CBT Training

What is Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) ?

Compulsory Basic Training, which is often referred to as a CBT or CBT Test is a day of training typically lasting between 6 to 8 hours. The CBT is designed to assess and improve your skills riding a motorcycle on the road with the goal of making sure you’re safe for both yourself and others when riding unsupervised.

The training consists of 5 different elements, each which need to be successfully completed in order and have been set by the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA):

Introduction and Eyesight Check - Your instructor will brief you on what to expect during the training and test you can read a registration plate at a distance of 20.5 meters. You may wear glasses is you use them.

On-Site Training - This is the first part of your practical motorcycle training. It will deal with the very basics of motorcycle checks and controls.

On-Site Riding - The instructor will teach you maneuvers, braking, observations, clutch control and gear changing (on a manual motorcycle). You’ll spend a lot of time riding around cones, practicing different scenarios and techniques.

On-Road Training - You instructor will assess your knowledge of the UK Highway Code in order to prepare for the final element of on road riding. It’s a requirement to have a good understanding before you take the CBT.

On-Road Riding - This is a 2 hour minimum road ride which will take place on various roads around the test site. You will be in a group no larger than 2 students with your instructor.


What do I need to take the CBT?

There are a few requirements you need in order to take the CBT:

Be able to ride an adult sized bicycle

Read a registration plate at a distance of 20 meters

Know the UK Highway Code to a good level

Speak and understand instructions in English

The documents required in order to take a CBT are one of the following:

Full UK Driving Licence

UK Provisional Driving Licence

EU Driving Licence which has been registered with the DVLA using a D9 Form.

If you passed your Full Driving Licence before February 2001 and wish to ride a 50cc moped then you would not have to take a CBT.


What can I ride after the CBT?

You can chose to do your CBT on either a manual motorcycle or an automatic scooter when you make your booking. There is currently not a restriction to which type of bike you take your CBT on stopping you from riding different transmissions. Legally you can train on a scooter and ride a manual 125cc motorcycle, however we’d highly recommend training for riding a manual bike first, such as the gear conversion course.

if you pass your CBT and you are 16 years old you can ride up to 50cc and if you’re over the age of 17 you can ride an automatic scooter or manual motorcycle up to 125cc.

The CBT Certificate you are awarded when you complete your training is valid for a period of 2 years.

RideTo would always recommend that you do your CBT on a manual motorcycle if you are planning on riding a manual bike on the roads. More training is always better when it comes to motorcycling.

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This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.