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Motorcycle training for beginners, CBT

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Do you want to ride a motorcycle in London but don’t know where to start? Below, there is quick guide of what you need to get your licence at Universal Motorcycle Training:


motorcycleAlso commonly known as “Introduction to Motorcycling” is a course designed for the very beginner, who has never ridden a motorcycle, scooter or moped before and do not wish to jump straight into the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) Course.

However, as it’s also a course tailored to an individual’s skill, this course has the advantage of having a 1-to-1 ratio or a 2-to-1 maximum training ratio, that is, 1 Dedicated Motorcycle Instructor per trainee or per 2 trainees, no more than that.

Looking for a quick motorcycle licence?

If you are a complete beginner/novice in regards to riding a motorcycle/scooter and if your EXPECTATION is to complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) in one day, then we strongly suggest you start with a Beginners Course (commonly know as ITM – Introduction to Motorcycling) or at least 1-2 hours of Private Motorcycling Lessons prior to your CBT. By doing that you will have a better idea of what to expect and you will also give us a chance to initially assess your skills, in order for us to advise you how to proceed.


If you’ve just moved to the UK and want to ride a motorcycle/scooter, you will have to either exchange your Non-GB Licence for a UK Licence, apply for a UK Counterpart (for Non-GB Licence Holders), or apply for a UK Provisional Licence:


To exchange your Foreign Drivers Licence to a UK one, please use the link below:


To apply for a UK Counterpart (for Non-GB Licence Holders), please use the link below:



To appliy for a UK Provisional Licence, please use the link below:


After obtaining the required licence, you will have to complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), to validade your licence entitlement in order to legally ride a motorcycle/scooter up to 125cc.


CBT will consist of an eyesight check, as well as practical on-site and on-road training, as well as practical experience out on the road with a DVSA qualified instructor. Instructors of any approved training body (ATB) will only take you out on the roads once they are satisfied that you can ride a motorcycle/scooter safely, competently, and independently on the UK Roads. The CBT Course will normally last at least 4 to 8 hours. However, all the training courses will be matched to the students’ skills and abilities. It is inevitable that people will take different lengths of time to reach the required standards.


What are you waiting for? Get in touch and book your motorcycle course online, click here.

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