CBT (compulsary basic training)

The first step you need to take in the world of motorcycling.

CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)

Compulsory Basic Training or CBT as it is often referred to as, is the first step you need to take in the world of motorcycling.  You can chose to do the CBT course as a 'standalone' activity or it can be the precursor to a longer, more involved Direct Access Course. 

Launched in 1990, the CBT introduces the new rider to five 'elements' designed and delivered to make their riding both safer and more enjoyable. It aims to equip the rider with information thus enabling them to make informed decisions about their new found love, the motorcycle. MCIAC instructors have all proved themselves to be highly proficient in delivering CBT instruction. They have all studied the course material and been rigorously examined at the DVSA's training establishment in Cardington, Bedfordshire. 


Element A:

After a basic eyesight check, Element A is delivered in the classroom. Your instructor will discuss with you the options when choosing a motorcycle helmet, which visor you can and can't use, the different jackets that are available together with options when choosing gloves, trousers, boots and reflective or high visibility clothing. 


Element B:

Element B is an introduction to the machine you are going to be riding. The instructor will show you where all the controls are and let you familiarise yourself with their operation. You'll be coached on how to take the machine off the stand (both center and side stands) and more importantly, how to get it back on again! The final part of Element B is the starting procedure. Fuel, ignition, gears and then start.


Element C:

Now the real fun starts! Element C is all about learning new 'motor skills' Under the watchful eye of the instructor, and in a safe environment, with up to three other students (look, you've made three new friends already!), you will have certain skills explained to you, then demonstrated before being encouraged to have a go yourself. 

  • Using the brakes - A useful tool to learn first!
  • Riding in a straight line and stopping - note the 'stopping theme'
  • Riding the machine slowly under control - clutch and throttle balance
  • Riding in a large oval - a bit like lunging a horse
  • Riding in a figure of eight - to practice left and right cornering
  • Changing gear - now you'll be doing all of the above faster
  • Emergency stop - a useful tool if you get carried away
  • Turning right and left with rear observation - getting used to junctions
  • Performing a U turn - for when you need to go back the way you came
  • Again, your instructor will work at your pace and won't introduce any new skills until you and they are comfortable that you've mastered the last one.

Element D:

This will probably be quite tiring for you so Element D may well be done allowing you to take a break from all that riding. In an informal question and answer session your instructor will discuss the need to be seen, legal requirements before riding on the road, being a vulnerable road user and careful use of speed. They will discuss road positioning, observation and hazard perception all of which will get you ready for the bit you've been waiting for - the road ride.


Element E:

Now it's time for the best bit of the day, Element E. Legally you have to be out with your new found friend the instructor for a minimum of two hours with the wheels rolling. You will ride round the local roads, quiet side roads initially, practicing all the skills you've learned through the day so far. You'll practice hill starts, the emergency stop and a U turn all in a safe environment under the watchful eye of the instructor building up to busier roads as the ride progresses. When they are satisfied that you have shown you're competent to carry out these skills, it's back to the training school for tea and medals.

The 'medal' comes in the form of a DL196, your CBT pass certificate. So, now it's time to go and practice what you have been taught, but remember, the CBT holder is restricted from riding on motorways and may not carry a pillion either.

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