I've been looking forward to today for a while. For a couple of years now, I've wanted to try something new - motorbikes. It's probably something to do with being more than halfway to 70, but it has been around for a while. When younger, I used to look at bikes and think 'bloody dangerous things'. Still do, to an extent - but I also want to give it a try.

So today, I've booked in for the 'Compulsory Basic Training'.

In the UK, to ride a motorbike under a provisional licence, the rider must first take their CBT. This is a day of training to ensure you know how to not fall over, change gear, stop.... that sort of thing.

This lasts for two years, after which it will expire. In that time, you can go for a full licence. A rider over 21 can take a 'direct access' course, which will allow them to ride any bike. Younger riders can only ride bikes of limited power.

I don't know if I'll go for a full licence or not. The CBT might show me that it's not for me after all. If I do go for it I'll use the direct access route. The test changes at the end of April, getting that little bit harder. This wouldn't be an impediment to going for it (avoiding an obstacle at speed is a reasonable skill to acquire) - but it does add to the hassles.

Anyhow, as I say, today is the CBT. Wish me luck!