© Road to Freedom
2006 - 2015

Weston-super-Mare's Premier Motorcycle Training School

Why choose Road to Freedom?

If you are looking for professional, friendly training for life, the solution is right here.

In 5 minutes you will see how Road to Freedom are the perfect trainers for you, your loved one or friend, because we give each student the same care we would our own family.

Frequently Asked Questions.

 

How do I book a course with Road to Freedom?

Simply call on 07889 339 125, or 0800 680 9148 (both numbers go to the same mobile, the freephone number is only free from landlines). Please leave a message if not answered, and you will be called back asap.

Alternatively, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a request for us to call you back.

if you are at T-moto or Hornets Rugby club when we are there we will usually be able to take your booking on the spot, subject to not delaying any training taking place at the time.

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Where and what time do my courses start?

For CBTs, we usually meet at the burger van outside the old Morse's shop in Aisecome Way. For other courses we meet directly at Hornets Rugby club.

Our CBT courses start at 08.30, and our test courses start at 9.30, unless otherwise arranged.

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What is included in the course price?

All tuiton, fully comprehensive insurance, bike hire, and all tests as part of a test course, except the theory test.

Free use of our helmets, gloves, waterproofs etc.

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What do I need to be able to do a CBT?

You need to be at least 16 (moped) or 17 (motorcycle), and have a driving licence with provisional entitlement for Category P (moped) or Category A (motorcycle)

You need to bring the photocard licence to the CBT, or if you have the old style paper only licence, you should also bring your passport.

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What do I need to be able to take the motorcycle tests?

You need to be at least 17, and have a driving licence with provisional entitlement for  Category A (motorcycle)

You need to bring the photocard licence to the course, or if you have the old style paper only licence, you should also bring your passport. You need to have a valid CBT certificate, and valid motorcycle theory test certificate (both CBT and Theory certificates are valid for 2 years).

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How do I book my theory test?

The easiest way is online, at www.gov.uk just click the online booking link. Tests can also be booked by phone, on 0300 200 1122, or by mail

Booking online at www.gov.uk
To book a theory test online you will need:

a valid UK driving licence
a valid debit or credit card for payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

Booking by phone
To book a theory test with an operator over the phone you will need:

a valid UK driving licence
a valid debit or credit card for payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)


You can book a theory test over the phone on 0300 200 1122, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday except on Bank Holidays.

Booking by post
To book a theory test by post you will need an application form. Application forms are available online, on request from the Driving Standards Agency booking line or from theory and practical test centres. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted.

Currently, the theory test cost is £31.

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What happens on the motorcycle tests?

The motorcycle test is currently a 2 test system, with 2 tests, called module 1 and module 2. You must have passed the module 1 test before being allowed to do the module 2.

The module 1 test is a manoeuvres test, done on a secure test area, and consists of manual handling, slow riding, cornering, stopping (both controlled and emergency) and avoidance manoeuvres. It takes about 10 minutes.

The module 2 test is a test of your skills on the road. It starts with you being asked 3 questions, 2 on safety checks and 1 on carrying a pillion. The ride itself is about 35 - 40 minutes, during which you will be taken over a variety of road types, such as town, residential, country, and dual carriageways. You will be asked to pull in several times, and then move away again, once as a hill start, and once as an angled start, where you have to pull away safely from behind a parked car. You will also be given about 10 minutes of 'Independant Riding'. For this you will be simply asked to 'follow the signs to...' or shown a simple plan showing the route the examiner wants you to take, and then left to get on with it. Should you go off the expected route, this is not a problem, provided you have been safe and correct with your riding.

 

On both tests, you will be given the result on return to the office. The module 1 certificate expires at the same time as your theory certificate, so be aware, if your theory runs out, before you pass module 2, you will have to do both the theory, and module 1 again.

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Where will my motorcycle tests take place?

Currently there are no motorcycle test facilities in North Somerset, although we hope that it will come back to Weston soon.

