Angelo was able to communicate with me while on the road through a one-way radio system meaning he could provide guidance and directions. To test our ability to ride safely while adhering to the rules of the roads, we were taken on a number of different routes which presented a number of challenges.
At times during the ride, Angelo would ask me and my fellow trainees to stop to talk about any concerns that we had. Angelo was pleased with the progress we had made on the road, but reiterated the importance of checking our surroundings with over-the-shoulder checks and using our mirrors to spot hazards from behind.
Although there were a great deal of things to remember while riding on the road the Seat Mo proved to be a simple and easy machine to navigate around the busy roads of Edgware.
Having successfully overcome roundabouts, dual-carriageways, sideroads and busy junctions, Angelo asked us to pull over so he could see a U-turn and emergency stop.
Naturally this proved less demanding having practised the manoeuvre earlier in the day. I managed to execute the turn in the road and emergency stop with no issues.
Once the two hours was up it was back to the test centre to see if I had been successful.
Is doing a CBT on an electric bike any different from doing it on a petrol bike?
Electric scooters and motorbikes don’t have any gears which means you only have to twist the throttle to accelerate. This makes doing a CBT on an electric bike easier than on a 125cc bike with gearing, because you have one less thing to think about.
Ultimately the CBT is the same whether you are riding an electric motorbike or a petrol machine, as you are still required to show a certain level of competence both on and off the road.
Electric scooters are generally heavier than a 125cc petrol equivalent and as I discovered, this did make some parts of the CBT more difficult, especially if you’re new to riding a motorbike.