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CBT (compulsory Basic Training) was first introduced 1st December 1990 in an effort to reduce the number of bike accidents. This is the first step to getting on the road. The CBT certificate (DL196) validates your provisional entitlement on your licence and is valid for 2 years.
At 16 years old your category P is active, which means you can ride a 50 cc moped restricted to 30 mph with L plates, (you can apply for your licence 3 months before your 16th birthday).
At 17 years old your category A becomes live and you can ride up to 125 cc motorcycle with L plates. If you are intending to continue your training up to taking a practical test we recommend you take your CBT on a 125 cc manual bike.
The course itself is set down by law and broken down into 5 key elements, A to E. Each element must be completed before moving onto the next. It’s not a test, but you do have to show competence in all elements to earn your certificate.
Licence check, you need to bring both parts of your UK licence, photo card and paper counterpart. Next we give you an eyesight check; you must be able to read a standard number plate at 20.5 metres or 67ft. If you wear glasses for the eye sight test you are required to wear them when riding. Next is a chat on protective clothing and why we need to wear them when we are riding.
We take a look at the bike you will be riding and go through all the things we need to know to ride it safely. This includes becoming familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works.
Off road riding: this where you will learn to ride the bike in a safe environment. It includes: pulling away and stopping, gear changing, slow control, controlled stop and correct sequencing for left and right turns. At the end of this section you and your instructor will decide if you are ready for the road.
Pre road ride chat: This includes all the things we need to be aware of when riding out on the road so as to stay safe. If a car and a bike get into an argument the car wins every time, so it’s not just about what we do but our awareness of what is happening around us.
Two hour road ride under supervision and in full contact using two way radios This is conducted at a maximum ratio of 2 to 1. Here we start you off in quiet roads practicing your sequences for left and right turns. Then we take you to busier roads and build up your confidence in dealing with traffic. You will be expected to complete the U-turn and a controlled stop during the road ride.
At the end of your ride the instructor will decide if with your limited abilities you stayed safe and were not a danger to yourself or other road users. If the instructor is satisfied you will receive your CBT certificate. This will then allow you to go away and practice your new skills to make yourself a better rider.
You will not become a complete bike rider by the end of your CBT, but you will have a better understanding of what you need to do to stay safe on today’s busy roads.
Throughout the day if you have any questions, please ask your instructor because you need to be clear and focused on what you are doing.
What to Bring On the Day
- Both the photo card and paper part of your license
- Helmet (if you don’t have one, one can be provided)
- Legal documents if you are using your own bike (tax, insurance and MOT)
The course cost includes insurance (on our bikes and equipment), use of helmet, gloves, hi-visibility jacket, and waterproof over jacket and trousers. Many training bodies do not supply the waterproofs, but you cannot ride well if you are soaked and cold.
If you don't already have your own motorcycle clothing, you should be wearing full length trousers, and a long sleeved top or jacket, both of which should be hard wearing, such as denim. You should also wear boots if you have them. We cannot provide footwear for you.
Please See Our CBT - ON THE DAY Page for more information on what you need and what will happen.
If you have any questions regarding the CBT please contact our office for advice.
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