Looking for some motorcycle training? If you live in Birmingham, here are a few pieces of information you might find useful before you start.
Where can I take my test in Birmingham?
Currently, there is only one test centre which runs motorcycle practical tests, and you’ll find that at Garrett’s Green, Birmingham. This centre currently has a 61% average pass rate for both male and female riders, so it’s not a good idea to stand on your saddle and do somersaults through the city centre during your test.
How do I know if my instructor is good and above board?
Instructors can only work for a motorcycle approved training body (ATB), so the company that you go to for training must be one of these.
Which training centres offer motorcycle training in the Birmingham area?
Riders Motorcycle Training is the biggest motorcycle training group in the West Midlands, and they’ve got bases in six areas there. They guarantee that they tailor their courses to the individual, so if you’ve been riding for some time, they won’t expect you to follow a course which is designed for brand new bikers. They offer the CBT at £110, or £130 for a guaranteed pass, and the full motorcycle course at varying prices depending on how many days you want to spend training.
Wheels Motorcycle Training have a large enough private training area off Aston Road North to accommodate the whole of the training needed for the Module 1 test. They have two approved off road training areas, as well as an oval which they use to help students improve braking and cornering techniques. They offer the CBT for £120 and a five day full licence course for £800.
1st Motorcycle Training is based in Kings Heath, and have a huge private training area available to them. They’re based in close proximity to the Garretts Green driving test centre, so if you’re taking your full motorcycle test, they’re a convenient trainer to go to. They offer the CBT course for £125 (and the price includes equipment and a bike if you haven’t already got one).
Goldies Motorcycle Training has an exceptional pass rate and they provide motorcycle, fuel, and insurance, as well as all safety equipment that you’ll need as part of the price of their courses. They offer CBT, A1 lightweight (for 17-19 year olds), A2 standard (for 19-24 year olds) and full Direct Access for those riders over the age of 24.
I already ride, where can I go to improve my skills?
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is a charity dedicated to improving Britain’s driving. Birmingham Advanced Motorcyclists (BAM) is a huge IAM group, with over 350 members. You can get a free assessment from an advanced observer from their group, and by joining BAM, you get the IAM test fee paid, 1 year’s IAM membership, and a heap of other good stuff. Not to mention cheaper insurance when you pass the IAM test.
It’s well worth being a safe rider.