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Bike Licence on Track!

August 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Steve's Enduro Africa Blog

Today I took the second step towards getting a full motor bike licence. I successfully completed a days tuition at the Passmasters training ground in Northolt, west of London. This covered the fundamentals of motorbike riding, ecompassing dress, controls, braking and handling of the bikes at the ground.

After lunch (from the local kebab shop), we headed out onto the roads of west London for a fews hours of  ‘on-the-road’ practice. I was paired up with Mo, originally from Guinea, Africa and Graham, owner of the training school.

I was given the newest bike they had, a Honda CBR 125 in shiny red. honda cbr125 I was surprised to learn that it only produces 11bhp, a paltry number compared to the 335bhp (250KW/340PS) of my Audi. Nevertheless, for some strange reason, its seems to be travelling a lot faster at 30mph than my car!

We spent nearly 2 hours riding around the streets of Northolt, Ruislip, Ickenham, Hatch End, Pinner, North Harrow and Rayners Lane amongst others. It was really great fun and I didn’t want it to end. I really enjoyed being back on a bike again after so long!

Having passed the CBT (compulsory basic training) course, I am now allowed to drive a bike of no more than 125cc on the roads provided I wear L plates. As I don’t actually have a bike, you don’t need to worry.

The next step is another days training followed by the module 1 test. I will let you know how I get on.

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