The first step to getting out on the road on two wheels is taking your CBT test in Wembley and we’re here to make the process of getting your CBT as easy and painless as possible.
If you’re looking to book your CBT test in Wembley, we have a number of training centres for you to choose from. Alpha Motorcycle Training are located a short walk from North Wembley tube station, and all the team members are friendly and professional. Alpha are also MCIAC Approved, which means they offer some of the best motorcycle training available in the whole of the UK.
A little further north, both Universal Motorcycle Training and North London Motorcycle Training are based in Edgware. Both schools offer good training facilities at a competitive price.
If you want to take your test south of Wembley, Off The Kerb Motorcycle Training are based in Shepherds Bush and offer a large and safe off-road training area.
What Is a CBT?
CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and it’s the minimum level of training you must complete in order to ride a scooter or motorcycle upto 125cc on the roads in the UK. Despite commonly being referred to as the CBT test, the CBT isn’t actually something you can pass or fail and there is no test involved.
Who Can Take a CBT?
If you want to complete your CBT, you must hold a valid British passport, and be at least 16-years-old. You will also need a valid UK provisional licence before you take your CBT.
What Can I Ride on a CBT?
This depends on your age. If you are 16-years-old, then once you’ve completed your CBT you will only be allowed to ride a motorcycle or scooter with a maximum capacity of 50cc and a top speed of no more than 30mph. We recommend choosing a scooter, so you don’t have to worry about changing up and down the gears just to get to 30mph.
Once you turn 17, you will be able to step upto a 125cc machine with a maximum power output of 11kW. While riding on your CBT you will not be permitted to carry a passenger or ride on motorways.
While you are riding with only your CBT, you will have to display L-plates on the front and rear, and your CBT certificate will only be valid for two years. After this two years you must retake your CBT, or take the full motorcycle test if you wish to ride something bigger. Whether you want to ride an automatic scooter or manual motorcycle is completely upto you - they both have their pros and cons.
Is a CBT Difficult?
The majority of the training is practical - you’ll spend most of the day riding a scooter or motorcycle either on the road or in a controlled training area. All you have to do is show that you can handle the machine confidently and safely and carry out the instructions given to you by your instructor. But it certainly wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your highway code before your CBT. This article goes more in-depth about the CBT test, and we have plenty more articles to help you with your CBT.