CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)

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

Learn to Ride

Whether you want to ride a Z125 or a Ninja H2 SX, 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. The CBT covers the essential elements every rider needs to ensure their riding is both safe and enjoyable. It aims to equip you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your new found love, motorcycling.

Most CBT’s take just one day to complete, after a basic eyesight check and discussion about appropriate safety clothing, you will be introduced to the machine you are going to be riding. Your instructor will show you where all the controls are and let you familiarise yourself with how to operate the machine. You’ll then be coached on everything from the side stand to fuelling, the ignition, gears and then starting the machine.

Now the real fun starts! You’ll learn new ‘motor skills’ under the watchful eye of the instructor and in a safe environment. There will be up to three other students there with you. You will have certain skills explained to you, then demonstrated before being able to have a go yourself. 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.

Following an informal question and answer session where 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.

Now it’s time for the best bit of the day… Legally you must be out with your instructor for a minimum of two hours with the wheels rolling. You will ride around the local roads, practicing all the skills you’ve learned through the day so far. You’ll practice in a safe environment under the watchful eye of the instructor building up to busier roads as the ride progresses. If your instructor is happy that you’re able to demonstrate your riding skills in a legal, safe way then you’ll receive 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. Your CBT certificate is valid for 2 years.

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