CBT at BC Motorcycle Training

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a training course designed to teach the basic skills required to ride on the road safely.

The CBT is not a test and cannot be failed, it is a one day course.

The CBT is made up of 5 elements:

  • Element A – Introduction to CBT. First an eye test then a general introduction to the aims of a CBT and then talk about helmets and protective clothing.
  • Element B – Learning the controls of a motorcycle, basic safety checks and routine maintenance.
  • Element C – Learning to ride and control the bike on and off road site, and completing a number of exercises.
  • Element D – Classroom session discussing road awareness, road safety and Highway Code.
  • Element E – Finally a road ride, you will be in radio contact with your instructor and will be expected to demonstrate the skills learnt in the previous elements.

If your instructor is happy that you have completed all the elements to a competent level you will be issued with a certificate.

We have male and female instructors and are fully qualified and experienced. They will make you feel at ease and ensure that you have an enjoyable day.

On completion of your CBT at the age of 16 you can then ride a maximum of 50cc with L plates, at age 17 you can ride a maximum of 125cc with L plates.


On the day of your CBT you must:

  • bring your driving licence
  • wear sensible clothing (HELMETS, JACKETS & GLOVES CAN BE PROVIDED)
  • have a good working knowledge of the Highway Code

If you need spectacles or contact lenses to read a number plate from 20.5 metres they must be worn at all times during a CBT.

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