on-road motorcycle training courses take us across the beautiful Kent and East
villages in the South East that we ride in include...
Rider Training Launched.
Dexterity MCT Ltd in
partnership with Ducati UK Ltd and Laguna Motorcycles Ltd
Dexterity are proud to have been chosen as one
of the training schools to be involved in the new
Ducati Rider Training
Scheme which gives customers the chance to train (and take their tests
on) on a Monster 696 provided by
Motorcycles for just a small premium (£50) over the normal
The latest version of the Ducati Monster 696 is a complete and impressive
package. With Brembo brakes front and rear, upside down Showa forks and a
tubular steel trellis frame this is a quality piece of kit, with performance
to match its looks! A lovely bike to ride, it's a great way to experience a
Ducati for the first time! The 696 is recognised as an ideal machine in that
it is lighter than most other 600cc bikes and has a seat height that means
it is accessible to a wider variety of riders.
The scheme is expected to generate a lot of
interest, and hopefully giving the opportunity to ride such an amazing
machine will encourage even more people to train for, and take, their full
bike test rather than stopping with just a CBT.
There were Try-Out Rides for a £1, on mopeds and
motorcycles under professional instruction on a pre-road training area.
We had live music from Victoria Radcliffe -
a singer based in
Hawkhurst with accompaniment on acoustic guitar from one of our instructors, Dave Richards.
They played some classic covers by artists such as Tracy Chapman,
The Beatles, Alanis Morrisette and Jimi Hendrix.
Barbecue by The Wheel Inn, Westwell.
Headed by Landlord and top chef, Stuart George, one of our former
successful DAS students. A proper charcoal barbecue - these guys
know how to cook!
We enjoyed Bacon rolls, burgers, hotdogs, king prawn brochettes and vegetarian
Tea, coffee and snacks were also available.
Bikes and clothing
from Laguna Motorcycles.
Ashford and Maidstone - based Lagunas were there
with motorcycles, clothing, help and advice.
There was motorcycle maintenance advice from
Motorcycles and people took the opportunity to get
their bike looked
Raffle - great prizes!
including £50 Hein Gericke Voucher, £50 Alford Brothers Voucher, Meal for Two
at The Wheel Inn, £50 Laguna Motorcycles Voucher, £75 service voucher
from Festers Motorcycles, £50 Dexterity Training Voucher signed copy of
'Lois on The Loose' and more...
As part sponsors of their
Fire Bike Team Dexterity had a great time at Kent Fire & Rescue Service's
Sports & Custom Bike Show on Sunday 18th April 2010
Location: Kent Fire & Rescue Service Training
Centre, Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QB.
We hope to see you there again in 2011!
Get On Campaign Films at Dexterity
The national 'Get On' campaign, funded by
the motorcycle industry has chosen Dexterity Motorcycle Training to host it's
Filming took place on a sunny, but chilly, March
day, with the
Get On organisers and the professional crew from
spending all day at our Ashford site filming the new two minute video. Using two
Dexterity instructors, an ex-Dexterity student and a couple of actors the video
will be used to give potential applicants for a 'Get On Free Ride' and idea of what to
We had great fun shooting this, it was a
fascinating insight into how these things are put together. Although it took all
day, even the 'long' version of the video for use in the training industry is
just a little under five-and-a-half minutes! The crew were great fun and we all
had a good laugh, in-between the serious job of filming of course.
Our thanks to Nick and Mike of Get On for choosing
us and to Dave & Andy our instructors and Michelle for their time and newly discovered
And this is the finished video!
original article 25/03/10
Rider's Digest Sponsorship
Dexterity Motorcycle Training sponsors
local young person with their bike training!
Sian Phelan, 20, from Ashford, Kent, did not expect
much when she penned a few hundred words in a competition in the motorcycle
magazine 'Rider's Digest'. When she had found out she had won it was almost too
good to be true. The prize was some top riding kit from Oxford Productsand motorcycle training course
from an approved training body. That's when we were asked if we would consider
sponsoring her through her training, and we were delighted to be able to help.
Having been on the back of her brother's bike, but
never having ridden herself before, Sian was only too happy to agree with our
recommendation of at least one 'Taster
Session' before booking her CBT. She admits to having enjoyed it more and
more as the training went on. Well done Sian!
. Look out for
articles on her in The
Rider's Digest magazine.
Now extended to 32 Countries!
40,000 km (25,000 miles)
Now extended to 60,000km!
For Save The Children
We are proud to be a Sponsor of
africa-bike-adventure and Spencer Conway in his solo circumnavigation of Africa!
