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CBT Training Made Simple

A Selection of 50cc and 125cc Manual and Automatic bikes available

CBT - Your 1st Step to Motorcycle Riding

1) What is the CBT?

  • ​CBT stands for "Compulsory Basic Training"

  • It is the first step to getting a motorcycle licence. It allows you to ride up to a 125cc motorcycle on the road for two years, at which point you either need to take the full bike test or renew your CBT for a further two years to carry on riding. 

  • The CBT typically takes one day, but there is no time limit. There is a lot to learn, but don’t think of CBT as a test. Riders who aren’t ready after one day keep going until they ‘achieve’ the correct standard.

2) How old do I need to be?

  •     16 for Moped riders (Category AM)

  •     17+ For Motorcycles(125cc /15bhp)

3) Any other requirements?

  • Must be able to read a standard number plate @ 20.5m with or without glasses

  • Medically fit (i.e. not signed off under a doctors note)

  • Have a good understanding of the Highway Code

  • Have a good understanding of English

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear

  • Most importantly, you want to ride your bike!

4) On the day

  • You will need to present your VALID physical drivers licence - either a Full or Provisional licence. Photos or online Licence checks cannot be accepted

  • Glasses if you wear them. You must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres.

  • Sturdy footwear that covers the ankle (No trainers\Slip on shoes). We do have some limited number of boots for hire on the day.

  • Any Personal motorcycle clothing you may own for better comfort and fit

  • Sturdy trousers such as Jeans (no jogging bottoms or torn jeans)

  • Helmets, Jackets and Gloves can be provided if required

  • Please also bring some lunch for the day

It is Important that you read the CBT Booking confirmation email regarding requirements, otherwise your training may be cancelled and all fees lost.

Full Terms and Conditions are also available in the link at the bottom of the page

5) What happens after?

  • Your CBT certificate is valid for a 2-year period from issue. After completing your CBT, learner riders may ride:

    • A moped or scooter up to 50cc (for 16 year olds)

    • A solo motorcycle up to 125cc with 15bhp (17 year old)


You then have a choice depending on your age:

  • Remain riding on your CBT certificate for 2 years

  • 17+ Take an A1 test - ride a 125cc motorcycle without L plates and carry a pillion

  • 19+ Take an A2 test - ride upto 395cc motorcycle

  • 21-23yr WITH an existing A2 licence - Take the A test under Progressive Access - ride any size motorcycle

  • 24+ Take the A test under Direct Access - ride any size motorcycle


The above choices will require you to sit the Theory Test beforehand, which is valid for 2 years.

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