New Rider Training Course
Compulsory Basic Training
Compulsory Basic Training, East Grinstead & Burgess Hill, West Sussex
CBT's at our East Grinstead, Crawley & Burgess Hill sites from £90.
£90 on your bike, £110
using our bike, so bike hire, fuel, and certificate all inclusive. Why not treat yourself or someone else for with a CBT GIFT voucher?
Just £110 for a great day of excellent and fun tuition!
Please note: The CBT gift voucher is valid for 12 months.
Own Bike / Renewals (using your bike) £90.
It’s a long and busy day, but we do our best to make it fun and whether your goal is to ride a moped, scooter or motorbike short or long term, the CBT will teach you the basic essentials before you go into the world of 2 wheels. Your safety is always paramount, luckily MTS Sussex has the largest training site in the area, so plenty of room to practice!
Please note: the CBT is designed for your safety, therefore you must have at least a basic knowledge of The Highway Code as you will be using the public highways.
For more information see our CBT Frequently Asked Questions.
How the day works
Are you sitting comfortably? Let us begin: Time schedules during the day will vary dependant on the individuals we have, so we don’t clock watch, after all not everyone’s a natural! Throughout the day though, we will cover the CBT syllabus as follows:
08:15 - Start at MTS Sussex
You’ll be signed in and have chance for a cuppa & to meet the other CBT’ers for the day while we check your licences.
Element A - In the MTS classroom
An introduction to your MTS instructors and the day itself, including a chat about essential safety clothing & equipment.
Element B - Tally Ho to the bikes!
Now you get to know about the bike you’ll be using on the day. We won’t have time for a mechanics course I’m afraid but we will chat a bit about basic daily & weekly maintenance, and you’ll be shown how to safely use your bike stand. No muscle needed it’s all just technique!
Element C - Ride ‘em cowboy!
Here we go with the bit you’re all anxious about; learning to ride the bike. Once you’re pulling away and stopping safely, we will cover all types of riding skills necessary including slow speed, appropriate observations, manoeuvring, junctions, using signals, gear change, and lots more. This is all within the safety of the MTS Sussex fenced off enclosure which is the largest of its kind in the area! So lots of room to practice as it’s a big part of the day, but you’ll be amazed how much fun you can have putting it all in place.
Element D - Back to the classroom folks
Here the emphasis is on road safety, so we’ll talk a bit about what to expect out on the road, we’ll cover some highway code, and general safety points as well as a quick re-cap on what we have practised on the training pad.
Element E - What you’ve all been waiting for!
The CBT road ride lasts for at least 2 hours, during this time you will be in radio contact with your instructor. For safety reasons we have a maximum ratio of 1 instructor to 2 students, and we try to match students of equal ability. The road ride covers what we call a ‘nursery route’, which takes us around quiet side roads and housing areas just to get used to being on the road before we meet with any traffic situations. Once ready, we will continue to cover as many aspects of daily riding as possible.
Back for a de brief
Your MTS instructor will talk to you about your day and the road ride and offer any advice they may have. If they’re happy with your ability to ride safely you will be issued with a CBT certificate which will last for 2 years or until you pass your full bike test whichever comes first. If you have asked to be assessed during the road ride for further training, your instructor will now be able to advise you of your options.
What you need for your CBT
- Your valid UK licence (or counterpart if non UK) with the correct entitlement: either category A, AM, F, K, P, Q, or A1. If you have an old style licence please also bring a valid passport for ID.
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please be sure to have them with you (or be wearing them,) as your eyesight will be checked prior to starting the CBT, and unfortunately if you cannot see then we cannot complete your training on the day!
- Suitable clothing and footwear is essential. Although MTS Sussex provide jackets, helmets, gloves and over trousers, for hygiene reasons we do not provide boots, so please wear sensible footwear (preferably not steel toe caps.)
