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CBT Test & Motorcycle Training

You must complete your Compulsory Basic Training (often known as CBT) before you ride any moped, scooter or motorcycle on the road.

Whilst commonly referred to as a “CBT Test” it’s not a motorcycle test where you receive a licence for life, but a day’s training where you will be taught and assessed by an instructor.

Provided you are capable, competent and safe at the end of this day’s training you will get your DL196 certificate showing you have completed the training.

The CBT certificate (DL196) expires after 2 years. So if you have not gained a full motorcycle or moped licence two years after completing the CBT, your DL196 certificate is no longer valid and you must repeat your CBT or stop riding.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you do not have a valid CBT certificate.

You do not need to have passed your theory test in order to do the CBT course.

What to Expect

The atmosphere during the day of your CBT is nothing like a driving test, students often come back to the shop at the end of the day surprised at what they have learned and how much they have enjoyed themselves, you might even make a friend or two!

For most, completing your CBT takes just one day (we all learn at different speeds) but for those who don’t complete their CBT upon first attempt, the instructor will suggest a few more hours instruction to ensure you are safe.

This may mean coming back on another day for further tuition. This extra tuition will be charged at a bespoke rate dependant on how long your instructor feels you will need. The decision to take the instructor up on further training is yours.

We Provide

A New Honda to complete your training on.

Manual (geared) bike or automatic scooter depending on your preferences (and age).

You can choose to complete your CBT on either our 50cc Scooter (if 16 years old) or our 125cc Scooter or Motorbike (if 17 years old or over).

Full insurance so you have nothing to worry about.

What you'll Need

At least a provisional driving licence

A suitable thick jacket which will keep you warm and safe on the bike.

Trousers made out of a strong material (e.g. jeans)

Boots with ankle protection (e.g. walking boots).

Motorcycle Helmet & Gloves

What you can Ride

Age 16, 50cc Moped limited to 28mph

Age 17, 125cc Scooter or Motorbike

You must display L plates

You CAN’T carry passengers

Your NOT allowed on motorways

The Course

Compulsory basic training (CBT) has 5 elements:

Introduction, safety, highway code and eyesight check

Practical on-site training – the controls, maintenance, safety & Parking

Practical on-site riding – safely riding in a car park practising a variety of manoeuvres

Practical on-road training – Pre-road ride briefing

Practical on-road riding - On-road riding for a minimum of two hours in radio contact with your instructor

You'll move from one element to the next when your trainer is happy you've learnt the theory & shown the practical skills to a safe basic level.

You might train with others and there’s a maximum number of:

4 learners per trainer for all the on-site elements

2 learners per trainer for all the on-road elements


If you have a full car licence issued before 1st February 2001 you may ride a restricted 50cc moped on the road without L plates (and carry a passenger) without taking your CBT, but you still need to successfully complete your CBT to ride any motorcycle over 50cc.

However, if you have not ridden a motorcycle or scooter before, it is a good idea to complete CBT as a minimum so as to be safe on the roads.

Using your Own Bike

You cannot ride your own moped or motorcycle to the course unless you already have a CBT certificate - for example, if you’re taking CBT again before your current certificate expires.

If you wish to use your own bike you must have the following:

  • Original insurance cover note or certificate
  • Valid MOT certificate if your bike is older than 3 years
  • Valid "Road tax"
  • The bike must display L plates at both front and rear

For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/compulsory-basic-training-cbt-syllabus-and-guidance-notes

*Complete one of our courses and you will receive a certificate of achievement making you eligible for a 20% discount on helmets, clothing, gloves and boots.