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Courses to enhance your skills

Designed to give you confidence and competence in a range of different riding and traffic conditions. From taking pillion passengers safely to passing advanced rider courses, each is designed to improve riding skills and confidence on the road.
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  • A quick over the phone assessment of your motorcycle skills so training can be tailored for you
  • Sharpen your skills before getting back on your motorbike
  • Train on a smaller machine to gain confidence
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Rider Plus Courses
  • Sharpen skills before you sitting your full licence test
  • Develop your skills with impartial, helpful advice and expert tuition
  • Improve observation, planning, machine control and hazard perception skills
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Using Motorways and Carrying Pillion Passengers Courses
  • Become competent at navigating motorways and associated hazards
  • Take pillion passengers with confidence and skill
  • Learn to avoid the hazards that come with these new conditions
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Advanced Rider Courses
  • Carried out by registered DVSA instructors
  • The first step toward gaining an ‘Advanced Rider Award’
  • If the initial assessment is passed, you'll be awarded a certificate without the need for further training
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Assessments only
  • An impartial assessment of your motorcycling skills
  • A full report on your motorcycling skills
  • Understand your strengths and areas for improvement
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Diamond Advanced Training
  • The only government accredited rider development program in the UK
  • Run by regulated, professional trainers and examiners
  • Improve your skills with a particular focus on defensive and eco riding techniques
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Diamond Elite Training and Assessment
  • A day and a half, beginning with a short theory session
  • Cover 150 - 180 m with assessments and demonstration rides
  • Numerous stops for road debriefs
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Blue Riband courses
  • Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training which spans a day and a half
  • Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training which is taken in sessions convenient for both student and instructor
  • All courses are delivered on a 1 to 1 basis and endorsed by the DVSA
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DIAmond Advanced Motorcycle Training Courses
ALL DIAMOND ADVANCED RIDER COURSES ARE PERFECT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS WHO WISH TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS
Have a particular focus on defensive and eco riding techniques
For motorcyclists who ride for work and need an occupational road risk assessment
For motorcyclists who want become instructors or motorcycle commuters
For motorcyclists who want to develop their skills further
Diamond Advanced Training
Starts with a theory session and then moves onto practical sessions which are broken into different sections. These sections can be taken on the same day, or over multiple days and times that are convenient for the student and instructor. Once students reach the required standard, a test will be taken

Tests are conducted by a different trainer/examiner as soon as possible after training has been completed.
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Diamond Advanced training tests take around 1 hour to complete and cover a route of around 16 – 24 miles in which the student will need to demonstrate their skills in a variety of road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible. Assessment is based on machine control throughout a number of manoeuvres relevant to the vehicle used in the test and eco-safe driving techniques.
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DIAmond Elite Training
Spans a day and a half, beginning with a short theory and discussion session that covers the various techniques you will practice. The rest of the day will be taken up with assessments and demonstration rides covering around 150 – 180 miles.
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There will be numerous stops for road debriefs
And the day is broken down into sections, each following on from the previous in a logical manner.
Finish times are dependent on the progress you make
Over the course of the day, weather conditions and your own enthusiasm for riding.
Depending on the standard you reach throughout the training
Your test will take place the next day, or as soon as possible after you have completed the training.
TESTS ARE CARRIED OUT BY A DIFFERENT INSTRUCTOR OR EXAMINER
Tests take around 2 hours to complete. At the end, you'll be given a written report on your performance and if you pass, a certificate to show your new qualification will be awarded.
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You'll need a current Advanced rider qualification to take the DIAmond Elite Training
Rider Plus Courses
Whether you've just passed your CBT and want to sharpen your skills before you sit the test for a full licence or have been riding for years and want to become a better motorcycle rider than you are, this course is designed to help you develop your skills further with impartial and helpful advice and expert tuition.
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Rider Plus courses are designed to improve your skills
Your observation, planning, machine control and hazard perception skills will be enhanced, in turn helping you to reduce errors and the likelihood of causing an accident or being involved in one.
ALL OF OUR RIDER PLUS COURSES ARE DELIVERED BY DVSA APPROVED INSTRUCTORS
Who will apply their years of experience and knowledge of training test candidates for improving your motorcycle riding skills
Classes are kept intentionally small
No more than two students per instructor – to ensure each participant receives the optimal level of support and attention throughout the course
FURTHERING YOUR SKILLS
Using Motorways and Carrying
Pillion Passengers Courses

