CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)

All done one to one, just you and the instructor

CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) is the starting point for all new riders, and will allow you to ride up to 50cc (16 years old) or 125cc (17 years old) with L plates on, unaccompanied.


For complete novice riders we would advise completing CBT on an automatic. (You may still ride a manual even when completing CBT on an auto although further training is advised)

Our CBT courses include for no extra charge

  • Use of our 50cc or 125cc training machine

  • One on one training - just you and the instructor!

  • Insurance (third party only)

  • Fuel

  • Radio equipment hire

  • Damage Waiver

  • Jacket, Helmet, Gloves* (see below)




You are strongly encouraged to bring your own gear due to the coronavirus.

Requirements for undertaking CBT

  • Valid provisional licence

  • You must have read and understand the highway code

  • No trainers and tracksuits - sturdy footwear and jeans as a minimum

  • You must have a good understanding of spoken english

  • STRONGLY recommended to complete the (free) ridefree online course (if it is your first CBT, please see below)

To give you a head start if it is your first CBT, it is strongly recommended for you to complete the free DVSA (Driver and vehicle standards agency) Ridefree online course before coming to us for your CBT. This will prepare you for the theoretical aspects of the day to enable more time spent on developing your practical riding skills. Please bring your certificate or a photo of it with you on the day to show to the instructor you have done this.


Click here for the ridefree course

If you are a new rider you are advised to complete the CBT on a scooter and then undertake one of our gear conversion courses to ride a manual.

How long CBT lasts is dependent on the student, it depends how quickly you learn. The course usually lasts a full day but can take longer. 


If you are successful at the end of the course you will be given a CBT certificate which is valid for two years, during which you must either pass your motorcycle tests, or renew your CBT if you wish to carry on riding. Your instructor will only sign if you are safe and is under no obligation to sign you off, although not a test you must reach a safe basic standard. All training courses are subject to terms and conditions. See T&C's here