Learn from the masters and broaden your bike skills

Published: 11 May 2017

If you truly want to be the master of your motorcycle, the learning doesn't stop when you get your pass certificate, nor indeed is it restricted to tarmac. There are many motorcycle schools to choose from, each offering something slightly different, be it flat track, trials, or track riding. If you want your riding to keep improving, learning all the different disciplines certainly won't do any harm.

We've compiled a list of some of our favourite training schools below, to help you choose the right one. What do all the schools listed below have in common? They're all run by former race and championship winners, so they're akin to learning how to play football from David Beckham.

These schools aren't just a way to improve your bike handling skills, they're also incredibly fun and could potentially open up a whole new segment of motorcycling to you.

Honda Ron Haslam Race School

Donington Park, Leicestershire.
£199-£399

Who’s the master?
Former GP star and all-round legend Ron Haslam, of course, and, sometimes his nearly-as-famous son Leon plus other well known Brit racers, past and present.

What you get
Track tuition for all levels of skill and experience, and the Elite Experience.
www.haslamraceschool.com

“There are loads of customers, but you never get the sense that you’re being rushed through. It’s just really positive and it makes you feel good about riding bikes on track.” Emma Franklin, MCN Production Editor

Honda Ride and Skid It

Buxton, Derbyshire.
£75

Who’s the master?
Les Collins – former speedway world number two.

What you get
This is a speedway school that caters for all levels of skill from novice to professional racer. The instruction is carried out by either ex or current flattrack and speedway riders.
www.rideandskidit.com or 07927 425087

“The drills around tight circles marked out by cones are revelatory as Collins encourages you to snap the throttle open to make the back end snap out of line for tighter turning.” Tony Hoare, MCN Consumer Editor

KTM MX Experience

Venues in West Sussex, Hampshire and the Midlands.
£185

Who’s the master?
Barry Johnson – former British and international motocross racer who won four British titles.

What you get
Motocross training for all experience levels training on a choice of off road KTMs.
www.ktmmxexperience.co.uk 

Mick Extance Experience

Berwyn Mountains near Llangynog, the Tanat Valley.
From £175

Who’s the master?
Mick Extance, who has completed the Dakar Rally five times.

What you get
A variety of courses including Enduro Experiences and One to One Training. There are Spanish tours too for riders who want to go further afield.
www.mickextanceexperience.com

Ady Smith Off-Road School

North Wales, Worcestershire and Eastbourne.
From £85

Who’s the master?
Ady Smith, winner of many UK championships, as well as 11 International Six Day Enduros, winning six Gold Medals and getting fifth in the 125 Class.

What you get
Off road and supermoto schools for all abilities. The bikes are supplied and there are also other set-up days for your own bike.
www.adysmith.co.uk/booking/

Desert Rose Adventure Riding Academy

Westfield, East Sussex.
From £245

Who’s the master? 

Patsy Quick, who has competed in four Dakars and was European Women’s Champion.
www.adventureridingacademy.com

“Patsy and her team of instructors have been there and done that – meaning that their riding experience and bike preparation skills are current and second to none.” Michael Guy, MCN Sports Editor

Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre

Ynyswbwl, South Wales.
From £209

Who’s the master?
Dave Thorpe – four time 500cc World Champion

What you get
Off road training for novices upwards. 01884 266443

Yamaha Off- Road Experience

Llanidloes, Mid Wales.
From £205

Who’s the master?
Geraint Jones, 10-time British Enduro Champion and holds eight ISDE Gold medals (International Six Day Enduro).

What you get
Jones runs courses for novices upwards on adventure bikes as well as enduro machines so you aren’t just restricted to motocross bikes.
www.yamaha-offroad-experience.co.uk