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CBT is a training system which ensures that all motorcycle and moped riders have the ability to ride to a minimum standard of safety and competence before taking to the road unaccompanied.

CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) was introduced in 1990. In 1991 it was made compulsory for all new riders of motorcycles, and new moped riders who didn't have a car driving license. In 2001 it was also made compulsory for car licence holders to complete CBT for mopeds. CBT was introduced with the aim to reduce accidents involving new and inexperienced riders of motorcycles and mopeds.

The structure of a CBT course is as follows. Please click on the elements for detailed information:

Element A: Introduction to the course, eyesight check and discussion on clothing
Element B: Introduction to the bike controls, safety checks, and manual handling techniques
Element C: Off-road riding. Learn to ride the moped or motorcycle and make manoeuvres. 
Element D: Discussion on road safety and general advice on safe riding.
Element E: Minimum 2-hours of road riding including U-Turn and Emergency Stop practice. 

ADT understands that every pupil has different needs, so we always tailor your CBT to you. We know that somebody with little experience of riding motorcycles will require patient, step-by-step instruction to reach their goal, where other more experienced riders will need minimal instruction to demonstrate their ability. We make every effort to ensure that you are matched up with pupils of similar ability and experience.

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FAQs (Frequently asked questions)

What do I need to bring with me to my CBT course?

You must bring your licence with you to your CBT and wear suitable clothing. We can provide a Helmet, Gloves and a Motorcycle Jacket, you just need to wear over-ankle boots and at least jeans on your legs. 

What if I have never ridden before? Can I still do a CBT?

CBT is designed for complete novices and experienced riders alike, so even if you've never even sat on a motorcycle or moped before you can take part in CBT. So although the course is simpler for riders with experience, the only pre-cursor is that you can ride a bicycle. In order to ride a bike with an engine, it's best to first get your balance on one without.

How long does a CBT take?

The length of a CBT training course can vary considerably depending on your level of experience, but it is usually completed within the first day. You can expect to be with us for 5-7 hours. If you need any additional time after the first day we will extend your training up to ten hours without any extra charge. Around 96% of our pupils complete CBT on the first day, and 99.9% complete it inside of ten hours.

Can I use my own bike for training?

Absolutely. We encourage current riders to use their own motorcycle or moped for their CBT. New riders are welcome to bring their own bike, but it can be difficult to insure your own bike for training, all of our bikes are insured for your use.

Do I have to do a theory test during my CBT?

No there is no theory test for CBT, but a strong knowledge of the Highway Code is recommended before you attend, as you can expect to spend at least 2 hours on the road during your training.

How long will my CBT certificate be valid for?

CBT is currently valid for two years.

Do I have to take my CBT on a geared bike?

No, you don't need to take your CBT on a geared bike. Around 50% of our CBT courses are conducted on automatic bikes (scooters). Once you pass on an automatic bike you are still entitled to ride a geared bike if you choose, but we would recommend further training for this.

What can I ride with a CBT?

If you are 16 or over you will be able to ride a category AM vehicle (a moped). That is a 2/3 wheeled vehicle with a maximum design speed of 28mph (this covers some quads providing they weigh less than 350kg). You cannot use the motorway on a moped. If you don't have a full car license then you must have L-plates on the front and back and you may not take passengers or pull a trailer.

If you are are 17 or over you can ride a motorcycle up to 125cc providing it is no more than 14.6hp. Unless you go on to complete your full motorcycle license then you must have L-plates front and back, you may not use the motorway, take passengers, or pull a trailer.