If you’re looking to take motorcycle or scooter training then getting some quality CBT training in Peterborough will be the first step to getting out on the road. 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.
Although it is commonly referred to as the CBT test, this isn’t strictly the case. In fact you don’t have to worry about failing at all, because the CBT is really just a day of instruction, with the end goal of making you a safe rider on the roads.
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.
CBT Training in Peterborough consists of 5 parts and can be completed in just one day, assuming that you train safely and to the required standard.
In order to be eligible for a CBT and to get booked onto a CBT course, you must be a UK citizen, be at least 16-years-old, and hold a valid UK provisional licence or a full licence. You do not need to take the theory test before your CBT, and you don’t need any previous experience riding motorcycle or scooters.
You don’t need to worry about buying your own motorcycle or scooter prior to your CBT, or purchasing your own protective equipment - in fact we would highly recommend that you wait until you’ve had your CBT training session before considering any purchase.
The school will provide you with a bike, as well as a helmet and most, if not all, schools will provide you with gloves and a jacket too (we suggest that it’s worth some contact to find out exactly what the training school will supply before you attend the training session).
As for clothing on the day, you’ll want to wear some thick jeans and sturdy boots that cover your ankles.
We also strongly recommend that you check the weather a day or two before you’re planning to take your motorcycle or scooter CBT, because wind chill can make it especially cold on two wheels. Even a light rain can make a dramatic difference regardless of whether you’re riding a motorcycle or scooter on your CBT training day, so pack extra layers or some waterproofs if you need to.
CBT Training consists of 5 parts and all courses in the UK will start in the morning as the length of the course typically takes between 6-8 hours. The initial 4 parts or elements of the day are completed off-road in a safe environment so that the student can get used to handling the motorcycle.
These first 4 parts of the day start with basic checks of eye sight, licence checks and ability to understand the highway code and dials on the motorbike. The following parts off-road consist of some basic maneuvers such as figure eights, right/left turns and U-turns.
The fifth and final part of the cbt course is to take your moped or motorcycle out on the roads for Element E or road riding. This by law takes a minimum of 2 hours and your instructor will not cut this time short unless you are unsafe or endangering other road users.
After you have completed your day of training in Peterborough, your qualified instructor will issue you with your CBT certificate on-site. This has the condition that you are safe to ride on two wheels and are no danger to yourself or any other road users.
Following this you will be able to get insurance and a vehicle and ride away the same day solo.
Following, taking and succeeding in your CBT training you will be able to ride up to a 125cc motorcycle or moped, displaying L plates at all times and not proceeding onto motorways or carrying passengers.
Riding with L plates understandably isn’t the coolest statement you can make when riding on two wheels, however, there are a plethora of options of bikes that you can ride after taking your CBT training. If you want to ditch those L plates and carry passengers and get an unrestricted licence then pursue a full motorcycle licence.