Our Courses

The road to your licence and beyond...

What are you looking to do?

Basic introductory lessons

Never ridden a motorbike before?

If you have never ridden a motorbike a basic 1-hour lesson will get you riding and give you the necessary skills to be able to go forward and take your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training).

Contact us to find out more, these basic lessons can be taken on the morning of your CBT.

Basic intro. lesson

  • Gain some first hand experience on a motorbike before taking your CBT
  • Use our fantastic geared and non-geared motorbikes

Your CBT - the first step

Who needs a CBT?

You will need to complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) if:

  • You want to ride a moped – The definition of a moped is that does not have an engine over 50cc and has a maximum designed speed not exceeding 50km/h (approximately 31 mph).
  • You want to ride a motorbike. If you obtained your full car licence before the 1st of February 2001 you do not need to complete a CBT to ride a moped.

What's on the course?

The CBT is made up of 5 elements:

Element A:

  • Licence check
  • Introduction to the course
  • Eye sight check
  • Understanding helmets & protective clothing

Element B:

  • Motorbike Controls
  • Daily & Weekly Checks
  • Stands
  • Pushing the motorbike
  • Starting & Stopping the Engine

Element C:

  • Pulling away & stopping
  • Steering
  • Gear changing (if applicable)
  • Slow control
  • Controlled & emergency stops
  • Simulated left & right turns

Element D:

  • A 30-minute briefing on motorbike awareness and 10-minute pre-road ride briefing.

Element E:

  • Consists of a road ride. This will be a minimum of 2 hours in duration.

Novice motorcyclists often need further training for this element and will be on the road for an extended period of time or be required to return on another day.

Further details

Your CBT certificate lasts for 2 years from the date of issue.

Our CBT Courses start at 9:00AM and typically finish around 4:00PM (no later than 5:30PM).

It is sometimes necessary for a CBT course to take longer if you are a novice motorcyclist, your safety and the safety of others is paramount.

You will need to bring your photo card driving licence. If you have the ‘old’ type licence a valid passport for identification must be produced. If you do not produce your licence you cannot take your CBT.

You will need to be wearing suitable clothing for the time of year. If you have your own motorcycle clothing, gloves and boots please bring them with you. If you don’t have motorcycle clothing, gloves and boots we can provide this for you. Please note you will not be allowed to train with us without wearing full motorcycle clothing, gloves and boots. Waterproofs are also available if required.

Option 1

CBT with bike hire


  • Use one of DMS's fantastic geared or non-geared motorbikes
  • Helmets, gloves, motorbike jackets and waterproofs, boots are available for hire free of charge.

Option 2

CBT with your own bike


  • Bring your own bike along for your CBT
  • Helmets, gloves, motorbike jackets, boots and waterproofs are available for hire free of charge.
  • Your Bike must be in a roadworthy legal condition, have 'L' plates front and rear, be taxed, have a current MOT and be insured in your name

DAS AM/A1/A2/A lessons

An education that goes beyond the test

DMS provides a comprehensive motorbike education, ensuring you're safe on the road and ready for the test.

To obtain your motorbike license there are two practical tests that must be passed. They are:

  • Module 1: a series of 8 exercises on a purpose-built site at a DVSA test centre.
  • Module 2: a road ride where you will be followed by a DVSA examiner. The road ride lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Before you can take your practical tests you must first take and pass the Motorbike Theory Test. This can be booked online or you can call 0300 200 1122 .

You can start your training for the practical tests but will not be allowed to take module 1 or 2 tests until your theory test has been passed. You must also have a current CBT certificate which we can also train you for and provide.

Unsure which licence you qualify for?

Motorbike licences can be confusing - for more information on which licence you can obtain check out our FAQ or the official government website .

Added value from Derbyshire Motorbike School

For those taking their full licence training with us, we fully utilise today's modern technology giving our customers valuable feedback helping them through their DAS course. This is in the form of:

  • Radar Speed Guns for helping you to get up to speed for the speed elements of the Module 1 test. This gives you instant feedback on your speed for the emergency stop and the avoidance manoeuvre allowing you to fully concentrate on the required manoeuvre and not look at the speedometer or worry about the speed.
  • Video Analysis of all Module 2 motorbike training (video analysis is also used for the CBT road element). Our instructors use the latest GoPro & Drift Innovation helmet cameras to film our trainees riding in superb HD quality which we playback on the big screen in our debriefing sessions at the end of every lesson. This is an incredibly useful resource which dramatically improves all of our customers riding skills.

Both of these technological resources are absolutely invaluable to our customers and are provided at no extra cost.

We also hire the module 1 test area for our customers to practice on prior to taking their module 1 test. All of our past customers agree that this is an invaluable experience that we provide to you again at no extra cost.

We can also help you with your Motorbike Theory Test. We have training DVD’s and books that are available for you free of charge and of course our instructors have a wealth of knowledge on this subject.

We offer pay as you go & intensive courses. This gives our customers a variety of options for their training and meets individuals needs. Please

contact us

to book or for further information

Module 1

  • Using the stand
  • Manual handling
  • Slalom
  • Figure of eight
  • Slow ride
  • U-Turn
  • Cornering with a controlled stop
  • Cornering with an emergency stop (minimum 32mph/50km)
  • Cornering with an avoidance exercise (minimum 32mph/50km)
  • For Mopeds the speed requirements are 30kph/19mph.

Module 2

  • The eyesight test
  • Safety check and balance questions
  • Your use of the controls
  • Moving off
  • Rear observation
  • Giving signals
  • Acting on road signs and signals
  • Use of speed
  • Making progress
  • Hazards
  • Junctions and roundabouts
  • Overtaking
  • Meeting and passing other vehicles
  • Crossing the path of other vehicles
  • Following at a safe distance
  • Positioning and lane discipline
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Selecting a safe place to stop
  • Awareness and anticipation
  • Independent riding

Advanced training

CBT plus

Solidify your roadcraft

Our training doesn't stop when you've completed your CBT or your licence. Nor does our commitment to helping you make the most of your bike and our community of riders.

CBT Plus is an additional 3-hour motorbike training course that shows new riders how to handle the daily challenges they will face while out on the road.

CBT plus

£30 per hour

  • 3 hour long course
  • Boost your bike confidence

Enhanced rider scheme

Take your riding to the next level

Get more fun out of your riding and your motorbike. With advanced motorbike training, we can make your riding more enjoyable.

You may also get insurance discounts with motorbike insurance brokers.


  • Strengthen your weaknesses
  • Potential for lower insurance premiums
  • Train and gain experience on your own bike

Back to bike

Get back in the saddle with confidence

Returning to motorcycling after a break of a few years? Or maybe you’ve had an accident/near miss and need some training to build up your confidence.

Back to bike lesson

  • Includes: bike hire, petrol, insurance, equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves etc.)