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Compulsory Basic Training

Overview

Remember it's not a test it's a training course. There's no pass or fail, just that you complete the course and achieve the required standard.

All provisional Motorcycle / Moped licence holders (including full car as provisional) must complete the CBT course, before riding on the road.

The course begins with a theory session in our comfortable training theatre, before moving to our own tarmac'd off-road training area with properly marked out road junctions. Here you can learn to ride the bike and get essential skills, all in a safe environment. After another theory session, you will complete the training course on-road, with your Instructor in radio contact at all times (maximum 2 Candidates to 1 Instructor).

So, in theory, you should get the same comprehensive training everywhere, we're not allowed to change the content at all. In practise, it's a question of how thorough an individual training school is and their facilities.

As you can see, there's a lot to get through. So, with us you can reckon on a full day's training. Most candidates do complete the course in just one day but if you need more time, we give you further attempts at hugely reduced rates. If you persevere then so will we.

CBT Syllabus

CBT Syllabus is under review but is currently:-

 

 

1 Introduction
a

Check Trainees Driving Licences, ensure entitlement to ride on public roads.

b

Test Trainees Eyesight.
They must be able to read, in good daylight, a standard number plate (letters and figures 79.4mm high) at 20.5 metres distance (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn).

c

The aims of the Approved Training Course (Q & A Session).
Trainees must be told and understand:
The importance of having the right equipment and clothing. The relative merits of different types of protective clothing. The differences between fluorescent and reflective materials and their uses.

   
2

Practical On-Site Training

a

Be familiar with the motorcycle, it’s controls and how it works

b

Be able to carry out basic machine checks.

c

Be able to take the machine on and off the stand.

d

Be able to wheel the bike to left and right and halt by using the brakes.

e

Be able to start and stop the engine.

   
3

Practical On-Site Riding

a Ride in a straight line, without having a foot down and stop under full control.
b

Carry out controlled braking using both brakes.

c

Stop as in an emergency under full control.

d

Ride in a figure of eight circuit.

e

Carry out simulated left and right turns using OSM and PSL routine.

f

Carry out U turn manoeuvre.

g

Ride slowly under control.

h

Change gear.

   
4

Practical On-Site Training

a

The importance of reading and understanding the Highway Code.

b

The need to ride defensively, anticipating the actions of others.

c

The need to use rear observation at appropriate times, proper positioning and a safe distance.

d

The need to pay due regard to weather and road conditions and be aware of the various types of road surface.

e

The need to be clearly visible to others and the use of conspicuity aids.

f

The legal requirements for riding on the road.

g

Why motorcycles are more vulnerable than others, the need to ride at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions, be aware of the consequences of aggressive attitudes and be aware of the importance of hazard perception.

h

The dangers of Drug and Alcohol use.

   
5

Practical On-Road Riding (Min. 2 hrs.)

a

Trainees must show ability to ride confidently, take rear observation when necessary, position correctly for left and right turns, not cause danger to themselves or others.

b

Must negotiate competently and safely: -Traffic Lights, Roundabouts, Junctions, Pedestrian Crossings, Gradients, Bends, Obstructions.

c

Must also repeat: - U-turn manoeuvre and Emergency stop.

d

Issue DL 196 only if satisfied safe to ride unaccompanied.

e

Reaffirm this is only a basic training course and further training is advised.