Motorcycle Training Exeter - 01392 247 707
Motorcycle Training Exeter and Test Centre

Vulcan Estate Exeter
Water Lane
Marsh Barton Trading Estate

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The Motorcycle Training Centre in Exeter has been established for well over 21 years. Providing excellent service and motorcycle training to thousands of bikers in that time.

Our consistent high standard ensures that all riders gain many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge during their time with us. Our commitment to professional rider training is exceptional.

Our senior motorcycle instructors cover areas in both Devon and Cornwall to provide the very best training to all existing and provisional riders.

At Motorcycle Training Exeter we pride ourselves on our high CBT criteria making sure that when you ride on the road for the first time by yourself you know you have the ability to be a competent safe rider, and the confidence and knowledge to keep you safe.

Our CBT test centre in Exeter runs 7 days a week, with the added option of using one of our many CBT Test centres through Devon and Cornwall.

CBT - Compulsory Basic Training (Exeter)

How to complete your training, when and where.

As a learner motorcycle or moped rider it is necessary to complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) at an Authorised Training Body (ATB) before you can ride it on the road. Once you have completed the CBT course certain rules apply depending on which size of motorbike you intend to ride.

Who needs to complete a CBT?

A: Anyone who wants to ride a moped or motorcycle

Do you have your car Driving licence?

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 February 2001, you must complete a CBT course to confirm your full moped rights.

If you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001 you don't need to complete a CBT course to ride a moped. However, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommends that you do.

If you want to ride a motorcycle you must apply for a provisional motorcycle licence and then complete a CBT course.

Do you really need a CBT?

There are a few exceptions to taking your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) for motocycles or mopeds:

If you have a full moped licence from passing on a full moped test after the 1st December 1990


If you have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another motorcycle category.


If you live and ride on specified offshore islands. However, if you ride across to mainland UK you will need to complete a CBT course.

How do you select a CBT course in Exeter?

Compulsory Basic Training is only able to be conducted by an Approved Training Body quite often referred to as an ATB. An ATB will have been checked by the DSA and have been issued with the authority to certify bikers upon successful completion of their CBT. Our Trainers are all approved Cardington Trained Instructors. We have been approved by the DSA and had all of our sites approved by the DSA to be used for the off-road training element of your CBT.

The Training Itself.

The CBT is set out in a way that allows you to learn in a progressive series of elements. Once the first element is mastered you will then move on to the next element until all 5 elements have been attained. On successful completion of your CBT you will have exhibited knowledge about the theory side of training, and displayed a safe basic level of the basic skills required to ride a moped or motorcycle.

How much will your CBT cost?

The price of a CBT depends on a couple of factors whether or not you have your own Moped or Motorcycle or you wish to use one of ours

We can incorporate the cost of a CBT to include a full Motorcycle/Moped training course with tests as well or just the CBT on it's own.

Your CBT Course - What are the elements?

The five CBT elements are:

i. Introduction
ii. Practical on-site training
iii. Practical on-site riding
iv. Practical on-road training
v. Practical on-road riding 

i. CBT Introduction (Element A)

At the Motorcycle Training Centre Exeter our instructors will outline what you will encounter throughout your Compulsory Basic Training. If possible we will utilise examples to explain points that are used. Both parts of your licence will be required and viewed by our Instructor, and by the end of the CBT Introduction you will understand what's required and what to expect of the session. You will also understand what accessories, equipment and clothing is appropriate and have completed an eyesight check.

ii. Practical On-Site Training (Element B)

Your Motorcycle Training Centre Instructor will begin this element by going through your motorcycle with you. It's a hands on training element so that by the end of this element you will have gained knowledge of how your motorcycle works including the controls, safety checks, use of the stand, wheeling your motorcycle and applying your brakes to come to a complete stop as well as starting and stopping the engine.

iii. Practical On-Site training (Element C)

At this stage of the third element you'll begin riding your bike / moped through a series of essential techniques you'll learn rear observation, the OSM ( Observation - Signal - Manoeuvre) routine, together with your PSL ( Position - Speed - Look). These checks are often referred to as "Life saver checks" and are vital to master. Throughout the element you will have covered riding in a straight line and stopping safely, riding slowly in a controlled manner, applying the brakes appropriately, changing gears when required to so at the correct time, completing a figure of 8 ride, coming to a rapid stop ( emergency stopping exercise), rear observation (life saver check) turning left and right, and confident with completing a U-Turn safely.

iv. Practical On-Road Training (Element D)

Now you've completed the theory and practical off-road element of your training your Motorcycle Training Centre Instructor will start your preparation for the On-Road Training, A solid knowledge and understanding of the Highway Code is essential for this element of your CBT. 

The On-Road Training element provides you with the details you need to ride legally and safely on the road, it will contain the building blocks on which to base your riding career, this is a crucial element to get right and at the Motorcycle Training Centre Exeter we continue to train you to the highest standards available, all elements covered will include being seen to other road users, your legal obligations as a road user, your vulnerability on a motorcycle, awareness of speed, The Highway Code, predicting other road users, rear observation (life saver check), your road positioning, including your separation distances on a bike and moped. Understanding road conditions and how they affect you on a 2 wheeled vehicle, awareness of the effects of different road surfaces have on your bike, alcohol and drugs, attitude to riding and other road users, and your understanding of how to perceive hazards and act accordingly.

At the Motorcycle Training Centre Exeter throughout all on road Training elements each rider will be in constant radio contact with their Instructor.

v. Practical On-Road Riding (Element E)

The final countdown to your CBT Certificate of Completion begins. In this final element of your CBT Course you will ride out on the road with one of our Motorcycle Training Centre Certified Instructors for at least 2 hours.

During this time on the road you will be being continually assessed by our instructor to ascertain that you can deal safely with many road and traffic conditions. If at any time throughout this on-road riding a detailed briefing is required then you may be required to stop and and a thorough explanation will be discussed of how to proceed with your drive. The covered aspects of the On-Road training will include dealing with traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, riding on slopes and hills, how to approach and deal with bends, or obstructions ahead of you. U-turns and the emergency stop exercise.

An important element of this training is an understanding of Traffic signs along with your highway code above.

CBT - Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of your Compulsory Basic Training you will receive your Certificate of Completion often referred to as your DL196.

Your Certificate of Completion will state what vehicle your CBT was completed on, whether it was a moped or a motorcycle, or a motorcycle sidecar combination or a moped that has more than two wheels. 

How Long Does your CBT DL196 last?

Your DL196 Certificate of Completion lasts for 2 years. It will allow you to ride on the road displaying "L Plates" on the front and rear of your bike ("L" or "D" Plates in Wales).

From the date of passing your CBT at the Motorcycle Training Centre Exeter you will have to complete both a Motorcycle Theory test and a Motorcycle Practical test within that 2 year period. If you do not pass your Motorcycle Theory and Practical then upon expiry of your CBT you will need to complete another CBT, this will allow you to continue riding on the road as a learner rider.

If you complete your Module 1 test upon passing your theory and your CBT runs out prior to completing module 2 then you will need to complete your CBT again to continue on to module 2. You will not need to complete your theory and module 1 test again if you have passed them unless they too have run out.

Can I Ride my Moped on a car Driving Licence?

If you have a current CBT certificate when you pass your car test, you will automatically have your full moped licence confirmed immediately.

Your Moped must be designed not to exceed more than around 31 miles p/hr (50 km) and not exceed an engine capacity of 50cc (cubic centimetres). A CBT certificate confirming your full moped rights on your full car licence lasts for the life of your licence. So it's important that you hold on to your CBT certificate and keep it in a safe location.