- Lunch..yes we will let you eat at some point! You’ll be working hard and hopefully learning lots, so you’ll most definitely have an appetite by lunch time. If you’re not big on packed lunch make sure you bring some money with you as there’s a shop & café just round the corner of our East Grinstead and Crawley sites an on site Costa cafe at Burgess Hill where you can buy your instructors lots of chocolate..oops, I mean you can grab a bite to eat!
At our Crawley and East Grinstead sites there’s always tea, coffee, juice and water. In our kitchens there’s a fridge and microwave for your use too. The leisure centre at Burgess Hill has plenty of vending machines as well as a Costa cafe for you to visit, and of course toilets!
MTS Sussex all inclusive price for a CBT £110, no hidden bike hire, fuel, equipment or certificate charges. If you are riding your own bike it’s only £90 for the whole day!
Many people ask "what is a CBT course", "how much will a CBT test cost " "how to get a moped licence"and of course "can I ride a moped on a full car licence?" well hopefully the following information will answer all your questions about CBT bike training;
In 1990 the government introduced the CBT (compulsory basic training) which everyone has to complete to ride a moped or motorbike on the road unless they passed their car test prior to 1 February 2001. In this instance riding a moped up to 50kph/31mph without a CBT is legal albeit not recommended.
How much does CBT training cost? - From £90 (using your own bike) £110 including use of a school bike. Can I book a CBT online? - You can use our online CBT booking or give us a call to get your CBT booked, whichever suits you best.
You must pass your full motorcycle test within 2 years or you’ll need to complete the CBT again.
You must be able to communicate in English and have at least basic knowledge of The Highway Code before completing a CBT
What You Will Learn with CBT Training
Motorcycle Compulsory basic training (CBT) has 5 elements:
- Introduction and Eyesight Check - An introduction to CBT, safety clothing and equipment
- Practical On-Site Training - basic safety checks, maintenance and manually moving the bike
- Practical On-Site Riding - Including safely pulling away and stopping, slow speed riding, observation, manoeuvring, junctions, signalling and gear changes
- Practical On-Road Training - The Highway Code, what to expect on the road and safety instructions
- Practical On-Road Riding - A road ride of at least two hours accompanied by an instructor in radio contact
Please note: You must bring your valid UK licence (counterpart & EU licence) For your safety you must be able to communicate in English & have a basic knowledge of the highway code to complete any training with MTS. You must also hold a UK drivers licence (or UK counterpart) and wear appropriate clothing and footwear and without this you will be sent away and forfeit your training and fees. The list is non exhaustive but includes a minimum of jeans without holes, rips, tears, not shorts, skirts or track suits, and you must have boots (non steel toe cap) for all training beyond CBT, and sturdy footwear (ideally boots non steel toe cap)not sandals, Crocs, deck shoes or similar for CBT.
More Information about CBT Motorbike Training
For more information see our CBT Frequently Asked Questions.
See the Driving Standards Agency Compulsory basic training (CBT) syllabus and guidance notes.
If you are simply looking to renew your CBT our reduced rate is just £90 so long as you have either a current CBT certificate or one no more than 3 months out of date and ride your own bike. Give us a call and we’ll fit you in with a CBT day that suits you, keeping you on the road for another couple of years.
Please remember to bring your current or expired CBT certificate with you on the day along with driving licence etc as mentioned above and to read the following footnotes;
Footnotes - Please read carefully along with MTS
MTS Sussex like to give every student time to learn at their own pace, so it’s vital that we start on time as there is a lot to cover. If you arrive late we may have already started so you will not be able to join in the CBT. Please allow sufficient travelling time, and if you think you may have to cancel, let us know as soon as possible, we should be able to reschedule and if we can fill your place you won’t forfeit the full amount. Equally the end time is merely a guideline, so please allow a whole day for the CBT.
Government figures state 1 in 5 candidates do not complete the CBT on the first attempt, so please be aware if you do not safely complete all exercises or cannot achieve the standard set out by the DVSA, you will be required to rebook and pay for any further training and no refunds partial or otherwise will be made