CBT - Compulsory Basic Training

So you want to learn to ride a bike? Want to feel that adrenaline rush as you race away from the local boy racers at traffic lights? Motorbikes provide an affordable, practical and exciting way to do just that!

However, before you can have any chance of doing this you will first need to complete a provisional motorcycle test - the Compulsory Basic Training.

Compulsary Basic Training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help lower the high accident rate amongst learner motorcyclists. It must be passed before you can ride a motorcycle or moped on the road, and even then you will need to carry 'L' plates.

Requirements To Pass The CBT

There are five steps involved in the CBT, all of which have to be completed:

  1. Introduction
  2. On-Site Practical Training
  3. On-Site Practical Riding
  4. On-Road Practical Training
  5. On-Road Practical Riding

During the training and riding you will be tutored through basic maintainence, theory, manoeuvres and more. You must also complete at least two hours of riding on the road.

Once your instructor is satisfied you have completed all five steps successfully you will be issued with a certificate of completion, called the DL196. This is a legal document that will allow you to ride up to a 125cc motorcycle for a maximum of two years. If you do not complete your full theory and practical motorcycle tests in this time, the compulsory basic training will have to be repeated.

Where Can I Take My CBT, And How Much Does It Cost?

Only DSA-approved instructors are eligible to teach compulsory basic training, and only at an Approved Training Body. ATBs must have sites approved by the DSA for off-road training, and their instructors must have completed a two day assessment.

The cost of the course typically varies between £80 and £120. Most ATBs will loan you the motorcycle and helmet for the course, and some even offer full training courses with the cost of compulsory basic training included.


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