IBT FAQ

Do I need to have a learner permit before I start my IBT?

Yes… you must have a valid learner permit for the appropriate category of motorcycle.

Do I need to know how to ride a motorcycle beforehand?

No… IBT is basic motorcycle training. The course covers all aspects of basic riding technique for handling and riding motorcycles.

Do I need my own bike and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)?

No.. We supply everything you need for your IBT course, from school bikes to PPE.

It’s better not to make a purchase until you complete your course. We’ll talk you through bikes and equipment. Even after you finish your course we’ll try to help you find bikes and get you discounts with equipment at no extra charge. It’s our investment in Karma!

I drive a car so riding a bike should be pretty easy?

There’s little doubt that being able to drive a car will help. You’ll have an aspect of road sense that is incredibly valuable but riding a motorcycle is a very different proposition to driving a car.

There’s a saying that riding a motorcycle takes five times more concentration than driving a car – we’d have to agree. At the end of your ibt course, you will too!

I don’t like motorcycle protection equipment can I do it in jeans and trainers?

I’m sorry but we won’t allow you on a bike without proper protection. We have a very simple rule all the gear; all the time. We live by it and there are no exceptions!

I have previous experience. Is IBT a waste of my time?

We’re asked this one a lot! If you have basic skills we’ll try to bring you up to a higher standard. You will learn new skills/greater level of control.  It’s not uncommon for rider to finish the course at a standard very close to test level.

Will I be thrown in at the deep-end?

No… It’s not in our, or your, interest to put you in harm’s way. We tailor our training to your needs. We progress at a level that’s appropriate to the student. Some riders need encouragement while others need reassurance. We’re continually watching your progress, reading your body language and trying to adjust our training to your needs.

Will my instructor be Sons of Anarchy type?

Eh…. No… Quite the opposite. We’re personable, friendly and (we like to think) humorous. We want you to have a good time and enjoy the process.  If you’re relaxed then you’ll learn easier and we can get you up to a better standard.

What if I book in for a category and I find the bike too big or intimidating?

No Problem. On the first morning everyone is nervous. The bikes seem big, powerful and intimidating. Don’t worry, your instructor will take you step by step through the process – you’ll start of with basic exercises to get used to the controls and little by little you’ll start to potter about on a bike. We normally have 8 to 10 bikes on the base on any average day so if you feel a bike is too big then we’ll try to find you something smaller. If you feel that the category is too big ( ie A category is too big ) – no problem, we’ll drop you down to a lower category (A2 Category )

What’s it like going out onto road for the first time?

You’ll be nervous! If you weren’t a little nervous then we’d be really nervous! The first few minutes are a bit of a rush of blood to the head but that soon passes. You’ll be in radio contact with your instructor. He’ll be chatting away to you giving you detailed instruction. If your mind goes blank all you have to do is listen and you’ll hear the information you need in your ear piece. After a while you’ll get a handle on it and you’ll need less information so our instruction changes appropriately. Towards the end of the day our instruction should be… for the most part… redundant and really… you’d like if we’d just shut up and let you ride your bike… With your permission we often do!

What if I don’t get up to standard?

It happens – not everyone learns at the same pace – some people need more time than others and that’s ok! We’ll work with you to get you up to the standard required. You may have to book in for an additional day’s training. We can discuss that if necessary.

What if I have special requirements or needs?

Talk to us. Drop us an email or pick up the phone. If we can; we’ll try to facilitate you!

What if I can’t find the answer to my question here?

Talk to us. Drop us an email or pick up the phone.

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