Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) for Women

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Laying the best possible foundations

CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training. It will allow you to ride up to a 125cc or moped (50cc) on public roads, unaccompanied. You will need to complete a CBT before you go on to pass your motorcycle test. The CBT is not a pass or fail test, nor is it an attendance course, which means you will still need to ride to a minimum safe standard to achieve your certificate. If your instructor thinks you are not up to the safe standard required, you’ll be asked to come back and repeat the training again.

Most people are under the impression a CBT is really easy to achieve and we’ve even heard people say “you’d have to be stupid not to get your CBT certificate in a day”. Well the truth of the matter is a CBT is achievable in a day, but usually if you’ve had prior experience at riding. Instructor Laura will often ask her students whether they speak any other languages. Do they think they could learn another language in a day? The majority of people will say no, so why should learning to ride a motorbike be any different?

Two-day bespoke Compulsory Basic Training

That’s why at Women Only Motorcycle Training, we have devised a 2 day CBT programme, which allows our students to relax into the day, familiarise themselves with the motorcycle and learn at a steadier pace. During a usual one day CBT Course, it may seem a bit rushed and you could feel that you have not taken it all in. In some cases learner riders do not feel they have the necessary skills to be riding unaccompanied on the road after just one intensive training day. If more time is taken to learn the basic skills when students are at their most vulnerable, we believe it will result in more proficient riding skills that will be set for a long lasting riding career.

Two-day CBT – four phases:

  • You will be introduced to the course content, the program will be discussed with you along with your needs and requirements, before talking about the merits of various clothing that can be worn during motorcycling.

  • Your off-road training will take place in the safety of a large car park. Firstly we’ll introduce you to the motorbikes and go through the controls and what each one does. We’ll then work through various exercises to help you become more comfortable with the bikes. You will be coached in a methodical manner, going through important skills of mastering the clutch, pulling away and stopping, slow control, gear changing, controlled braking, emergency stop procedures and junction work.

  • An open discussion in the classroom on how to safely ride a motorcycle on the road, how to look after yourself and how to deal with other road users. You will also be coached on various road hazards and situations while out on the road and what to do if you feel worried or panicked while you are riding.

  • The aim is to give you as long as possible on-road training, you should have a good understanding of the controls, what to do in case there is any issues and most importantly, take your time and not to feel rushed. The minimum time you should be on the road is only two hours, but we like to spend most of the second day on the road to give you a better start on two wheels.

  • A final de-brief will take place after the road ride and all areas will be discussed with further advice and coaching to ensure you are ready for the journey ahead. You will only be issued with a certificate if you and the instructor are confident of your ability.

Booking Compulsory Basic Training

The CBT certificate is valid for two years, if you do not pass a motorcycle test in this time, you must undergo another CBT course. This will enable you to continue riding legally on the road, as a learner with L Plates.

Before you book, please check:

  1. Two-day CBT needs to be completed over two consecutive days
  2. You must have a valid driving licence
  3. You must be able to ride a pushbike proficiently

Receive a £20.00 discount when you book online using CBT20 as your discount code.

If you’re confident you’ll be able to complete your CBT during a one day course, but would rather a female instructor, we also offer the standard one day course. If you’re not sure, or would like some further advice, please call 01527 500333.

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