Bike Training

About Us

We’re passionate about motorbikes and want you to enjoy what motorcycling can bring you, whether it’s cheap commuting, getting to college without relying on public transport or filtering through the holiday traffic. Whatever your reason, we can help you achieve it.

If it’s your first step into motorcycling and you want to take your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) there is no better place in Cornwall to start, so why not contact us.

Have you been out of motorcycling for a few years and looking to get back on the road, why not drop us a message?

Perhaps you want a bigger bike and need to build up your confidence? We can help you, just like many others around Cornwall, including bikers from Bodmin, St Austell, Truro, Liskeard, Newquay and elsewhere. We have 2 training sites, one with a full size Mod 1 training area.

DVSA Registered

CBT Course only £120 or DAS Full Licence Training £650 Including bike hire and test fees

The CBT course is a one-day course that you must take by law before you can ride on the road. It can be taken by anyone aged 16+. To complete a CBT course, you must have either a provisional or full driving licence with category A (motorcycle entitlement), category P or AM (moped entitlement) on it.

This course is completed on a 120-125cc machine and leads to an A1 Light Motorcycle Licence. You are restricted to riding a machine no greater than 125cc with a maximum power of 14.6bhp, but you do not need to display L plates and you can carry a passenger.

This course is completed on a machine of at least 395cc and leads to an A2 Standard Motorcycle Licence. After passing your A2 licence you can ride a machine that produces no more than 35Kw or 47bhp.

This (DAS) course is completed on a bike with a minimum capacity of 595cc. You must be 24 years old or above to complete this course, (unless you have held your A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years using your Progressive Access option). On successfully completing your Direct Access practical test with the DVSA you will obtain a full motorcycle licence.

Join us on a journey...

The progressive route allows you to advance through the bike licences, gaining experience along the way. If you begin riding at 16, you can work your way through the categories to attain a full A motorcycle licence at 21, rather than 24.

Providing you adhere to the required years of experience and your theory test certificate is valid, this route entitles you to:

  • AM licence (allowing you to ride a 50cc bike) if you are 16+

  • A1 licence (allowing you to ride a 125cc bike) if you are 17+

  • A2 licence (limiting you to a maximum bhp of 47) if you are 19+

  • A licence (allowing you to ride any bike of any sized engine) if you are 21, having held your A2 licence for two years or more

As a further benefit; following the progressive route by advancing through the licencing system, while gaining the required years of experience with each licence, you will not need to retake your motorcycle theory test.

The CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) consists of 5 elements that need to be completed to gain your DL196 completion certificate.

Element A

First, we will check your driving Licence, followed by your eyesight. You will need to be able to read a number plate from 20.5 metres, so don’t forget to bring your glasses if you need them.

Introduction to the CBT

Making the right choices on safety helmets and clothing to ride a moped or motorcycle, including the legal requirements.

Element B

In this part we learn all about the motorcycle, including the controls and what they do.

How to carry out basic motorcycle safety and maintenance checks.

We will also get you putting the motorcycle on and off the stand safely.

You will then get to wheel the motorcycle around, learning how to control it and apply the brakes to bring the motorcycle to a controlled stop.

Element C

We will get you riding the motorcycle at this point, but don’t worry. We will go at a pace you are comfortable with.

You will:
  • Learn to start the motorcycle

  • Pull away and stop safely in a straight line

  • Slow riding skills

  • Ride a figure of eight

  • Do a U turn

  • Rear observations

  • Change gear

  • Left and Right turns

  • Emergency stop

Element D

Back in the classroom for a rest from riding and we will cover:
  • Hazard perception

  • How to be Visible to other road users

  • The importance of the Highway Code

  • Weather Conditions and how they affect you as a motorcyclist

  • How different road surfaces affect you as a motorcyclist

  • The law regarding Alcohol and drugs

  • How to deal with roundabouts and junctions

  • Safe road positioning

  • Safe distances for riding

  • Vulnerability as motorcyclist

Element E

This is the final element of the CBT course. You will ride out on the road with a certified instructor for at least two hours, as this is a legal requirement.

You will be in radio contact with the instructor at all times.

You will have to prove that you can safely deal with a variety of road and traffic conditions.

We use the radios to let you know which direction to go, and tell you when you are doing well or if you need a little assistance with putting your training into practice.

While you are out on the road ride you will be asked to perform a U turn and an emergency stop.

On the second half of the ride, you need to show the instructor that you are safe at all times and you are putting your training into practice without being reminded.

Contact Us

Debbie: 07883-332524

Mike: 07988-081919

Compass Bike Training LTD

Cornish Market World

Par Moor Rd

St. Austell

PL25 3RP