Book your CBT test with Bristol Motorcycle Training Centre

Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1RS

About Bristol Motorcycle Training Centre

Bristol Motorcycle Training Centre was established in 1979 when it was the first Purpose Built Training complex in the country and has always been at the forefront of motorcycle training in the UK.
Today it remains unique in being the largest single site training facility in the UK and does more training and testing than any other training scheme.
We have 40 years experience in helping people to ride safely and to pass their tests.

Larger size does not mean larger training groups but it does better enable us to stream people of the same ability together and give the flexibility to cope with individual needs.

We are also able to offer a range of facilities which other training companies do not have.

Customers here benefit from our heated lecture room, cafe and toilets, fully equipped workshop with resident mechanic, free on site accommodation, two wheel training simulators and full time office support. We have a Modular 1 test circuit permanently laid out for you to train on.

Bristol Motorcycle Training Centre provide a purpose built training complex open 7 days a week with all facilities including a large tarmac area with a full training layout designed for the new test.

What does a CBT test in Bristol 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 BristolElement 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 Bristol 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.