The DSA Part 2 Motorcycle Test
If you are under 21 years old then you may only take your test on a 125cc and then you are restricted to 33 bhp for two years.
If you are over 21 you may take your direct access test on a bike over 46.6 bhp.
So assuming that you are legally able to take the direct access option, what are the pros and cons?
Obviously the major downside to taking your test on a smaller machine is the two year limit on what you can ride. The benefit is that the cost of your training will be cheaper, and you can ride on L plates prior to taking your test without an accompanying instructor.
However our experience here at ABILITY shows us that nearly everyone who is eligible for the direct access scheme (DAS) takes that option. The cost of training does increase, but more often than not this is offset by having a wider choice of motorcycles to purchase once you have passed. Supply and demand in the second-hand market dictates that everyone under 21, and those over 21 choosing not to do the DAS option, will be after a limited number of bikes, thus forcing up prices.
And the bottom line is that anyone doing any kind of serious mileage, are going to find themselves feeling very restricted on a limited power machine. The choice is yours. We are happy to train you in the way you wish.
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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.
Photographic Motorcycle Tours is a new concept in group travel. Professional photographer and avid motorcyclist John Hershey is offering guided motorcycle tours designed to experience the rustic beauty of the scenic Southwest and improve your photography skills.
Besides the great riding , John is going to create photographic opportunities for you and provide photographic instruction and coaching throughout the tour.
"Mr. Hershey offers an incredible riding and photographic experience," states James Morrison, president of Southwest Bike Travel Zine Inc., the world's first internet publication dedicated to motorcycle travel. "This is motorcycle touring at its best." Morrison continues, "By combining motorcycle travel with professional photography, Mr. Hershey captures the total experience of touring. He provides the film, a photograph on canvas of you and your bike for your office or den, and of course, all the excitement you can handle."
Day 1. Mcallen will be your rendezvous point, that southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Here riders will gather by 5 p.m. for a meeting. Safety and other tour aspects will be discussed. A currency exchange service will be provided to get some pesos in your pockets.
Day2. Crossing the border is made easy with PVMT preparing much of the paperwork in advance. The scenery is flat, riding along coastal plains, but eventually a feel of the tropics emerges with towering peaks of the Sierra Madres giving you a hint of the riding joys to come . Overnight in Cuidad Victoria.
Sign up early for the Mexico Mardigras date Feb 17-28.
Day 3. The ride will take you closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Rich fields of sugar cane are a dominant feature in the landscape. Your destination is Poza Rica. You are in the heart of what was once the vanilla capital of the world. But it is the nearby archeological sight of El Tajin that will fascinate you. Only 20 buildings have been restored of what is believed to be nearly 150. Seventeen ball courts, a number of temples, pyramids and hieroglyphics reveal one of the most unusualpre-Columbian structures in Mesoamerica. And if fortunate, the Totonac Indians will be performing their death defying pole dance.
Days 4,5 & 6.It is rare that PVMT spends three days at a single stop, howeverwith so much to do and see in the area you will be permitted to explore beyond the city on optional day rides. Veracruz, on the gulf of Mexico is filled with historicalinterests. The group will take a tour of the Fortress of Ulua, and learn of it's role in the defense of the city from pirates, invading French forces and yes, even the "gringos" back in 1848 and again in 1914. An evening visit to the Plaza de Armsa is a must and if you like seafood, there is none better anywhere. You can ride to nearby Lake Catemaco famous for its concentration of brujas, (witches). These are a number of early remote beaches one can visit. be sure to sign up early for Mardigras.
Day 7. Departing Veracruz you will head towards the interior of the country stopping the night within walking distance of one of Mexico's prominent archeological sights. Near the village of Cholula you can climb a 265 foot high pyramid for an incredible view of what was once a great pre-Columbian temple city. Cholula is also known for its numerous churches, constructed by the first Spanish conquistadors using native artisans who managed to sneak in under the noses of unknowing padres, an occasional image of their gods such as a serpent, the moon or the sun.
Day 8. Zimapan is but a tiny village along the route of the Panamerican Highway. It is also where an ex-hacienda was converted to an elegant spa. Time for a massage! Or if you care, you can just wander the village, go to the plaza and immerse yourself into the daily happenings of native Mexico life. To those who are willing, a PVMT tour is a daily exploration and you thought all you were going to do was ride.
Day 9. Xilita. Find it on the map if you can. Say it if you can. Here we will stay at a bed and breakfast affair in a tiny Sierra Madre village which happens to have been the home of an eccentric English Nobel and artist, and mixer with some of the world's most famous surrealist artists and alternative thinkers. Edward Olmos was a little odd, however he created in a jungle setting, the sprawling work of mart known as Las Pozas. A fascinating story in the most unlikeliest of places. And the most thrilling, through the twisting Sierra Madres.
Day 10. Your final night in Old Mexico will be at an authentic hacienda dating back to the early 1700's where riders with Pancho Villa Motor-Tours always receive the warmest of receptions. It may be centuries old, but the Hacienda Santa Engracia for years has been a favorite PVMT stop. You will enjoy the swimming pool, the great food and the special ambiance of being in the real Mexico.
Day 11. To the border! You will arrive at McAllen around 2 p.m, enough time to make a few miles to your destination, or just run up the road to Padre Island and enjoy a night on the sea shore.