P&H Rider Training, otherwise known as Advanced Riding Techniques (ART), is our very own motorcycle training school.

We are DVSA approved and Official Motorcycle Manufacturer Approved Training Center.

When you train with us you are guaranteed the very highest levels of service and training in the UK.

We’ve been training riders safely for nearly 30 years, and it’s this wealth of experience that means 80% of our business is word-of-mouth and repeat customers.

As from November 2022, Advanced Riding Techniques are very proud to welcome you to our brand new motorcycle training School, Woodlands. A unique site situated just off Wallage Lane in Rowfant, 65,000 sq. foot in total, surrounded by beautiful Woodlands! Most importantly, 12,000 sq. ft tarmac surfaced, safe off road training area for CBT lessons and module 1 practical training sessions which is open seven days a week. 

We supply everything from boots, gloves, jackets, trousers and helmets to a modern fleet of new bikes and scooters to suit all levels.

We’re proud to be an approved rider training school for the following (click the logos for more info):

If you have never ridden before or are at all nervous or apprehensive about having a go, then the perfect place to start is one of our industry leading 90 minute, One to One lessons. We supply full safety kit, new motorcycles and tuition. Click here to book.

Types of license

A1 Motorcycle License –
allows you to ride a 125cc bike

‘cc’ simply stands for cubic centimetres which refers to the capacity of the motorcycle engine.
125cc bikes are considered light-weight motorcycles.
A great course for beginners.

A2 Motorcycle License –
allows you to ride a 47bhp bike

‘bhp’ simply stands for brake horsepower. This is the measure of energy produced by the motorcycle engine. The cc of the bike is irrelevant as long as the power is limited to less than 47bhp. They’re known as middle-weight bikes.

A Motorcycle License –
allows you to ride any sized bike

With an A license you are not limited on the type or size of motorcycle that you can ride.
This is a great intermediate course for experienced motorcycle enthusialsts.

Your options by age

From your 16th birthday

Take compulsory basic training (CBT) and once completed ride a 50cc moped, restricted to 28mph, with L plates for two years.

From your 19th birthday

Take compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and once completed, ride a 125cc motorbike with L plates for 2 years.

Take your test, both theory and practical to gain an A2 Motorcycle license qualifying you to an A2 bike for life.

If you have held an A1 motorcycle license for two years you can upgrade to an A2 by taking both parts of the test again on an A2 bike.

From your 17th birthday

Take compulsory basic training (CBT) and once completed ride a 125cc motorbike with L plates for two years.

Take your full test, both theory and practical to gain an A1 motorcycle license, qualifying you to ride a 125cc motorbike for life.

From your 24th birthday

Take compulsory Basic Training (CBT) and on completion ride a 125cc motorbike with L plates for two years.

If you have held an A2 license for two years you can upgrade to an A license by taking both parts of the test again on an A bike.

Take your test, both theory and practical on an A category bike to gain an A license.

Courses and costs

One to one lessons

From £59

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

From £130

Motorcycle Theory Test


The following courses include theory test, CBT, all lessons, test fees, hire of all equipment, bike hire and insurance.

A1 License           £350 – £1000

A2 or A Licence   £799 – £1299


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Advanced Rider Course


More Information

Never ridden a motorcycle before? Our one to one lessons are designed with you in mind to ensure you get the very best start, making your motorcycle lessons safe and enjoyable.

Our 90 minute one to one lessons include motorcycle or scooter hire, ALL motorcycle safety clothing and helmet use. One of our qualified instructors will teach you on our secure off road training pad with no pressure of having to do well in front of a group.Very important if you are at all nervous or anxious about riding a motorcycle for the first time.

CBT is not a test, It is a 5 part modular training course run over the duration of one day, designed for riders to show a competent and safe level of riding on the public road before being issued with a DL196 Certificate, which will last you two years from the date of issue.

The course starts with an explanation of the course format and what involved. This includes a discussion on the correct type of safety clothing and helmets to wear, the Highway Code and how to carry out basic maintenance checks on your machine. Helping you to improve you skills and confidence you will spend half a day in our safe off road training facility learning how to pull away, stop correctly, demonstrate emergency stops, gear changing and cornering. The second half of the day will be spent out on the road. This is structured to reinforce and expand your newly acquired skills. If you are competent and show the instructor that you can ride in a safe and proficient manner you will then receive your DL196 certificate.


Start Time 08.30 Please note start times of all modules are approximate and should not be taken as what will happen on the day.
Your instructor will introduce himself to you, check your Driving Licence and eyesight, and explain the course format.
Module A – The aims of the course
This section explains the need for correct clothing, and what to look for when you buy it and also on the importance of wearing protective clothing & legality of safety helmets Kit you out with all safety gear as necessary
Module B – Approximate start around 09.30
You will be introduced to your motorcycle or scooter, and the instructor will explain the controls. You will also be given some guidance on basic machine maintenance, with special emphasis on safety.
Module C – Approximate start around 10.00
This is where you start learning to ride, beginning with moving off and stopping and developing your skills through a variety of exercises until you are ready to go on the road. 
Elements in which competence must be shown:

  • Pulling away and stoping smoothly.
  • Correct Observations.
  • Changing gears, up and down.
  • Controlled Stops.
  • Controlled Stops as if in an Emergency.
  • Slow Control Riding.
  • U-Turns.
  • Figure of Eight.
  • Simulated Left and Right Turns.

