The BMW Rookie to Rider programme is a comprehensive package allowing you to kick-start your motorcycle journey in a way that suits you best.

To get you riding as soon as possible, you can either choose our all-inclusive finance offer, with monthly payments starting at £129 per month*, covering the cost of your training, tests and your brand new BMW motorcycle, or the Rookie to Rider voucher that entitles anyone who trains with BMW Rider Training across the UK up to £1000 off the retail cost of a brand new motorcycle**. We're here to help you find everything you need to start your new life on two wheels. 

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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 can book this yourself or as part of the full Rookie to Rider Programme – the choice is yours.

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

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The all-new Rookie To Rider programme offers flexibility in the motorcycles available to you either with a discount through the voucher scheme, or on finance once you’ve passed your test. 

From the sleek and agile BMW G 310 R, to the heritage inspired R 12 and the all-conquering R 1300 GS, there is a BMW Motorrad model to suit all riding styles. 

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Whether you're looking for functional and weather-proof, a stylised heritage look or rider gear to take you through the urban jungle, with BMW Motorrad Apparel, you'll be prepared for everything, anytime and in any weather.

With the Rookie to Rider programme, you can get 20% off clothing and accessories through the voucher scheme, or choose interest free payments with the finance offer route.

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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)

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. 

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.

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 800 GS (Restricted), F 900 GS (Restricted), F 900 R (Restricted), F 900 XR (Restricted) and F 900 GSA (Restricted).

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.

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
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.

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)
  • R 12 (Restricted)
  • R 12 nineT (Resctricted)

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.

What if motorcycling isn't for me?

Once you start your training, if you decide it’s not for you, the £1000 contribution is non-refundable as this contributes to the cost of your rider training. You have the right to withdraw from your finance agreement within 14 days, but charges may be incurred. In the event that you wish to execute your right to withdraw, you should speak with your supplying Retailer to see what support can be offered, or with BMW Group Financial Services on 0370 50 50 150.

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.

Where can I purchase BMW Motorrad Insurance for my motorcycle?

For more information or a full quote, contact BMW Motorrad Insurance Solutions on 0333 234 1040.

Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm


BMW (UK) Ltd trading as BMW Motorrad is a credit broker.

*£1,000 customer contribution required. This is an upfront cost which is not part of the vehicle hire/finance agreement. Offer comprises attendance at one of the official BMW Rider Training Centres and clothing of your choice at a participating BMW Motorrad retailer up to the value of RRP £1,353 (for G310R/G310GS) or RRP £1,603 (for the rest of the range included in the offer until 30th September 2024 ).

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 cost is not included.

Rookie to Rider offer is not available on the S 1000 range, M 1000 range, CE 04 and CE 02. Retail customers only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash alternative available. Rookie to Rider training and clothing offer is conditional on you financing your motorcycle on a Personal Contract Hire or Personal Contract Purchase (Select) agreement with BMW Motorrad Financial Services.


Monthly rentals shown are for a 36-month BMW Personal Contract Hire agreement for the motorcycles listed above. Contract mileage is 5,000 miles per annum. Excess mileage charges range from 2.50p for the G 310 R to 7.75p per mile for the R 12. Applies to new motorcycles ordered between 2nd July 2024 and 30th September 2024 and registered by 31st October 2024 (subject to availability) at participating BMW Motorrad Retailers. 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) Limited, 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. Your Retailer will receive a fixed commission for introducing customers to BMW Motorrad Financial Services. The introduction does not amount to independent financial advice.

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