Book your CBT test with Solo Motorcycle Training Handsworth in Birmingham

Merlin Ind Park, Wood Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B24 9QJ
Indoor classroom
Bike hire included
Helmet hire included

About Solo Motorcycle Training Handsworth

SOLO MTC has been successfully teaching people how to ride motorbikes for over a decade, its main aim being to increase students' abilities, knowledge and confidence.

Lenny's approach is to provide tailored tuition based on each student individual needs and not to follow a "one method fits all" methods favoured by many other motorcycle training schools.

Over the past 10 years Solo MTC has been successfully assessed and monitored by DVSA and all instructors have been awarded the highest available grades.

From 2017 DVSA will be assessing instructors based on their coaching abilities, Solo Motorcycle Training Centre has pioneered and perfected this technique and all of the courses that are being offered are tailored to the students' needs and level of expertise.

If you come to us as a complete novice we'll make sure that by the end of the training you will possess the necessary skills to pass the test, if you already possess some skills we'll make you a better rider.

All courses follow a syllabus but it's the student who sets the pace, we will include advanced techniques where appropriate but we'll never conflict with the test requirements.

What does a CBT test in Birmingham involve?

A CBT test consists of 5 elements labelled A to E. You will do these 5 elements in order throughout the day.

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

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

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.