CBT learner motorcycles

Compulsory basic training CBT

If you want to ride a motorbike or moped, you must first complete a CBT course.

The course is designed to give a basic understanding of riding theory, and the skills and attitude you need to enjoy riding and stay safe on the roads.

The course trainers are experienced motorcyclists who’ll be able to give you tons of great advice and practical tips.

The CBT is not a test. There’s no exam. You can’t fail. The course is broken down into five elements. You’ll only be moved onto the next element once the trainer is happy you’ve learnt the theory or skills to progress to the next level. If you don’t meet the required standard on the day in question you’ll be invited back carry on your training later.

The most important thing is pay attention, apply what you’ve learned, and have fun. Most people leave the CBT grinning from ear to ear.

How much a compulsory basic training CBT course cost?

Costs vary from region to region and school to school. Expect to pay between £90 - £150. Prices are often cheaper outside of the main summer months. Group bookings with a friend can also help reduce the cost as many schools offer discounts.

How long does the CBT last?

The course last as long is takes to reach the required standard. However there is a minimum of two hours on the road riding (four hours in Northern Ireland). Expect the course to take a full day.

What bike can I take my CBT on?

Your approved training center will provide a suitable 125cc bike, or if you want to ride a scooter, then a suitable scooter/moped. While your trainer should have a selection of models available do tell them in advance if you have any special requirements, such as needing a bike with a low seat height. It's important that you feel comfortable on the bike.

Note: That even if you take your CBT on an automatic bike or moped you can still ride a geared bike on the road.

What’s in the course, what can expect?

The CBT covers five main elements.

Module 1

Element A

Introduction - 
theoretical training

 

Element B

Practical training 
(touch, balance and so on)

Module 2

Element C

Practical riding skills

 

Element D

Pre road-ride briefing

Module 3

Element E

Practical on-road riding (compulsory four hours duration)

The DSA video below demonstrates exactly what you can expect from your CBT session.

What should I wear on the CBT?

You chosen school will provide you with a helmet and gloves, though if you already have your own you can wear those. They’ll also give you a high visibility vest to wear while you’re out on the bike.

The instructor will give a talk about suitable protective clothing during the course, so you may wish to hold off buying your own clothing until then.

You should wear full-length trousers (not shorts) and a confortable jacket. Remember to check the weather before hand dress appropriately. Wear sturdy boots, and not trainers or sandals.

What happens next?

On completing the CBT you’ll be given a DL196 certificate. You will then legally allowed to ride a moped, motorcycle or scooter of up to 125cc (depending on your age).

Don’t forget you must ensure your bike carries L plates (or D plates in Wales) in both the front and rear of the vehicle. You are not allowed to ride on motorways, though A roads are fine, nor can you carry a pillion passenger. 

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