There are many different motorcycle training packages to suit every type of rider. You may be newly qualified or returning to biking after a period of time away from the bike. Even if you’ve been riding for years there’s always something new to learn, a skill to refresh or a bad riding habit to break.
Below is a short overview help you find the right training to suit your needs:
Please note: the information below is not just relevant for Staffordshire, but national so if you are looking for other training & happened to of come across this page. Simply use your web search engine to search for the organisation in your local area based on the information below.
Delivered by police riders, a BikeSafe workshop involves an observed ride with feedback to help you identify your riding strengths and weaknesses. Some forces also include a classroom element in their workshops which covers motorcycle control, hazard perception, junctions, cornering, overtaking and group riding.
BikeSafe is a great place to begin developing your riding skills and a good introduction to advanced riding. After completing an observed ride, BikeSafe recommend you do further training with one of the organisations below.
Duration: The workshop usually takes a day to complete
Cost: Cost varies.
Contact your local BikeSafe workshop or visit www.bikesafe.co.uk
Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)
The Enhanced Rider Scheme is a bespoke riding course aimed at all levels of riders from newly qualified to those returning to biking. The scheme offers tailor made training to help you build on your strengths and hone your skills on the road and begins with an on-road assessment. If you already meet the standard for ERS you’ll be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Alternatively, your instructor will work with you to identify your goals and create a tailored training plan to help you achieve these.
Duration: Varies by rider. Can be completed in one day if there are no areas of concern or over a few days if the rider needs more tuition.
Cost: Varies from one instructor to another and your riding ability.
Contact your nearest instructor to discuss further or enter your postcode here to find a suitable instructor.
IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists)
The IAM offer a number of different training routes:
Skill for Life
The Skill for Life programme teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, so regardless of whether you’re navigating country lanes, busy roads, or tackling British weather, you have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control. At the end of the programme riders take an advanced riding test.
Any rider can do the Skill for Life programme as long as you hold a full motorcycle licence at A, A1 or A2 and have a bike that is capable of sustaining the national speed.
Duration: A typical rider requires approximately eight training sessions to prepare for the test
Cost: includes a riding handbook, all observed rides, your test fee, a one year membership to the IAM and your local IAM. New members will also receive one year’s free RAC Roadside and Recovery Cover.
A great way for riders to get a ‘taster’ of what IAM training is all about without taking an advanced test or for those who want to take the first steps towards advanced riding. It’s a one hour session at a date and location to suit you. An IAM instructor will review your general riding and identify any bad habits you have, and what you do well. The approach is friendly, and designed to give you some insightful feedback on your general riding performance.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: around £40
Offer exciting and stimulating riding experiences at prominent racing circuits around the UK. You’ll receive six separate on-track sessions focusing on anticipation, cornering, planning, smoothness and understanding how your bike performs in different situations. There are two levels: beginners (who may not have ever taken part in a track day before) and intermediate (those who are taking part on their second or third track day).
Duration: 1 day
Contact the IAM on 0300 303 1134 or visit iam.org.uk/riders to find out more details.
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)
The RoSPA Advanced Motorcycling Test is an on-road riding test covering as many different road types and traffic conditions as possible, from rural lanes to fast multi-lane roads or motorways. Riders should be able to demonstrate:
Understanding of the general and specific local causes of accidents
Appreciation of how human factors affect performance
Understanding of the need for a systems-approach to vehicle checks
Strong observations and awareness of potential risk on the road
A systematic and defensive approach to hazard management and risk reduction
Riders can prepare for the test by joining their local RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (RoADAR) group . There are over 60 groups around the country which are run by volunteers and provide free riding tuition. The time required depends on the individual rider, but is likely to be spread over a number of weeks or months.
Riders are awarded a bronze, silver or gold rating after the test. The Test must re-taken every three years in order to retain your award. This is free provided that the annual RoADAR subscription has been paid.
Any motorcyclist with a full licence is able to take the test however many riders have previously done a BikeSafe assessment or some post-test training before taking the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycling Test.
Duration: The test lasts between 45-75 minutes. The amount of training required before being ready to take the test depends on the individual rider but is likely to be spread over a number of weeks or months.
Cost: The test costs £57 (£47 for riders under 26 years) and all tuition is free. The annual RoADAR subscription cost £23 and subscription to your local group usually costs £20 – £30 per annum.
Advanced Motorcycle Course
Ideal for people who ride for work or need to take the RoSPA Advanced Test quickly, this course, taken over four consecutive days, includes a half day classroom session and on-road riding. The Advanced Test takes place at the end and is included in the course fee.
Duration: Four days
Cost: costs differ for RoSPA members or for non-members
Contact RoSPA for more details by visiting www.rospa.com/safety-training/on-road/advanced/
Local training schemes
As well as national training schemes, there are many local other schemes delivered by local road safety teams.
Motorcycle Industry Trainers Association (MCITA)
The MCITA provide useful hints and tips on choosing a trainer including what to look for and questions you might ask.
You can also search for a local pre or post-test trainer in your local area.