• Welcome to WESTSIDE RIDERS Motorcycle Training Gloucester

    Established in 2002 we are very proud to have helped over 50'000 riders PASS!

    We are approved by the DVSA We offer CBT in Gloucester, Restricted Access (A2) and Direct Access (DAS) motorcycle & scooter training

  • CBT

    CBT - COMPULSORY BASIC TRAINING

    We offer CBT in Gloucester 7 days a week

    Our Gloucester CBT courses are approved by the DVSA

    Learn to ride a motorbike or scooter, bike hire is FREE

     

    CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training:

    If you want to get off the bus or out of your car, ride a 50 cc or 125 cc motorbike or scooter or go on and get yourself a motorcycle licence: full DAS (direct access) or restricted (A2),

    CBT is the course you need to get started.

     

    Course length:

    CBT usually takes a full day to complete

    The CBT is not a test it's a continual assessment. If you meet the required standard in each element, you can proceed to the next until the course is completed, at which point your instructor will issue you with your CBT certificate (DL196).

     

    Take the CBT course on:

    A 50 cc or 125 cc machine, automatic scooter or geared motorbike, we use only modern, well maintained bikes.

    We have both male and female instructors providing the highest standard of DVSA approved training.

     

    To take part in CBT you need:

    To be 16 and over.

    Be in possession of a valid U.K. licence (full or provisional)

    Have a working knowledge of the Highway Code and be able to read a car number plate over a distance of 20.5 meters, you should also be a competent push/pedal bike rider.

     

    CBT Entitles you to:

    16 year olds can ride 50 cc machine's until they reach 17 and then move up to 125 cc's Anyone 17+ can ride machine's not exceeding 125 cc's.

    You must display L-Plates front and rear.

    You cannot carry passengers or use motorways,

    The certificate is valid for 2 years after which you must retake the course if you intend to keep riding or during the two years take your practical motorcycle test.

     

    CBT consists of 5 basic 'elements'

    A. A talk detailing the importance of the correct clothing and equipment.

     

    B. An introduction to the machine you want to ride. You will be shown all the controls, discuss basic maintenance, practice using the stands, walking with the machine, operation of the brakes and how to use them safely, how to start and stop the engine.

     

    C. A series of practical 'on site' manoeuvre's designed to familiarise you with all the controls and help you establish competent handling. Including, pulling away and stopping, figures of eight, emergency stops, u-turns and left and right turns.

     

    D. A road briefing to discuss the importance of the Highway Code, hazard perception and general road awareness.

     

    E. Finally, a road ride, throughout which you will be in contact with your instructor via radio communication. With their guidance you will deal with most traffic situations such as T-junctions, roundabouts, traffic lights, crossings etc...

     

    You're sure to have fun, make some new friends and wonder why you didn't do this before!

     

    Please note:

    Complete your CBT on a geared or automatic machine, your certificate covers you for both.

     

    Why choose us for your CBT course?

    • We offer the very highest quality CBT courses at really great prices
    • We have male & female CBT instructors, who between them, have over 40 years teaching experience and are all certified by the DVSA
    • We have a large warm, dry classroom with changing rooms & lounge facilities
    • Our 'on-site' motorcycle & scooter CBT area is the largest in the county, offering over 12,000 sq ft of safe, secure practice space
    • FREE bike hire, choose from our fleet of over 25 new motorbikes & scooters
    • FREE insurance & the use of a safety helmet & hi-vis jacket 
    • FREE car & bike parking
    • and, most importantly, FREE tea & coffee!
     

    For more information regarding CBT

    Please do not hesitate to call us, our office is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Mon to Fri.

    Or use the contact form and we'll get back to you ASAP

    Call us now on 07435 781223

  • THEORY TESTS

    YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE THE THEORY TEST IN ORDER TO TAKE PART IN A CBT

    The motorcycle theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions,

    you must score 43 or more to pass, plus a hazard perception test. Set by the DVSA. You must complete CBT & Theory (in either order) before taking part in A2 or DAS.

     

     

    You don't need to take the theory test in order to take part in a CBT

     

    The theory test certificate is valid for two years so if you plan to go on and take your practical motorcycle test we recommend that you take your theory test as soon as you can.

     

    Studying for the theory is easy if you buy a new copy of the Highway Code or visit www.highwaycode.gov.uk and a book published by the DVSA titled ‘The Official Theory Test for Motorcyclist's’. Both are available from good bookshops.

     

    You can also buy DVD's and CD ROM's and even practice the test on-line!

    Booking your theory test is easy using the DVSA’s online booking form.

