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Getting Started

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is where it all begins at Motorcycle Training London.

If you are looking to get onto two wheels on a motorcycle or scooter all learner riders must complete a course of compulsory basic training (CBT), this is your starting point before riding on the public roads.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Licence: You must have a Full or Provisional Licence UK photo card or if you have an EU licence you must bring a UK Counterpart) with moped/motorcycle entitlement.
  2. Auto or Manual: Decide on a motorcycle, scooter, moped.
  3. Book your CBT.


What the CBT involves:

The CBT course involves five elements, you must complete each element successfully before you can move on to the next one. If you do not complete one of the elements successfully you may be required to return on a later date to complete some remedial training.

A. Introduction

B. Practical on-site training

C. Practical on-site riding

D. Practical on-road training

E. Practical on-road riding

A CBT certificate and training can only be given by approved training bodies (ATB) that have:

  • Trainers who have been assessed by the DSA
  • Training sites approved by the DSA for the off road riding

A CBT may be completed on:

  • A moped or motorcycle
  • A motorcycle side-car combination or scooter that has more than two wheels


At 16 years old

You have to be at least 16 years old and have a licence that entitles you to ride mopeds (category P) a capacity of 49 cc.

At 17 years old and above

To ride a 125 cc motorcycle or scooter you may have:

  • Full car Licence with motorcycle/scooter entitlement
  • Provisional drivers Licence, this provides provisional moped entitlement

Note: An application for a UK Driving Licence form (D1) can be obtained from a main Post Office. The correct spelling is motorcycle Licence, not motorcycle license.

The only exception is if you wish to ride a 50cc Moped and you have passed your full car licence before February 2001.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle or scooter before, we do offer an introduction to motorcycling (ITM) course as a taster session to give you some confidence before doing any formal training.

The CBT course is designed for novice riders, however you must demonstrate to your trainer your ability to ride the motorcycle or scooter to a satisfactory standard on all the onsite riding elements, before any on road training can commence.

A CBT course will usually take one day to complete however everyone learns at different rates, some students may require further training to complete the CBT to a satisfactory standard.

The idea of the course is to get you on two wheels with confidence, knowledgably and safely. We offer the highest level of rider training and are trainers are fully qualified, the courses are designed to make the experience as easy and hassle free as possible. We can provide everything for the day including the bike, fuel, insurance, gloves, jackets and helmets.

A CBT is not a PASS/FAIL,  if you meet a safe standard of riding it will enable us to issue you with a CBT certificate (DL196).

Note: If you did not complete your CBT in one or more of the elements do not worry, you can book some more training to complete from only £59 return. Remember everyone learns at different rates and you may need some more training to complete your CBT.

A DL196 certificate has a two year life span. If you do not pass a practical riding test within this time you will have to renew your CBT. A certificate validating full moped entitlement on a full car licence will remain valid for mopeds for the life of the licence.

We can also help if you are returning to motorcycling with a Back to Biking course.

Before you commence any training you must bring:

A valid UK driving Licence, BOTH PARTS your photo-card driving and the correct counterpart.

If you still have the OLD’ style paper Licence, you will need to bring along your passport as well for I.D.

EU Licences must be accompanied by the correct UK counterpart.


Wear suitable clothing (we can provide you with a helmet, gloves, jacket).

Bring a packed lunch to eat.

You will need a basic understanding of the Highway Code and road signs.

Poor/non English speaking: To partake in CBT training you will need to have a reasonable command of the English language. If not, you will need to bring along a family member or friend who speaks reasonable English and your language, to act as your translator.

The translator will need to be with you for the full length of the course. If you have started the course without a translator and it becomes a problem that your lack of communication is affecting your progress or safety and we feel it is not safe to continue. we will terminate the course and your fees will be forfeited. You will need to rebook your CBT (at an additional cost) and bring a translator with you.

The translator will need to ride as passenger on the Instructors bike for the road ride, so please make sure they are suitably dressed and happy to do this.

The C.B.T. Syllabus has five elements that have to be completed in sequence, you must progress through each element successfully.



Motorcycle Training London Ltd

Gresham Road

Phone: 020 3542 2944

  • Element A - Introduction

    The aims and objectives of the CBT are discussed together with offering advice on the importance of the right equipment and clothing. Your driving licence and eyesight will also be checked, you will need to be able to read a new style number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres, aided with glasses/contact lenses if needed.
  • Element B - Practical On-Site Training

    This is where you get introduced to the bike, the controls and how to use them. You will also learn necessary daily and weekly checks to make sure your bike is safe to ride and in good working order – We will demonstrate and you can practice taking the bike on and off the stand. You will also wheel the bike, getting used to balance, weight and the brakes, whilst manoeuvring the machine. You will be starting and stopping the engine.
  • Element C - Practical On-Site Riding

    This element includes: Ride the machine in a straight line and bring to a controlled halt. Controlled braking using both brakes, as if approaching a junction Ride the machine slowly and under control. Ride the machine slowly in a figure of 8. Carry out a U turn. Change Gear Understanding rear observations and practice them while on the move, riding simulated junctions Bring the machine to a full stop under control as if in an emergency.
  • Element D - Practical On-Road Training

    Back to the classroom this is a discussion regarding topics you need to consider before going on the road. These range from legal requirements, the importance of the Highway Code, why and how you should be clearly visible to other road users, road surfaces, traffic and weather conditions, assume the correct road position when riding, leave sufficient space when following another vehicle, etc
  • Element E - Practical On-Road Riding

    This is where we go for the road ride element of the CBT, it is a minimum of 2 hours. Providing your instructor feels you are safe to go out on the road and you have reached to required level. He or She will ask you if you feel confident enough and are happy to go out on the road (we will only take you out if you feel ready). Your instructor will be able to talk to you via a radio, giving you directions and guidance /advice The road ride will cover all types of roads and will include junctions, traffic lights, roundabouts, gradients, pedestrian crossings, bends etc. We will even practise the u turn and emergency stop again. We will stop from time to time for road side briefings to help you along the way.