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Three-day bank holiday event offering free motorcycle beginner taster sessions

22nd August 2017

People who want to learn to ride a motorcycle or scooter will get the chance to try for free during the August bank holiday weekend at a three-day event in Warwickshire.

 

Get On, which is the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme, will be offering 45-minute taster lessons in the grounds of the British Motor Museum on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August.  These will be available between 9am and 5.30pm each day.

 

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:

 

“First and foremost motorcycling is fun, but it is vital that people get their first taste of riding in a safe and structured environment, where expectations about wearing protective clothing are set and people understand the value of finding high quality training.

 

“Government vehicle licensing figures show that more and more people are riding motorcycles and scooters each year and we want them to wear the right gear and take training with the best schools in the UK.  So whether you are looking for a new hobby in retirement, or you are 16 years old and planning to get your first moped, Get On will get you started in the right way.”

 

What happens at a Get On event?

 

Riders are introduced to the gears, brakes and slow speed handling by a professional instructor.  Motorcycles and protective clothing are all provided, so riders just need to wear long jeans and sturdy shoes. There is no cost at all.

 

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

 

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. 

 

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

 

People can also combine their Get On experience with a visit to the British Motor Museum.  The museum is open 10am to 5pm and traces the history of the British motor industry using film, photography and over 300 British cars, which is the largest collection of its kind in the world!  Admission prices can be found on the museum’s website. The museum is off junction 12 of the M40, CV35 OBJ.

 

ENDS

 

 

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 close to gaining accreditation. Find out more via www.mciac.co.uk.

  • More information about Get On can be found on the website www.geton.co.uk

  • Government statistics show that more people are riding motorcycles, mopeds and scooters each year.   See Department for Transport licence figures: Table: VEH0301.  
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