Book your CBT training with Exceptional Rider Training in St Albans

Oaklands College, Car Park at rear of building 30, Hatfield Road, St Al, Hertfordshire, AL4 0JA
MCIA RIDE approved training centre
Helmet hire included
Other CBT dates available

About Exceptional Rider Training

Based in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead we pride ourselves on providing the very best in motorcycle training. Each of our instructors has been carefully selected for their passion for motorbike riding and their professionalism. They will make your training both enjoyable and rewarding.

For every stage of your ERT journey we have a clean, highly maintained bike in our fleet. Our motorcycles and scooters include 50cc 125cc to 600cc and restricted 500cc (A2) motorcycles if youre looking to train for a full UK licence. We provide the use of a bike and insurance for the road. We also provide the use of a helmet, jacket, gloves and waterproofs if needed.

We cover Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire offering courses that range from the Compulsory CBT all the way through to passing your bike tests. After CBT we offer comfort sessions according to ability. We then move on to the practical courses called Module 1 and Module 2. After passing your test we then offer advance training. For those wishing to return to biking after taking a break and wish to refresh their skills Back 2 Biking is the course for you.

What does a CBT test in St Albans 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 St AlbansElement 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 St Albans 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.