How to pick a good riding school
- Phone a friend - if you're just getting in to biking it's likely that you know someone else who is too. They will be able to tell you what they did/didn't like about the training school they used for their test.
- Check out yellow pages or google local bike training schools in your area
- Review each of their websites
- Ring around the ones that you like the most. Be honest and tell them if you don't know a lot about how the test works. If they are asking you lots of questions this is a good sign that they understand your individual needs and put you on the right course, on the right bike.
- Another important question to ask is PRICE. Is everything included? You want to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. There isn't a set price and each school charges slightly differently so work this to your budget.
- Want to get a better idea of what happens on a CBT? Ask if you can go and watch! Better yet, Get On offers free trials for you to get a feel for what it's like. They will ask you questions about what your main use for the bike will be - commuting, travelling, trackdays or just a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride? This will help them advise you on what bike to ride.
- Check if the training school you prefer is a member of the official governing body, the Motor Cycle Industry Trainers Association. Members of this body must conform to a certain level of standards so you know you should be in good hands.
- Often manufacturers will recommend riding schools and put a lot into these schemes, insisting on very high standards.
- Lastly, don't rush. Shop around and find a school that suits your needs best!
19.07.12 - Big Ed