Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
Firstly, let us just say straight away that the CBT is not a test and there is no formal exam!
The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is the "first step" you must take when learning to ride a moped or motorcycle and is a course of training you are required to complete to the DVSA required standards.
All new riders must by law, complete this course before they are legally entitled to ride a moped or motorcycle on the road, including when they are on riding lessons. When attending the CBT course, you will need to be dressed appropriately, suitable jacket, motorcycle jeans or motorcycle pants heavy jeans are fine (must be no holes in clothing) sturdy footwear must have ankle protection, please try to avoid steel toe caps if possible. You must also use gloves whenever you’re riding your motorcycle; this becomes part of the “best practice” routine.
Ensure you have your Provisional motorcycle UK licence (category A) with you and that you have your glasses or contact lenses with you if normally worn to reach the basic required standard of 20.5 metres.
Elements of the CBT
The CBT course syllabus consists of five elements and these five elements have to be completed in order.
(1) Introduction: Driving licence check, eyesight test and a short discussion on how your day will be formed along with a talk through motorcycle clothing including visibility aids and motorcycle helmets.
(2) Practical On-Site Training: Introductions to the motorcycle including controls of the motorcycle and basic maintenance as well as a chance to use the stands, push the motorcycle and safely start/stop the machine.
(3) Practical On-Site Riding: Referred to as the yard part. This section covers motorcycle observations, moving off and stopping with effective use of brakes, gear changing, left and right hand junctions, slow riding including U-turns and the figure of eight then finished off with the E Stop exercise.
(4) Practical On-Road Training: A class room type session with plenty of question and answer time to get you up to speed with road signs, position, defensive riding, weather and road conditions and more from the Highway Code.
(5) Practical On-Road Riding: A minimum of two hours, this session will bring together all of the previous learning and allow your instructor to assess your skills in a real life environment. Your instructor will be in radio contact with you and will constantly adapt the session as it progresses to suit your needs. You will cover a variety of scenarios including town work, traffic lights, roundabouts and any other road based challenges you may come up against in your career as a motorcyclist.
You can only move on to the next element when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary skills and demonstrated all the practical skills needed to a safe and basic level.
It is also essential to have a good working knowledge of the “Highway Code” as inside you will find the rules of the road and these must be adhered to by instructors and students alike!
We ask for you to arrive for your CBT promptly as the earlier we start the more time we have to work on correcting any riding faults you have which in turn increases your chance of completing your CBT within the one day period. Remember, the CBT course is not necessarily a 1 day course as you have to meet the required standard by the DVSA to be deemed as competent to ride on the road unsupervised, the majority of students gain their CBT certificate in one day but if you require more training to meet the standards, then we will discuss this with you if and when required.
Once you have completed the CBT to a satisfactory standard you will be then issued with a CBT certificate also known as a DL196 which will then allow you to ride on the public highway for two years on a motorcycle that doesn’t exceed 125cc and you must display full L-Plates front and rear of your motorcycle at all times.
Very important to remember that you are NOT ALLOWED to ride your motorcycle on a motorway or carry a pillion passenger at any time whilst riding on a CBT certificate. These things can only be done once you have completed the full motorcycle test.
Using your own bike
If you are planning to use your own bike this is fine with us, however, you will need to have valid motorcycle insurance, valid road tax, valid MOT certificate (if your bike is more than three years old) and full sized L-plates clearly displayed both front and rear. Pricing discounts will be made for students riding on their own motorcycles.
Clothing and equipment
Please do not worry if you don’t have any motorcycle equipment as we can supply any clothing you require, that even goes for your helmet, gloves and waterproofs too. Just let us know when you book your CBT and we will make provisions for you.
We look forward to seeing you all soon...