Make learning to ride easier

Published: 31 July 2017

Whichever way you look at it, the cost of getting a motorcycle licence can soon add up, especially when you consider the price of actually getting a bike to ride after it’s all done. Then there’s the kit that goes with it too – things can seemingly start to spiral out of control pretty quickly.

But there are incentives offered by some manufacturers that will take some of the sting out of the associated costs and getting your first bike. We’ve had a look at some of the current offers that some of the manufacturers and their associated riding schools currently have to help get riding without L-plates.

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Spread the cost

Obtaining your licence and doing the training can be costly, and can be especially daunting for younger riders who might not be able to afford the outlay of an expensive course in one hit. The Kawasaki Rider Training Services (KRTS) offer the chance to spread the cost of the training to make it more affordable and manageable, especially when doing an intensive five day course which on its own costs £890.

It takes some of the worry out of being able to afford to get on two wheels in the first place and means that you can focus on riding instead of trying to decide if you can actually afford to learn in the first place. 

Kawasaki will also offer £100 off the cost of a new motorcycle or £50 off the price of a used Kawasaki bought through a dealership to those who complete a DAS course through KRTS.

Fancy £500 off your first big bike?

Honda are making the process of getting your first big bike that little bit more affordable by offering a £500 contribution towards the cost of a new Honda motorcycle when riders complete a Step Up Course or Full Course through the Honda School of Motorcycling.

Once you pass with the help of the Honda School, you can then get £500 towards any new Honda motorcycle – providing it’s above 125cc. After all, you might as well put those new skills to use on a fully capable machine.

The offer is available to those who pass either their A2 or full category A motorcycle licence before January 5, 2018 and who have completed their training through the Honda School of Motorcycling. You’ll need to have registered before September 30 to take advantage of the offer. 

Everything you could ever need need

BMW’s Rookie to Rider program has it all. Including everything you need to get going on a motorcycle – with the bike and gear to go with it!

The program is completed at one of their rider training centres in Hereford or Staffordshire and will take riders from the point of entry with a CBT to a full licence over the course of seven days – providing riders pass of course.

The best part is that the riders get a selection of kit and their training included in a monthly price alongside a brand new motorcycle too. For example, you can complete the rider training – worth £1,395 on its own, then ride away on a BMW G310 for £99 a month, with BMW riding kit to the value of £1,100. 

The term lasts two years at which point you’d need to return the bike to BMW, but it means that you can get everything you need to ride away with an affordable monthly outlay and at the end of the two-year term you give the bike back.

What it effectively means is that riders can ride around on a brand new BMW G310 for two years for a paltry £381. Any bike can be chosen for the offer, though the monthly repayment will obviously be more for an S1000RR – should you be legally able to ride one when you complete your licence.

In the example of the G310 again, if you were to go into a dealership and put down £500 on a Personal Contract Hire deal you would then be able to take advantage of the offer and pick up the kit and the motorcycle upon completion of the training. 

It’s possibly the most cost-effective way to decide if motorcycling is for you too, as if you decide you don’t like it at the end of the training then you are entitled to withdraw from the monthly rental finance agreement and will only be set to lose the £500 which will cover your full training.

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