Everything you need to know about a CBT test...
On the surface, it would appear to be getting harder and harder to learn to ride a motorcycle or scooter these days, but the reality is that after completing some compulsory basic training (the CBT) you could be riding around your local roads within the next 24 hours!
The purpose of the CBT is to provide all riders of powered two-wheeled vehicles the basic skills and knowledge required to ride on the roads safely. In fact, it’s a requirement of anyone who is wanting to ride a motorcycle or scooter in the UK, so everyone you see riding on the roads today with an L plate, will have had to have completed the course at some time in their lives - this is the ‘compulsory’ nature of it.
Essentially this is the day of training that you will need to do in order to get your L-Plates. Once you’ve completed it - and you do get a nice certificate to prove it - you’re able to put those big, red ‘L’s’ onto your bike.
As long as you meet certain legal requirements that is, because there are rules governing what size of bike you can ride based upon your age.
- A rider must be 16 years of age or over on the day of the training course.
- If you’re under 17 then you will only be allowed to train on - and then ride - a moped (essentially a bike that is 50cc or under).
- If you’re 17 or over on the day of your training then you will be able to ride a scooter or motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW.
- For more details on the age and engine size requirements, you can find a full breakdown here: https://rideto.com/motorcycle-licence
- If you ride a bike on the roads without having taken your compulsory basic training then you could be subject to a £1000 fine and a penalty of up to six points on your licence.
- 1. Introduction and eye test
- 2. On site CBT training
- 3. On site CBT riding
- 4. On road CBT training
- 5. On road riding
And don’t worry about it feeling too much like school or college, this isn’t really like being at school. The whole purpose of the beginning session is to make you feel at ease and comfortable with the idea of riding and what it’s like out on the road.
Once you’ve understood the theory, you’ll next head outside onto the instructor’s off-road training area, where you’ll get the chance to familiarise yourself with your bike. For many this is the first time you will have even seen a motorcycle up close, so this means learning about how the brakes, throttle and gears work before getting a chance to swing your leg over the seat and trying out some basic manoeuvres (like practicing riding in a straight line, throttle control and riding in and around some cones).
Then, assuming that your instructor is happy that you can handle the bike safely and have understood the riding and road theory taught so far, it will be time to head out onto the open road for an assessment ride. This by law will take a minimum of two hours. During this portion of the day your instructor is looking for you to be a safe and confident rider on the road and it’s here that you’ll really want to pay attention because the road craft you learn on this first time out on the road will be invaluable to you.
And that’s it… It really is that simple. And once this is all over, you’ll be able to head out on the open road on your own. For a full breakdown of the 5 parts of a CBT here.
We would suggest that if you spend enough time and attention on the day listening and learning, you’ll have your certificate in your hands soon enough - and perhaps your L-Plates on your bike, and your bike on the road not long after!