Book a motorcycle CBT test in Edinburgh, Lothian

Click on any of the motorcycle training schools below to view more information and check availability.

Two Wheels Motorcycle Training School

36 Peffermill Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 5LL

Approx. distance: 2 miles

City School of Motorcycling

40/2 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH15 1ED

Approx. distance: 2.5 miles

Saltire Rider Training

553 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH11 3XX

Approx. distance: 3.1 miles

Pro Scot Ltd

Mitchelson Industrial Estate, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 3WE

Approx. distance: 12.8 miles

Lothian Motorcycle Training

14e Blackburn Road, Bathgate, Lothian, EH48 2EY

Approx. distance: 17.6 miles

Jim Allan Motorcycle Training

208 Grahams Road, Falkirk, Falkirk, FK2 7BX

Approx. distance: 23.5 miles

Adventures on Wheels Ltd

Whinfield Road, Selkirk, Scottish Borders, TD7 5DT

Approx. distance: 30.8 miles

Cameron Bike Training

3 Back O' Hill Rd, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 1SH

Approx. distance: 31.9 miles

Route 66 Rider Training

Unit 3, Felmington Industrial Park, Motherwell, Strathclyde, ML1 2NT

Approx. distance: 32.4 miles

GMTS (Tayside) Ltd

Old Kings Cross Road, Dundee, Dundee, DD3 6AB

Approx. distance: 36.6 miles

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Find a motorcycle CBT test in Edinburgh, Lothian

If you are hoping to take a motorcycle CBT test in Edinburgh then this website will help you. You can find everything you need to find suitable CBT training close to you. You can also find training in Musselburgh, Musselburgh and Loanhead.

If I a motorcycle CBT test in Edinburgh what would I be doing?

A CBT test consists of 5 elements labelled A to E. You will do these 5 elements in order throughout the day.

The DVSA have produced an excellent short video showing you the elements of a CBT. Here is the video and below it is the description of each of the elements.

Element A comprises of talk about clothing, safety helmet and equipment. This is also when your licence and eyesight will be checked and the aims of the course outlined. Make sure to bring your glasses or contact lenses if you wear them as you will need to read a registration plate at a distance of 20 metres. You will also learn:

  • Understanding the legal requirement to riding
  • Reinforcing your understanding of the Highway Code to a good level
  • Objectives of completing the CBT test
  • Understanding the importance of using good motorcycle equipment and clothing

Element B introduces you to the machine and its controls and includes:

  • Using the motorcycle stands to safely park your bike
  • Familiarity with the different motorcycle or scooter controls
  • Wheel the bike round to the left and right
  • Starting and stopping the engine
  • Carrying out basic maintenance checks

Element C is the main part of the course and takes place on an approved training site (CBT pad). This is when you will learn to:

  • Pull away, stop, start and change gears (where applicable)
  • Ride in a straight line
  • Ride in a slow and controlled manner
  • Change gears
  • Use both brakes
  • Ride a figure of eight
  • Carry out left, right and U-turns
  • Carry out emergency braking
  • Ride round bends safely
  • Carry out rear observation

Element D is a return to the class room prior to going out on the road. You will get a full briefing explaining:

  • The use of speed, road positioning, safe driving distances
  • The importance of the Highway Code
  • Your visibility on the road
  • Using rear observation
  • Riding at the correct speeds, road positioning and distance between other vehicles according to traffic and road conditions.
  • Learning to anticipate danger and riding defensively
  • Care will also be given in explaining about the radios and how not to get lost on the road

Element E is where you put all the above into practise by riding on the road. You will go out on the road with an instructor two at a time with a radio link. You must do at least two hours of road tuition, which must include doing a U-turn and emergency stop. At the outset the instructor will give plenty of guidance and help, but towards the end of the time on the road the instructor will be looking to see if you can get safely from one place to another without hurting yourself or anybody else.


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Is Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) really a test?

Here at Book CBT Now we want you to fully understand what is required before you go on to undertake your CBT test in Edinburgh. Although the word 'test' is used, this is misleading; in actual fact, you will not be examined, but rather your ability evaluated by the instructor throughout the day.

Subsequently, if you are deemed to have the required competency level, you will be awarded with a pass certification, known as a DL196 certificate. However, this certification does not last indefinitely - its validity will expire after two years, after which you will be required to renew your CBT, unless you have taken and passed a full motorcycle A1, A2 or DAS  test. For anyone that would like to read further regarding the specific details relating to CBT tests, we encourage you to take a look at our dedicated informative page.

Finding a good motorcycle training company for your CBT in Edinburgh, Lothian

Your safety is always our number one priority, that is why we can ensure that all of the companies supplied for CBT training in Edinburgh are highly-skilled and qualified to deliver extensive training for clients across the area. You can be sure that you will be able to receive a reliable course that will give you the confidence to ride on the road safely. Our main aim is to reduce the risk of motorcycle/ moped accidents, improve rider training and give people of all ages the best knowledge of controls, steering and more. To find out more about CBT training in Edinburgh, simply visit our help page and we can give detailed information to assist you and your needs.

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Will I be on my own during a CBT?

Normally during a CBT test in Edinburgh there will be other riders with you, you will all take part in classroom and off-road sections together as well as practical sections. Taking the test in a group is a great way to calm your nerves. The majority of motorcycle training schools will also supply motorcycles for hire during your CBT test in Edinburgh so you do not need to bring one with you. Sometimes the price of your CBT includes the hire of a motorcycle and sometimes it doesn't, so we always advise that you check this before booking. Here at Book CBT Now we will provide you with the information for all of your local CBT companies and you can then decide which company you wish to use.