Preparing to ride a motorbike

Preparing to ride a motorbike

Before you even get on a motorbike, it’s a good idea to start learning the rules of the road. The sooner you start learning about riding, the easier it’s likely to be.

This is essential reading for all road users. Make sure you look at the current edition (2015) to get the up-to-date rules of the road and advice on road safety.

CBT and the highway code – it is essential when preparing for your CBT that you read and understand the highway code, this will help you put the rules of the road into practice during the practical elements of your course before you begin the on road training that is part of CBT.

If you have learned the theory side of learning to ride thoroughly you will have more time to spend learning the practical parts of your training course and it’s less likely to be extended.

The Official DVSA Guide to Riding – the essential skills is a really useful and clear guide to the skills that will help you become a safe rider, including

  • good riding techniques
  • what to do in an incident, accident or emergency
  • maintenance and security
  • riding and the law
  • ecosafe riding.


Within this website, the Motorcyclist Knowledge Centre provides lots of information about riding a motorbike. It’s based on the DVSA National Riding Standards, which set out the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to be a skilled and safe rider.