Compulsory Basic Training (C.B.T.)

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Compulsory Basic Training was introduced in 1990 as a means of lowering the number of accidents involving Motorcycle and Scooter riders.

The syllabus has been laid down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Training bodies such as ours are overseen by the DSA to ensure that training meets their requirements. We appreciate that some other training bodies say that they are able to conduct their CBT training in 4 hours (or even less) but we will do things correctly and in accordance with DSA requirements.

There are no added extras and the cost is the same whether you do your training midweek, weekend or public holiday. We do not charge extra for the use of our bike or safety equipment. See our terms and conditions

So, what is involved in CBT?

If you want to ride a Motorcycle, Scooter or Moped on a public road, you must undergo a CBT course. An exception relates to those who only want to ride a 49cc Moped and passed a car test before 1 February 2001. Your licence must show Category P as a full entitlement.

CBT is not a "test", it is a training course with a certificate at the end. That certificate validates your Driving Licence, allowing you to ride Mopeds and Motorcycles for 2 years from the date of issue. You must ride alone. You cannot ride on Motorways. You must display clearly L plates, to the front and to the rear.

CBT contains five elements, all of which are concerned with SAFETY.

At Valley Bike School we aim to complete our CBT course in ONE day but if you do not complete the course within the one day, don't worry, we will finish your training at a time to suit you. There is a charge for the re-assessment, but we need to ensure that you are safe to be on the road when riding alone.

Whilst riding a bike you will encounter hazardous situations. There is no mileage in rushing your training or short-cutting the system. Unlike some, our prices are all inclusive - there are no hidden extras. We have heard of some that charge for bike hire, insurance and even petrol.

The five elements of the CBT course are:

1. Introduction

2. Practical on-site training

3. Practical on-site riding

4. Practical on-road training

5. Practical on-road riding

Even if you don't intend taking your test just yet, it is a good idea to "gen up" on the Highway Code. This is especially true of younger riders who have little or no experience of the "rules of the road".

So, what's next after CBT?

Depending on your age, you have four options:

OPTION 1Ride with L plates

Age restriction: 16 for mopeds, 17 and above for 125cc machines 

No need to take a theory test. This may change in the future.

Ride your Moped, Scooter, or Motorcycle for up to 2 years with L plates. Within that 2 years you must pass your practical test or undergo CBT training again which will give you a further 2 years. Currently, you can complete a CBT Course as many times as you like.

If you are looking for a cheap form of transport, this may be the option for you. 

OPTION 2 Category "A1" licence (Light Bike) 

Age restriction: 17 and above

You must pass a theory test.

Take a practical motorcycle test on a 125cc machine. (For other restrictions click here). We use Honda CG125's and Honda CBF 125's. 

When you pass, you will be restricted to riding a 125cc machine. If you want to "upgrade" to more powerful machines, you will have to take a further practical motorcycle test. You will have to wait until you are 19 to take the A2 (Medium motorcycle) test, or 24 to take the Direct Access route.

Licence is valid until you upgrade to a bigger class of motorcycle.

N.B. If you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic.

OPTION 3 Category "A2" licence (Medium Motorcycle)

Age restriction: 19 and above

You must have valid theory test certificate. You must have a valid CBT certificate, unless you have an A1 licence already.

Take a practical motorcycle test on a bike at least 395cc and between 33bhp and 47bhp*. We use Kawasaki ER5s that have been restricted to the required limit. We also have a Yamaha Virago 535cc. 

When you pass, you will be restricted to riding the A2 class of motorcycle. If you want to "upgrade" to more powerful machines, you will have to take a further practical motorcycle test. You will have to wait until you are 24 to take the Direct Access route, or take a further test two years after passing your A2 test.

In many respects, this is advantageous for people aged 19 - 21. They are now allowed access to more powerful machines than before 19 January 2013, BUT, only whilst in company with an instructor or examiner, or after the A2 test is passed. 

Licence is valid until you upgrade to a bigger class of motorcycle.

N.B. If you pass your test on an "automatic" machine (Scooter) you will be restricted to riding an automatic.

OPTION 4 Category "A" licence (Direct Access)

N.B. There is no automatic upgrade to larger bikes from "A1" or "A2" categories.

Age restriction: 24, or two years after passing A2

You must have a valid theory test certificate. You must have a valid CBT certificate, unless you have an A2 licence already.

Take a Practical Test on a bigger bike. (We use Kawasaki ER6's, Kawasaki Versys and Yamaha XJ6's). It must have an engine size of at least 595cc and engine power of 53.6bhp. This route is known as Direct Access.  Once you pass the "Big Bike" test you can ride any bike from day 1.

The Practical Test is the same as Options 2 and 3 but to take advantage of the Direct Access option, you must take lessons with an Approved Instructor and be in radio contact. Currently, we have five Direct Access Instructors.

Theory Test

Based on the Highway Code, the Theory Test must be taken by everyone before they can take their Practical Test. Even though you have been driving a Class I HGV since Noah launched his Ark or have recently passed a Theory Test for another class of vehicle, you must pass a Theory Test for Motorcycles. The current cost of a Theory Test is £23 if you book it yourself, and can be booked on line at www.dsa.gov.uk or over the phone on 0300-200-1122.

The Theory Test consists of two parts:

Part 1... 50 multiple choice questions. You must get 43 right to pass.

Part 2... Hazard Perception element. This involves 14 video clips than contain 15 "scoreable hazards". You must score at least 44 from 75 in this element.

If well prepared, the Theory Test should hold no fears for anyone.

There are a number of books, CD-ROMs and DVDs on the market to help you pass the Theory Test. We recommend the DSA's own products that can be obtained from most large bookstores, or from The Stationery Office (TSO) direct.

For details of the Practical test, click here

*Figures are approximate. The actual requirements refer to 25kW and 35 kW respectively. 

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