A motorcycle isn’t just a machine. It’s invigoration, inspiration and adventure.

A lifelong dream made reality; taking charge of your own destiny.

The poise and control as you grip the handlebars; the promise and potential beneath your feet.

Loving every commute, living every journey; looking out to an open road that only ends when you decide.

It all starts with the BMW Rookie to Rider programme.

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The BMW Rookie to Rider programme is a comprehensive all-in-one package that’s tailored to you.

Book your week of lessons whenever you want them, then choose from a wide selection of motorcycles and rider equipment.

 We’re here to help you find everything you need to start your new life on two wheels – all at monthly rentals and a customer contribution that works for you.

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We’re here to make sure you set off on the right track.

After booking and completing your theory test, you’ll enjoy a seven-day Direct Access course – including your CBT, Module One and Module Two tests with BMW Rider Training.

You’ll finish feeling confident and prepared for any adventure.

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From the sleek and agile BMW G 310 R, to the heritage inspired R nineT and the all conquering R 1250 GS, there is a BMW Motorrad model to suit all riding styles.

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Riding pleasure that knows no limits. This means a thirst for adventure. But it also means being prepared for everything. With the BMW Motorrad RIDE collection, you are all set to go. Anytime in any weather. For any adventure. Feel the freedom on the road. Let yourself be swept away by it. Feel the pulse of the city. Familiar and at the same time thrillingly new. It doesn't matter where it takes you. Your second skin will keep you safe. Comfort and protection melt into one in front of your very eyes – this is the perfect riding experience.

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Your new life on two wheels starts here. If you have any questions about any of the steps on the Rookie to Rider programme, Fill in the form below and we’ll get in touch to provide the information you need, alternatively you can contact your local retailer here.

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How do I sign up?

You can sign up to this offer several ways:

  • Visit your local BMW Motorrad Centre. 

  • Use our ‘Enquire Now’ contact form below

  • Call us on 08000 131 282 (Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:30)


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Already got the gear?

If you don't need the rider equipment we can provide you with the training and a brand new BMW G 310 R with monthly rentals from £99 (Plus a £650 customer contribution*)


T&Cs Apply, click here for details

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Are there any pre-test requirements?

You’ll need to pass the Motorcycle Theory Test before your training commences and provide the certificate number to the training centre so your practical test can be booked. You can book your theory test at:  www.gov.uk/book-theory-test


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How long does the training take?

We'll take you from a complete novice to a fully-qualified rider within a week. You’ll train on a BMW and we suggest training with us over the full seven days if you’ve never ridden before.


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Can I choose a different motorcycle?

Yes the Rookie to Rider scheme is available on a wide variety of bikes in the BMW Motorrad range. The monthly payments will change depending on the model chosen, and your local retailer will be able to create a quote for you.

*If you hold an A2 licence you still have plenty of motorcycles to choose from, all of which can be restricted and are suitable for the license you hold. These are the G 310 R, G 310 GS, F 750 GS (Restricted), F850 GS (Restricted), F 900 R (Restricted), F 900 XR (Restricted) and F 850 GSA (Restricted).

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What happens during the test?

  • You’ll need to pass the Motorcycle Theory Test before you can get started.

  • Once you start training with us you’ll complete the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) which will be carried out at the training centre with your instructor.

  • The full motorcycle test comprises of Module 1 which is carried out at a test centre and shows that you are able to control the motorcycle. This is usually taken around halfway through the week.

  • Once you’ve passed your Module 1 you can then take Module 2 which is on the public roads where you’ll be followed by an examiner. This is always taken at the end of the week.

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What is the CBT?

CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training. Most learner motorcycle and moped riders must take CBT. You then have to pass your full motorcycle test within 2 years or you’ll have to take your CBT again.

After you’ve completed your CBT, you can ride a moped or a motorbike up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW on the road. You must use L plates (L or D plates in Wales) until you pass your full motorcycle test.

The CBT comprises of 5 elements:

  • Introduction and eyesight check

  • Practical on-site training

  • Practical on-site riding

  • Practical on-road training

  • Practical on-road riding (Must last at least 2 hours)

You’ll move from one element to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve:

  • Learnt the theory

  • Shown the practical skills to a safe basic level

To find out more information about the CBT, please visit www.gov.uk/cbt-compulsory-basic-training/overview

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Are there any age limits?

