CBT Compulsory Basic Training
RJH CBT & Motorbike Training School for your CBT Test
Compulsory Basic Training in the North West since 2003.
The CBT Course is a programme of instruction, safe practice and assessment for new riders wanting to ride a scooter or geared motorcycle.
It is the first step to two wheels and must, by law, be taken by any new rider before they ride on the road using ‘L’ plates.
You have to be at least 16 years old to ride a 49 cc machine and 17 years old to ride a 125 cc scooter/motorcycle.
Don’t worry if you have never ridden before as the CBT course is aimed at complete novices with no experience at all.
Usually a CBT course will be completed in a day, however the pace is set by the ability of the student so it could take less time, on the other hand it could take more – the focus on the course is to get you on the road safely, confidently and knowledgeably.
We will take you through all elements of the course at your own pace, there is no time limit and no test at the end of the course!
However naturally there will need to be a cut off point during the day where your Instructor may invite you back again on a different day to complete your course
(this is not FREE and does carry a charge so please ask for details.
You need to bring your photo drivers license for all courses booked with us. If you have the ‘old style’ paper licence, you must support this with a valid UK passport.
For all courses and practical tests, you will have to bring written proof of your entitlement to ride a motorcycle, entitlement dates and any endorsements. This information is now shown on your drivers record held by DVLA. You need to print off a copy of your driving licence record and bring this together with your photo-card. Please note: Failure to produce your driving licence record may result in your training course or practical tests being cancelled and all fees lost. It is your responsibility to provide this information and due to data protection laws, we are unable to check this on your behalf. Printed evidence only accepted. Electronic copies are not permitted.
If any phone call needs to be made to the DVLA (Mon-Sat only) then a £10 charge is payable at the time of phoning DVLA. Please ensure the booking office is made aware of this at the time of booking.
Wear suitable clothing (we can provide FREE for training Helmets, Jackets, Gloves and Waterproofs), bring a packed lunch and you will need a basic understanding of the Highway Code and road signs.
The C.B.T Course syllabus includes five elements that have to be completed in sequence:
Element A – Introduction
The aims and objectives of the CBT are discussed together with offering advice on the importance of the right equipment and clothing.
Your driving licence and eyesight will also be checked.
You need to be able to read a new style number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres
Element B – Practical on-site training
This is where you get introduced to the bike, and includes understanding all controls, how they work and how to use them.
You will learn all about basic bike maintenance – necessary daily and weekly checks – demonstration and practice of taking the bike on and off the stands.
You will also wheel the bike around, getting used to balance, weight, braking and manoeuvring the machine.
Finally, you will be starting and stopping the engine.
Element C – Practical on-site riding
This is where the fun starts – riding the bike! This element includes:
Moving off and stopping safely using the clutch (on a geared machine) and brakes correctly
How to change gears
Controlled stops, as if approaching a junction
Riding slowly in a straight line and around a figure of 8 course
Understanding rear observations and practice them while moving
Riding simulated junctions
Controlled stopping as if in an emergency.
Element D – Practical On-Road Training
Similar to Element A, this is a discussion regarding topics you need to consider before going on the road.
These range from legal requirements, knowledge of the Highway Code, how (and why) you should be clearly seen, road surfaces, traffic and weather conditions and more…
Element E – Practical On-Road Riding
The road ride element of the CBT is a minimum of 2 hours and can be longer if it is deemed appropriate by the Instructor.
You will be in radio contact with your instructor and we will make sure you are skilled, comfortable and confident to go onto the road.
The road ride will cover all types of suitable roads and will include junctions, roundabouts, traffic lights, gradients, bends, pedestrian crossings, possibly dual carriageways and town centres. You will be given guidance and advice via the radio and various road side briefings.
Please remember, this is not a test.
This element can be daunting to everyone, including the most experienced road users but we will guide you through it safely and confidently.
By the end of this element our aim is to ensure you in a position to ride safely on your own.
Whilst possibly intimidating at the start, this element is the one that most people find the most satisfying and enjoyable of the CBT, it is where all the hard work and learning throughout the day is put into practice and the sense of achievement people feel is tangible.
You will only be issued with a Certificate of Completion DL196 when you have satisfactorily completed all five elements.
On completion you will:-
Understand the aims of CBT
Understand the importance of having the correct equipment and clothing
Become familiar with the machine, it’s controls and how it works
Be able to carry out basic machine checks
Learn to control your machine safely off the road (practical riding on site)
Gain experience on the road with accent on being safe
Have gained your DL196 CBT Certificate
This allows you to ride unaccompanied:-
With L-plates front and rear
Not carrying a pillion passenger
Not using motorways