What to Bring and What to Wear

Whether you are taking a course of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) or Direct Access (DAS) you will need to ensure that you come adequately prepared.

You MUST bring the following and wear the right clothing otherwise you will not be able to take your training course and will not be offered a refund.

Sorry to sound harsh, but we must check your licence and eyesight and we take your safety very seriously, so if you turn up in shorts and a t-shirt you will be sent home!


Your Responsibilities (What to Bring, What to Wear)

For all training courses, you must bring the following:

  • Your Driving Licence

Your Photocard, which must be valid (they expire after 10 years!) If you have the old paper-only style driving licence, then please bring photo proof of ID, such as a passport – we need to verify you are who you claim to be!

  • Your Glasses if you need them to see distance

We must perform a basic eyesight test to check you can read a normal number plate (i.e. one of the form XXNN XXX) from 20 metres.

  • A packed lunch or money to buy lunch

Skipping lunch or failing to drink enough during the day can increase fatigue and cause a loss of concentration – not good when you’re trying to learn something new!

There is an excellent bakery close to our Training Centre, but this is not open on Sundays, so if attending on Sundays please bring a packed lunch!


For all training courses you must wear:

  •  An approved motorcycle helmet

Unless you are a member of the Sikh religion and wear a turban If you do not have your own helmet, we can supply one for you to use.

  • A motorcycle jacket (preferably with CE approved armour)

If you do not have your own jacket, we can supply one for you to use.

  • Motorcycle gloves

For hygiene reasons we don’t lend gloves to trainees. We do carry a small stock of good-quality, cheap motorcycle gloves, please enquire when booking Ski gloves, woollen gloves and leather fashion gloves are all unsuitable as they will not offer you sufficient protection

  • Sturdy over-the ankle boots (preferably motorcycle boots)

Training shoes, sandals, canvas shoes, etc. are all unsuitable for riding motorcycles or scooters

  • Motorcycle trousers or Jeans / thick trousers

Jogging bottoms, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, etc. are all unsuitable for riding motorcycles or scooters

  • Warm clothing, especially in winter

Riding a motorcycle or scooter exposes you to a wind-speed of 30mph and above. It can get cold, even on a nice day!

If you don’t have your own gear, we will supply you with the following to use during your course:
  •  An approved motorcycle helmet
  • A motorcycle jacket incorporating CE-approved body armour
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • A high-visibility vest to wear during all practical training sessions
If you are using your own motorcycle or scooter for training, you must also bring:
  •  Your motorcycle insurance and MOT (if applicable) documents

We need to check that your motorcycle is in road-worthy condition prior to the start of any training. If there are any defects that render your motorcycle / scooter unsuitable for training we will be forced to cancel your training with no refund. If you are in doubt, please bring your motorcycle / scooter to us for inspection at least 48 hours prior to your course (so you have time to rectify any faults or hire a bike from us)

  • Your motorcycle must also be taxed (we will check this online)
  • Your motorcycle must display valid L-plates front and rear (note that cutting the L-plate renders it invalid – they must be at least 178mm square)
If you fail to bring the above, or turn up wearing inappropriate clothing, you will be excluded from your course and lose your course fees. Sorry, but if you don’t take your responsibilities seriously, then we won’t train you as we don’t want to be responsible for you getting hurt! When attending prior to a Practical Test, you must also bring:
  • Your Driving Licence (see notes above)
  • Your CBT certificate (DL196) which must be in date (i.e. less than 2 years old)
  • Your Theory Test Pass certificate, which must be less than 2 years old
  • For your Module 1 Pass certificate for your Module 2 test
When attending for your Practical Test, you must comply with the DVSA rules on what to wear, see https://www.gov.uk/motorcycle-practical-test/what-happens-during-the-motorcycle-practical-test.  

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