Honda announce dates for their 2019 riding schools

MCN goes pillion with Ron Haslam and you can too!
MCN goes pillion with Ron Haslam and you can too!

Honda have announced the 2019 dates for their Ron Haslam Race School, Dave Thorpe Off-Road Centre and Adventure Centre, as well as any new models being added to each of them.

The Ron Haslam Race School will gain the updated CBR500R and all-new, more aggressive CBR650R, which replaces the now defunct CBR600RR at the training school in the Premier and Premier Plus classes and the CBR650F in Honda’s own road-going line-up.


Remaining at Donington Park for next year, the Haslam effort will run 20 experience days, starting on 10 April and alongside the new bikes, they will continue to run the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in the one-to-one Elite experience.

The CBR600RR will be replaced by the CBR650R in 2019

Elsewhere, the On-Track experience will continue to run with the CB125F, new CB300R or upgraded CBR500R. This will offer participants track time for a single session, before taking part in training exercises in the paddock.

Those booking courses before 1 February 2019 will receive £40 off, however this does not apply to either the Learn To Ride or Premier Plus schemes.

New bikes for Dave Thorpe’s Honda off-road centre

Away from short circuits, the new CRF450L will be joining the Dave Thorpe Off-Road Centre across the various locations used by the school.

Offering Enduro, Motocross and Enduro Competition Training experiences across Devon, the Enduro courses can be booked from 12 January, with Motocross days returning to their Exmoor facility from 12 April onwards.

For those who cannot wait until April, Motocross days are also being run out of an indoor arena in South Devon, with courses bookable this month. Plus, if a 450 seems a bit too daunting, the schools also use an assortment of CRF125, CRF250RE and CRF250XRLs, too.

Try the new CRF450L at a Dave Thorpe event in 2019

Those wanting Enduro training should contact the school directly for availability. Dave Thorpe will also be running Honda’s Adventure Centre from 14 March 2019, giving would-be explorers the chance to experience the Africa Twin adventure bike in Honda’s southern England playground.

The school will offer three courses, of varied difficulty, lasting two days. Level one teaches the basics of tackling off-road terrains. Lasting two days, level one instils the rider with the fundamental skills needed to tackle basic off-road terrain, with qualified instructors on-hand throughout.

Level two also plays out over two days and requires a slightly more demanding level of skill. Level three is the most complex of the three challenges.

The bikes available are the standard and Adventure Sports Africa Twins, as well as the DCT version and if two days of off-road is slightly too much for you, the school are also offering a 133-mile guided tour following the coastal the roads of Exmoor National Park, across a single day.

Prior to your course, you will be contacted and asked for your model preferences. You can choose between the standard or Adventure Sports Africa Twin – both are available with the revolutionary DCT gearbox system, too.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Acting News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.