Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Since December 1990 Compulsory Basic Training has been the essential introduction for anyone wishing to ride a motorbike or scooter on UK roads. It takes the form of safety-based instruction and is designed to ensure that any potential biker has the ability and aptitude to stay safe, and is a mandatory first step in motorcycle training that precedes any of the A1 licence, A2 licence or unrestricted A licence.

Although many novice bikers call to enquire about taking their CBT test at our training locations, there is actually no test involved, just expert instruction and a demonstration that you can meet the required standards of control and safety. The only testing involved is of your eyesight, and a 20.5 metre distance check is mandatory.

Once you complete your compulsory basic training you’ll be issued with a DL196 certificate. Valid for two years this certificate enables you to ride a motorbike up to 125cc/14.6bhp (or a 50cc moped for 16 year olds) unaccompanied on the road. ‘L’ plates are clearly displayed on the front and rear of your bike. For more information or to book your CBT at our Birmingham motorcycle training centre.


On the day of training you must be able to:

Have the correct licence card: either UK driving, provisional or EU licence with UK counterpart licence number

Have your National Insurance number

Be able to read a registration plate from 20 meters

Speak and understand English and the Highway code to a good level

Be able to ride an adult sized bicycle

Wear suitable clothing including motorcycle helmet, sturdy jeans, motorcycle gloves and jacket as well as boots that cover your ankle. No Jogging bottoms or hoodies or trainers.

Length of Course

Length of Course
The CBT course May take upto Two days of instruction, running from 8.45am, usually finishing by 5pm at the latest. Your Instructor will go through a Trainee log book with you so you can feel confidant you’ve gained the skills to be a competent and safe rider.

Course Structure

Course Structure

Element A – Introduction and helmet / clothing brief
Element B – Machine controls and basic maintenance
Element C – Off road riding
Element D – Road safety brief / lunch
Element E – Minimum of 2 hours on the road under instruction

About our CBT course

We run CBT courses 6 days a week.

Prices :
Perry Barr £180 (1 Day)
Redditch £175 (1 Day)
Kings Norton £165 (1 Day)
The course run Monday to Sunday which include all equipment and bike hire plus 20% off clothing & accessories at Maximo. This course may take upto 2 days of Training, to reach the required standard. We also provide highway code instruction if required.

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