Initial Basic Training (IBT) Course

IBT Course Motorcycle & Scooter

backtobikes-300x187Before you can ride a scooter or a motorcycle on the public road you must undergo a Initial Basic Training Course or IBT Course.

IBT Course was introduced in December 2010 and updates again in 19 Jan 2013 as part of the RSA initiative to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that inexperience riders were involved in. An IBT course can only be delivered by IBT certified instructors which are regulated by the RSA (Road Safety Authority) It is now the law and you won’t get insurance unless you can produce a certificate of completion. Although the courses are fundamentally the same there are subtle difference in the skills required to control scooter/mopeds and motorcycles.

On January 19th 2013 the third European directive came into effect changing the landscape of both motorcycle licences and training across Europe. This involves the introduction of a new licence A2 category along with the option for riders aged 24 and over to under take a direct access course which will allow them to ride unrestricted full powered motorcycles with out having to wait a restriction period of two years. You can read more about these new changes in the New Licencing Laws 2103 and from the RSA website

The 18 hour course is over three IBT Modules 1,3 & 5 is designed for the category A2 and A.

Motorcycles and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) can be supplied for both male and female riders and the off road training takes place in an RSA approved compound. You can find details of costs involved on the IBT Course Prices

Module 1 (required for Am, A1, A2 & A category permits)

  • Personal protective equipment (P.P.E.)IBT Course
  • Introduction to motorcycle controls
  • Technical checks – P.O.W.D.E.R.
  • Placing the motorcycle on and off the stand
  • Walk alongside the motorcycle
  • How to start and stop the engine the engine (inc precautions when mounting & dismounting)


Module 2 (required for Am & A1category permits)

  • Move off and stopping
  • Correct use of brakes
  • Use of clutch control & gear changing
  • Slow riding – controlling a motorcycle at walking pace
  • Figure of eight
  • U-turnA1 Motorbike IBT
  • Slalom
  • Rear observation and mirrors (O.S.M.- P.S.L.)
  • Turning left and right
  • Emergency adjustment of speed


Module 3 (required for Am, A1, A2 & A category permits)

  • Legal requirements for riders
  • Rules of the road
  • Being seen
  • Road surfaces
  • Road and lane position
  • Rear observation and mirrors
  • Speed
  • Anticipation and reaction (inc dealing with emergency vehicles)
  • Weather conditions (inc model choices & route planning)
  • Fatigue


Module 4 (required for Am & A1 category permits)Motorcycle IBT Course

  • Gradients
  • Junctions
  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts (O.S.M.-P.S.L.)
  • Safe distance
  • Anticipation and reaction (inc emergency vehicles)
  • Pedestrian & Rail crossings
  • Bends

Module 5 (required for A2 and A category permits)

  • Moving off and stopping
  • Use of brakes
  • Use of gears
  • Slow riding exercise
  • Figure of eight exercise
  • U-turn exercisesuzuki-bandit2
  • Slalom exercise
  • Rear observation and mirror work
  • Turning left and right
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Emergency adjustment of speed
  • Emergency Stop
  • Overtaking
  • Carrying pillion Passengers
  • Using a Sidecar / towing a Trailer
  • Gradients
  • Junctions
  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts
  • Safe distance
  • Anticipation and reaction to hazards including dealing with Emergency service vehicles.
  • Pedestrian & rail crossings (rail where possible)
  • Bends
  • Socially responsible Riding/driving

Module 5 (Progression Module)
This module includes topics previously covered during Modules 2 & 4 with some additional new content to allow ‘progression’ the training needs to be undertaken on the new vehicle type, you wish to change to, e.g. from ‘automatic’ to ‘manual’.

This progression Module will facilitate changes in your entitlements without you having to undergo the full program again and in limited circumstances without you having to undergo a practical driving test.

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.

Once the correct modules have been completed and you have received your certificate of completion you can take a learner legal motorcycle onto the road and begin your biking experience.

For pricing on this course please go to IBT Course Prices

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