book CBT training with Two Wheels Motorcycle Training School in Edinburgh

36 Peffermill Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 5LL
Helmet hire included

About Two Wheels Motorcycle Training School


Welcome to Two Wheels Motorcycle Training, the leading provider of motorcycle training for Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Since 1991, we at Two Wheels have taken great pride in offering the best training available, giving over 7,000 new riders a first start on the road. With experienced, highly qualified instructors, a fleet of modern hire bikes to train on, and the latest in communication equipment we are in pole position to get you on the road.

If you've never ridden a bike, our large on-site training area is perfect for quickly familiarising and gaining confidence in the feel and controls of a motorcycle. The area is adjacent to the Training School and not accessed by other vehicles.

We offer a one-hour trial session with an instructor in a safe off road environment, which will allow you to decide whether or not motorcycling is for you. We run these sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday most weeks. There is a nominal £10 charge, which we will refund when a CBT or full licence course is booked. Please note that you MUST have a valid motorcycle provisional licence to undertake a CBT.

As Scotland's largest Honda dealer, our 15,000 sq ft facility houses the full Honda road range from scooters, adventure, street, tourers to super sports. We also make available a wide variety of demonstrator bikes for you to try before you buy, ensuring your next bike purchase meets all your riding expectations.

If you're in the market for a used motorcycle or scooter, with over 100 quality used bikes of all types you're sure to find a bike that suits your buying criteria and budget.

Whether you're looking to buy a new Honda motorcycle or used motorcycle, we are pleased to offer various financing options to make purchasing your next bike quick, simple and affordable. In fact, you may even be surprised by the deals or extras you can get from your budget through our on-going programme of special offers. Our financing options are available through Honda Finance and our own carefully selected credit providers.

We've got a large motorcycle clothing department offering a wide selection of quality clothing, helmets and accessories from the world's finest motorcycling brands.

Perhaps you're new to biking and would like to gain a license or would like to experience a motorcycle for the first time? If so Two Wheels is home to the areas' leading motorcycle training school with a friendly, dedicated training team who offer taster sessions and can take you from novice to a full licence holder.

We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding customer service before and after the sale of your bike. Our workshop and MOT facility is equipped with the latest specialist tools and diagnostic equipment and all service works are performed by our Honda factory trained technicians. So you can be assured that your bike will be maintained to the highest standards long after you've made your purchase.

As part of our commitment to building positive and lasting customer relationships, we also host regular events and ride-outs throughout the course of the year. These events attract riders of all abilities and have the aim of fostering friendships between other rider friends. They also aim to help you gain even more enjoyment from your motorcycle whilst riding some of the best routes that the beautiful Scottish countryside has to offer.

Two Wheels was founded in 1977 as a motorcycle parts and repair shop located on Dalkeith Road. In 1979, the business entered into motorcycle retail following the acquisition of an MZ franchise.

The business enjoyed a rapidly expanding number of new and returning customers and coupled with an increasingly competent sales, parts and service team, the foundations were in place to take on a Honda franchise.

In 1986, the appointment of Two Wheels as an authorised Honda dealer also necessitated relocation to a larger site, close to their existing Dalkeith Road shop. With an ongoing upturn in sales and service business, it became quickly apparent that an even larger, better facility was required! With this in mind, Two Wheels invested in a large plot of land on Peffermill Road upon which its current premises is sited.

If I book CBT training 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
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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 Edinburgh, you will be required to re-sit your CBT test after two years.