Are you looking to take your CBT training in Edinburgh or anywhere in Scotland? If so, then there are a few options for motorcycle training schools all within close distance that are fantastically suited to your needs.
If you’re looking around Edinburgh for your CBT training then we have all the information you need to book your CBT training, get you on the way to getting you your motorbike licence and to getting out on the road.
Taking your CBT training in Edinburgh will be the first step to getting out on the road on a scooter or motorcycle. 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.
The good news is that contrary to what most people think, there isn’t actually a test involved with your CBT as there is with a full motorcycle licence - it’s simply a day of training that is intended to help you get to grips with the basic skills and knowledge required for motorcycle or scooter riding.
And there is more good news too, because this means that you don’t need to worry about revising anything specific before the day. With that said though, it may help to brush up on a few things. Luckily, we have plenty of handy guides and articles which will help prepare you for your CBT and there are plenty of resources online that will help you discover the answer to any specific questions that you might have.
The course itself only lasts a day and is broken down into 5 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 manoeuvres on your motorbike or scooter.
Then, as long as 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.
If you’re at least 16-years-old with a full or provisional licence then you will be eligible for the CBT test. You will also need a valid UK passport. You don’t need to worry about providing your own bike, or helmet, as the schools will provide these. However, not all schools will provide other items of equipment such as gloves and a jacket.
If this is the case, you’ll want to take along the sturdiest clothing you have. Jeans are better than tracksuit bottoms, and boots that cover your ankles are recommended. Gloves are especially important - and motorcycle gloves are always preferred over thick winter gloves that offer no protection. If you don’t want to spend lots of money on motorcycle gloves, supermarkets such as Aldi occasionally stock protective motorcycle clothing at low prices.
Check the weather the night before, as you may need to pack some waterproofs or extra layers.
You don’t need to worry about passing your theory test before your CBT, but it will certainly help to brush up on your theory and highway code, as the instructor will ask you questions about the basic rules of the road. We’ve put together this guide to help you with road signs you might encounter on your CBT test in Edinburgh.
You don’t need your own motorcycle or scooter, all of our schools in Edinburgh, and all CBT training centres for that matter, will provide with a bike to use for the day. If you’re 16-years-old that means you’ll be restricted to a motorcycle or scooter with a maximum capacity of 50cc and a top speed of 30mph. If you’re over 16, you’ll be allowed to ride anything up to 125cc with a maximum power output of 11kW.
If you choose to take your car test in an automatic car, then you will only be qualified to drive automatic cars on the road, but that’s not the case with the CBT. If you choose to complete your CBT on an automatic scooter, you will still be allowed to ride a manual motorcycle on the road without further training. Although this is the case, we recommend completing your CBT on whatever type of bike you will be riding after. These are our favourite motorcycles and scooters out there right now.