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ABOUT

We are currently operating the best facilities in Ireland for learner Motorcycle riders. The Motorcycle Training Centres are conveniently based and provides a safe and secure environment for learner students to have off-the-road instruction and IBT.

We provide helmets, hi-viz vests and jackets, gloves and protective wet gear for all our pupils at no extra cost. We also provide radio-controlled equipment so your instructor can communicate with you whether you are learning to ride or undergoing a Pre-test.

Motorcycle Instructors are RSA ADI Approved, professionally trained and have years of experience teaching both novices and advanced riders. We provide fully-insured motorbikes for your lessons and also specialize in Motorcycle Test-Hire should you need to rent a bike for your Motorbike Test.

OUR SUPPLY BRAND OF MOTORCYCLES ARE HONDA CBF600CCN ​ AND HONDA CG 125CC

IBT

What is Initial Basic Training?

Initial Basic Training (IBT) is a mandatory training course that teaches basic riding skills to learner motorcyclists. It is part of the RSA’sGraduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.

What does IBT involve?

IBT for a small motorcycle category 'AM' or 'A1' - is a 16 hour course broken into four separate modules 1,2,3 and 4 which must be completed in sequence. Completing IBT for the first time on a larger motorcycle in category 'A2' or 'A' is an 18 hr course and involves completing three modules 1,3 and 5. These modules are a mixture of theory and practical riding skills.

When you have completed an IBT module or the entire course, your instructor will record the details of your training in your logbook and issue you with a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion.

You can now apply for your practical driving test.

IBT MODULES

MODULE 1

Module 1 focuses on theory and practical skills and will take place in the classroom and the off-road training area. It will take at least three hours to complete and has six objectives:

  1. 1. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  2. 2. Introduction to motorcycle controls
  3. 3. Technical checks
  4. 4. Placing motorcycle on and off the stand
  5. 5. Walking alongside the motorcycle
  6. 6. How to start and stop the engine ((including precautions for mounting and dismounting)

MODULE 2

Module 2 focuses on practical skills and will take place solely in the off-road training area. It will be the first time in the training programme that you will ride your motorcycle. This module will take at least five hours to complete and has 10 objectives:

  1. 1. Moving off and stopping
  2. 2. Use of brakes
  3. 3. Use of gears
  4. 4. Slow riding
  5. 5. Figure of eight exercise
  6. 6. U-turn exercise
  7. 7. Slalom exercise
  8. 8. Rear observation and mirror work
  9. 9. Turning left and right
  10. 10. Emergency adjustment of speed - emergency stop

MODULE 3

Module 3 focuses on theory and practical skills and will take place in the classroom and the off-road training area. It will take at least two hours to complete and has ten objectives:

  1. 1. Legal requirements
  2. 2. Rules of the road
  3. 3. Being seen
  4. 4. Road surfaces
  5. 5. Road and lane position
  6. 6. Rear observations and mirrors
  7. 7. Speed
  8. 8. Anticipation and reaction(including dealing with emergency vehicles)
  9. 9. Weather conditions(including modal choices and route planning)
  10. 10. Rider fatigue (causes, consequences and strategies for avoidance)

MODULE 4

Module 4 takes place on the road. Your instructor will use a radio head-set to keep in contact with you during this module. He/She will provide the radio equipment but you may need to provide your own PPE. Check with your instructor for more details. This module will take at least six hours to complete and has eight objectives:

  1. 1. Gradients
  2. 2. Junctions
  3. 3. Traffic lights
  4. 4. Roundabouts
  5. 5. Safe distance
  6. 6. Anticipation and reaction to hazards, including dealing with emergency vehicles
  7. 7. Pedestrian and rail crossings, rail where possible
  8. 8. Bends

PROGRESSION MODULE (5)

The Progression module is a repeat of Modules 2 and 4 as well as some additional topics (see details below). If you are upgrading your vehicle, i.e. to a more powerful bike or from an automatic to a manual, you can complete this module to get the necessary training without having to go through the whole IBT programme again. You will need to give details of your previous IBT to your instructor before completing the Progression module. For direct access purposes to Category ‘A’ or ‘A2’ motorcycles, you will need 13 hours to complete this module. Where IBT has already been completed and you are availing of ‘Progressive Access’ then you will need 11 hours to complete this module.

Please Note: Progressive access is not available between category ‘AM’ and ‘A1’. The progressive access route available will depend on your age and previous permit/licence entitlement. If the full licence held for the lower Category is limited to automatics (Code 78) then it is only possible to undertake the IBT training on an automatic bike in the higher Category in order to take the Progressive Access route.