    Just click here

     

    The nearest theory test centre to us is Eastgate House, 121-131 Eastgate Street, Gloucester
    GL1 1PX

     

  • LESSONS

    WE ONLY OFFER A2 AND DAS TRAINING TO CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE COMPLETED CBT WITH US

    Our training is based on a series of lessons, similar to the way in which most of us learn to drive cars. Depending on skill levels most customers will do approx 3/5 hours of preparation for the Module 1 test & 4/6 hours for the module 2 test. We use your CBT (or an assesment) to advise you accurately how much training you should need to pass your tests. We are able to offer bespoke tuition in this way as we are the only Gloucestershire based motorcycle training school with large enough facilities to practice all of the Mod 1 exercises in house.

    This will save you time and money. Flexible, affordable and fun. Exactly how learning to ride should be.

  • A2

    WE ONLY OFFER A2 TRAINING TO CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE COMPLETED CBT WITH US

    A2 - RESTRICTED ACCESS LICENCE

    To take part in this training you need:

    A valid U.K. licence (full or provisional), CBT and motorcycle theory test pass certificate. You must be 19 or older

     

    Take this training on:

    Geared machines only.
    Partly conducted on a 125cc machine & a restricted 500cc machine.

     

    Entitles you to:

    Ride any machine not exceeding 35kw. Carry a passenger and use motorways.

     

    Prices include:

    Hire of bike & helmet, hi-vis & radio and we book your tests for you.

     

    Please note:

    Practical tests passed on automatic machines only entitle you to ride automatic machines.

    Practical tests passed on a geared machine will entitle you to ride gears or automatics.

     

     

    For more information regarding A2

    Please do not hesitate to call us, our office is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Mon to Fri.

    Or use the contact form and we'll get back to you ASAP

    Call us now on 07435 781223

  • DAS

    WE ONLY OFFER DAS TRAINING TO CUSTOMERS THAT HAVE COMPLETED CBT WITH US

    DAS - FULL UNRESTRICTED LICENCE

     

    To take part in this training you need:

    A valid U.K. licence (full or provisional), CBT, motorcycle theory test pass certificate You must also be 24 & over.

     

    Take this training on:

    Geared machines only.

    Partly conducted on a 125cc machine & a 650 cc machine.

     

    Entitles you to:

    Ride any cc machine right from the word go. Carry a passenger and use motorways.

     

    Prices include:

    Hire of bike & helmet, hi-vis & radio and we book your tests for you.

     

    Please note:

    Practical tests passed on automatic machines only entitle you to ride automatic machines.

    Practical tests passed on a geared machine will entitle you to ride gears or automatics.

     

     

    For more information regarding DAS

    Please do not hesitate to call us, our office is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Mon to Fri.

    Or use the contact form and we'll get back to you ASAP

    Call us now on 07435 781223

  • PRACTICAL TESTS - MOD 1 & MOD 2

    WE BOOK YOUR PRACTICAL TESTS FOR YOU WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR A2 OR DAS TRAINING WITH US

    WE DO NOT BOOK OR ACCOMPANY RIDERS TO TESTS IF THEY HAVE TRAINED ELSEWHERE
    WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE CLIENTS TO PRIVATELY BOOKED TESTS

    MODULE 1

    This test must be passed before Module 2 can be attempted


    Module 1 comprises a number of slow riding exercises including, a slalom, figure of 8, U-turn & some higher speed exercises, which include a straight line emergency stop and an avoidance manoeuvre. We are the only training school in Gloucestershire with access to a private area large enough to practice all of these exercises, we can offer unlimited practice at full speed preparing you fully for the test. We will teach you the safest way to achieve success in all of these manoeuvres and practice each one thoroughly until you feel confident.

    We book your practical tests for you when you book your training.

     

    PLEASE NOTE

    Mod 1 passes will expire at the same time as your theory test. Please make sure you have plenty of time left on your theory test when you book your training.

     

     

     

     

     

    MODULE 2

    Module 2 is conducted on the road & takes approx 40+ minutes. You will be given instructions via radio by your examiner, who follow you on the road. We are based one minute from Gloucester MPTC and your training will include rides on many of the roads you will use during your Module Two test.

    We will prepare you comprehensively for both of these tests during your training.

    The practical tests are always the same, the only thing that determines the type of licence you ride away with is the size of bike you take the tests on.

    We book your practical tests for you when you book your training.

    Our nearest test centre is in Quedgeley only a short ride from our training site, you'll spend plenty of time in the area and get to check out the test centre before testing.

     

    PLEASE NOTE
    Practical tests passed on automatic machines only entitle you to ride automatic machines.
    Practical tests passed on a geared machine will entitle you to ride gears or automatics.

  • CONTACT US

    166 Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5SR
    OFFICE HOURS
    MON-FRI: 09.00 to 17:00
    07435 781223