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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

For new riders and beginners

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a motorcycle training course which must be completed before a learner motorcyclist in the United Kingdom is allowed to ride a motorcycle unaccompanied on the road displaying L-plates (or D-plates in Wales). If a full car licence was obtained before 1 February 2001 it is not necessary to complete a CBT course to ride a moped.

The CBT was introduced in December 1990 with the aim of reducing the accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. It involves five elements which must be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within each element can be varied. It can be taken on either the trainee's own bike, or one hired from the training school, although the latter is more common. Insurance and bike hire is included in the price.

Typically conducted in one day, the course involves classroom theory, followed by practice manoeuvres in a suitable off road area and ending with a supervised ride on public roads of at least 2 hours.

There is no official test to obtain the certificate, however the instructor will only issue the certificate if the trainee rider is considered safe to be allowed on the public road. It should not be considered a pass or fail exam, and if the instructor is not satisfied the learner has reached the level expected, the learner will be invited back at a later date to try again.

Certificate of completion

When all five elements have been completed, a DL196 certificate of completion is issued. This is a legal document which validates relevant entitlements on a driving licence:

Legal restrictions

Certain restrictions are placed on riders following completion of a CBT.

At the minimum age of 16, a learner may ride a moped, defined as not exceeding 50 cc and restricted to 28 mph (45 km/h),they must display L plates (D-plates or L-plates in Wales) front and rear, must not travel on motorways and must not carry passengers.

At age 17 or over, a learner may ride a motorcycle of not exceeding 125 cc with a maximum power of 11 kW (15 bhp), they must display L plates (D-plates or L plates in Wales)front and rear, must not travel on motorways and must not carry passengers.

Compulsory Basic Training Days

With XS Motorcycle School

Our CBT courses are held using a safe off-road area with plenty of space. You may use your own bike, or use one of our training school bikes, our prices include bike hire, insurance, and use of protective helmet and gloves.

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Practical test training

Post CBT Training to prepare you for your motorcycle test

Lessons subsequent to CBT leading up to your practical tests are available 7 days a week. The lessons are arranged either in 2 hour sessions or intensive type courses can be arranged if required.

Our post CBT lessons are usually done on a one to one basis.

Official Syllabus and Guidelines

The DSA's official syllabus and guidance notes for CBT training can be seen if you Click Here

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