are absolutely fantastic instructors - clearly are both experienced, safe and credible riders and instructors (Shane used to be an examiner, which is great experience for mock tests). But mostly, they're a good laugh, patient and tailor the course to your needs and areas of development. Tina runs the show and all runs brilliantly! My mod 2 test got cancelled by the DVSA but Tina managed to get me rebooked in weeks rather than the 3 months the DVSA were quoting!

Overall, if I could give these guys 6 stars I would - the whole course from start to finish was enjoyable, great quality and without any issues. My perception was that A2Z are head and shoulders above the other schools you see up at the test centre in professionalism and genuine care for students success.

Thanks a lot, guys - I'll definitely be seeing you in the future for some advanced training!"



To book your course in please contact Tina here 
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New Training Centre in Wood Green - Opening 21st April 2017!
Thrilled to announce our new training centre based in Tottenham and Wood Green! It's hugely exciting to be able to expand our company and help to cover more of North London with high quality motorcycle training!

At the new centre we will be able to run CBT, A2 and DAS Training 7 days a week, so please contact us to book in your course. 

The address of the new centre is:  

A2Z Rider Training - Tottenham and Wood Green
New River Sport & Fitness
White Hart Lane
Wood Green
N22 5QW

​Hope to see you there soon!
 
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Motorcycle Training London - Areas Covered
Our family run North London motorcycle training school, is centrally located in the heart of Highbury & Islington N1, with excellent bus & tube links, making us easily accessible from all areas of London.

We pride ourselves in offering a professional, friendly service with a personal touch, making learning to ride a motorcycle or scooter in London easy & cost effective. We offer C.B.T ( compulsory basic training ) from £100.00, A1 & A2- restricted motorcycle licence and D.AS - full motorcycle licence training.  

Areas we cover, we provide CBT, A1, A2 and DAS motorcyle training to all of North London including:
  • Islington
  • Highgate
  • Holborn
  • Camden
  • Holloway
  • Archway
  • Kings Cross
  • Hackney
  • Dalston
  • Holborn
  • Tottenham
  • Stamford Hill
  • Manor House
  • Finsbury Park
  • Harringay
  • Seven Sisters
  • Woodgreen
  • Muswell Hill


Please see a map of our location below, and get in touch if you'd like to book in or request more information.

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Learn to ride in 2017!
The start of the new year is a great time to decide on your goals and the things that you want to achieve in the forthcoming year. Many people will be looking to start a healthier lifestyle, whilst others will want to get a better job or go travelling. But what if your resolution is learning to ride a motorbike? And let's be honest, that's surely the best new years resolution to have?!

Well the best place to start is here, and completing your CBT with A2Z Motorcycle Training! We'll teach you all the basics, and make sure you know all about the different requirements and controls. Then we'll go through some basic training and make sure that you'd be safe to drive on the road. For full details of our CBT course in London, click here. 

If you've already got this far, and are well on your way to becoming a qualified motorcyclist then the DAS Course is for you, as this will give you your practical motorcycle license. Read more here 

Not sure where you need to start? Contact us today for help and advice

 
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We Couldnt Be More Proud
It can be very hard as a company to blow your own trumpet about your reviews, but we wanted to take the time to say a big thank you to every single student that has left us a lovely review. 

At current we have over 110 reviews on Google, with the huge majority being 5 star reviews. We also have forty 5 star reviews on Facebook, and we couldn't be more grateful. 

Here are a selection of our latest motorcycle training reviews :

"Thanks guys for such a good training, it's been great to learn from you and pass it in the first try! I'd totally recommend you, specially confident having such nice bikes with ABS, it made the emergency stop a breeze!" 

"The instructors were tremendously kind, friendly, fun and professional. There was a strong emphasis on safety and proper control of the bikes throughout. I could not recommend this school highly enough."

"I can't rate A2Z highly enough!! They really deserve 5 star reviews. I got such a warm welcome from Tina on the phone that I knew this was the riding school for me! Ossie and Shane are true professionals, providing all the knowledge and encouragement you need to be successful. They are both a good a laugh aswell making it easier to learn! I passed both tests first time on the same day and I was over the moon! The bikes you learn on are perfect, well looked after. Riding through Epping forest and stopping for lunch was such an great bonus! Choose A2Z, you won't regret it!"

If you're interested in finding out more about the courses we offer please follow the links below:
Compulsory Basic Training
Category A1 Light Motorcycles Licence
A2 (restricted motorcycle license)
Direct Access Scheme
 
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5 Easy steps to pass your Motorcycle Theory Test!
1.     Use the resources!
 
There are tons of DVD’s, PC-CD’s, Books and Audio books that provide you with the required knowledge and understanding to pass your Theory test. We would recommend buying “The Complete Motorcycle Theory and Hazard Perception Tests
 
This is a super resource and provides you with tutorials, step to step guides and mock exams that will prepare you for the real thing.
 
 
2.     Revise, Revise, Revise!
 
You need to be revising your heart out prior to the exam, and keep on revising until you are getting 50 out of 50 in your mock exams. The questions on the exams are not the same as the ones on the DVD’s, but they are very similar.  There are no trick questions; they simply want to establish whether you have a clear understanding of the theory of driving.
 
Don’t bother turning up to the test without revising and trying to wing it.  Study thoroughly prior to the exam and there shouldn’t be a single question you have to guess.

 
3.     Remember your identification!
 
The examiners will require both your provisional license and your passport. Without these you will be unable to take the test.
 
A few days prior to the test, make sure you know exactly where your ID and passport are located. Keep it somewhere safe where you will remember for the day of your exam. Then, make absolutely sure you pick them up before you leave the house, to go to the exam.
  