It is very important to note, if you are not in full control of your motorcycle by lunchtime, you will not be allowed to ride on the public road in the afternoon and will be required to book further training so you may return to complete the course on another day.
Lunch Break – Between 12:00 – 13:00
The instructor will give you a short break, either during or at the end of Module C. it is advisable to bring lunch with you as there are no local shops
Module D – Approximate start between 12:30 – 13:30
This is a classroom based session about how to ride on the road safely. You are expected to already have a good understanding of the Highway Code. £2.50 from all good bookshops or the ART office or available online Here
Module E – Approximate start between 13:00 – 14:00
Minimum (legal requirement) two hour road ride. Your instructor will issue you with a radio, ready for your on-road session. This will last at least 2 hours, and will involve a variety of roads. There will be regular stops to discuss aspects of the ride, with debriefing sessions and discussion of various road hazards to include:

  • Junctions
  • Roundabouts
  • U-Turn
  • Emergency Stop
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Traffic Lights
  • Hills and Gradients
  • Obstructions
  • Hazard Awareness and Planning Ahead
  • Dual Carriageways


Finish Time Approx 16:15 – 17:15 (dependant on experience of student, also time of year)


Before you can take any full motorcycle licence test, you will have to take and pass the theory test for motorcycles (includes the hazard perception test), this will still apply even if you have full entitlements of other category (Car, HGV etc). The price is currently £23 including a new highway code book posted to you.

You do NOT need to complete a theory test before taking a C.B.T, but it is a good idea to get it taken as soon as possible, if you want to take any full motorcycle test. At present you have to to answer 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correctly. The minimum pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.


The Direct Access Scheme, or DAS as it is sometimes known, allows riders to gain a full licence to ride larger bikes in a short space of time. There are two routes depending on your age.


You can complete an A2: Standard licence which allows you to ride bikes up to 47 Brake horsepower (Bhp) (35kW). You must have already passed the D.V.S.A. theory test for motorcycles and hold a current CBT certificate.

The practical test must be taken on a motorcycle of at least 395cc that produces between 26 and 47Bhp (20 and 35kw). We have brand new Yamaha MT-07 motorcycles that have been restricted so you may ride them for this course.


You can complete an A: Unrestricted licence which allows you to ride any size of machine with any power output. You must have already passed the DVSA theory test for motorcycles and hold a current CBT certificate.

The practical test must be taken on a motorcycle of at least 595cc that produces a minimum of 54Bhp (40kw). We have brand new Kawasaki ER650 and Yamaha MT-07 motorcycles that may ride for this course.


Please note that training course lengths are determined by the individual’s level of competence. The number of days spent on training is advised by our instructors after an assessment of your riding skills. This assessment can be carried out when the CBT road ride is undertaken. Alternatively, if you can already ride and have a current CBT and theory test certificate, you can ring us to arrange a free assessment 01293 413330.

Remember, if you want to practice for your full A or A2 licence, you must be accompanied by a professionally qualified DSA approved motorcycle instructor, not just a full motorcycle licence holder. Once you hold both required certificates (motorcycle theory test and CBT) this can be achieved over three to eight days training.

Return courses are for those full licence holders who would like to top up their existing skills after they have passed their test whether not having ridden for as little as a few months or many years. We have a couple of options depending on your needs. We can offer either a one and a half hour One to One session from £59, or a whole day (7 hours) from £180.

This course is also ideal for those returning to biking after a long break, enabling the rider to practice on any problem areas such as cornering or overtaking with a qualified instructor, thus providing a perfect stepping stone towards taking their advanced training course.

These courses are structured to your own individual needs. The day will start at our 12,000 sq ft training pad, using first a 125cc machine if necessary and then on to the 500cc bike for some brushing up with your machine control before getting you back on the road. The course will finish at with a full appraisal of the ride and your options for further training, such as the ERS Course.

So don’t worry if you haven’t ridden for a good few months or even a few years, this is the course to get you back on two wheels safely. These courses can be run every day through the year subject to the weather. Snow, ice, very high winds, flooding or poor visibility may result in your course being postponed.

It is amazing the amount of money that is spent on motorcycles making them look better, go faster and stop quicker. Doing an Advanced Motorcycle Training course with one of our R.P.M.T.* approved Instructors will help you achieve all of these and will cost you a lot less whilst gaining up to 17% discount from all the leading bike insurers in the UK.

The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) is all about getting the most from your riding and your machine. You can take this accessory from motorcycle to motorcycle and it won’t depreciate in price.
With advanced motorcycle training you will:

  • Increase your riding skills and abilities
  • Learn to avoid unexpected situations
  • Be safer and more vigilant
  • Learn to ride smoother and faster but safer
  • Gain greater control of your motorcycle

If you decide an advanced motorcycle training course is for you, then you will learn a valuable insight from the experience of others. Rest assured that you will enjoy your time with us and you could also reap the additional benefits such as more favourable insurance discounts, You can gain skills and knowledge from veterans in the business that will help in many ways you never thought possible.

The enjoyment gained from riding a motorcycle skilfully is second to none. However, it takes confidence, excellent riding skills, physical co-ordination and balance. Keeping your skills up to date and checking that you have not become overconfident, complacent or picked up bad habits is something that few of us do.

The DSA, along with the motorcycle industry, has put together a new package of training known as the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS).
The scheme is beneficial to all bike riders who have a full motorcycle licence, no matter what size of bike, or the experience level of the rider. There is no test involved and you may not need to take any training if your skills are assessed as satisfactory. You will also earn discounts on your insurance as a result!