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What is the CBT?
The CBT is a training course, NOT a test! It is designed to teach you best practice on the machine and is a continual assessment for new riders wanting to ride a scooter or geared motorcycle. It is the first step to two wheels and must, by law, be taken by any new rider before they 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. Don’t worry if you have never ridden before as the CBT course is aimed at complete novices with no experience at all. If however you have ridden before, the course can be tailored to suit your experience and skill levels. You will progress through all elements of the course at your own pace; there is no time limit and no test at the end! Usually a CBT course will take a full day; however the pace is set by the ability of the student so it could take less time, it could take more – the aim of the course is to get you on the road safely, confidently and knowledgably.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need your Driving Licence – either “Full” or “Provisional” If you have the new style licence you will need BOTH parts of your driving licence, the plastic card with your picture and the paper counterpart. If you still have the ‘old’ style licence, then please bring along a valid passport as well (no other form of photo ID is acceptable) Please wear suitable outdoor clothing (we can provide helmets, jackets, gloves and waterproofs), study shoes or preferably boots. Nylon tracksuit bottoms, ripped or distressed jeans, plimsolls, sandals etc. are NOT suitable. Also, bring a packed lunch and you will need a basic understanding of the Highway Code and road signs.
The CBT Course syllabus includes five elements that have to be completed in sequence:
Element A – Introduction
The aims and objectives of the CBT are discussed together with offering advice on the importance of the right equipment and clothing. Your driving licence and eyesight will also be checked. You need to be able to read a new style number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres
Element B - Practical on-site training
This element deals with the machine you will be riding. You will be taught about the bike, and includes understanding all controls, how they work and how to use them – as importantly, you will be told how not to use the controls!
You will learn all about basic bike maintenance, simple daily and weekly checks to ensure the bike is safe to ride on the road.
You will be taught how to take the bike on and off the stands, as well as the different types of stands and how they are affected by road surface, gradients etc.
You will also wheel the bike around understanding balance, weight, braking and manoeuvring the machine. Finally, you will be starting and stopping the engine.
Element C - Practical on-site riding
This is where the fun starts – riding the bike! This element includes:
- Moving off and stopping safely using the clutch (on a geared machine) and brakes correctly
- How to change gears
- Controlled stops, as if approaching a junction
- Riding slowly in a straight line and around a figure of 8 course
- Understanding rear observations and practice them while moving
- Riding simulated junctions
- Controlled stopping as if in an emergency.
Element D – Practical On-Road Training
Similar to Element A, this is a discussion regarding topics you need to consider before going on the road. These range from legal requirements, knowledge of the Highway Code, how (and why) you should be clearly seen, road surfaces, traffic and weather conditions and more...
Element E – Practical On-Road Riding
The road ride element of the CBT is a minimum of 2 hours and can be longer if it is deemed appropriate by the instructor.
You will be in radio contact with your instructor and we will make sure you are skilled, comfortable and confident to go onto the road. The road ride will cover all types of suitable roads and will include junctions, roundabouts, traffic lights, gradients, bends, pedestrian crossings, possibly dual carriageways and town centres. You will be given guidance and advice via the radio and various road side briefings.
Please remember, this is not a test. This element can be daunting to everyone, including the most experienced road users but we will guide you through it safely and confidently. By the end of this element our aim is to ensure you in a position to ride safely on your own. Whilst possibly intimidating at the start, this element is the one that most people find the most satisfying and enjoyable of the CBT, it is where all the hard work and learning throughout the day is put into practice and the sense of achievement people feel is tangible.
You will only be issued with a Certificate of Completion DL196 when you have satisfactorily completed all five elements.
On completion you will be issued with your DL196 (CBT) certificate which will be valid for 2 years. This allows you to ride unaccompanied:-
- With L-plates front and rear
- Not carrying a pillion passenger
- Not using motorways