If you want to head out onto the open road with two wheels, then taking your CBT test in Swansea should be your first step. We currently have one CBT test centre operating in the Swansea area.
Motorcycle Training Wales are based in Neath, just off junction 43 of the M4. The instructors at Motorcycle Training Wales are all trained to an incredibly high standard and have plenty of experience - so you can be sure you’re getting quality service. Motorcycle Training Wales also run a second training centre, located in Pontypridd.
What is a CBT test?
The most important thing you should know is that although it’s commonly referred to as the CBT test, there is no test involved. CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and it’s the minimum level of training you must undergo if you want to ride on the road with a provisional licence - it’s sole aim is to ensure you are able to ride safely on the road.
Any UK citizen aged 16 or over can take a CBT, but your CBT certificate will only be valid for two years. If you wish to continue riding, you’ll have to re-take your CBT, or take your full motorcycle test.
You don’t need any prior riding experience before your CBT, although it will help if you know your basic Highway Code and the rules that apply to you as your instructor can stop the training at any time if they feel your Highway Code knowledge isn’t upto scratch.
Don’t worry about taking your own protective gear or motorcycles, the training school will provide you with a bike, as well as a helmet, jacket and gloves. Wear sturdy jeans, and sturdy boots that cover your ankles.
The training itself is split into three parts. First you’ll get an eyesight check and instructional training in the classroom. Here, your instructor will teach you the basics of the highway code, riding on the road, and how to handle the motorcycle or scooter you will be riding for the day. Once this is complete, you’ll head outside.
Once you’re on the school’s off-road training area, you’ll get your first opportunity to ride a bike. First, your instructor will show you how to get the bike off and on the stand, and they’ll make sure you can push the bike around safely. They’ll then show you the basic controls of your motorcycle, before you’ll get the chance to perform slow speed maneuvers around set courses. Once you’ve mastered this, it’s time to head out onto the road.
For your on-road training, you will be paired with one other student. You’ll be out on the roads for a minimum of two hours, where you’ll take it in turns to lead, so the instructor can get a good look at both of you. If you’ve shown yourself to be a confident and safe rider, you’ll be handed your CBT certificate upon you return. Here’s a more in-depth guide to the CBT.