We book our tests usually about 10 weeks before the course, and we use both Bristol (Kingswood) and Taunton test centres, as they are the same distance away. We can also get tests at centres further away, such as at Exeter, if required at short notice and no tests are available at Kingswood or Taunton.

We ensure that on a module 2 course you spend some time training in the area of the centre your test is taking place, but if you have a preference, please let us know when first enquiring. For the module 1 test, it makes no difference where you do it, as the test areas are identical.

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What questions may the examiner ask about carrying a pillion passenger?

The Examiner will ask one of the following questions at the start of the test.


Advice you would give a pillion passenger?

  • Make sure they are wearing the correct clothing including an approved safety helmet
  • Make sure they sit on the bike astride, facing forwards with their feet on the foot pegs at all times.
  • Tell them were to hold. Either to the rider or the grab rail.
  • Don’t fidget about.
  • Don’t do any arm signals.
  • Don’t look over my shoulder.

What changes would you make to the bike if you were taking a pillion passenger?

  • Increase the tyre pressures according to the manufacturer’s advice (owner’s manual).
  • Adjust the suspension according to the manufacturer’s advice (owner’s manual).
  • Fold the foot pegs down.
  • Adjust the headlights according to the manufacturer’s advice (owner’s manual).
  • Adjust the mirrors up, as the back will squat down.

How is the extra weight on the back going to affect the handling?

  • Acceleration is going to be affecting. On more powerful bike the front could go very light.
  • Deceleration is affected. Stopping distances are going to increase.
  • Cornering is going to be affected. Centre of gravity is higher therefore it is wise to go into corners slower.
  • Front wheel is going to be lighter. Therefore it will feel a little bit vague.
  • Lean with the rider into the corners.

How should a passenger be carried on a motorcycle;

  • sitting correctly astride the bike, with feet on footpegs, sitting still and leaning with the rider.


What problems can occur when carrying a passenger;

  • Stopping distance is longer
  • acceleration is slower
  • steering can feel light
  • cornering more difficult.


How does a passenger affect the balance of a bike;

  • More top heavy
  • centre of balance higher and further bac
  • so more care needed when cornering and slow riding.

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What questions may the examiner ask about safety checks?

You will be asked 2 of these questions at the start of the module 2 test.

 

Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

  • Identify where to check level, i.e. 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.



Show me how you would check that the horn is working on this machine (off road only).

  • Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

 

Identify where the brake fulid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.

  • Identefy reservoir, check level agains high/low markings.



Show me how you would check that the lights and brake lights and reflectors are clean and working.

  • Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), identify reflectors.  Check visually for cleanliness and operation.



Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine.

  • 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.




Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine.

  • 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.




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.

  • 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 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and all the way around.  There should be no lumps, bluges or tears.




Show me how you would check the operation of the front brake on this machine.

  • Wheel the machine forward and apply the front brake.

 

 

Show me how you would check the operation of the brakes on this machine.

  • Check for excessive travel on the brake lever and the brake pedal and for unusal play or sponginess.




Show me how you would check the operation of the engine cut out switch.

  • Operate switch without the engine being started.

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Routes to Your Licence

The laws about getting a full bike licence recently changed, and can be confusing. What courses you can do, and what bikes you can subsequently ride depend on your age. See the official DSA 'Routes to Your licence' flowchart HERE

If you are still not sure, please give us a call.

Guarantee

Guarantee. We believe we offer the best value and quality training in the area, and to this end, we offer a guarantee. See here for full details;

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Free try out sessions and assessments.

We are offering free 1 hour try out sessions for those thinking of trying out motorcycling, but not sure.

If you already have a valid CBT, not taken with us, we will give a free one hour assessment ride, to see how much training we think you would need on our test courses.

Come and see how you get on, and meet one of our instructors, absolutely without obligation. Available to suit your requirements, please phone to book a session.

 

We are proud members of the MCITA

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Road to Freedom is a DSA Approved Motorcycle Training Body


Driving Standards Agency

 

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