CBT is not a test and there is no exam


The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is the initial and mandatory step for individuals learning to ride a moped or motorcycle. It is a structured course of training that must be completed satisfactorily. According to the law, all new riders must undergo this training before they are legally permitted to ride a moped or motorcycle on the road, including during riding lessons. The CBT equips riders with essential knowledge and skills necessary for safe and responsible riding, ensuring they are prepared for the challenges of riding on public roads.

Dressing appropriately


CBT Course Attire and Requirements

When attending the CBT course, it’s crucial to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Appropriate Attire:
    • Wear a suitable jacket and motorcycle jeans or pants. Heavy jeans without any holes are acceptable.
    • Sturdy footwear with ankle protection is essential for safety.
    • Use only motorcycle gloves to protect your hands during the training.
  2. Waterproof Clothing:
    • Waterproof clothing is highly recommended, especially if there’s a chance of rain. The course will proceed regardless of weather conditions.
  3. CBT Course Syllabus:
    • The CBT course syllabus comprises five elements, each of which must be completed sequentially.
    • You can only progress to the next element once your instructor is satisfied that you have learned the necessary theory and demonstrated all practical skills to a safe basic level.
  4. Documentation:
    • Ensure you have your UK driving license with you, specifically the photocard license.
    • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure to bring them along, as needed during the training.

By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll ensure a safe and productive learning experience during your CBT course. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your instructor.


Using your own bike


If you are planning to use your own bike, you will need to have valid motorcycle insurance, a valid MOT certificate (if your bike is more than three years old) and full-sized L-plates clearly displayed both front and rear.




Module 1

  • Module 1 Overview:

    Module 1 of the motorcycle test is conducted on a safe, off-road site and typically lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this module, candidates are assessed on various maneuvers to evaluate their control and handling skills.

    Key Components:

    1. Slow-Speed Maneuvers:
      • At least two maneuvers are performed at slow speed, such as a slalom or figure-of-eight.
    2. High-Speed Maneuvers:
      • At least two maneuvers are carried out at a higher speed to demonstrate control and stability.
    3. Speed Requirements:
      • One exercise should be performed in second or third gear, maintaining a speed of at least 30 km/h (approximately 19 mph).
    4. Obstacle Avoidance:
      • Candidates are required to perform an exercise involving avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approximately 32 mph).
    5. Braking Maneuvers:
      • At least two braking maneuvers are conducted, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approximately 32 mph).

    Module 1 is designed to assess candidates’ ability to maneuver the motorcycle safely and effectively in various scenarios. It evaluates their control, balance, and response to different situations, laying the groundwork for safe on-road riding. Candidates should practice these maneuvers thoroughly to ensure readiness for the Module 1 test. Confidence and proficiency in executing these maneuvers will contribute to a successful assessment outcome.



  • Module 2
  • For the Module 2 test, you are allotted 57 minutes.

    Before heading outside, you’ll receive a radio briefing. Once outside, you’ll undergo an eyesight test, where you must read a number plate from 20 meters away (or 20.5 meters for old-style number plates).

    Next, you’ll perform the “show me, tell me” questions, demonstrating your knowledge of motorcycle maintenance and safety.

    Following this, you’ll embark on a road ride lasting approximately 35-40 minutes. This ride will expose you to various road and traffic conditions. Throughout the journey, you’ll execute normal stops, angled starts, and, if possible, a hill start.

    Additionally, you’ll experience a brief period of independent riding to assess your ability to navigate without direct instruction.

    Similar to Module 1, your test continues until you securely park the bike upon completion of the assessment.


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