Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates. You will need to complete a CBT if you want to ride a moped (a moped has an engine not over 50 cc with maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately 31 miles per hour). You will also need to complete a CBT if you wish to progress to a full motorcycle licence.
After welcoming you on to the course, your instructor will spend the first 30 minutes describing the parts of the CBT, and will also examine your provisional licence and carry out a basic eyesight test.
2. Practical on-site training
During this session your instructor will give you important information about safety and protective equipment, in particular the correct selection and fit of helmets. You’ll then be shown the controls of the motorbike you’ll be using, along with important daily or weekly maintenance and safety checks.
3. Practical on-site riding
This session is spent riding the bike on the training pad, a dedicated off-road area. Starting from first principles, you’ll be taken through all aspects of bike control, and in the course of the session you’ll carry out specific maneuvers, including emergency stops and low speed u-turns. As the session progresses, your skills will increase – leading to the point where you’re ready to go out on the road. It’s important to understand that there is no upper time limit on this session, as preparation for road riding it’s vital that the basic skills are mastered, and that you are comfortable and confident on the bike.
4. Practical on-road training
During this session your instructor will brief you on the coming ride, including communications, the nature of the route, and what to do if you become separated in traffic. You’ll be fitted with a radio receiver and earpiece, and after some final checks, you’ll be ready to go.
5. Practical on-road riding
You’ll spend a minimum of two hours riding on the road, in both town-centre and suburban areas. You’ll be accompanied at all time by your instructor (on a different bike), and you’ll receive regular guidance, advice and route directions by radio. At various points you’ll pull into a quiet area and carry out the low speed maneuvers you practiced in session 3, including emergency stops and u-turns.
Once you’re back at the training centre, your instructor will discuss the ride, and the day as a whole, giving you important feedback.
If your riding and approach meet the requirements of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), you’ll be issued with the Driving Standards Agency Certificate of Completion (DL196). Occasionally, students may require additional tuition or further time on the bike. If this is the case your instructor will discuss the points to be re-visited, and arrange a day and time convenient to you to continue the CBT. We’ll only issue a DL196 if your instructor is happy that you have displayed the basic competency required to ride a motorbike in traffic conditions – your safety is of the highest concern to us.