If you’re looking to get on two wheels then the first thing you’ll want to do is take your CBT test in Exeter. CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training and it is the minimum level of training required for your to legally ride on the UK’s roads on two wheels with L-plates.
You can take your CBT test in Exeter from the age of 16, and at that age you will be eligible to ride a motorcycle or scooter up-to 50cc. If you’re 17 and above, you will be allowed to ride anything up-to 125cc.
When you take your CBT test in Exeter you will have the choice of riding an automatic scooter, or fully manual motorcycle. Unlike your car test, you will not be limited to an automatic scooter if this is what you choose for your CBT test in Exeter, but we suggest using whatever type of machine you’re likely to be using on the road.
Not sure whether you want to ride an automatic scooter or manual motorcycle Check out our list of the top motorcycles and scooters for commuting, and see which one tickles your fancy!
Is There a CBT Test Centre in Exeter?
Of course! We at RideTo currently have two CBT test centres in the Exeter area. The first, Exeter Motorcycle Training Centre, is located just to the south of the town centre, in Marsh Barton. If you’re making your way there from the centre of Exeter, you can hope on either the 2B or B bus. Get off at the Cofton Road stop and you’ll be a short walk from the CBT test centre.
Our second CBT test centre in the Exeter area is a little further from the centre, in Clyst St Mary, but don’t worry, there are still good transport links. From Exeter you’ll be able to catch the 9, 9A and 52 busses to Clyst St Mary Westpoint. Coming from the other direction you’ll be able to catch the 9, 9A, 52, 56 and X9 buses. MTS Rider Training have a large off-road area for you to hone your skills before the road portion of your CBT.
Both CBT test centres in Exeter provide helmets for the day and have a range of manual and automatic 50cc and 125cc machines for you to use.
What is a CBT Test?
Despite the name, it’s not actually a test - you won’t be graded at the end of the day - so don’t worry too much. Your CBT test in Exeter will be split into three parts. First your instructor will cover the basics of riding a motorcycle or scooter in the classroom. From there, you’ll be shown around the motorcycle or scooter you’ll be riding before hopping on the bike for the off-road portion of the day.
Once your instructor is happy with your control of the bike you’ll head out onto the open road for a short ride, before heading back to the test centre and being handed your L plates! Want to know more? Here are the most common questions about the CBT test .