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CBT - Compulsory Basic Training

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is the course that all learner motorcycle and moped riders must complete before riding on the road. This training introduces you to the appropriate motorcycle, its controls and teaches you how to ride safely on the roads.

Once you have completed your CBT you can then ride unaccompanied on the road with L-plates. After passing your CBT you can go on to take the following licence tests at the ages stated below:

A1 licence: 17-19 years old
A2 licence: 19 - 23 years old
A licence: 24 years old

If you are over 24 years old you can take your Direct Access course with us straight after your CBT, allowing you to ride any size motorcycle with no power restrictions.

Divided into 5 modules, a CBT course covers a whole day and most people reach the required standard in that time even if they have not ridden a motorcycle before. Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) does not involve a test, however you will have to reach a level of safe, competent riding to your instructor's satisfaction in order to complete the course and receive your DL-196 certificate. Train with the best motorcycle training school in Essex and book your CBT with Colchester Kawasaki for just £109!


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What you need to know:

You should arrive on site at the agreed time (usually 08:00 - 08:30) and be dressed appropriately for bike riding:

  • Jeans or thick trousers
  • Sturdy boots, covering the ankles, lace up with a decent sole. However, steel toe caps should be avoided.
  • Warm clothing if needed

Not acceptable clothing:

  • Nylon trainers
  • Tracksuit bottoms of any type
  • Ski wear/sports wear of any type
  • Swimming trunks and flip flops (!)

You will need to bring your UK provisional or full UK driving license with you on the day, failure to do this means you won’t be able to do the CBT and will lose your money.

Additionally, your license should show a provisional entitlement to ride motorcycles (Cat ‘A’).

What's involved in a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Course?

Module A

After the introduction and general chat about what’s in store for you, your instructor will begin Module A, which covers equipment and clothing. This includes a wide variety of important information to help you chose the right clothing and get the right safety helmet for you.

Module B

Module B covers the motorcycle itself, and introduction to the controls and how they work, motorcycle maintenance checks that you need to know about, how to take the bikes off and onto the stands, wheeling them around, daily checks before riding off and all related topics.

Module C

During Module C we will teach you how to actually ride a motorcycle (or scooter)  our private off road facility, using a number of exercises to help you learn progressively the skills you will need to control a motorcycle on the road.

Module D

Here we will cover all the road craft you will need to understand in order to ride bikes on the roads. This section is very important, especially for those of you who have never driven on the UK roads before.

Our pre-road ride briefing covers everything the Highway Code says about safe use of the roads: junctions, roundabouts, positioning, observations, use of speed, traffic lights, etc.

Module E

The CBT course concludes with a 2 hour road ride, with 2 students to 1 instructor, taking in all the skills you will have learned during the day. You will have a radio earpiece in your ear for your instructor to talk you through every step of the way, including what to do and where to go, until you get settled and gain some confidence.

We do everything we can to make your CBT training a pleasant experience. If you have any questions before you are due for your course, please do call us.

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