Book your CBT test with XS Motorcycle School in Bradford

19 Rosetta Drive, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 9SA
Helmet hire included

About XS Motorcycle School

Beginner and advanced motorcycle rider training

Are you a beginner wishing to learn to ride motorcycles, or do you need advanced motorcycle rider training? Come to XS Motorcycle Riding School.

Full motorcycle training courses

As a motorcycle enthusiast, you will want to hone your riding skills. Even if you are a beginner, contact XS Motorcycle Riding School training. We offer all types of motorcycle training courses at great prices.

CBT for new riders
The CBT was introduced in December 1990 with the aim of reducing the accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. Typically conducted in one day, the course involves 5 elements, these being an introduction, explanation of the machine controls, practical riding controls and skills and practice manoeuvres in a suitable off-road area, a discussion and information about on road riding ending with a supervised ride on public roads under the control of a qualified instructor using radio communications.

Certificate of completion

A DL196 certificate of completion (CBT certificate) is issued when 5 elements of CBT are completed by the trainee. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on a driving licence/ Please note that a THEORY pass in NOT required for CBT.
A current DL196 certificate allows you to ride unsupervised on the road as a learner for up to 2 years. Depending on your age you can ride up to 125cc (under 17s are restricted to a 50cc moped), If within the 2 year period you have NOT passed the practical tests you have to come back and do CBT again
For moped (Category AM) entitlement only, if a car driving test is passed after February 2001 whilst the DL196 is still valid, or a CBT course is completed and a DL196 obtained after passing a car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry (only the moped entitlement)

What does a CBT test in Bradford involve?

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

The CBT test in BradfordElement 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

You can book your CBT training and test in Bradford hereElement 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.