Advanced motorcycle training could be for you if you have already got your motorcycle licence and would now like to take your riding to a new level.
There are a variety of different types of training that may be of interest. First of all, though, you’ll want to decide what you want to get out of the training. Do you just want to ride more safely? Do you want to lower your insurance costs? Or do you want to understand how to get the best performance from your bike? Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a course for you.
Enhanced Rider Scheme
The Enhanced Rider Scheme is great if you want to ride more safely and save money on your motorcycle insurance. It’s a government-regulated scheme and you need to have passed your test and hold a full motorcycle licence to take part.
You’ll start by having a rider assessment with an expert trainer in different road and traffic conditions. Usually this lasts 1-2 hours. If the assessment shows your riding is already good enough, you’ll get a ‘DSA certificate of competence’ straight away. If not, you’ll get personalised training to improve your skills, then get the certificate at the end of your training.
Most motorcycle insurance companies will give you a discount if you hold a DSA certificate of competence.
Training to Pass Advanced Riding Tests
In the UK, there are three national advanced riding tests:
- IAM – Institue of Advanced Motorists
- RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
- DIA – DIAmond Advanced Test – Driving Instructors Association
Many motorcycle training schools offer refresher training sessions which may be suitable if it’s been a while since you’ve been on a motorbike. They’re a good way to brush up on your skills and get back into the swing of things safely and enjoyably.