East London Motorcycle Training
CBT London, CBT East London, Compulsory Basic Training.
CBT (compulsory Basic Training) was first introduced 1st December 1990 in an effort to reduce the number of bike accidents. This is the first step to getting on the road. The CBT certificate (DL196) validates your provisional entitlement on your licence and is valid for 2 years.
At 16 years old your category P is active, which means you can ride a 50 cc moped restricted to 30 mph with L plates, (you can apply for your licence 3 months before your 16th birthday).
At 17 years old your category A becomes live and you can ride up to 125 cc motorcycle with L plates. If you are intending to continue your training up to taking a practical test we recommend you take your CBT on a 125 cc manual bike.
The course is set down by law and broken down in to 5 key elements, A to E. Each element must be completed before moving onto the next.
Licence check, you need to bring both parts of your UK licence, photo card and paper counterpart. Next we give you an eyesight check; you must be able to read a standard number plate at 20.5 metres or 67ft. If you wear glasses for the eye sight test you are required to wear them when riding. Next is a chat on clothing and why we need to wear them when we are riding.
We take a look at the bike you will be riding and go through all the things we need to know to ride it safely. This also includes taking the bike on and off the stand.
Off road riding: this where you will learn to ride the bike in a safe environment. It includes: pulling away and stopping, gear changing, slow control, controlled stop and correct sequencing for left and right turns. At the end of this section you and your instructor will decide if you are ready for the road.
Pre road ride chat: This includes all the things we need to be aware of when riding out on the road so as to stay safe. If a car and a bike get into an argument the car wins every time, so it’s not just about what we do but our awareness of what is happening around us.
Two hour road ride under supervision. This is conducted at a ratio of 2 to 1. Here we start you off in quiet roads practicing your sequences for left and right turns. Then we take you to busier roads and build up your confidence in dealing with traffic. You will be expected to complete the U-turn and a controlled stop during the road ride.
At the end of your ride the instructor will decide if with your limited abilities you stayed safe and were not a danger to yourself or other road users. If the instructor is satisfied you will receive your CBT certificate. This will then allow you to go away and practice you new skills to make yourself a better rider.
You will not become a complete bike rider by the end of your CBT, but you will have a good understanding of what you need to do to stay completely safe.
Throughout the day if you have any questions, please ask your instructor because you need to be clear and focused on what you are doing.
If you have any questions regarding the CBT please contact the East London Motorcycle Training office, for help & advice.