Can I Do a CBT in Gravesend?
Gravesend in northwest Kent has a couple of local training schools where you can take your CBT test.
The closest option is just over the River Thames at Edventure Rider Limited who are based in West Thurrock.
Edventure is an MCIA approved motorcycle training school which means they offer the highest quality of training so you can know you’re in safe hands during your CBT test.
Other RideTo partner schools where you could complete your CBT test are ART Rider Training in Basildon, Phoenix, who offer training from G Force Motorcycles in Gillingham or there's also their other site in Sidcup.
These CBT test schools are all roughly 10 miles from Gravesend so would be great options for you.
What Is the First Step in Learning to Ride a Motorcycle
If you’ve decided two wheels is the way to go for you, the first and perhaps only step you will need to take to legally ride on the roads in the UK is to pass a CBT test.
This stands for Compulsory Basic Training and as the name states it’s the essential training anyone over the age of 16 must complete in order to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle (upto 125cc) in the UK.
The only exception to this is if you passed your driving test before the 1st February 2001 in which case you can ride a 50cc moped without any training and also take a passenger on the back and ride without an L plate.
Anyone else will need to attend a one day CBT test.
If you want to ride a motorbike with a larger engine than a 125cc, after completing a CBT test you will need to take a full licence course.
Can I fail a CBT?
Although technically you can’t ‘fail’ there are a few reasons why you may not be given your CBT certificate at the end of your CBT training day or even make it through the whole day.
If at any point you do something that is dangerous to yourself or others your instructor may ask you to come back for further training, normally another full day of CBT training.
If you are worried about this happening, check out our Peace of Mind Policy.
Another reason you might be told to come back for further training which isn’t covered by the Peace of Mind Policy, is not understanding the highway code and riding incorrectly during the road ride element of the CBT test, even if you can control the bike ok itself.
This is because it’s mentioned in the terms and conditions when you book that it’s your responsibility to learn the Highway Code before your training day as this is not taught during your CBT test.