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Motorcycle CBT Licence: ​8 Questions and Answers


James B · January 29, 2017

Here are 8 questions that are often asked when people try to get their Motorcycle CBT licence.

1. What is a motorcycle CBT?

It’s short for compulsory basic training and allows you to ride a moped or scooter on the road.

2. Do I need a CBT?


Unless you gained your full driving licence before 1st February 2001, then you can ride a 50cc moped without L plates and carry passengers.

3. What can I ride with a motorcycle CBT?

At 16 you can ride a moped up to 50cc and restricted to 28Mph. At 17+ you can ride a 125cc scooter or motorcycle with a maximum power of 11Kw. All with L plates and no passengers. Check out our list of top motorcycles you can ride on a CBT in 2018

4. Where do I get a CBT?

From your local motorcycle school, which you can find using our free and easy search here. It’s a one day course.

5. How much does it cost to do CBT training?

Motorcycle CBT test

Depends on time, location and if you have your own bike, typically £120 - £190 for a reputable school. Be aware of additional things such as bike hire, weekend surcharges and other add-ons which can make a price too cheap to be true often the case. We started this website to try make the comparison easier for you.

6. How do I pass?

Good news is you can’t technically fail. But if you are unable to ride a bike and appear unsafe to go on the roads, your instructor may ask you to come back for another day of further training before you get your certificate.

7. What to expect from your CBT training.

There are 5 stages to the CBT, which are: Eye test, onsite training, onsite riding, on-road training, on-road riding. You can read about these in more detail here.

8. I’ve got my CBT! Now what?

Go you! You can ride any scooter or moped here and also consider further training to upgrade to that motorcycle of your dreams.

Want to learn more about getting on 2 wheels? Read our beginner's guide here.

Ready to get your CBT booked with a trusted training school? Have a search on our homepage.

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.