CBT – Compulsory Basic Training – £145
This is the starting point for all trainee motorcyclists and is normally a 1 day training course. The first part of the CBT is conducted on an off road manoeuvring area where you will ride the machine until competent. This part of the training incorporates all of the basic riding skills, i.e. use of the controls, moving away and stopping, slow riding, changing gear, turning left and right etc. You will then ride the machine on the road for at least two hours. During the road ride your instructor, who will be in radio contact, will accompany you, giving you both directions and tuition. The training will end when you are able to ride on the road, on your own, safely. After completing the CBT you will then be allowed to ride on your own, on the road with ‘L’ plates for up to two years. After this period you will then either re take your CBT or have passed your full motorcycle test in order to continue riding.
NB: At 16yrs you can ride up to a 50cc. At 17yrs and over you can ride up to 125cc. Prior to booking your CBT you must be in possession of your driving licence. See ‘applying for your first licence’
If you are intending to progress to your full licence then you’ll have to have passed a Theory and Hazard Perception test. This is taken at one of a number of theory test centres. This test can be booked directly by going to the DVSA Web Site. The website contains further information and some mock tests for practice. To help prepare you for the test you can obtain The Official DVSA Theory Test for Motorcyclists pack which includes the leading theory test CD-ROM for motorcyclists and the only official DSA hazard perception DVD, available to purchase from our offices on 01635 872529 When booking you will need to be in possession of both your driving licence and a credit or debit card. The cost of the Theory Test is £23.
After passing both your CBT and theory test you will then undertake further training to bring you up to a standard in order for you to pass:
Module 1 Training and Test – £420
Module 1 is an off road test incorporating a number of manoeuvres to include;
Manual handling, slalom, figure of eight, cornering, hazard avoidance,
Controlled stop, ‘U’ turn, slow riding and emergency stop. In order to successfully prepare for this test we normally recommend our package which includes 8 hrs of training and testing, Mod 1 test fee and all of the equipment necessary, i.e. motorcycle, safety helmet, gloves, jacket and wet weather clothing.
After passing Module 1 you will then undertake further training to bring you up to a standard in order for you to pass:
Module 2 Training and Test – £475
Module 2 is an on road test and incorporates an eyesight test, road safety questions and at least 40 minutes of road riding. The road ride will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts. In order to successfully prepare for this test we normally recommend our package which includes 8 hrs of training and testing, Mod 2 test fee and all of the equipment necessary, i.e. motorcycle, safety helmet, gloves, jacket and wet weather clothing.
At 17 years of age you can take the practical test on a 125cc machine. You will then still only be allowed to ride up to a 125cc, however you can now ride without ‘L’ plates, carry a pillion passenger and ride on the motorway.
At 19 years of age you can take the practical test on a machine restricted to 35kw (46.6bhp), approximately 400cc. You will then be entitled to ride up to that power. After 2 years, you will then be able to retake the practical bike test on a machine of 600cc to be able to ride any size or power machine.
Category A – Direct Access Scheme
At 24 years of age you can train and take the practical test on a machine of at least 600cc and 40kw. You will then be able to ride any size and power machine straight away.