The Theory Test
You've done your CBT and want to go on to take the Practical Test but, before you can do so, there's a little matter of the Theory Test to get through. There are some exemptions from taking this test but, in all probability you'll have to do it.
The Test is taken at one of the Centres established for this purpose. You can apply in writing, over the phone or via the DSA's website. You'll need your Driver Licence Number and your Credit/Debit card to pay the fee (currently ?18.00). However, ASL pre-books appointments making this a lot easier for its pupils.
When you arrive for the test, you'll have to produce your licence and some form of identity such as, your passport or, the new style photo-card licence - basically, anything that contains your photo and signature. "You will be sat in front of a computer screen to, firstly, answer 35 questions based on the highway code, general road sense, motorcycles and motorcycling law. You must correctly answer at least 30 out of the 35 questions. Then you will be shown 14 short video clips of various road/traffic situations from which you must identify certain hazards which you perceive to be of possible danger. You must score at least 38 out of the possible maximum 75 points for this part of the Test"
What could be more simple? But it isn't as easy as it may seem and it requires some swotting up. First you have to know the Highway Code. Don't bother to book an appointment if you don't so, read and understand it first. A copy can be obtained from any large W. H. Smith's or any HM Stationery Office. Another recommended publication is a book issued by the Driving Standards Agenct (DSA) entitled "The Official Theory Test for Motorcyclists" which, again can be obtained from W. H. Smith's or from any HM Stationery Office.
You can also contact the DSA on 0115 901 2500 who, in return for some cash which they will take by credit card, will send you a disk that you can insert into a PC so that you can practice the first part of this Test as much as you like before taking it.
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The new indianmotorcycle.com launches June 30th
Our new site is going through final development. With an exciting new design
(see below) and a host of new features almost every rider will love, we expect our site launch to be the beginning of a wonderful extension of your riding. With features that include the ability to start rides with new friends, to look for rare parts, and to automatically find out about new rides in your area, we look forward to seeing you soon and often.
The Indian Motorcycle Centennial ͠Stay updated on the latest plans for the 100th anniversary of America?s first motorcycle brand. Special events will include a commemorative cross-country ride.
Hitting the Open Road ͠Find Great Rides in your area. Visit frequently to see new routes, or sign up to get updates by e-mail. Not only will you find wonderful rides, you will also be able to get printable directions and maps. You can even see the latest weather conditions for the routes.
Riding With Other Local Riders ͠The Ride Starter is a special feature for all riders. By signing up for the member?s section you can be automatically notified of group rides in your local area. You can even start your own ride. The member?s section will search the database for any riders in your local area that are interested in touring the local roads.
Become a Member ͠Sign up to read the latest repair tips, find that rare part you have been looking for, see photos of other riders, listings of local routes and biker friendly establishments. You can even be updated automatically when a certain message or part shows up in the Member?s Section.
Dealer Pages - An easy way to find out the latest information on your local dealership. See special events, sales, product inventory, and of course, directions and store hours. You can find out about all Indian Motorcycle dealers directly through our dealer locator.
Web Design by Andy Smale 2004
Welcome to the new look ruralmoto, a new web portal for motorcyclists to use. We hope that you enjoy it!
What is ruralmoto? Well it's a web site for discerning Gentlemen Touring Motorcyclists, who wish to have a single point of access to all things webby. On this site you'll find links to the kind of material that a Gentleman should have, such as google and vintage wine and cigar dealers.
What is a WebPortal? This is a site that you use to access the internet. Simply set this page as your home page in your browser and you will always come here when you log into the internet. You will have news, links, search engines only a mouse click away!
You will also find events as they are organised. Attendance is by invitation only for a select few Gentlemen. Our Events are always in a rural location and are well attended by Sporting Gentlemen Motorcyclists. Usually they consist of a chuff round the countryside before retiring to our lodgings for a rest. The evening is spent sitting down to a seventeen course sumptuous dinner.
CBT - What is it and what does it entail?
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT for short) was introduced in 1990 in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents learner riders were having. Of course, training existed prior to CBT but it didn't stop people buying bikes and riding off on them without any training - hence the accidents.
Over the intervening years since CBT was introduced, the number of learner riders having accidents has reduced and this is thought to be attributable to CBT.
So, what is CBT?
it is COMPULSORY - every one (well not quite) is required to do it before they are allowed to ride on public roads unaccompanied by a qualified instructor. The only people who escape CBT at the moment are those who want to ride a moped and already hold a full car licence issued before the 1st February 2001 but even they are being encourage to go through a CBT course in the interest of safety.
it is BASIC - to use a ladder as an analogy, gaining a CBT Certificate is being able to put your foot on the first rung of what is a very long training ladder indeed. In fact, one without an end! It is designed to give you the minimum amount of experience and knowledge to be able to ride relatively safely on our busy roads. The amount of practical on-road riding experience given during CBT is very limited so everyone completing CBT is advised and encouraged to go on to take further training as soon as possible, if not straight away.
it is TRAINING - not a test. That comes later.
CBT can usually be completed in one day but if more time is required to complete the course, it will be allocated. Time is not the essence - safety is!
There are five parts to CBT, some theoretical and others practical. You must display an understanding of the theoretical parts and an acceptable degree of competence in the practical riding skills before being able to progress from one part to the next. If all is satisfactory with the theoretical and practical off-road riding elements, the course ends with an on-the-road session accompanied by an instructor who is in radio contact with you.
So long as everything is completed to the instructor's satisfaction (who is following the guidelines set out by the DSA), you will receive a CBT Certificate which validates your licence and allows you to ride a bike of up to 125cc on the road unaccompanied by an instructor. 'L' plates must be displayed however and pillion passengers are not allowed. Motorways are also forbidden at this stage.
A CBT Certificate is valid for 2 years. Failure to pass both the Teory Test and the Practical Test within that period will lead to its cancellation and CBT will have to be retaken to validate your licence once more. But don't wait this long. Further training is absolutely essential.
Next you will need to take your Theory Test.
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Executive Chairman Henry Schimberg and President Rey Sotelo relax and take in the excitement of the 2000 Laughlin River Run.
Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse performing at the River Palms Hotel and Casino.
The Indian Motorcycle Management team makes friends with Ray Parker Jr..
(L to R): Rey Sotelo, Ray Parker Jr., Bill Rupert, Branscombe Richmond, Walt Behnke, Toni Martino and Jim Kelly.
Location - River Palms
May 9 - 18, 2003
Over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in Myrtle Beach for the Annual Spring Bike Rally making this rally the largest single Harley Rally in the Carolinas!
The Myrtle Beach area is absolutely stunning and one of the top vacation destinations in the nation with over 13 million visitors annually. Myrtle Beach has over 60,000 guest-rooms, 1,600+ dinning establishments, entertainment theaters, amusement parks, and over 100 golf courses. Motorcycle riders from all over the eastern part of the United States enjoy the great cruising weather at Myrtle in May. Several major motorcycle attractions are set up during the spring rally.
Every year more people enjoy the Grand-Strand and this is reflected in the attendance for Myrtle Beach Bike Week. The south end of the Grand-Strand area (Murrells Inlet & Inlet Square Mall area) will again host most of the Motorcycle Events for Bike Week. New to Bike Week, there is two (2) ways to get to Murrells Inlet and both come together at Inlet Square Mall. Business 17 and Bypass 17 bring you to the largest single outdoors vending and business location Bike Week.