Yes, there are age limits around which licence you can apply for. Please see below for a full outline on these restrictions.

I am aged 19 – 24

You’ll complete your A2 Licence. This comprises of your Theory Test, CBT, Module 1, and Module 2. Once you have obtained your A2 licence, any bike except G 310 R and G 310 GS will need to be restricted.

After two years or once you turn 24 (whichever is soonest), you’ll be eligible for a discounted upgrade to the A licence. You’ll be required to revisit your BMW training centre and retake your Module 1 and Module 2. Once you have completed your A licence, you’re then able to ride a motorcycle of any engine capacity.

I am aged 24 or over

​You’ll be able to complete your A licence. This comprises of your Theory Test, CBT, Module 1 and Module 2. These tests will be taken on a motorcycle of at least 595cc and 50kw with a minimum curb weight of 180kg. Once you have completed your A Licence, you’re then able to ride a motorcycle of any engine capacity.

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What is an A2 licence?

At 19 you can get an A2 licence which allows you to ride a motorcycle with power up to 46.6 bhp which is usually means up to 500cc engines size. Please note a restricted version of a more powerful motorcycle can be ridden on an A2 licence. Below is a list of the BMW Motorcycles available on your ‘A2 Licence’:

  • G 310 GS
  • G 310 R
  • F 750 GS (Restricted)
  • F 850 GS (Restricted)
  • F 850 GSA (Restricted)
  • F 900 R (Restricted)
  • F 900 XR (Restricted)

After two years or once you turn 24 (whichever is soonest), you’ll be eligible for a discounted upgrade to the A licence with your local BMW training centre.

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What if motorcycling isn't for me?

Once your training has commenced and you decide the training isn’t for you, your £650 contribution paid to the retailer is non-refundable as this contributes to the cost of your Rider training. However you are entitled to withdraw from the monthly rental finance and will not be charged any additional fees. 

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What insurance do I need for my motorcycle?

You must ensure that you have and maintain comprehensive motor insurance on the motorcycle for the duration of your finance agreement.

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Where can I purchase BMW Motorrad Insurance for my motorcycle?

Upon completion of the seven-day Direct Access course you are entitled to a 10% discount** off your annual BMW Motorrad Insurance premium. You can obtain an insurance quote online http://www.bmwmotorradfinancialservices.co.uk/insurance/bike-insurance or by calling 0345 606 6127

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Do I still receive the discount on my insurance when I renew?

10% discount** is available when taking out or when renewing an existing BMW Motorrad Insurance policy and will remain in place for the insured motorcycle until the policy is cancelled. 

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Get on the programme

Get On is a campaign run by the MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) to encourage more people to learn to ride motorcycles.

Check out their website for some helpful advice on learning to ride and what to look for when choosing your first motorcycle.


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BMW Motorrad UK, a trading name of BMW (UK) Limited is a credit broker.

*£650 customer contribution required. This is an upfront cost which is not part of the finance agreement. Rider Training has five centres spread across the UK, including the main centre in Royston, Hertfordshire, with satellite schools in Darlington, Exeter, Edinburgh and Stoke-on-Trent. The required motorcycle theory test - £23 is not included.

Monthly rental shown is for a 30 month BMW Personal Contract Hire agreement for the G 310 R, with a contract mileage of 12,500 and excess mileage charge of 2.11p. Applies to new motorcycles between 1st July 2021 and 30th September 2021 and registered by 30th September 2021 (subject to availability) at participating BMW Motorrad Retailers. Retail customers only. At the end of your agreement you must return the motorcycle. Excess mileage, vehicle condition and other charges may be payable. Hire available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. Hire provided by BMW Motorrad Financial Services, a trading name of BMW Financial Services (GB) Ltd, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 0FB. BMW (UK) Limited, trading as BMW Motorrad, introduces customers to BMW Motorrad Financial Services only and does not receive any commission or other payment for the introduction. The introduction does not amount to independent financial advice. Your Retailer will receive commission for introducing customers to BMW Motorrad Financial Services.

**BMW Motorrad Insurance is arranged by Devitt Insurance Services Limited and underwritten from a limited number of Insurers. Discount available for the duration of your BMW Personal Contract Hire agreement. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. 

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