Compulsory Basic Training

The CBT is a basic training course and is required by law if you want to ride a moped or motorcycle on the road. It is not a test or forgone conclusion of success, it is a learning process where you must show a basic competence in all aspects of the course. Training usually takes one day but on occasions, additional training sessions are required before the final element of the course is conducted (Element E on road riding). You can be certain that the best training possible by the best trainers available will be given to you to ensure you have every chance of success.

The issue of a CBT (DL196) certificate means you have achieved a safe and satisfactory riding standard during the motorcycle training and can now ride your motorbike unaccompanied on the road, putting into practice what you have been taught.

If you are not a road user, it is vital that you read and understand the Highway Code prior to attending the CBT course. We strongly advise that you know what all road signs mean and understand the rules of the road, for your own safety and for the safety of other road users. One of the biggest reasons for non-completion of training is a lack of preparation in this area…there will be friendly testing of your knowledge as Element E cannot take place if deemed unsafe.

The CBT certificate is valid for two years and if you do not pass your motorcycle test during this period, you must complete another CBT course to continue riding legally on the road.

The CBT course usually takes one day to complete. Courses start at 8.30am prompt and the day is broken down into five elements:

  • Element A: This section explains the need for correct clothing, what to look for when you buy it, the importance of wearing protective clothing and the legality of safety helmets. We will issue safety clothing and helmets as necessary
  • Element B: Off road training in a safe environment, where you will be introduced to your motorcycle or scooter. The instructor will explain the controls and you will be given some guidance on basic machine maintenance, with special emphasis on safety.
  • Element C: This is where you start learning to ride, beginning with moving off and stopping and developing your skills through a variety of exercises until you are ready to go on the road.
  • Element D: After a short lunch break, you will be given a road safety briefing in the comfort of our training premises. This is a classroom based session about how to ride on the road safely. You are expected to already have a good understanding of the Highway Code. (You can bring your own lunch or dine at the onsite Café)
  • Element E: Minimum (legal requirement) two hour road ride. Your instructor will issue you with a radio, ready for your on-road session. This will last at least 2 hours, and will involve a variety of roads. There will be regular stops to discuss aspects of the ride, with debriefing sessions and discussion of various road hazards to include:
    • Junctions
    • Roundabouts
    • U-Turn
    • Emergency Stop
    • Pedestrian Crossings
    • Traffic Lights
    • Hills and Gradients
    • Obstructions
    • Hazard Awareness and Planning Ahead
    • Dual Carriageways

Finish: A final de-brief of your riding, issuing your CBT certificate (DL196) and a discussion on your further training requirements.

Course Prices (All prices are inclusive of VAT)

CBT inc. all machine & equipment hire £130
CBT using your own bike £120