book a CBT test with Circa Motorcycle Training in Osterley

Indian Gymkhana Club, Thornbury Avenue, Isleworth, Greater London, TW7 4NQ

07944 967 515

1 to 1 training available



Bike hire included

Helmet hire included

Gloves and jacket hire included

Other CBT dates available

Nearest Public transport

Osterley Underground Station

About Circa Motorcycle Training

Welcome to Circa Motorcycle Training, where customer safety and satisfaction is at the forefront of our company ethos. Whether you are thinking of starting out on this lifelong journey, returning to biking, looking to simply renew your CBT or share a passion for all things 2 wheels, we are here to accommodate you. Circa Motorcycle Training is based in the prestigious Indian Gymkhana Club, less than 5 minutes walk from Osterley Underground Station on Piccadily Line, also 10 minutes walk from Isleworth Train Station. Our premises is comprised of Toilets, lockers, changing rooms, and for the more active lifestyle, showers. We aim to make your experience at Circa Motorcycle Training as memorable and pleasant as possible. Coffee, tea and snacks are also available on site. 

Circa Motorcycle Training was created to bring a new breath of life and standards into Motorcycle Training Industry. The founder has more than 23 years of traceable experience in the training field, supporting thousands of individuals to bring out the best in them- coupled with the love and passion for motorcycles, Circa Motorcycle Training was born. With the ever growing demand for all things 2 wheels, whether commuting to work to avoid all the high charges (of insurance, Ultra Low Emission Zone, or Congestion Charge), engaged in the delivery sector, or a newly found passion, please call or pop in for a no obligation visit and a chat with like minded instructors of varied backgrounds. For the founder of Circa Motorcycle Training, it is more about creating a friendly safe environment and supporting than just another business. Having fully accomplished himself in the life long training and supporting sector, your satisfaction is not just our aim, it is our business.

If I book a CBT test in Osterley 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
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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
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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.

How long does a CBT Test Take?

A CBT test can normally be completed in a day, but may take longer if you need more time to master the control of the motorcycle or moped. Knowing how to ride a bicycle will really help, so if you have not ridden one for a while it's a good thing to do before you take your CBT.

If you do not complete your CBT to the instructors satisfaction then you will be asked to come back on another day for additional training. If this happens do not be alarmed or upset, some people take longer to master control of a two wheeled vehicle than others, but we all get there in the end. The most important thing to remember is its for your safety. Your instructor will be thinking of your safety if they ask you to come back for additional training.

Is CBT a test or an evaluation?

Contrary to popular belief, a CBT is more of an evaluation than a test; your instructor will, throughout the day, observe your abilities and, if you complete the day to the required competency, you shall be awarded a pass certificate (professionally known as a DL196). A CBT certificate is valid for two years and once you have completed your full motorcycle examination, you will no longer have to renew your CBT. However, if you do not carry on your training in Osterley, you will be required to re-sit your CBT test after two years.