When Spencer Conway decided to use his considerable
off-road riding experience to raise money for Save The Children he had a number
of obstacles to overcome. These included sorting the bike, the kit and the
mental strength to tackle the daunting Sahara, Tenere, Nubian and Namib deserts
for a start.
Then he realised that he would need a UK motorcycle
licence (the journey begins in Biddenden, Kent, and overland through Europe, (see
http://www.africa-bike-adventure.com/route.htm for details). That's when he
approached Dexterity Motorcycle Training for assistance.
We were only too
pleased to help, especially for such a worthy cause. As Spencer puts it, 'ALL
children deserve proper healthcare, food, education and protection.'
We are pleased to report that, like so many of our
students, Spencer passed his motorcycle test first time, and can now concentrate
on his other preparations for the trip.
Go for it Spencer, we wish you good, safe and
Previous Sponsorship by Dexterity Motorcycle Training
Lee Street Gets that Winning Feeling!
Grasstrack racer Lee, sponsored by Dexterity Motorcycle
Training, had a great 2007 season!
Lee Street won all of
his 2007 races except one, however the one he failed to finish was in the
crucial final championship heats and so he finished an overall 9th. But you can
be sure this has fired him up and he'll be back in 2008 to compete again!
Dexterity Motorcycle Training are proud to continue their association with Lee
and will be continuing to sponsor him in his 2008 season.
If you've never
watched Grasstrack Racing be sure to try to get to at least one of the events in
2008. It's fast, furious and right in front of you! The riders and the paddock
are accessible so you can meet them afterwards, or just wander through the
paddock and see what goes on behind the scenes.
Dexterity Motorcycle Training
were pleased to sponsor Lee Street in 2007.
(And we were so
impressed we sponsored him again in 2008!)
'250cc Solos went to the man of the class this season (2006), Lee Street.
Winning all his races and the final as he liked. Surely on this form he will be
hard to stop from winning this year's British Championship.'
RIDE FOR KENT
Businesses ‘Dexterity Motorcycle Training’ and
Get Behind Julia’s 4000-mile America tour
Julia Jones had never climbed onto a motorcycle until she
was persuaded by some of her music fans in San Francisco during her 2006
tour. Jones says ‘I climbed onto the back of this amazing looking Harley
Davidson after our show and suddenly we were zipping through the streets of
San Francisco at 1.00am. From that moment I was hooked’.
Julia has been touring America with her band since 2005
with the support of UK brands including Virgin, Bass, and EMI promoting
British music using her pimped-out double-decker bus. The event is called
The BritBus Tour and was developed by Julia after she completed her MBA
degree at UKC in 2001. After hearing of her new-found passion for
motorbikes, Triumph motorcycles in the USA offered Julia a Triumph
Bonneville with a Union Jack gas tank to ride across America with the
double-decker bus during her 10-week 2007 tour.
‘It was fantastic news to hear the
offer from Triumph but without a licence and riding experience I felt that I
Fortunately local Kent businesses heard of the news and
offered a helping hand. Dexterity Motorcycle Training
based in Ashford stepped forward to sponsor Julia’s motorcycle training. In
addition local dealership Robinsons
Foundry in Canterbury and their riders clubs contacted
Julia and offered to provide an identical Triumph Bonneville for Julia to
get used to riding on the roads of Kent before hitting the road in the USA.
The fantastic support from Dexterity and Robinson’s
Foundry will enable Julia to not only ride across America but also enable
her to use the motorcycle to attract more media attention during her 2007
tour. The motorcycle will be given away to a prize-winner in the USA when
she reaches her final destination in New York.
New Motorcycle Test Introduction
The DSA defers of the introduction of
the New Motorcycle Test with less than 3 weeks to go until it was due
The New Motorcycle Test was due to come in
force on September 29th 2008 but will now not begin until 30th March 2009.
The DSA have cited the fact that 'significant areas of Great Britain' would
not have has access to the new test centres as the reason behind the
decision. Despite this they still claim to have hit the Secretary of State's
target for coverage of the country with the centres they have built. Only 38
new test centres are due to be operational by October 2008 against a total
of 65, with large areas of the country without any centres at all. The DSA
are still using the phrase 'good progress' in their latest correspondence to
describe the situation.