Joining and leaving motorways

Normal motorway riding and filtering

Motorways and road markings

First Aid

Using emergency telephones

The correct level of protective clothing for you and your passenger

The minimum age and size of pillion passengers

The correct seating and security for a pillion passenger

The correct foot pegs and hand rails for your pillion to use

What to do if you breakdown or have an accident when carrying a pillion passenger

Using rider to passenger communication equipment

Mounting and dismounting correctly

Correct seating positions and holding on

Actions of rider and pillion passenger when accelerating, braking, cornering, riding in slow traffic and filtering

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Enhanced Rider Scheme

Enhanced Rider Scheme assessments can only be carried out by registered DVSA instructors

This is the first step toward gaining an ‘Advanced Rider Award’ and involves an assessment of your skills. There is no test and if the initial assessment is passed, you will be awarded a certificate without the need for further training. If necessary, support and training to improve your riding skills will be given based on the findings of the assessment, after which you'll be reassessed.

Once you have been awarded your Enhanced Rider Scheme certificate, you may qualify for a reduced insurance premium with some insurance companies.

This course designed for:
Motorcyclists who have recently obtained their licence
Riders who are returning to the road after a break or want to move up to a more powerful motorcycle
Riders who just want an impartial check of their motorcycling skill level
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Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training Courses
Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training from the British Motorcyclist Federation (BMF) is endorsed by the DVSA and aims to help experienced motorcyclists improve their skills and technique to further their enjoyment of motorcycling. Blue Riband Advanced Rider training is delivered on a one to one basis only and can only be given by BMF-certified instructors.
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Enhanced safety to improve motorcycle riding enjoyment is the number one focus of the Blue Riband Advanced Rider courses.
A perspective of THINK about why and what motorcyclists are doing when they are riding is taken; this approach enables riders to develop healthy self-criticism that enables them to recognise their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to motorcycle riding.
Blue Riband courses are quite intensive and riders should have spent some time before taking one of their courses studying
a copy of Motorcycle Roadcraft. Motorcycles used for the courses must be capable of coping with the speed and distances travelled. A minimum power output of 33bhp is strongly recommended so students are able to maintain progress at the national speed limit for both A roads and motorways as well as being able to overtake quickly when required.
Students must have held a full A motorcycle licence for a minimum of 6 months and preferably taken a Rider Plus
or Enhanced Rider Scheme course before enrolling for one of the Blue Riband Advanced Rider courses.
Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider training
Covers a day and a half starting with a theory session that will encompass discussion about the range of techniques you will practice in the practical elements.
Practical elements include demonstration and assessment rides. Each element will include stops throughout for road debriefs. The finish time is dependent on your progress through the day, weather and your enthusiasm over the course of the day.
Once you have reached the required standard of riding, the Blue Riband Assessment will be booked (usually for the following day, or as soon as possible after you have competently completed the training). Assessments are carried out by a different instructor/examiner and last for around one hour. Once completed a comprehensive report on your performance covering machine control, information gathering, psychological, judgment, junctions and road craft elements of your motorcycle riding skills will be given to you. A copy of this report is also sent to the BMF who will issue your certificate along with a pin badge, bike sticker, wallet card and full 12-month membership to the BMF. Your certification is valid for three years. Concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training costs £250.00 all-inclusive.
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Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider training
Starts with a theory session, similar to the concentrated Blue Riband Advanced Rider training course. Practical sessions include the same content as the concentrated training, however, these are held at times convenient to the student and instructor. Once you have reached the required skill level an assessment is carried out as close to the completion of the training as possible in the same manner detailed for the concentrated Blue Riband training course.
Standard Blue Riband Advanced Rider training course fees are dependent on how quickly students progress through each element but are generally around the same cost as the concentrated courses.
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Assessments for the Blue Riband Advanced Rider Training can be booked separately for £80.00
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