New Rider Training Course
Compulsory Basic Training
CBT Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any hidden extra's
No. At MTS our price is all inclusive of bike hire, fuel (CBT only), helmet, jacket and gloves if you don't have your own (own bike bookings must provide their own helmet, jacket & gloves.)
Do I have to complete a new rider training course first?
No. Although if you have never ridden before we would always stringly recommend completing a New rider training courses it is optional and by no means a legal requirement, they are designed purely to give you an idea of what is involved in riding a bike, and for confidence building prior to a CBT.
Do I need a motorcycle theory before the CBT?
No you only need the theory to complete the practical tests for your full motorcycle licence. It is important however for your own safety and other road users, that you have at least a basic knowledge of the Highway Code.
How long does the CBT training take and last?
CBT is designed to be a one day course, please be aware it is not a guranteed success and some people may require more than one attempt to attain the certificate - further attempts are charged at full rate. We start at 08.15 and finish between 2/5pm depending how people progress. The CBT certificate lasts for 2 years, you must then renew it by attending another CBT course or attain your full licence before the certificate expires.
The end time is merely a guideline, so please allow a whole day for the CBT.
How many students on the CBT training course?
MTS Sussex only ever allow 2 students per instructor for the road ride, we also generally run the same ratio throughout the entire CBT training. Although, due to the size of our training area, we have been approved by the DVSA to accommodate up to 10 students, we never book more than 8 on a course providing you with quality training to keep you safe.
How many students in each group?
MTS always run a 2 student to 1 instructor policy all year round for road rides and endeavour to do the same throughout the whole day.
What motorbike will I be riding?
During the CBT we have 50cc & 125cc automatics, Yamaha YBR 125cc manuals (standard and custom low height) as well as SR125cc manuals which are custom styled for either shorter people or those who prefer this riding style.
I am short and have been told I cannot ride a motorbike?
Our YBR customs and SR125’s are very low and ideal most ‘vertically challenged’ people!
What motorcycle training facilities do you have?
So much more than just a shed! Our CBT training sites in East Grinstead and Crawley have the largest enclosure in West Sussex; over 15000 sq ft to safely practise in, along with full classroom, kitchen and toilet facilities. MTS is the only training school with a CBT site in Crawley itself and our site has two areas, both well over 12000 sq ft each, so ideal for New Rider Courses as well as CBTs. At our Burgess Hill site we have 3 separate areas to use so once again, plenty of space for getting the hang of things. We also have use of the leisure centre facilities including the vending machines and Costa cafe!
Will we ride straight out onto a fast road?
No. MTS will not take you straight out onto a 50mph road we value your safety so the first hour of the road ride is spent around a DVSA approved ‘nursery route’ mainly consisting of housing estates, speed humps, mini roundabouts, junctions and slow traffic. We only enter faster roads or heavy traffic situations once we are happy the students are both competent and confident.
How do we know where to go on the road ride?
You will be in radio contact with your instructor the whole time and they will be giving you directions.
Do I need a licence to do a CBT
Yes, a provisional or a full car licence with provisional moped / motorcycle entitlement.
Do I need to send off my licence to get it changed after the CBT?
No. Nothing on your licence changes, the CBT merely validates the provisional entitlement.
Can I take a Pillion when I have a CBT?
No, not until you have a full motorcycle licence.
Can I go on dual carriageways & motorways with my CBT?
You can use dual carriageways but not motorways until you have a full motorcycle licence.