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Prices start from £130 (Cost is fully inclusive of motorcycle hire and safety wear.)

The CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) is the starting point for all learner motorcyclists. Entry age 16 or over

CBT Milton Keynes

An important point here is that with our school there are never more than 2 trainees to 1 instructor so lots of individual attention. The CBT does not involve a test but rather a practical course of training that you are required to complete. There is no theory test involved although you will be required to have a sound knowledge of the Highway Code. The CBT course includes five elements of which each element has to be completed satisfactorily in turn. You can only move on to each element in turn when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.

Your bike or ours

We can supply the free use of one of our bikes for your CBT. We will also supply you with a motorcycle safety helmet, jacket and gloves if required. If you wish to use your own bike for the CBT then arrangements can be made to deliver the bike directly to us for you. If you are supplying your own bike you will also need to have valid motorcycle insurance, valid road tax and a valid MOT certificate (if your bike is more than three years old). You will need to bring these documents with you when attending for your CBT, if using your own bike. Full sized L-plates must also be clearly displayed both front and rear of your bike. Please be aware that you are not legally allowed to ride your bike to us unless you are in possession of one of the following:

  • VALID CBT CERTIFICATE (IF JUST RENEWING YOUR CBT)
  • FULL UK CAR LICENCE (ONLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THE COURSE ON A MOPED AND YOU HAVE HELD YOUR LICENCE PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 2001)
  • FULL UK BIKE LICENCE

After completion of your CBT

When you have satisfactorily completed the course you will be given your CBT Certificate (DL196) and this will validate your provisional entitlement on your driving licence, although L Plates must be clearly displayed front and rear of your motorcycle, you must not carry a pillion passenger and riding on motorways is forbidden. The DL196 is valid for two years, after which, either re-take CBT or pass the practical motorcycle tests. CBT is the first step on the ladder for riding motorcycles, following which you are strongly advised to undertake a course of further training to pass the practical motorcycle tests.

Driving licence

Please note: When attending for your course, you will need to bring your UK licence with you. In 2015, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.You can check your driving licence record online by phone or post.

What this means for you

You do not need to take any action, just keep your current photocard driving licence.If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won't affect you, and you should keep your licence.The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving licence won't change.

What to do with your paper counterpart

When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart of the driving licence, those drivers who already have a counterpart may destroy it.You'll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online. If you have the old style (paper only licence) we will need to see some other form of photo i.d, such as your passport. We will also check your eyesight to make sure you can read a car number plate at 20.5 metres, so make sure you bring your glasses or contact lenses if normally worn.

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You will also need a driving licence or a provisional licence. We do provide some motorcycle equipment but your own gear is always going to fit and suit you better. Having a basic understanding of the Highway Code is advantageous to those with little riding and road experience. Come and have a fun day with us. Read through the CBT FAQs below to find out more.

CBT FAQs

CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training.

You can ride a moped without L plates and without taking the full motorcycle test if either: You have a car driving licence and a compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate. You passed your driving test before 1 February 2001. You must complete a CBT course to confirm your full moped licence if you passed your car driving test on or after 1 February 2001. Your CBT certificate for riding mopeds is then valid for as long as your car driving licence. Mopeds have a maximum engine size of 50cc and a maximum speed of approximately 31mph.

C16 for a moped or 17 for a bike up to 125cc.

Prices start from £130 (Cost is fully inclusive of motorcycle hire and safety wear.)

The normal start time is 8:30am, but you are advised to be there a little earlier. Your training will be finished no later than 5pm, possibly earlier than this.

Buy a current copy of the Highway Code and read it thoroughly. CBT is quite an intensive day so it is really important to make sure you have had a good night’s rest beforehand as you do need to be fresh and alert on the day. Also ensure you have a valid and in date driving licence and remember to bring it along on the day.

Just you and maybe one other customer will be allocated to your CBT instructor.

CBT will take you at least one full day to complete, depending on how well you progress through the training.

When attending for your course, you will need to bring your UK photocard driving licence with you. If you have a full UK car licence then you should have motorcycle provisional entitlement. If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, you should bring this with you.

If you have some, or all of your own motorcycle clothing then it’s best to wear that. Otherwise, we can loan you, a helmet, jacket, gloves and waterproof over-trousers. Please note that any loan equipment may not be a perfect fit.

You are advised to wear your own motorcycle trousers & boots, otherwise at least a pair of jeans (dragging jeans are better) or sturdy leg wear of some description. We can loan you some over trousers if the weather turns wet. With footwear, they really want to be sturdy with ankle support, such as light walking boots, but never steel toe-caps. Avoid wearing any form of slip on shoe.

You will be required to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres. If you wear glasses or contact lenses for driving then remember to bring these along with you to your CBT, they must be worn at all times that you are riding.

When you have satisfactorily completed the course you will be given your CBT Certificate (DL196) and this will validate your provisional entitlement on your driving licence. L - Plates must be clearly displayed front and rear of your motorcycle, you must not carry a pillion passenger and riding on motorways is forbidden. The DL196 is valid for two years, after which, either re-take CBT or pass the practical motorcycle tests.

How to find us

Learn2Ride

The National Bowl gate 1

V4 Watling Street

Milton Keynes

MK5 8AA

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Tel: 01908 694 333

We are DVSA Approved & members of the MCITA

DVSA approved and MCITA member

Give us a call on 01908 694 333