CBT – Compulsory Basic Training

BUMPY has a team of dedicated, experienced On-road Instructors who aim to give you the best, safest and most comprehensive training to get you riding on the road.

With warm, dry facilities and well maintained bikes, we will give you an on road training experience which is practical, comfortable and second to none in its quality

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) courses are the first step in on-road riding. They allow you to ride a 50cc moped (at age 16) or up to 125cc scooter or bike (over 17’s only) on the road, and the CBT is the first stage in gaining your full motorbike licence.

We run CBT courses 7 days a week. Courses normally start at 8.30am and last one full day. We provide geared bikes or automatic scooters and we can loan you a helmet and gloves if you haven’t got your own yet.

Please note: The CBT course is about teaching you what you need to know to be safe on the roads, not just how to ride a bike. If you do not reach the satisfactory level of achievement, by the end of the day, then you may have to come back to complete your CBT on another day at an additional expense to yourself.

If you have never ridden a bike before then you may find it helpful to take a basic riding lesson before you sit the CBT course. 

It is essential that you obtain and understand an up to date copy of The Highway Code prior to your CBT course AND have a VALID Provisional or Full Driving Licence.

Failure to provide your licence, or your knowledge of the Highway Code is not sufficient, then your CBT will NOT go ahead and you will have to re book at an additional expense to yourself.

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What CBT involves

Compulsory basic training (CBT) has 5 elements:

    • introduction and eyesight check
    • practical on-site training
    • practical on-site riding
    • practical on-road training
    • practical on-road riding


You’ll move from one element to the next when your Instructor is happy you’ve:

    • learnt the theory
    • shown the practical skills to a safe basic level


CBT certificate of completion

When you complete compulsory basic training (CBT) to at least the minimum standard, you’ll get a certificate of completion – also called a DL196.

Your certificate of completion lets you ride a moped or a motorbike up to 125cc on the road with L plates for 2 years (50cc for 16 year olds). You are not allowed to carry pillion passengers or travel on Motorways.

If you haven’t passed your full motorcycle test in 2 years, you will need to take the CBT again.

Click here for a short video, provided by the DVSA, which briefly explains the CBT


Q. How old do I need to be?
A. 16 to ride up to a 50cc or 17+ to ride up to a 125cc

Q. What do I need to learn beforehand?

A. You need to have read AND UNDERSTOOD an up to date copy of the Highway Code. You will be asked question about it (road signs, road markings, rules of the road etc) and if you do not know enough then your CBT wil be cancelled and you will have to pay for another one after you have learnt it.

Q. What do I need to wear?
A. – Sturdy footwear, ideally with some ankle protection. If footwear have laces then they need to be double knotted and tucked out of the way.
– A minimum of thick jeans/denim trousers on your legs, without any rips or holes, waterproofs if raining.
– Layered clothing if cold weather, no short sleeves (even if it’s hot!), suitable jacket, waterproof if it’s raining
– Motorcycle gloves if you have them, but we can lend you them if needed.
– An approved, legal, undamaged on road motorcycle helmet, but we can lend you one if needed or you can buy one in our shop
– Silly as it sounds, put some socks on! We can’t allow you to ride with exposed skin.

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. On the day, you need to bring your Provisional/Full licence, your National Insurance number, glasses or contact lenses if you require them to drive/ride, cash/card to pay any remaining balance, something to eat/drink for your lunch, although we do have limited food (sweets, chocolate, crisps, Pot Noodles etc) along with hot/cold drinks in our shop.

You also need to make sure you are physically and mentally ready for a full day of classroom/tarmac/road training.

Q. What if I don’t achieve my CBT in the day?
A. CBT is a minimum of a days training. Some people require more training than others. If you only need to have more time on the road then that is all you will need to come back for, generally another 2 hours. If you need more training on the training area before going on the road then your Instructor will advise on how long you will need.

Q. How else might my CBT be cancelled?
A. There are many factors into why your CBT could be cancelled.
Things such as;
– smelling of alcohol/suspicion of being of the drink drive limit…so don’t have a lot to drink the night before…leave 24 hours between,
– smelling/suspicion of being under the influence of drugs,
– forgetting your licence, being banned (as we check ALL licences with the DVLA,
– if the Instructor deems you too unsafe on the training area or on the road to safely continue,
– if the Instructor deems you too ill to continue,
– failing the eyesight check at the start (the law states you must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres.

Q. How long does my CBT certificate last?
A. It last 2 years from the date of issue. If you do not pass your full test within this time then you will have to resit the full CBT in 2 years

Q. What if I lose my CBT certificate?
A. You will have to contact us for a duplicate, which you will have to pay for. It is a legal document that the Police could request, so please keep it somewhere safe, you do not need to carry it with you.

Q. I did my CBT at 16 on a 50cc, do I need to do it again to ride a 125 now I’m 17?
A. If your CBT is still valid (within 2 years of getting it) then you can automatically ride a 125cc. If you’ve never ridden a bike with clutch and gears then it is advisable to book an hour or two with us to get some training and experience with a qualified Instructor.

Areas covered: CBT Leeds, CBT Bradford, CBT Wakefield, CBT Batley, CBT Birstall, CBT Morley, CBT Drighlington, CBT Cleckheaton, CBT Heckmondwike, CBT Mirfield, CBT Farnley, CBT Pudsey, CBT Huddersfield, CBT West Yorkshire

To book your CBT call us now on 
01924 470432

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