 
4.     Leave in good time
 
Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the Examination building, similar to the step above, the last thing you need is having to book another test, and wait around for another 3 weeks, because you got stuck in traffic on the way there, during rush hour. 15 minutes, even half an hour early is better than not being able to take your test at all.

 
5.     Have a copy of the Highway Code and learn it cover to cover
 
The Highway Code is a fantastic resource, not only for passing your theory test, but also for when you’ve passed your practical. There will be a number of questions in your theory test on signs and general Highway Code, so swatting up on these will give you a head start. But with a great understanding, you have a far greater chance of passing your practical and being a safer, more sensible driver.
 
This applies generally to the approach you have to the theory exam! Don’t think of it as something you need to memorize, to pass your test. Think of it as something that can really save you time and money. Insurance prices increase drastically once you’ve been involved in a collision, so it pays to know exactly what you’re doing on the roads.
 
The main objective for everyone taking driving tests is to pass as quickly as possible. But by taking up a little bit more of your time that you normally would, to fully grasp the theory of driving you will undoubtedly save your all-important time in the long run and you’re hard earned cash!  


Once you've got this down, you're ready to continue with your other Motorcycle Licence Training, click here to book on a course.

Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about your exams. 
 
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Why you should take the Enhanced Rider Scheme.
No matter what skill level you are at as a motorcyclist, you will undoubtable learn an awful lot from the Enhanced Rding Scheme. From people who have just passed, to people getting back on the bike, to people that ride for a living. Each and every cyclist can transform the way they think about driving with the professional advice provided on the course. 
 
The enhanced driving course lasts around 1-2 hours. If there are no clear weaknesses, you will be awarded a DSA Certificate of Competence on the day of your course. Some will be given further individual support before receiving the certificate. You are then able to state this certification to an insurance company, which could lead to a substantial discount in the amount you pay for your motorcycle insurance. Not all companies have signed up to support the scheme, so it may be worth contacting your provider to establish how much discount you could receive. 
 
It may be slightly daunting getting on the roads, even if you have passed your test. ERS can heighten your skills so that you feel comfortable when driving on larger roads at faster speeds. The scheme is not a test, it is purely a learning exercise where you go on a range of roads, with differing traffic conditions. They will then provide you with one to one feedback, which will underline what you need to focus on next time you ride. 
 
Many pupils who take the Enhanced Rider Scheme are those that have not been riding for a while. Financially able to afford a motorcycle again, coming back after an accident, or simply just taking up cycling again. We would highly recommend the course if any of these are relevant to you. By taking the course, you are able to refresh your memory and brush up on your skills, as well as build up your confidence. 
 
Moving up to a more powerful motorcycle? By taking the ERS course we teach you to respect the bike and how to gradually build up on the size and speed of the motorcycle that you are riding.  
 
Or you may simply just to want to gain an understanding of how good your driving is, and what you need to do to improve. We will help you iron out the creases and highlight your tendencies that could potentially be dangerous driving. Cycling is great fun, but can be potentially dangerous if there is not enough vigilance on how you drive. With any motor cycling accident, a minor injury is expected at the very least. It is important to invest time in ensuring that you feel safe, and not a danger to the people you are sharing the road with. 
 
Even the professionals are using advanced courses to improve there skills. Check out “Never to Good”, a motorcycling programme presented by Alan Davies who takes the course with former world champion Chaz Davies. Chaz Davies has been riding since the age of 15, yet he still managed to learnt an awful lot on specific skills when riding a motorcycle. The programme is a clear example of how everyone can learn from taking these advanced courses. Previews of the 4 episode are now available to watch Youtube. 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRwuankoCQ0
 
Contact us for more information
 
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Best CBT Training Centre London
Hello and welcome to our new blog!

We've been working hard to improve our website and social media lately to make sure that everything is easy and accesible for you all. If you could head over and give us a follow on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ we'd really appreciate it! 

I thought in this first blog that I would just take the time to highlight some of our most recent reviews. We are so incredibly proud to have now received over 90 Google reviews, it makes us so happy to hear of your Motorcycle Training success stories and how happy you were with the service you received from us. Please take a look below at some of our most recent reviews: 

"I can't recommend A2Z more highly. Ossie, Tina, Shane and the rest of the crew were simply fantastic. Their approach very personalized, professional, and safe. They prepared me as well as could be expected for Mod 1 and 2 and, thanks to them, I'm happy to now be part of the motorcycling world. Thanks A2Z!"

"From the first minute you step into the school everyone is very friendly and it feels like you've known these people forever. I would definitely recommend this place and I will definitely go back to get my full motorcycle licence. Gen & his brother (sorry i forgot his name, I think it was Ahmet, but i'm not sure) were my instructors and bwoooy I tell ya it was fun. They explained everything very well and had the patience to wait for everyone. I would also like to mention that their gear is on point ! motorcycles were really well looked after, their helmets, gloves and bibs were definitely helpful, all in all 6 out 5 stars, that's my personal opinion. Oh yeah and make sure you ride a bicycle a little bit before you take your CBT !!! THAT'S A MUST !!!"

"I did my CBT and then DAS straight after with Shane. I passed first time and it was all thanks to Shane's top notch tuition! Don't look anywhere else because this school is brilliant. Thank you Shane, Ozzy and Tina"

If you're interested in finding out more about the courses we offer please follow the links below:
Compulsory Basic Training
Category A1 Light Motorcycles Licence
A2 (restricted motorcycle license)
Direct Access Scheme
 
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