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Our motorcycle training courses: Compulsory Basic Training

Due to an ongoing structure change in the company, from the end of 2021 we will not be taking bookings or inquiries for CBT courses until further notice.


Compulsory Basic Training, CBT training.

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CBT consists of unlimited training until you reach a safe standard of on-road riding. Normally conducted on a maximum ratio of 2:1.Approximate duration six hours, usually completed in one day.

We start at one of our approved CBT training UK sites; you will be familiarised with the machine's controls,taught how to start, move off, change gear and stop safely. You will practice signaling and maneuvering at your own pace until you are competent.

After a full briefing you will be taken on the road and coached to a safe level of riding

whilst being in constant radio contact with the instructor. When you have reached a proficient standard you will be awarded your CBT DL 196 certificate.


New online pre CBT theory modulePhoenix Motorcycle Training 'Ride free'

The DVSA Launches 'Ride free' Online bike training.

The link below will allow you to complete an online module which will enhance your knowledge and therefore enhance your CBT experience.

Please complete the module before you attend for your CBT training:



Element A - introduction to CBT


CBT training element A CroydonAt the end of this element you should understand the purpose and content of CBT


Your trainer will explain the basics and not go into complicated issues.

Wherever possible your trainer will use examples to help explain the points they make.

You'll have your motorcycle licence checked, and your right to ride mopeds or motorcycles.

At the end of this element you should understand the purpose and content of CBT.

What element A covers

Overall, the element will cover:

  • an overview of CBT
  • equipment and clothing suitable for riding a motorcycle or moped. How to select the right equipment for you and the costs involved.
  • an eyesight check

Element B - practical on-site training

This element introduces you to the motorcycle. You won't start riding the motorcycle in this element, but you'll get hands-on training.

At the end of this element you:

  • will be able to show knowledge of how the motorcycle works
  • should have a feel for the weight and balance of the motorcycle

Direct access training Amesbury

What element B covers

Overall, the element will cover:

  • motorcycle controls
  • basic safety checks and use of the stands
  • wheeling the motorcycle and braking to stop
  • starting and stopping the engine

Element C - practical on-site riding

In this element you'll begin riding a motorcycle. By the time you have finished this element you'll have developed enough basic skills to allow you to ride a motorcycle under control.

You’ll learn the essential techniques including:

  • rear observation
  • the 'observation - signal - manoeuvre' (OSM) routine
  • the 'position - speed - look' (PSL) routine

You will then practise these practical skills until your trainer is happy that you'll be safe when you are taken out onto the road.

What element C covers

Overall, the element will cover:CBT element C Amesbury

  • riding in a straight line and stopping
  • riding slowly
  • riding a figure of eight
  • u-turns
  • using the brakes
  • changing gear
  • emergency stop
  • rear observation
  • turning left and right

Element D - practical on-road training

Having carried out theory and practical training off-road, your trainer will now prepare you for the on-road element of CBT.

This element will cover the information you need to ride legally and safely on the road. It will be the foundations on which you build your motorcycling career.

During element E parts of this theory may be reinforced in practical situations.

What element D covers

Overall, the element will cover:

  • being visible to other road users
  • legal requirements
  • vulnerability of motorcyclists
  • speed
  • Highway Code
  • anticipation
  • rear observation
  • road positioning
  • separation distance
  • weather conditions
  • road surfaces
  • alcohol and drugs
  • attitude
  • hazard perception

Element E - practical on-road riding

CBT road ride element E AmesburyThis is the final element of the CBT course. You'll ride out on the road with a certified trainer, and possibly with one other trainee, for at least two hours. You'll be in radio contact with the trainer.

You'll have to prove that you can cope safely with a variety of road and traffic conditions.

Expect your trainer to stop sometimes to discuss some aspects of your riding. They will also explain how the theory you have learnt should be put into practice.

Your riding will be assessed constantly by your trainer. They will sign a certificate of completion (DL196) when they are happy you are safe to continue learning alone.

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