Book your CBT test with Dexterity Motorcycle Training in Ashford

Eastwell Court, Lenacre Street, Ashford (Kent), Kent, TN25 4JT
Helmet hire included

About Dexterity Motorcycle Training

What is the advantage of doing it

Find out if you like biking for a modest cost.
Enjoy pressure-free attention for your first ride.
Get a head start prior to your CBT course.
The CBT Course

This is the starting point for everyone. Successful completion gains you a CBT certificate which entitles you to ride low powered machines (50cc for 16 year olds, 125cc for 17 years and over) with L plates for 2 years.

Taster Session - What is it?

A 'Taster Session' is an hour's one-to-one tuition from a Driving Standards Agency qualified instructor on our CBT Training area. Primarily aimed at those with little or no riding experience, or perhaps those that have had an extended break from riding.

Direct Access Scheme (D.A.S)

A full bike licence entitling you to ride any size of machine is gained through this course. After completing your CBT with us your training continues on a 125cc bike and, once you are proficient, progresses onto a 600cc (or larger) motorcycle which is what you take your tests on. You must be 24 or over for this course. If certain conditions are met this training can be undertaken at an earlier age.

What does a CBT test in Ashford involve?

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

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.