I wanted to write on the Bike Train Wales website to let people know, especially the ladies, about the CBT experience. I have always loved motorbike racing, but I have never ridden a bike before, so I decided to contact Bike Train Wales and dauntingly booked my place on the course. The instructors at Bike Train Wales really made my feel welcome and they talk you through what is going to happen on the day, which puts your mid at ease. They also have all the equipment at hand; so don’t panic if you don’t have a helmet etc, as they provide it all. They also show you all the parts of the bike, so you become comfortable with the machine. You are given 9 hours to complete the CBT and I did it over two Saturdays, which really helped me, as I did not feel pressured or rushed. Before you go out on the road you spend time learning the manoeuvres on a bike, e.g. emergency stops and junction work.
I was nervous about going out on to the road but my instructor was very patient with me and you are given time to get used to the road conditions and to build up your confidence.
After the first hour of being on the road I started to really enjoy riding the bike, even when it started to rain. I felt more confident when I was asked to lead and could not believe after just over two hours of being out on the road I was riding down a dual carriageway. I did manage to pass my CBT, but I could not have done it without the help and support from everyone at Bike Train Wales. Once they give you your CBT certificate they provide really good advice of what is the best route to take for future bike tests. Even though I was a bit scared at first I found the CBT one of the most enjoyable experiences ever, and I can’t wait to go out on the road on my bike. I know a few ladies who are too nervous to take the CBT, but all I can say is that if I can do it anyone can and that there is nothing to be nervous about. Bike Train Wales is definitely the best place to go and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to ride a motorbike.
Victoria Turner, 24