When shopping around in your local directory, you’re bound to find dozens of instructors, each offering nearly the same services. This page will show you a number of factors to consider so you can make an informed decision on which motorcycle riding school or instructor to go for when booking your CBT and looking for motorbike lessons.


Do I really need motorbike lessons?

The short answer? Yes! After the CBT, training with motorcycle training schools is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended. Instructors will teach using a structured syllabus that will give you the knowledge and practical experience you need, while stopping you from developing bad habits that may hinder you in the test and on the road.


Where to find an instructor

There are many places to look for motorbike lessons. Your first port of call should be the gov.uk website; There you can enter your postcode and will be given a list of ATB’s near you, along with their addresses and phone numbers. From here you should pick one, type their name into Google and do a bit of research.

Click here for the gov.uk ATB search page

Look for a motorcycle riding school’s website: there you should find important details such as their prices, discounts and specialisms. While on Google, be on the lookout for reviews; word of mouth is an important source of information when it comes to getting a good riding instructor.

If you can’t find a school that you like on the gov.uk website, try Yell.com or Freeindex.co.uk, but beware, instructors listed on these sites may not be part of an ATB, so may be not be qualified to conduct CBTs or the DAS course.

All motorcycle instructors must be certified by the DVSA to be able to conduct the CBT and DAS as part of an approved training body; you should only accept motorbike lessons from an instructor who is part of an ATB to get the best tuition.

If you do not have your motorcycle gear yet, make sure that your chosen instructor offers rental gear during their lessons. This will usually be limited to only the helmet and may incur an additional cost so it’s crucial that you get your own gear as soon as possible. Motorcycle gear will be discussed later in this guide.


Getting the best deal

Motorbike lessons typically cost within the range of £15 to £25 pounds for a single hour. Most schools also offer multiple hour packages, with the price-per-hour decreasing if you book two or three hour lessons.

Price is obviously going to be a factor when looking for an instructor, however you shouldn’t go for a certain motorcycle riding school simply because they are the cheapest.

Some motorcycle riding schools will offer an “introductory discount” which may seem appealing at the time, but if you don’t read the fine print, can end up costing you much more in the long term, with lesson prices increasing after the introductory term has ended.

Many motorcycling schools offer a discount for ‘block booking’. Block booking is simply paying for multiple (usually 10) lessons in advance. This is a great way to get good value tuition, but you should take a few individual lessons to start with so you can get to know the instructors’ teaching style, giving you a chance to figure out whether or not you are comfortable with an instructor’s pace, attitude and attentiveness before committing to multiple lessons.

Once you have found your instructor, it’s time to go for your CBT! On the next page, you will see the CBT broken down into its constituent parts so you can prepare yourself for the day.

The CBT In Detail >