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Extra dates added to FREE motorcycle industry try out programme

2nd October 2017

More people in London and the North West will get the chance to try a motorcycle or scooter for free next month, with the addition of two weekend-long events to the Get On diary.


St Helens in Merseyside (14th/15th October) and Erith in South East London (28th/29th October) have both been chosen for a third Get On visit, due to popular demand.


Get On is the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme and offers free 45-minute taster sessions with a professional instructor at venues across the UK.  All bikes and protective clothing are provided. 


This will be the third time the Get On team has delivered free taster sessions to people in Erith and St Helens and both events will be held at the town’s driving test centres, which are empty at weekends, so ideal spaces for Get On.


Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association, which backs Get On events, says this is an ideal introduction to motorcycling:


“If you’ve never tried a motorcycle or scooter, but always wondered what it is like, this is your opportunity to do do.


“Whether you are looking for a way of saving time on your journey to work by avoiding traffic queues, or you long for a David Beckham style off-road adventure, Get On will help you discover if motorcycling or scootering is for you, in a safe and structured environment.  You can also get advice on where to go to find high quality training in your local area.”


What happens at a Get On event?

Riders are introduced to the gears, brakes and slow speed handling by a professional instructor.  Bikes and protective clothing are all provided, so riders just need to wear long jeans and sturdy shoes. There is no cost at all and you don't need any form of license.


Riders will also be given advice about wearing protective clothing and how to find an accredited local training school, should they decide to take their interest further, as well as learning what licences are needed for different sized motorcycles.


Who is Get On suitable for?

Get On is suitable for anyone aged 14 or over who wants to learn to ride, from complete beginners to those who are thinking of returning to biking after a break. 


Extra dates:

  • 14th, 15th October: St Helens Driving Test Centre, 2 Navigation Road, Off Pocket Nook Street, St Helens, Liverpool, Merseyside, WA9 1NS


  • 28th, 29th October: Erith Driving Test Centre, Crabtree Manorway N, London, DA17 6LJ


There are also opportunities to try a free Get On ride for visitors to Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham and Donington Park in Derby. Find out more here:


Booking is advisable

Sessions can be booked beforehand by phoning 02476 408040, or via the website or people can turn up and book on the day (subject to availability).  Under 16s must bring an adult or guardian.




Notes for Editors


  • Get On was set up 7 years ago by members of the Motorcycle Industry Association, to offer a programme of motorcycle taster sessions.  Of 4655 riders who were surveyed after their Get On free ride, 97.5% said they enjoyed it.
  • The Motorcycle Industry Association has introduced a national framework of accreditation to measure and encourage high quality motorcycle training.  There are now nearly 100 sites which are fully ‘accredited’ or working towards accreditation. Find out more via
  • More information about Get On can be found on the website
  • Government statistics show that for April/May/June of this year the UK had the highest number of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles licensed for the road for 8 years, when compared to the same season in previous years. The statistics go back to 1994 and there were only higher Quarter 2 figures for 2009.  See table: VEH0301 at


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