Taking your CBT training in Dartford will most probably be your first step to getting out on the road onto a scooter or motorcycle.
Although it is commonly referred to as the CBT test, you need not to worry about not passing, because the CBT is actually a day of instruction, with the purpose of making you a safe motorcycle or scooter rider.
You can expect your CBT - which stands for Compulsory Basic Training - to last up to 8 hours and all you need to complete it is a UK provisional licence and to be at least 16 years of age.
Want to know more about the day itself? Here’s what a full CBT test entails.
We currently have a couple of CBT test centres in and around the area of Dartford and West Thurrock. Or there are several more CBT training centres within a few miles that will all be able to help you get on the road with the highest standard of motorcycle training. And they are all specialists in training and can take you all the way from your first day riding, through to gaining your CBT and then maybe even passing your full motorcycle licence test.
Don’t stress too much about the difficulty of the CBT course. CBT actually stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and there isn’t a test involved at all. The CBT exists just to make sure you can handle your motorbike or scooter to a safe standard, and ride safely on public roads.
The course itself only lasts a day and is broken down into three simple parts.
First you’ll learn how to handle your machine, and learn basic highway code in the classroom. This will take just an hour or two at best and the best schools usually accompany this learning with a good cup of tea and perhaps even a biscuit or two!
Once you’ve understood the theory, you’ll head outside onto the school’s purpose built off-road training area, where you will perform basic maneuvers on your motorbike or scooter.
Then, assuming that your instructor is happy that you can handle the bike safely, it will be time to head out onto the open road for a short assessment ride. During this portion of the day your instructor is looking for you to be a safe and confident rider on the road. And that’s it… It really is that simple.
And once this is all over, you’ll be able to head out on the open road on your own.
As you don’t have your full bike licence, then you won’t be expected to have the full range of riding kit recommended for your Compulsory Basic Training. And there’s need to worry about not owning your own motorcycle or scooter for your CBT either, the school in Dartford will provide you with one you can use. If you’re 16-years-old you’ll be limited to motorcycles or scooters with a capacity of no more than 50cc and a top speed of 31mph. If you’re 17-years-old and above you’ll be allowed to ride anything up to 125cc.
If you choose to book your CBT training in Dartford on an automatic machine, such as a scooter or a moped, then you won’t be limited to just automatic machines once you head out onto the road on your own - which means that you’ll be able to ride a geared motorcycle should you wish to change your style of bike later on. We would however recommend completing your CBT on whatever type of machine you are likely to be using once you have completed your CBT because there are a few differences between the two kind of machines and it’s always best to be comfortable road riding on the style of bike that you are used to.
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If, once you’ve completed your CBT course, you’re happy to stick to a bike no larger than 125cc you’ll have to refresh your CBT test every two years.
Still a little unsure about what to expect during your CBT test in Dartford? Don’t worry, we’ve answered the most common questions about the CBT test here.
So what are you waiting for?! Book your CBT and get out there on the open road!