The last minute nature of this decision
threatens to throw the DSA and the training industry into chaos as tests for
October and November that had been advanced booked by training schools at
the new 'Multi-Purpose Test Centres' (MPTCs) now have to be
re-allocated to existing test centres. Many are asking why this decision
could not have been made sooner as the preparation for the new test has been
underway for 7 years only to be delayed when there were just 18 days
Whilst the extra 6 months to take the 'old'
test is good news for many would-be learner motorcyclists, alarm bells are
already ringing as the DSA admit that there will still be some fairly
major gaps in their 'national' coverage even in March 2009. Examples
include Croydon and Uxbridge (earliest possible date for MPTCs here is
December 2009), and Hastings/Eastbourne where no site has been found at all!
The message to those who still haven't taken their motorcycle test has got
to be 'make the most of the extra 6 months and beat the new
legislation, book your course now!'
Test Fees to Rise Again?
The Driving Standards Agency is considering a
further increase to the Practical Motorcycle Test Fee in the new year from
the current price of £60 to £80, raising the cost of being tested by a
third. Insiders in the industry are not surprised by this move as it has
been widely speculated that a series of test fee increases would be brought
in on the run up to the changes in the practical motorcycle test
coming in next October. The move is likely to lead to criticism that this
increase, and those before it, have been brought in to make any October 2008
increase seem less dramatic, rather than a reaction to any rising costs of
administering the current test.
Theory Test Changes
The Motorcycle (and Car) Theory Test has
changed. From 3rd September 2007 the number of multiple choice questions
has increased from 35 to 50. The pass mark increased from it's former
level, (30 out of 35) to 43 out of 50 (as a percentage this remains roughly
the same at 86%). The fee increased by £7 for tests taken on or
after 3rd September this year.
The hazard perception part of the test is
to find out more about the motorcycle theory test...
New Motorcycle Test
A new practical motorcycle test is to
be introduced in 2008.
new test will be in two parts. The set exercises will be tested on
off-road sites at new Multi Purpose Test Centres
(MPTC) to be built. Then the accompanied road riding element will
new test includes some additional special manoeuvres for riders
including wheeling the machine backwards into a cone 'garage', a slalom and a figure of
eight, and two higher speed manoeuvres including an avoidance manoeuvre
and a higher speed
Having already missed its Secretary of State target for multi purpose
there's more bad news from The Driving
The latest from the DSA is that they now
admit that they will fall short of the 65 centres they were hoping to have
opened by October 2008. The actual figure is likely to be nearer 45, or
less. This is due to difficulties and delays in obtaining planning
permission with many areas encountering strong local opposition to their
plans. To make matters worse they now seem to have shelved contingency plans
to bridge the gap in the short-term through hiring temporary sites. A lack
of suitable sites, and safety concerns over the quality of tarmac surfaces
needed for the higher-speed manoeuvres, have been given as reasons.
In order to provide off-road motorcycle test
facilities for the New Motorcycle
Test the DSA was aiming to have 20 of the new
purpose test centres (MPTCs) operational by the end of March 2007, only
12 were operational by this date, (60% of target). The agency is aiming for
around 65 centres to be built in total. It is thought difficulties in
acquiring suitable sites due to pressure for new houses together with
planning problems may have contributed to the delays.
So far only 12 of these
centres have been built, these include Gloucester, Ipswich, Newport, Shrewsbury,
Leicester, Rotherham, Gateshead, Exeter, Darlington, Hull and
Further centres are at various stages of building and commissioning
in Peterborough, St Helen's, Chester and, for our area, Herne Bay.
The final location of many of the planned sites is still
unknown, although the general areas which the DSA and their agents
Lambert Smith Hampton are searching have been published. In our area
we now know that an MPTC is under construction in Herne Bay whilst
the search continues in the Gillingham and Hastings areas.
Construction of the
Herne Bay MPTC was delayed recently after having to call in archaeologists
to check some interesting artefacts they began to uncover! It is now
back under-way but the delay means it may only just open in time for the new
The DSA describes as 'good progress'
the acquisition of just 22 sites so far out of a total requirement of 65.
Less than 50% of the total with around a year until they are needed would
not count as a success by many people's reckoning!
Motorcycle training organisations are concerned
that in many areas sites have still yet to be identified, and delays in
getting the centres operational could cause those areas to be without motorcycle
test centres when the new bike test comes in force in October 2008 to comply
with EU requirements.
Launch Event - photos and local newspaper articles
by former Dexterity student, and friend, Ben Jones.
Read all about it! Dexterity Motorcycle Training in the newspapers.
The Mayor of Ashford officially opens our training school.
The Mayor tries out one of our bikes!
The Mayor & Mayoress and representatives from The Towers School at our official launch event.