my housemate has decided to do his DAS as his CBT runs out soon and he is looking to move on from his little scooter.
i did mine about 3 years ago in north London (Eastside Riders who were excellent) but we are now living in Balham so was wondering if anyone could recommend a training school in that sort of area? obviously willing to travel a bit, and it would be great if anyone who has a good experience recently could pass on details.
I’m with you on this one mate! Very good instructors. I did the course in Ewell, and found it to be very well taught.
I went on to pass my test first time, even though I’d never ridden a bike before the beginning of the week!
So…my boyf went to do his CBT, and the instructor told him he wasn’t safe to go out on the road…he didn’t fall off, he didn’t crash, he didn’t lose control of the bike at any stage, performed all the manouvres required…but he stalled twice at the start of the day, and this was why he wasn’t considered safe.
How can this be? Especially when the instructor was happy to leave him on his own to ride around the compound while he spent more time with the other riders? There were 2 others on twist and go’s, and a polish chap on a geared bike who had a polish licence so had ridden for a while. And yet he said that the fact that he stalled at the start meant he wasn’t confident to take my poor boyf out. I’m so angry!
When I did my CBT I fell off, stalled and crashed, and I still managed to pass it.
I rarely post on LB any more . . . mainly cos of posts like yours.
Firstly, I know the instructor your ‘poor boyfriend’ had for his CBT. He’s a highly respected instructor who has been teaching for nearly a decade and riding 3 times longer than that and a damn sight better qualified than you are to judge a prospective rider. If he says your bloke isn’t safe to go out on the road then he’s doing him, and the rest of us road users a favour.
Your claim that “the instructor was happy to leave him on his own to ride around the compound” is out of context and biased which gives a distorted view of the truth that reflects poorly and very unfairly on the instructor.
Your BF was lucky to have an instructor who wouldn’t just give away a CBT . . . it’s sounds like you on the other hand wasn’t so lucky.
So how do you explain the fact this company had a guy there taking his 3rd CBT with this company, had another guy there on his 5th attempt at DAS and have had appalling reviews online…including poor instructor to pupil ratio and only 3 out of 8 passing on average? (These are stats that I have found from some more extended research).
How also, is it out of context to be left unattended by an instructor for over 30minutes but yet not be considered safe to be taken out on the road, with the only justification being that he stalled the bike twice?
I am taking the information as I have been given…and asking the questions on that basis, so please don’t attack me for being unhappy with a service. It’s not an unfair reflection on the instructor, it was in fact a question posed. I am in fact, angry, but also confused and wondering why exactly that would happen which is why the question is posed. I, as it happens, don’t have a personal relation at all, negative or positive, with the instructor or company, whereas you do, so perhaps you should address quite who is being biased.
Did I say I have a “personal relation” to the instructor? Perhaps you should address not making assumptions.
I have spent a number of days with Elite in a professional capacity so have seen first hand how committed their instructors are. I’d be interested to know the source of your ‘extended research’.
Are you suggesting your partner was left entirely on his own? I think his version of events may be lacking in some of the more important details. If you’re so sure that he’s been hard done by, call the school and speak to the instructor. I’m sure he’d be more than happy to explain the reasons that your partner wasn’t considered safe to ride on a public road.
The Instructor to pupil ratio you mention is commonly up to a maximum of 4 students to 1 Instructor. It’s the same at most schools.
Do you think the Instructors have nothing better to do than single someone out for ‘unfair treatment’?