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Here is a breakdown of the CBT course

Element A - Introduction

1. Trainee must be told and must understand:

  • The aims of the approved training course
  • The importance of the right equipment and clothing

2. Trainees eyesight must be tested. Trainees must be able to read in good daylight a vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures 79.4 mm high at a distance of 66 feet (20 metres) (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn).

Element B – Practical On Site Training

Trainees must receive practical on site training at the conclusion of which they must fulfil the following requirements, that is to say they must:

  • Be familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works
  • Be able to carry out basic machine checks to a satisfactory standard and be able to take the bike on and off the stand satisfactorily.

Element C - Practical On Site Riding

Trainees must undertake practical on site riding at the conclusion of which they must be able to: -

  • Ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring the machine to a controlled halt
  • Ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control
  • Ride the machine slowly under control
  • Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency
  • Carry out controlled braking using both brakes
  • Change gear satisfactorily
  • Carry out rear observation correctly
  • Carry out simulated left and right hand turns correctly using the Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre (OSM) and Position Speed-Look (PSL) routines

Element D - Practical On Road Training

1. Before undertaking practical on road riding, trainees must be instructed in the matters set out in paragraphs 2 and 3 below and achieve the objectives mentioned therein

2. Trainees must understand the following

  • The need to be clearly visible to other road users (the use of conspicuity aids)
  • The importance of knowing the legal requirements for riding on the road
  • Why motorcyclists are more vulnerable than most road users
  • The need to ride at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions
  • The importance of knowing the Highway Code
  • The need to ride defensively and anticipate the actions of other road users
  • The need to use rear observation at appropriate times
  • The need to assume the correct road position when riding
  • The need to leave sufficient space when following another vehicle
  • The need to pay due regard to the effects of varying weather conditions when riding

3. Trainees must be aware of

  • The effect on a vehicle of the various types of road surface that can be encountered
  • The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse
  • The consequences of aggressive attitudes when riding
  • The importance of hazard perception

Element E - Practical On Road Riding

1. Trainees must undertake on road riding for a period of not less than two hours. They must (subject to paragraph 2 below) encounter all the following traffic situations and demonstrate their ability to handle each one competently and safely

  • Roundabouts
  • Junctions
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Traffic lights
  • Gradients
  • Bends
  • Obstructions

2. Trainees must also repeat the following exercises in normal road conditions: -

  • Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

Controlled braking

Frequently asked Questions:

Where can I do my CBT?
We have centres in Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester and The Newforest. Click here to find your local centre.

When can I do my CBT?
Any day you like, we run CBTs 7 days-a-week at most centres just call to book, we might even have a slot tomorrow for you.

How long does it take
Most CBT courses take around 4-8 hours and if you require any extra time to complete the CBT, we will extend the course free-of-charge.

What do i need to bring with me?
All you need to bring is your UK driving license (that's both the photo-card AND the paper counterpart), strong footwear and at least jeans on your legs. You can bring your own safety equipment and clothing if you wish, but we can provide helmets, gloves, jackets and waterproofs with no extra charge.

What kind of bike will i use?
You're welcome to bring your own bike along to your CBT providing it's insured, has tax, has a valid MOT and is roadworthy. We will provide everybody else with a modern bike for your course with no extra charge for bike hire. We have automatic 4-stroke mopeds, manual 125cc motorcycles, and 125cc automatic scooters too.

How can I prepare for my training?
It is unlikely you can legally ride a moped or motorcycle on the road yet, so all the control skills will be gained during your CBT. You can however, have a thorough study at the highway code to make your ride road easier. The first time on the road can be a daunting experience, but with some knowledge of the way our road systems work, you may feel more relaxed and gain the required standard more easily. Ask your friends and family about roundabouts and traffic lights, we'll fill in the gaps on the day.

More information on the highway code can be found here, it is free to access online.

If you have any further questions feel free to phone us on 02380 226 963 or simply send us your question here.

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