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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

We are extremely pleased to offer our CBT Motorcycle Training 7 days a week on our own on-site facility in Macclesfield Cheshire.

The CBT course is NOT a test but a continual assessment of your ability to ride a motorcycle safely on the UK public roads as a provisional learner. Everyone who wants to ride a motorbike or scooter must attend a CBT lesson before they can ride on the road using ‘L’ plates.

You have to be at least 16 years old to ride a 49 cc machine and 17 years old to ride a 125 cc scooter/motorcycle.

The CBT course is spread over 5 elements, these are done at your own pace, with no time limit. The course usually takes a full day, although this can vary depending on the experience of the student as some people may need more time than others

During the assessment your instructor will show and explain to you how to control the motorbike/scooter in a controlled environment, you must continue to evidence your understanding throughout the day to allow you to progress through the 5 elements of CBT.


The 5 CBT Elements to be completed in sequence are:-

Element A – Introduction

Trainee must be told and must understand the aims of the approved training course

The importance of the right equipment and clothing

Trainees eyesight must be tested. Trainees must be able to read in good daylight a vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures 79.4 mm high at a distance of 66 feet (20 metres) (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn).

Element B – Practical on-site Training

Trainees must receive practical on site training at the conclusion of which they must fulfill the following requirements – be familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works

Be able to carry out basic machine checks to a satisfactory standard and be able to take the bike on and off the stand satisfactorily.

Manoeuvre the bike around getting used to weight, balance etc

Start/stopping of the engine

Element C – Practical on-site Riding

Trainees must undertake practical on site riding at the conclusion of which they must be able to: –

Ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring the machine to a controlled halt

Ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control

Ride the machine slowly under control

Change gear satisfactorily

Carry out a U–turn manoeuvre satisfactorily

Carry out controlled braking using both brakes

Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

Carry out rear observation correctly

Carry out simulated left and right hand turns correctly using the Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre (OSM) and Position Speed-Look (PSL) routines

Element D – Practical on-road Training

Similar to Element A – Trainees must be instructed in the matters to consider before going on the road they must have an understand of the following:-

The need to be clearly visible to other road users (the use of conspicuity aids) and why motorcyclists are more vulnerable than most road users

The importance of knowing the legal requirements for riding on the road and the importance of knowing the Highway Code

The need to ride at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions and anticipate the actions of other road users

The need to use rear observation at appropriate times

The need to assume the correct road position when riding and leave sufficient space when following another vehicle

The need to pay due regard to the effects of varying weather conditions when riding and the effect on a vehicle of the various types of road surface that can be encountered

Element E – Practical on-site Riding

Trainees must undertake on road riding for a period of not less than two hours, here they will be radioed up with the Instructor who will offer guidance and advice during the duration of the ride

Trainees must encounter all the following traffic situations and demonstrate their ability to handle each one competently and safely:-

Junctions, Roundabouts, Pedestrian Crossings, Traffic lights, Gradients, Bends, Obstructions, Town Centres, Dual Carriageways

Once all 5 elements are completed satisfactorily you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion DL196 which is valid for 2 years, during this time if you do not pass your motorcycle theory test, and full practical test then you will be required to complete another CBT if you wish to continue riding your scooter / moped / motorcycle.

* You will not be permitted to use motorways at any time

* You must display 2 legally sized ‘L’ plates on your motorcycle / scooter at all times

* You cannot carry pillion passengers

Some exceptions to the above restrictions may apply to certain people depending on the existing licence categories on your licence. For more information please seek further advise from the DVLA