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Where ever you choose to do your motorcycle training it is important that you know what to expect for your money, remember cheaper is not always a good thing especially when you are learning a skill that can potentially be very dangerous if you get it wrong. Therefore you should be asking how many other students will be training with you, how much time you will be getting actually riding the bike before you take your test and will the motorcycle school be booking the tests on your behalf so they can arrange your training fit in with the test dates. A CBT should take a seven hours, if your CBT is shorter than this you are not getting value for money. Also, if they ask you to book your own tests you have no way of knowing if there will be an instructor free on that date to escort you to the test centre. We always book all tests on behalf of our students, there is no extra charge for this but we can make sure you are completely prepared before your tests and escort you to and from the test centre whilst doing on the road training at the same time. Please feel free to ring and ask us about our training, we will be more than happy to answer all your questions with no obligation.


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Changes to category A vehicle requirements

From 31 December 2018, the requirements for category A test vehicles will change.

Test vehicles will need to have:

  • a minimum engine power requirement of 50kW
  • a minimum kerb weight of 180kg 

You can check the motorcycle minimum test vehicle list on GOV.UK.

Vehicles on the list affected by the changes are identified on the list as A*, and won't be accepted from 1 January 2019.  
Motorcycles identified as A on the list still meet the new requirements and will continue to be acceptable for test after 1 January 2019.
The changes will only affect full Category A. Categories AM, A1 and A2 are unchanged.

Another new addition to our fleet........ aimed at our taller customers who want to take their A2 licence or Re-CBT (over 19's only)

2016 BMW G650GS with 2 seat heights, 820mm and 835mm and ABS.

Great for people who are over 6 ft. 


 Charges for damage to Training Bikes......

It has come to our attention that some schools offer an insurance waiver at a daily rate to cover any damage caused to a training bike by a student to reduce their insurance excess. For example, if you drop a training bike and damage it but you have paid the insurance waiver of say £35, the excess you will have to pay goes down from £1000 to £500. We believe this is unfair to their customers. Our take on damage to training bikes is that in the unlikely event that you do damage one of our bikes you will only be asked to pay for the cost of repairing the damage caused for which you will receive an invoice for parts and any labour.

Learner drivers on motorways from 4 June 2018

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

How the change will work

Learner drivers will need to be:

  • accompanied by an approved driving instructor
  • driving a car fitted with dual controls

Any motorways lessons will be voluntary

It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.

Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.


New BMW F700 GS Training bike
BMW F700 GS Ideal for the taller student

Introducing our newest addition - BMW F700 GS

Perfect for our taller students with 2 seat height, 820mm and 835mm, great if you are over 6ft tall.



We have a new edition to our fleet of training bikes......

Two Yamaha MT07 models with ABS for A2 and Direct Access courses, lighter and slightly smaller than our Yamaha XJ6 this bike is easier to handle for students who find the bigger bike a bit too heavy.


Yamaha MT07

DVSA updates and information for reference, latest updates for 2017

Important Notice............Theory Test Booking

A motorcycle theory test pass is required BEFORE you can take MOD 1 of your A1, A2 or DAS licence. Our students are telling us that they are having to book theory tests two or three weeks in advance because the test centres are very busy.
If you are thinking of taking a bike licence it is therefore advisable to book your theory test in plenty of time.

You can book your theory test via the link on our prices page or through the government website.

THINK! urges motorcyclists to 'stay in control'

A new THINK! road safety initiative to encourage motorcyclists to improve their defensive riding skills has been launched today (18 April 2013) by the Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

The ‘stay in control’ campaign - which has been developed with partners from the motorcycle industry - advises motorcyclists to ride defensively and seek further training to sharpen their skills.

Posters, leaflets and other promotional material will be distributed to hundreds of motorcycle dealerships and retailers across the UK.

The campaign will run throughout the peak riding season this spring and summer, when, historically, the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on the roads sees an increase.

Read more

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New ‘routes to your motorcycle licence’ charts

DSA has published 5 new flow charts showing the routes to your motorcycle licence from 19 January 2013.

One month to go

The new rules for motorcycles are effective from 19 January 2013.

These flow charts have been designed to help you and your candidates to understand the process to get a specific category of licence.

There are charts for both the current and new routes.

Download iconDownload 'The routes to your motorcycle licence' (PDF, 210KB)

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Motorcycles that can be used for practical tests

The list of motorcycles that can be used for practical tests has been turned into a new interactive tool.

The tool contains the same information as the PDF list it replaces, but it’s now easier to use. You can now filter the list by:

  • manufacturer
  • sub-category of motorcycle

You can also download the list as a spreadsheet or in PDF format.

Get email alerts when it’s updated

You can sign up to get an automatic email alert to let you know when the list is updated.

Use the new tool

The tool can also be accessed through the GOV.UK page about the rules for mopeds and motorcycles used in the practical test.

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Please note, we reserve the right to terminate your training if we believe you are putting yourself and others at risk of injury. Your safety is our primary concern. We will only charge you for the training you have received.
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