This module covers:

  1. 1. Moving Off & Stopping
  2. 2. Use of brakes
  3. 3. Use of gears
  4. 4. Slow riding exercise
  5. 5. Figure of eight exercise
  6. 6. U-turn exercise
  7. 7. Slalom exercise
  8. 8. Rear observation and mirror work
  9. 9. Turning left and right
  10. 10. Obstacle avoidance
  11. 11. Emergency adjustment of speed - emergency stop
  12. 12. Overtaking
  13. 13. Carrying pillion passengers
  14. 14. Using a side car/ towing a trailer
  15. 15. Gradients
  16. 16. Junctions
  17. 17. Traffic lights
  18. 18. Roundabouts
  19. 19. Safe distance
  20. 20. Anticipation and reaction t hazards(including dealing with emergency vehicles)
  21. 21. Pedestrian and rail crossings (rail where possible)
  22. 22. Bends
  23. 23. Socially responsible riding/driving

REPEATING A MODULE

You must successfully complete each module before moving onto the next and completing the course. If you have difficulties with a particular module, you can repeat it until you reach the necessary standard.

PRICING

  • €500

    Modules 1,2,3,4 (AM & A1)

  • €600

    Modules 1,3,5, (A2)

  • €600

    Modules 1,3,5, (A)

  • €450

    Mod. 5 Progression (Am to A1, A1 to A2, A2 to A)

PRE-TEST

We offer Motorcycle pretest lessons for Tallaght, Finglas, Mulhuddart, Navan, and Naas, Mullingar, Carlow, test centers. We make it our business to accompany our students on every motorcycle test and offer them our support.

Once you have your Leaner Permit, completed your IBT course and you have 6 months riding experience you can then apply for the Motorcycle Driving Test. You can apply online at the RSA website.

The Motorcycle Driving Test is an assessment of your ability to ride your Motorcycle safely and with confidence on the public roads. Being properly prepared for the test will greatly increase your chances of getting a Pass – this is where we come in.

The tester can deviate from the standard routes if he feels it’s appropriate. Your tester will follow you in another vehicle – this would be done in the car or on a motorcycle. This enables tester to have a greater understanding of the conditions your are riding in along with giving him a better view of your behavior on the bike. Testers generally stick to proven routes that incorporate the conditions required to allow the applicant to demonstrate their ability to safely ride a motorcycle. In order to pass the Motorcycle Driving Test a rider must have a good solid knowledge of the rules of the road and display confident control of the Motorcycle for the duration of the test regardless of the chosen route on that day. The Motorcycle Pre-test Lesson is designed to get you up to that standard.

Motorcycle Pre-test Lessons vary in duration depending on the needs of the Rider.

When should you take a Motorbike Pre-test Lesson?

Ideally you should take a Pre-test Lesson about ten to fourteen days before your test date. This Motorcycle Pre-test gives you enough time to practice and correct any problems that your instructor may have spotted. It will allow you time to get your riding up to the test standard. If the quality of your riding was close to test standard to begin with then a single motorcycle pretest may be sufficient. Some riders take a second lesson closer to the test date if they feel they could benefit from it.

What’s involved in the Motorcycle Pre-test?

Firstly your instructor will answer any questions or concerns that you might have. He will then take you step by step through what you can expect on the day of your motorcycle test. He will review many of the common questions asked by the tester and go through the knowledge of motorcycle maintenance you are required to have along with the safety checks you should do.

Next we go out on to the road. You will ride your motorbike ( or one of our school bikes) and your instructor will ride his bike behind you while giving you directions via one-way radio (similar to those used by the testers). Your instructor will bring you around on a planned route and look at the common pitfalls on certain junctions and areas where you are likely to get into difficulty.

Your instructor will carefully assess your motorbike riding skills, in particular looking for problems or issues with your riding style. He will then advise on appropriate actions needed to improve these problems and to get you to test standard while to ensuring you’re riding to a safe standard. The duration of the assessment varies for student to student.

Your instructor will be working with you to try and solve these problems and get you up to test standard.

In addition he will give your motorcycle a look over and point out any obvious problems or defects which might cause your motorcycle to be unsuitable for the test. (this is not a mechanical test). Occasionally motorcycles presented for the test are refused owing to defects or design changes. This means that the test fee is forfeit and the rider must re-apply for the test.

At the end of the pretest lesson you will be advised of your progress and any problems that are still present so that if necessary you can book any further lessons required. If for any reason your instructor feels that you are not up to test standard he will let you know. It would be far better to defer your test for a few weeks and get up to test standard rather than waste money and confidence attempting the test too early.

You will be given a written report to take away and inspect at your leisure.

PRE-TEST PRICING

  • €120 + €30

    Pre-Test (2 HOURS) + School Bike

  • €180 + €45

    Pre-Test (3 HOURS) + School Bike

  • €150

    School Bike for Test

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