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​CBT training and motorcycle tests

CBT training​

The first thing you need do when you want to gain your motorcycle test is complete a CBT training course . (This is just training and it is not a test!)
There are 5 elements in a CBT  course and the CBT syllabus is listed further down our web page which explains all what takes place in each element of the CBT course, it is detailed  information and will hopefully give you a good idea what to expect when you come to do your CBT training.

Gaining your motorcycle test

When CBT training is completed you need to do your theory test in order to do your off road manoeurve test and when that is passed you do your on road practical test.

1.  CBT training
2. Theory test
3. Manoeurve test
4. On road riding test


CBT Syllabus

The CBT Syllabus contains five elements, grouped into three modules and each module is based on your ability. The table below shows the content of each of the modules:

Module 1

Element A
  • aim of the compulsory basic training course
  • legal requirements for course attendance
  • importance of the correct attitude to riding
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the Highway Code and the legal requirements for riding on the road
  • importance of right equipment and clothing,
  • including the correct fitting and securing of safety helmets
Element B (practical riding)
  • familiarity with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works
  • carry out basic daily and weekly machine checks
  • take the bike on and off the stand(s) safely
  • mounting and dismounting the bike
  • wheel the machine around to the left and right
  • showing proper balance and bring to a controlled halt by braking
  • start and stop the engine satisfactorily

Module 2

Element C (practical riding)
  • ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring to a controlled halt
  • ride the machine slowly under control
  • carry out controlled braking using both brakes
  • change gear satisfactorily
  • ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control
  • negotiate simulated bends safely
  • steering to avoid a collision
  • carry out rear observation correctly
  • carry out simulated left and right turns from major to minor roads and when emerging at junctions, correctly using OSM/PSL routine
  • carry out U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency
Element D (pre-road ride briefing)

Understand how to reduce the following risks:

  • your attitude to riding
  • visibility and vulnerability
  • ride defensively using hazard perception and anticipation
  • use rear observation at appropriate times
  • ride at the correct speed, road position and separation distance according to the road and traffic conditions
  • drug and alcohol use
  • passengers and loads

Understand the correct procedures for CBT Certificate dealing with:

  • varying weather conditions and road surfaces when riding
  • bends, roundabouts, one way systems
  • traffic light controlled junctions including multi lane junctions
  • dual carriageways, including the use of acceleration and deceleration lanes
  • filtering in traffic
  • incidents and first aid
  • eco-safe riding

Module 3

Element E (practical on-road riding – up to 4 hours)
  • traffic light/signals controlled junctions including multi lane junctions
  • roundabouts
  • junctions
  • pedestrian crossings
  • gradients
  • bends
  • obstructions
  • dual carriageways, including the use of acceleration and deceleration lanes
  • independent riding

Undertake the following exercises in normal road conditions:

  • carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

CBT logbook

During CBT, you will receive a logbook in which your instructor will record the topics covered and details of your knowledge or skills. Once you have reached a satisfactory level in all three modules the instructor will give you your CBT certificate.

Direct access category A

If you are over the age of 24 you can do your motorcycle test on a large motorcycle and once you pass this test this enables you to ride any motorcycle on the road!!!!

A2 test

If you are 19 years of age you can do your test on a medium sized motorcycle known as the A2. This motorcycle is 46 hp, bikes like Suzuki SV 650 and Kawasaki ER6 can be restricted to that horsepower and you can ride them on that license.