Practice, practice, practice

You’ve got the bike, passed your CBT and bought your kit too. Now it’s time to get some miles under your belt and get ready for your test.

Some people ride their 125 for years, others are impatient to get the full test passed. What’s really important now though is to get out there and ride. To make all the stuff you learned in CBT second nature – a routine for riding that wi 11 keep you safe and let you develop your machine control skills.

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When it comes to the test, all an examiner wants to see is a rider who is confident and safe in traffic, understands the need for appropriate use of speed at all times and can interact with other road users in a safe and confident manner. And the best way to achieve all of this is to ride.

The more miles you do, the quicker it becomes second nature. Dealing with traffic, getting round corners, always being in the right place on the road and riding at the correct speed. There really is no substitute. But there is also a risk of course.

It’s easy to get sloppy without an instructor bawling in your ear. It’s also easy to forget the lifesavers and to keep your right foot covering the brake with bike in neutral. So make these drills second nature – check yourself every time and take the opportunity to do as many U-turns and controlled stops as possible.

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Try to get to an empty car park at least once a week to practice slaloms, figure-of-eights, swerves and emergency stops in safety.