CBT is designed to give you:
- A basic understanding of riding theory
- Skills to make you safe and confident on the road
- The correct attitude towards riding.
If you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001 you don’t need to take CBT to ride a moped (up to 50cc), however we strongly advise that you do take a CBT as riding a moped is very different to driving a car.
Most learner motorcycle and moped riders must take compulsory basic training (CBT) before riding on the road. A CBT certificate is valid for 2 years and you then have to pass your full motorcycle test before it expires or re take CBT.
Your CBT certificate allows you to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc on the road providing you are displaying L plates and do not carry a pillion.
How long does it take to complete a CBT?
There is no set time frame for CBT , some people can get through in a day and others may take longer. Ask your ATB to explain their charges if you need extra time.
Aim to arrive a little early and ensure you’ve got both parts of your licence. Taking a packed lunch is a good idea as you may not be in an area with catering facilities – ask when you book.
The CBT consists of five elements
Element A: Introduction to CBT – helps you understand the purpose and content of CBT; also covers equipment, clothing, an eyesight check and whether your licence allows you to ride a motorbike.
Element B: Practical on-site training – covers motorbike controls, safety checks, using the stand, wheeling the motorbike, and starting and stopping the engine.
Element C: Practical on-site riding – covers riding techniques including riding in a straight line, stopping riding slowly, using the brakes, changing gear, and developing steering and balance.
Element D: Practical on-road training – covers safety on the road, legal requirements, road positioning and attitude.
Element E: Practical on-road riding – must include at least two hours of riding with the trainer to show you are safe to continue learning on your own.
- Remember your licence
- Turn up in good time for your course
- Listen to your instructor and gain as much information as possible
- Go at your own pace and enjoy the experience
- Ask questions when you are not sure
- Don’t be disappointed if it takes more than a day – this can happen
- Have lots of fun!
Once you have completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
Many of our customers enjoy CBT and choose to return for further training. MCIAC accredited ATBs offer a full range of training options and will tailor a programme of learning to meet your riding goals.