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Give The Gift Of Riding This Year


Jake T · November 23, 2022

I’m not sure how… but we’re at that time of year again where we all start panicking about what to buy our loved ones for Christmas (or is that just me?).

Why not give the gift of riding this year? Here at RideTo we’ve made it easier than ever to get on your way to life on two wheels. If you’re unsure on the process, you can read our guide on motorcycle licenses, but just to give you a brief idea.

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CBT Training

Your starting point is a CBT, which stands for Compulsory Basic Training. This is a one day course designed to give you the skills you need to safely get out on the road on either a 50cc or a 125cc machine (depending on age). The good news is you can’t fail a CBT, however if the instructor feels you’re unsafe then they may ask you to come back for some further training. We offer a Peace Of Mind Policy to cover the extra cost of this training should you need it. (Note it must be purchased alongside your initial booking and cannot be purchased after your training has commenced). Purchase a gift card to give your loved ones this year and choose a gift certificate and gift box to give on the day.

Once you have completed your CBT training you can get yourself a suitable motorcycle or scooter and head out on the road.

To make things even easier we’ve teamed up with Klarna to enable you to split the payments of the CBT over three months.

Motorcycle Gear

If you’re a parent reading this and you’re worried about whether riding is something you want your child doing. Have a gander at the RideTo Store, which is full of the very best safety equipment so you can kit them out ready for life on two wheels. If you’re unsure where to begin, why not check out our ‘Staff picks’ section.

These have been hand chosen by the team here who all own and ride regularly in these items. So you can be sure they have been tried, tested and vouched for. If you have any questions about the course or the safety equipment then just contact us and one of our friendly team would be more than happy to share their advice.

The New Rider Journal

Alongside the training and the gear, you may want to prepare for your training. Here at RideTo we’ve worked hard to create the New Rider Journal. This is a guide to everything you need to know before you get your leg over a motorcycle or scooter for the first time.


  • Licences & laws
  • What to expect on your CBT
  • Pre Training Guides
  • How to pass your Full Licence
  • Advanced Training
  • Gear Guides
  • How to find the right bike
  • Instructor Advice
  • How to ride in the rain
  • How to ride in a group
  • How to ride with a pillion
  • Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Top routes in the UK
  • Best Destinations UK

If you’re looking to ride larger capacity machines then you will need to proceed on to take your motorcycle theory test. Similar to but separate from the theory test you take when learning to drive, you will take a multiple choice test alongside a hazard perception test. This is to ensure you have the knowledge and knowhow of road markings and signs alongside how you would react to certain situations in a controlled environment.

Once you have both your CBT and your theory test you will be able to go ahead and start your training for your full license. Again there is an age factor here. If you’re under 24 years old you will be restricted to 46.6bhp. If you are over 24 you can ride any capacity motorcycle. You can read more about license types here.

We do a variety of gift packages should you wish to combine any of the services we offer here.

Give your loved ones the gift of riding a motorcycle with RideTo.

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.