Two Wheelers Highland

Motorcycle instructor

basic training

Obtaining a CBT (compulsory basic training) certificate is a legal requirement which validates your licence, and will allow you to ride for 2 years on L plates without the need to take a test - although further training is recommended.

CBT at 16years old can only be taken on a 50cc moped.

17 year olds or over normally take the CBT on a 125cc bike.

The CBT is a training course and not a test and is usually completed within a day. However, if you are a novice it may take longer - there is normally no extra charge. The certificate is issued when your instructor feels you have reached a good safe standard.

At Two Wheelers helmets, gloves and waterproofs are provided free of charge. Please bring along your own if you have them, with some stout footwear. Remember boots or shoes provide more protection than trainers, steel toe caps are not recommended. Dress warm - as if you were going skiing!

To take a CBT course or test, you must bring:

  • glasses or contact lenses if normally worn.
  • A valid UK or EU photo style licence with counter part or old style paper licence with passport

What the CBT covers


Element A

Introduction and eye sight check. Includes discussion of equipment and clothing

Element B - Practical on site training

  • Introduces you to the motorcycle
  • Covers hand and foot controls
  • Instruments and warning lamps
  • Basic safety checks
  • How to use centre and side stands
  • How to wheel the motorcycle and use brakes
  • Starting and stopping the engine safely

Element C -Practical on site training

  • Riding in a straight line
  • Riding slowly
  • Using brakes
  • Changing gear
  • Figure of 8
  • Emergency stop
  • Observations
  • U-turn
  • Left and right turns

Element D - Practical on road training


  • Legal Requirements
  • Vulnerability
  • Speed
  • Highway code
  • Anticipation
  • Rear observations
  • Road positioning
  • Safe following distance
  • Road surface
  • Weather conditions
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Attitude
  • Hazard perception

Element E - Practical on Road Training

Riding on the road with your instructor

Dealing with:

  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts
  • Hills and bends
  • Junctions
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Obstructions
  • Emergency stops
  • U-turns