Before hand, your trainer will brief you on all of the following. For starters, wear something suitable for riding - don’t turn up in shorts and a t-shirt, even if it’s a hot day. Also avoid wearing trainers or soft shoes. Jackets, helmets and gloves are provided and we also have waterproof over garments as well. Jeans are the minimum requirement for trousers. And remember it is a long day -  so try getting a good night's sleep.

What the CBT involves

The course is divided into 5 main sections, which you’ll be assessed on.

There is no time limit, but each one must be completed before you can move on. So just relax and take each section one at a time. It’s really not that bad!

You have to spend at least 2 hours on the road with your instructor, with a debrief at the end of the ride.

This is what you could expect in each section of the CBT:


This is classroom based. Your instructor will take you through what you could expect during the course, as well as cover all the legal aspects of riding on the road.

Practical on site training

This is where you’ll actually get into contact with the bike. You’ll be shown the controls and you’ll be taken through some of the basic checks that you need to do each time before riding, as well as shown how to start the bike.

Practical on site riding

This is where the real fun begins! You’ll move onto an off road area to start riding.

Starting off with learning how to use the clutch to take off, followed by some exciting things like emergency stops and turns.

Practical on road training

Now, it’s back to the classroom for a well-deserved break from riding.

You’ll get a pre–road ride briefing, covering the Highway Code, how to stay visible, speed control, road signs and how to ride defensively.

Practical on road riding

This is what you have been waiting for. You’ll be taken out on the road for a ride. Your instructor will start you off on quieter roads and then move you onto faster, busier roads.

Once your instructor feels confident that you are safe and competent to ride on your own, you will be issued with the DL196 (CBT) Certificate. Here are a few useful things you need to know about the CBT Certificate:


  • It is valid for 2 years

  • It entitles you to ride on the road unaccompanied while displaying L Plates

  • Your CBT certificate does not allow you to carry pillion passengers or ride on motorways

  • You will need to re-take the CBT if you do not pass both the Motorcycle Theory Test and the two-part Motorcycle Practical Test before the CBT Certificate expires.

A full Car Licence gives you Provisional Motorcycle entitlement although you must check that this is printed on your licence.  You need to ensure that it shows Category A Provisional Motorcycle entitlement on your licence.

Mopeds Only (50cc)

  • If you passed your car test before February 2001 you are automatically entitled to ride a moped without L Plates or taking the CBT (although it is always advisable to take this introductory training). You are also allowed to carry a pillion passenger.

  • If you passed your car test after February 2001 you automatically have Provisional Moped entitlement but you will need to take a CBT. The certificate is valid for moped use for the duration of your car licence. You will be allowed to ride without L Plates and carry a pillion passenger.

Important points about a Provisional Licence

  • If you hold a Provisional Motorcycle Licence (Category A) or a full Car Licence issued after 1st February 2001 you will need to successfully complete a CBT Course before riding any moped, motorcycle or scooter on the road.

  • You need to apply for a Provisional Category A licence here.

  • If you have a full Car Licence ensure that it has Provisional Category A entitlement.

  • If you have a Provisional Licence issued at 16 years - make sure that it includes Category A1 entitlement and CBT.

  • If you hold a full Car Licence issued before 1st February 2001 you are entitled to only ride a 50cc restricted moped on the road without L plates and you can carry a passenger.


Please note: When reporting for your CBT you must bring your current UK Photocard Driving Licence. If you wear any vision aids such as spectacles you must bring these as you will be required to read a number plate at a distance of 20.6 meters. If you fail to bring your correct licence or fail the eyesight test you will be unable to complete your CBT and will forfeit your fee!  

The cost of your CBT covers 6 hours training, which is the average time it takes for most people to gain their certificate. If you experience any difficulties our instructors will advise you on the day that you require further training. This is extremely rare but does happen very occasionally. If it is the case and you are either, not ready for the road ride or considered not up to standard on the road ride then you will need to return for some further training and this will be charged accordingly (£30.00 per hour ).