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Motorbike Riding: What Your CBT Really Lets You Do

If you’re new to motorbike riding, one of the first steps you’ll need to take is completing the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). This essential certification is your gateway to the world of motorbiking, providing you with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to ride safely on the road. But what exactly does your CBT allow you to do? Let’s explore the freedoms and opportunities that come with this key certification.

What is CBT?

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a course you must complete before you can ride a motorcycle or moped on public roads in the UK. The training is designed to ensure you have the basic skills and understanding required to ride safely. The course typically includes five key elements: introduction, practical on-site training, practical on-road training, road ride, and a final assessment.

What Can You Do with a CBT?

1. Ride a Moped or Motorcycle Up to 125cc

With a CBT certificate, you are legally allowed to ride a moped or a motorcycle up to 125cc with a power output of up to 11kW. This is perfect for those who want to experience the freedom of riding without committing to a full motorbike license right away.

2. Ride with L-Plates

After completing your CBT, you can ride on public roads, but you must display L-plates (or D-plates in Wales). This indicates to other road users that you are a learner, and it’s a requirement until you pass your full motorcycle test.

3. Valid for Two Years

Your CBT certificate is valid for two years. Within this period, you can decide whether to continue riding with L-plates or take further training to obtain a full motorcycle license. If you do not pass your full motorcycle test within these two years, you will need to retake the CBT.

Benefits of Completing Your CBT

1. Builds Confidence

Completing your CBT gives you the confidence to ride a motorbike safely on public roads. The structured training ensures you understand the basics of motorcycle control and road safety.

2. Flexible Riding Options

A CBT allows you to start riding almost immediately. Whether you’re commuting through Belfast or exploring the scenic routes of Northern Ireland, you’ll enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with riding a motorbike.

3. Foundation for Advanced Training

Your CBT is just the beginning. Once you’ve gained experience and confidence on the road, you can pursue additional training and qualifications, such as the A1, A2, or A motorcycle licenses, which offer even greater riding freedoms and opportunities.

Final Thoughts

Completing your CBT is a crucial step towards becoming a competent and confident motorbike rider. It opens the door to immediate riding opportunities and lays the groundwork for further training and certification. At Taggart Transport Training, we offer comprehensive CBT courses designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to enjoy safe and enjoyable rides.

Ready to start your motorbiking journey? Contact us today to learn more about our CBT courses and take the first step towards your riding freedom.