The 5 Parts of a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
So if you’ve booked your CBT motorcycle test with us in London or you just want to know what it entails, you’ve come to the right place. It’s good to get an idea of what you’ll have to do on the day and the great news is, all the information you’ll need is included below! Have a quick read, relax and remember; it’s not a test!
Before the training begins there are some basic checks you will have to undergo:
This is the first real learning section of your CBT. It will undoubtedly involve lots of whiteboards and drawings.
The ultimate aim of this section is to give you an understanding of how your vehicle works, what maintenance checks are needed and also to get a feel for your bike. Remember it’s not a test! You will be shown how everything works then given the chance to do it yourself to make sure you’re comfortable.
So here’s how it will work, we’ve broken it down into 5 sections:
So here’s where the fun starts. This is when you will finally get to ride your motorcycle or scooter. The end goal of this section is to give you the basic skills so that you can ride safely on a road. There is theory to go along with this too, so it will be a lot of learning.
Essentially you will just have to demonstrate you have some core skills and you are also aware of your surroundings. Your instructor will teach you all the basics you’ll need, this will include basic manoeuvres, changing gears and using your brakes correctly.
There is then an observation section which will include elements such as understanding blind spots and potential visual impairments. They will also include exercises such as bending and U-turns along with mock road situations such as T-Junctions.
By the time you’ve finished this section you will be expected to have demonstrated some competence and understanding of what you have been taught. Observation is key and may save your life, so listen up!
Greats news! It’s usually time for lunch now!
This section will include a round up of previously covered areas, so it’s back to the whiteboard for some theory! It will also cover some crucial new information. It’s designed to reinforce the importance of how and why to ride safely and legally on the road.
Ultimately this section is here to teach you how to ride legally, responsibly and safely. So it’s fair to say it’s a pretty important part of your CBT. It’s quite straightforward so just take some notes and get ready to implement what you’ve learnt later on.
So this is the final element. It will bring together everything you’ve been taught in the previous parts of the course. In this part you will:
Once you are confident with this, you will head out onto the road with your instructor. You will ride for at least 2 hours and it is a good opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt to your instructor. You will be put into groups of no more than 2 pupils per instructor. You will then be asked to perform a U-turn and to prove that you know how to stop when needed as if in an emergency.
This is a great chance to increase your confidence and competence and to prove to your instructor that you are sensible and understand what he’s been talking about for the previous hours!
As we said before this is not a test. So don’t worry. We would advise you go in ready to learn and do some reading before so that you’re confident and not taken by surprise. If you want to read the questions we wish we’d asked before taking our CBT then read here. The instructors are there to teach you all they can and make sure you are willing and able to learn so enjoy the day and the chance to learn new skills.