licensing and law

Training for Test

Training for test

Training must be conducted by specially qualified instructors. Sadly some schemes will use unqualified trainers for parts of their courses. CAM Rider only uses fully qualified instructors at all times!

The legally allowed ratio for CBT road ride and Direct Access instruction is 2 pupils to 1 instructor. CBT on site allows for up to 4 pupils to be taught in the classroom and on the training pad by 1 instructor.

It is considered best practice to ensure that all on road training, no matter at what time, is in a class size of no more than 2 pupils to one instructor. CAM Rider pioneered this and is proud to be amongst the leading voices in the UK and Europe to improve rider safety.

On road training must have radio communication from the instructor to the pupil and fluorescent tabards must be worn to show who is who.

Please note the CBT road ride must last for a minimum of 2 hours and all 500cc or 600cc training must be carried out by a specially qualified DAS instructor. Your instructor will take you through all the elements of the DSA practical test and make sure you have the skills and confidence to pass easily.

Before you start your riding test on the road, you will be asked to read a number plate to prove you can meet the eyesight requirements. You will also be asked two machine safety check questions before moving away.

The examiner will check your licence and identification and if you wish, will tell you what what the test is about and how long it will take (about 40 minutes). They will help you to fit the radio and earpiece and explain how they work

Examiners give candidates step-by-step instructions during the test apart from a section where the candidate will be asked to drive independently. For all other parts of the test, candidates will still get step-by-step instructions.

In the independent driving section of the test, you'll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

Here is a copy of the actual examiners test formMotorcycle examiner form

Bike safety checks have always been part of the officially recommended syllabus for learning to ride.

Combinations of questions to be used on test.

Combination 1

Q: Identify where you would check the engine oil level and Tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. 
A: Identify where to check level, ie dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

Q: Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only). 
A: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Combination 2

Q: Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and Tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid. 
A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Q: Show me how you would check that the lights & brake lights and reflectors are clean and working. 
A: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.

Combination 3

Q: Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine. 
A: Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place.

Q: Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine. 
A: Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.

Combination 4

Q: Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. 
A: Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

Q: Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine. 
A: Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.

Combination 5

Q: Identify where you would check the engine oil level andTell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. 
A: Identify where to check level, ie dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

Q: Show me how you would check that the lights & brake lights and reflectors are clean and working. 
A: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors. Check visually for cleanliness and operation.

Combination 6

Q: Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. 
A:Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

Q: Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine. 
A: Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusual play or sponginess.

Combination 7

Q: Identify where you would check the engine oil level andTell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. 
A: Identify where to check level, ie dipstick or sight glass. Explain that level should be between max and min marks. For dipstick remove dipstick and wipe clean, return and remove again to check oil level against max/min marks. For sight glass, ensure glass is clean when checking.

Q: Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch. 
A: Operate switch, without the engine being started.

Combination 8

Q: Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure that they are correctly inflated, have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. 
A: Correct tyre pressure settings can be found in the owner’s manual. Pressures should be checked using a reliable gauge. Tread depth must be at least 1mm deep, forming a continuous band at least ¾ of the breadth of the tread and all the way around. There should be no lumps, bulges or tears.

Q: Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine. 
A: Handlebars should be free to move smoothly from full left lock to full right lock without any control cables being stretched, trapped or pinched and without any snagging between moving and fixed parts.

Combination 9

Q: Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is andTell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid. 
A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Q: Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch. 
A: Operate switch, without the engine being started.

Combination 10

Q: Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine. 
A: Check for chain wear, correct tension and rear wheel alignment. Tension should be adjusted as specified in the machine handbook. Drive chain should be lubricated to ensure that excessive wear does not take place.

Q: Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only). 
A: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

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