• Beacon Motorcycle Training

    Formerly Beacon Riders

  • Getting Started

    We provide the very best in motorcycle rider training from CBT to full test. Beacon Motorcycle training has over 34 years of experience and a reputation as the leaders in customer service and quality instruction. Just call for a chat to get some advice on what is best for you.

    In particular we are the only local company to be able to mock up the Module 1 test here in Bovingdon in the same real size the DSA will conduct it in, and also you will find we only use new high quality motorcycles that are compliant with 2013 test requirements. We believe we have the best instructors, best site and best motorcycles that it is possible to get to pass your test.

     

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    Compulsory Basic Training

    This is where everybody begins. CBT is a course designed to get you off to a safe start. It must be completed before you are allowed to ride with L plates on a bike or scooter. It is normally completed in one day but it can be spread over a longer period if extra time is required. Don't let anyone tell you it is a test though - it isn't and never has been!

    You will learn the theory in our classroom and the practical skills on our on-site training ground before we take you out on the road for a couple of hours. As long as you have studied the Highway Code and are riding to an acceptable standard by the end, you will receive the CBT Certificate (DL196) that validates your licence and allows you to ride on your own under learner restrictions.

    Your CBT Certificate is valid for two years. You should aim to pass your test for a full bike licence before it expires, otherwise you would have to do CBT again.

    Phone us now on 01442 213201 to book your CBT. If we're not too busy you might even be able to do it this week!

    Good riding practice

    As well as making progress, you should:

    • use the controls smoothly and progressively;
    • select gears at the correct time and in accordance with power requirements;
    • plan well ahead so that you can use the throttle sensibly to avoid excessive use of the brakes;
    • maximise fuel economy by keeping the engine revs at the correct level;
    • look and plan well ahead, preparing for hazards before you reach them;
    • adjust your speed to avoid any unnecessary stops;
    • start looking early at junctions so that you can take opportunities to proceed, as soon as you are sure it is safe;
    • be aware of the speed limit wherever you are and make progress by riding up to the limit according to the conditions and your bike;
    • be aware of what is happening all around you at all times by using all of the mirrors on a regular basis;
    • respond properly to what you see in your mirrors;
    • anticipate and make allowances for the mistakes of other road users;
    • exercise self-discipline when threatened by other road users;
    • show courtesy and consideration to anyone else using the road;
    • always be prepared to give way, even if it is your priority;

     

  • A. Direct & Staged Access Options

    Riders over the age of 24, or those who have 2 years A2 experience and are 21 or older, have enhanced options open to them and may train for a full Category A licence that is unrestricted.

    DIRECT ACCESS A (Aged 24 or over)

    The practical test must be taken on a motorcycle greater than 595cc, with a power output of no less than 40kW (53.6bhp). On passing the test the full licence allows the rider to ride any Motorcycle without L-Plates.

    If the test is taken on an automatic or semi-automatic machine then the licence will be endorsed with a restriction limiting the rider to drive only automatic and semi-automatic machines..

    A2. Direct & Staged Access Options

    Riders over the age of 21, or those who have 2 years A1 experience and are 19 or older, have enhanced options open to them and may train for a Category A2 licence that is restricted.

     

    DIRECT ACCESS A2 (Aged 21 or over)

    The practical test must be taken on a motorcycle of between 25 and 35 kW (33bhp and 46.6 bhp). No upper engine size limit, but the power to weight ratio must not exceed 0.2kW/kg and it must not be derived from a motorcycle of more than double its power. On passing the test the licence allows the rider to ride any Motorcycle less than 46.6 bhp without L-Plates.

    If the test is taken on an automatic or semi-automatic machine then the licence will be endorsed with a restriction limiting the rider to drive only automatic and semi-automatic machines.

    Motorcycle manoeuvring area

    Module 1 takes place in a safe off-road area called a motorcycle manoeuvring area. The layout of the area depends on where you take your test.

     

    Watch the video to get a taste of what to expect:

  • About Our Pricing

    We always strive for the best.

    Your training can be carried out either on our motorcycles or your own machine (renewals). The fees include the use of safety helmets, gloves, waterproof clothing and high visibility riding wear. If you wish to wear your own clothing we recommend at least a sturdy pair of boots with ankle protection, no sandals or trainers; tough wearing trousers, warm clothing, especially during cold weather.

    Lessons can be arranged in 2, 3 or 4 hour slots as required. If you decide to use your own bike, then please note it must be of legal roadworthy condition; have a current road tax; a minimum third-party insurance and a current M.o.T. certificate if appropriate.

    Don't forget to bring along your driving licence, prior to any instruction. Upto 50cc = category P or (AM); Upto 125cc = category A, A1 or A2 (see bike categories).

    You may also be asked for your licence details which were originally on the paper counterpart of your licence. Now you must go online to https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and enter your driving licence number, National Insurance number and postcode, download and print the details.
    Please ensure you have done your homework - read the Highway Code - If you don't know the rules, you can't play the game!

    Pricing

    CBT. First cbt course, fully inclusive

    £135.00

    Cbt renewal using own bike (Using our bike add £15.00)

    £90.00

    Cbt second session (if you should fail to complete first time around.)

    £50.00

    All other lessons and tests are £70 per first two hours and £20 per hour for subsequent hours

    Mod 1 and 2 Test Day therefore will be charged at - £90.00 per visit to Uxbridge, Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. Other sites will cost from £110.00 ie: Enfield, Letchworth and beyond. DVSA test fees also apply.

     

    EXAMPLE COSTING for someone with a little experience to get to full licence:

    CBT training renewal £90.00

    DVLA theory test £35.00

    Assessment transition to big bike £70.00

    2 hours Mod1 training £70.00

    Mod1 test day £90.00

    2 hours Mod2 training £70.00

    Mod2 test day £90.00

    Total £515.00

    Plus DVSA test fees £95.00


     

     

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