Book your CBT training with Better Bike Training in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Workshops, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS25 1PD
Helmet hire included

About Better Bike Training

I'm Steve Gascoigne and I'm a DVSA certified and fully qualified motorcycle instructor, passing both my CBT1c and Direct Access Instructor courses at my first attempt.

I'm supported by my mate and colleague Dave Fleet, well known locally in the scooter scene, who's also fully qualified to train both CBT courses and Direct Access to take you to your full motorcycle licence.

The first time pass rate for these qualifications is very low, in the order of only 20% so you can see how exacting the standards are.

At BBT we've helped hundreds of trainees gain CBT certificates and full Motorcycle Licences over the last 11 years, and can speak with confidence about the quality of training we provide.

The training needs to be matched by the availability of decent equipment. We make sure both motorcycles and other ancillary equipment are roadworthy, reliable and clean. It's important to have good fitting clean helmets, gloves and jackets available too, for CBT courses particularly, in the interests of comfort and safety.

So if you want to learn to ride, complete your CBT, or pass your motorcycle test, we can help. We're sure Better Bike Training can provide the training you need.

What does a CBT test in Hartlepool 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 HartlepoolElement 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 Hartlepool 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.