Initial basic training (iBT) motorcycle


From 6 December 2010, Initial Basic Training (IBT) is a legal requirement

Some video information on the new licensing laws from January 19th 2013

Click here for a printable chart of the new "Process for obtaining a motorcycle driving licence"



  • We offer very competitive prices for first class tuition
  • NO BIKE, NO INSURANCE, NO PROBLEM! Motorcycles and all safety gear provided. 

Module 1, 2, 3 and 4 available over 2 days intensive training if required.

Module 1, 3 and 5 available over 2 days intensive training if required.



Leinster Driving Campus IBT Prices (includes bike hire, insurance and protective equipment)

 CAT AM MOD 1+2+3+4 (16HRS)  < = 50CC   MIN AGE 16YRS  €595
 CAT A1 MOD 1+2+3+4 (16HRS)  <= 125CC <11kw  MIN AGE 16YRS  €595
 CAT A2 MOD 1+3+5     (18HRS)  > 395CC <35kw  MIN AGE 18YRS  €670
 CAT A MOD 1+3+5       (18HRS)  > 595CC >40kw  MIN AGE 24YRS  €670


 CAT A1 TO A2 (MOD 5 - 11HRS)   MIN AGE 18YRS  €395
 CAT A2 TO A (MOD 5 - 11HRS)   MIN AGE 20YRS  €395




Initial Basic Training (IBT) is a mandatory motorcycle training that teaches the basic skills to learner motorcyclists. It is part of the RSA's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.


Module 1 ( 3 Hrs)

This Module is classroom based and deals with:

      • Motorcycle Equipment
      • Motorcycles and their controls
      • Basic Technical Checks
      • Taking Machine on and off the stand
      • Basic Safety Checks (POWER)
      • Moving the Machine without aid of engine
      • Precautions before starting (FIGS)
      • Starting and stopping the engine
Module 2 (5 Hrs)

This module includes practical riding skills at Leinster Driving Campus Compound - deals with:

      • Stopping the machine (Theory)
      • Moving off & Stopping in controlled fashion
      • Ride in a straight line
      • Correct use of brakes (all scenarios)
      • Gears selecting and changing
      • Rear Observation
      • Junctions Left and Right using the Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre (OSM) and Position Speed-Look (PSL) routines
      • Emergency stopping under full control
      • Slalom
      • U Turn manoeuvre
      • Figure of eight
      • Slow Riding under control
      • Explanation and Application of the Motorcycle System (OSPSL)
Module 3 (2 Hrs)

This Module is classroom based and deals with:

      • Legal Requirements for riding on the road
      • Importance of knowing the Rules of the Road
      • Visibility - "Be Seen"
      • Road Positioning
      • Rear Observation at appropriate times
      • Road surfaces and Traffic Conditions
      • Progress – Fast/Slow
      • Hazard perception and anticipation
Module 4 (6 Hrs)

This Module is practical riding skill carried out on-road and deals with:

  • The application of Module 3 (in practice) whilst on a public road
  • Dealing with Junctions
  • Dealing with Roundabouts
  • Dealing with Traffic controls
  • Dealing with Hills (incline & decline)
  • Dealing with Hazards and Obstructions
Module 5 (11 or 13 Hrs)

The Progression module is a repeat of Modules 2 and 4 as well as some additional topics (see details below). If you are upgrading your vehicle, i.e. to a more powerful engine you can complete this module to get the necessary training without having to go through the whole IBT programme again. You will need to give details of your previous IBT to your instructor before completing the Progression module.

  • Move off and stop
  • Use of brakes
  • Use of gears
  • Slow riding (exercise)
  • Figure of eight (exercise)
  • U-Turn (exercise)
  • Slalom (exercise)
  • Rear observations and mirror work
  • Turning left and right
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Emergency adjustment of speed, and an emergency stop
  • Overtaking
  • Carrying pillion passengers
  • Using a side car / towing trailor
  • Gradients
  • Junctions
  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts
  • Safe distance
  • Anticipation and reaction to hazards
  • Pedestrian and rail crossing (rail where possible)
  • Bends
  • Socially responsible riding / driving


When you have completed your IBT course, your instructor will record the details of your training in your logbook and issue you with a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion.





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