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Guide 1: What To Prepare For Your CBT Training?


James B · December 18, 2018

We’ve put together a short guide to help you prepare and receive the most out of your CBT training day.

1. What Do I Need To Bring?

  • Your valid UK provisional or full driving licence. This allows you to ride a motorcycle.
  • If you have an EU licence, you must bring a returned D9 form accompanied by your EU licence photocard (you must have applied for a D9 form and then received it in advance).
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you must have insurance, MOT certificate, valid road tax and L plates. Some insurance companies do not cover training so it’s important to check this before attending.

2) What Do I Wear?

  • Jacket and trousers - Made of thick material such a leather or heavy denim that shields you from abrasion and impact. Jeans must not have rips in them.
  • Boots - Made of sturdy material such as leather which provides support and protection for the ankles. You must not wear trainers or plimsolls as the instructor will not allow you to train.
  • Weather appropriate clothing - In cold weather, ensure that you wear thermals when training outdoors. This will keep you warm and comfortable. In warm or hot weather, consider lightweight materials which still keep you safe such as Kevlar or leather. Avoid shorts as the you will not be allowed to train in these.
  • Items that are provided - Helmets, high visibility vests and gloves, however, if you would like to bring your own, they must prescribe to BSI, CE or ECE standards. At some sites these items are no longer provided due to Covid-19, please check your booking confirmation for further info.

3) Arrival

  • You cannot be late - missing the start of your training is against DVSA regulations and you will not be allowed to train. (Arrive early)
  • Plan your journey in advance and be up to date with the best route of travel.
  • Double-check your CBT training information. This includes date, time and location of your training. All this information is included in your booking confirmation email. If you are unsure, you can contact us.
  • Look up the location of your training school in advance. Sometimes the physical location may be obscure, the internet on your phone might stop working and this may cause delays.

4) How Should I Prepare?

  • Revise the Highway Code
  • Learn the basic theory of riding a motorcycle
  • Read more about the 5 elements of the CBT
  • Watch CBT training videos on Youtube to see what the day looks like. The below from the DVSA is a good place to start.

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5) What Must I Be Able To Do On That Day?

  • Read a number plate standing 20 meters away. If you usually wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure to have them with you.
  • Balancing on a motorcycle. If you can balance well on a bicycle, you are more likely to be able to balance yourself on a motorcycle.
  • Go through the Highway Code. You are expected to understand road rules and traffic signals to complete your CBT.
  • The day consists of 5 elements in total and you must successfully complete all of them. This is broken down into the introduction, motorcycle controls overview, off-road riding, on-road theory and on-road riding.

NEXT: Guide 2: Motorcycle Controls

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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.