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Welcome to West Pennine Motorcycle Training!

The Skills

On our initial tailored courses, trainers get you more proficient quicker, to improve your ability and safety on the road.

West Pennine Motorcycle Training is one of the country's leading schools. Our professional, well organised centres teach to a high standard making you a competent rider. We have developed a whole variety of courses to suit everyone's ability and experience.

West Pennine Motorcycle Training provides a superbly high standard of training and thousands of WPM graduates have torn up their L-plates over the years. Our professional instructors will help you develop your skills at your own pace - you won't be 'thrown in at the deep end' and we're sure you'll enjoy the experience.

Class sizes are kept to the minimum, in line with DVSA guidelines.

West Pennine has a range of modern 50cc, 125cc 500cc and 600cc bikes for training and hire and all necessary equipment - we are open seven days a week.

The Learning Curve


Short for 'Compulsory Basic Training', CBT is your first hurdle, because no one can even ride on the road without first earning a CBT certificate. Training starts with the basics on our purpose built off-road training area (one of the largest in the region): familiarisation with the controls of the bike and starting and stopping. Slow riding and manoeuvring around cones quickly follow and as your confidence grows you'll progress to emergency stops. Once your instructor is satisfied with your machine control and confidence, you will then progress to supervised on-road riding. Once you are at a safe standard you will be awarded your certificate. The training may take longer than a day depending on progress, this is not unusual its your safety that matters.

The Path To Your Full Licence

Once you have your CBT, further training and a DSA theory test is essential before you attempt your test. For under 19's training will take place on 125 cc machines aiming for a 125cc licence (A1), from 19yrs on you can now take a test on a 500cc for a 46bhp medium bike licence (A2).

From 24yrs on Direct Access Training (DAS) on 600cc machines is available, leading to an unrestricted licence (full A). Once your training is completed, you are ready for your tests.

In motorcycling there is no substitute for experience and your skills will increase as practical experience grows.

The Theory Test

All new riders must complete a DAS theory test before undertaking the practical test. WPM have the latest interactive revision aids and on-site, free, theory practice facilities. We can also pre-book theories anywhere in the UK and Northern Ireland. Sample theory questions.

We can supply you with all the books, DVD's and learning material you will need to pass your theory test.

The Test

Your Department of Transport motorcycle test is in two parts:-

Module one takes place on the off road area of the motorcycle test station, and includes slow speed riding, figure 8 , U turn, emergency stop, and a swerve avoidance. As we are so close to the test station on most courses you will have the option of practicing on the actual area before your test. Module One Dummy Test Video

Module two will take the form of a ride with an examiner following you by bike giving instructions via a radio link. Your examiner will be looking for confidence, good road awareness and machine control, and questions will be asked on machine safety checks and the carriage of pillion passengers - Link to DVSA machine safety questions (opens new window).

Now see our range of motorcycle training courses.

Booking Motorcycle Training Courses?

Simply telephone our main office on: 01254 698907, email us or complete our online booking form.

One to one tuition available.

Teaching you the basics in complete safety.

One of our trainees awaiting his test at the local DSA centre.