BMW Motorrad has opened two new Rider Training centres in Darlington, County Durham and Edinburgh, Scotland, to bring the brand’s top-quality road skills training to experienced riders, plus those new to motorcycles.
The new schools join the brand’s established sites: BMW Rider Training South – in Royston, Hertfordshire and BMW Rider Training West Midlands – in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The new sites will offer the same comprehensive suite of training for those learning to ride, through to the RoSPA Advanced Rider standard.
Scott Grimsdall, BMW Motorrad UK Marketing and PR Manager, said: “The addition of BMW Rider Training centres in Darlington and Edinburgh will enable thousands more new and experienced motorcyclists to experience the best bikes with the best instructors, while benefitting from the highest standards of tuition and safety. We are immensely proud that since opening our first BMW Motorrad training centre in 2006, we have helped more than 10,000 people to learn to ride and grow their skills.”
BMW Rider Training centres offer a suite of Direct Access courses that fast-track new riders to pass their full motorcycle test (over four-to-seven-day courses). The riding schools also train seasoned riders with three levels of road skills courses refining and enhancing roadcraft and ultimately offering participants the chance to take their Advanced Rider Test with an independent RoSPA examiner.
The new BMW Rider Training North East site in Darlington is headed-up by lead-instructor Iain Corser and is situated next to the Durham Tees Valley Airport, just off the A66 / A67 junction. Meanwhile, overseen by lead-instructor Marcin Kopacz, the BMW Rider Training Scotland site in Bonnyrigg is just five minutes from the local Eskbank train station and BMW centre in Dalkeith. Both schools offer riders a broad selection of BMW bikes upon which to learn and enhance their skills – from the capable BMW G 310 R roadster to the renowned R 1200 GS adventure bike.
Ian Biederman, UK Rider Training Chief Instructor, said: “We believe that offering our customers a true ‘BMW experience’ from the earliest point in their motorcycling lives is vital to establish the greatest confidence, safety standards, and road skills of any rider. Each of the BMW Rider Training centres provides new and experienced riders with a premium experience rather than the sub-standard ‘under-the-arches’ training some riders suffer.”
Each BMW Rider Training centre offers BMW’s industry-leading ‘Rookie to Rider’ scheme, which equips those new to motorcycling with a new BMW machine and a full-set of safety gear, alongside a seven-day Direct Access rider training course. For just £650 contribution and as little as £109 a month, new riders can access the expert tuition at any BMW Rider Training site, before riding away in BMW safety clothing on a brand-new BMW motorbike.
To find out more about BMW Rider Training or to book a course, call the World of BMW team on 08000 131 282, or go to www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/world-of-bmw/rider-training.html.