Booking your CBT test in Falkirk is the first step to getting out on the lovely roads of Scotland on two wheels, and we’ve got all the information you’ll need to make that first step as easy as possible. We currently have one CBT test centre in Falkirk - Jim Allan Motorcycle Training.
The Jim Allan Motorcycle Training Centre will provide you with everything you need to complete your CBT test in Falkirk. They’ve got a good quality off-road area, where you’ll be able to practice your bike handling in a safe environment and they even have a motorcycle shop on site, should you wish to purchase any equipment or accessories on the day!
The CBT test centre in Falkirk is located extremely close to the centre of town, just head north out of the centre on Grahams Road.
Who can take a CBT test?
If you’re at least 16-years-old and hold a valid UK provisional licence then you can go ahead and complete your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training). If you’re 16 when you take your CBT test in Falkirk, then that means you can ride a motorcycle or scooter with a maximum capacity of 50cc. Here are our top 5 50cc scooters from 2018.
If you’re aged 17 or above that means you can ride a motorcycle or scooter with a maximum capacity of 125cc. These are our favourite 125cc scooters and motorcycles for commuting in the city, but they’ll also be able to handle the open Scottish roads once you’ve passed your CBT test in Falkirk.
Don’t worry about buying equipment such as a helmet before your CBT test in Falkirk. The test centre will provide a helmet. But make sure you wear sturdy boots, trousers and a jacket. Keep an eye on the weather, too. If it’s looking like it might rain or be a little chilly, take an extra layer or some waterproofs.
What happens on a CBT test?
Despite the name, the CBT test isn’t actually a test. CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and it’s the minimum standard you need to reach before you can legally ride on the UK’s roads with L-plates.
Typically a CBT test day will start in the classroom, usually with a cuppa. Your instructor will go over the theory on handling a motorbike and scooter, and make sure you know basic highway code. Once this portion has ended, you’ll head outside, where you’ll be introduced to your motorcycle or scooter for the day. If you’re riding a manual motorcycle, the instructor will explain how the gears and clutch work on a motorcycle. This is where you’ll get your first bit of action. Your instructor will guide you round a simple course in a controlled area, where you can get used to handling the bike on the move. Here are some of the common questions that we have answered to help you on your CBT journey.
Once the instructor is happy with your handling of the machine, it will be time to head out on the open road, where you will need to demonstrate your ability to ride safely. Complete all that, and you can head home the happy owner of a provisional licence for the next two years.