I would like to thank the staff and especially Dave Bowen at the Academy Of Motorcycling, for teaching an old dog new tricks.

Having not ridden a bike for 30 years, I arrived for my CBT realising I knew nothing except how to change gear (badly). and point a bike where I wanted to go.

The Academy got me through my CBT and DAS, in the space of 7 days. passing my module one and two at the first attempt. I found the instruction to be intensive yet enjoyable, and the attitude of the instructors showed a desire to get the students through the tests but to also give a level of instruction that would give the student a level of ability to ride safely and competently on the road post test.

So thanks Dave, brilliant job getting me on my dream bike and a wealth of knowledge that will ensure I can stay on the said bike safely.

Gary NeesomeNew Triumph Thuderbird rider

Thank you very much Dave and the team at the Academy Of Motorcycling’ for my time training and taking the Direct Access scheme. The training offered was very helpful, explanations given were very thorough and repeated as many times as needed and Dave showed amazing patience whenever I made mistakes. I would not hesitate to recommend doing either the CBT or the DAS course, both of which I did at the Academy Of Motorcycling to anyone as they offered great training and very competitive pricing. Unlike a lot of other companies, the pricing was very clearly explained and contained no hidden costs. Thanks again.

Theo RutterMechanical EngineerEuropean Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN)

I would like to say how professional I found you and your organisation to be whilst training me to pass my Motor-Cycle course through your Direct Access Course. I had never previously ridden a Motor Cycle on the road, but you and your staff gave me all the training and confidence required.

I am now the proud owner of the F800GS which we spoke about, and haven’t stopped smiling all weekend.

RichardManaging DirectorMerelander 4WD Centre

After being told I wouldn’t have time to take my Mod 1 & Mod 2 tests within the two weeks leading up to Christmas by the Rider School in Bury St Edmunds where I had previously taken my CBT,  I decided to try the Academy of Motorcycling and I’m glad I did.
Dave and Ed were fantastic instructors combined with superb training facilities and bikes. They helped me get through my A2 Mod 1 & Mod 2 tests in four days and at a very low cost for the training and bike hire.
It was definitely well worth the ride from Bury St Edmunds to Stowmarket everyday and I certainly won’t hesitate to return to the Academy of Motorcycling in two years for my category A license training.

Michael Stephen

Dave and Linsay, I offer you my warmest thanks for taking an ageing doctor and helping him to put the wind in his hair (OK I do wear a helmet). To everyone else I have no hesitation in recommending the Academy of Motorcycling here in Stowmarket for the training and the friendship I received while we worked together to train me: thank you very much.

Brian G VernonDr

I passed both my Mod 1 and Mod 2 with Dave who was a fantastic instructor with a wealth of experience which he puts to good use in the training.

The combined Mod 1&2 course I did gave absolutely loads of time on the off road site to practice every single element of the Mod 1 test. Very difficult to fail with those kinds of facilities really.
Similarly the Mod 2 training was superb and featured loads and loads of time out on the roads around the test centre, getting roundabouts and junctions spot on. This is where Dave’s local knowledge really comes into it’s own.

The bike I was given was a great learner machine and Dave made sure I had the same machine the whole time I was training, so I really got used to the bike which was very important for feeling relaxed on the Mod 2 test. The bike was very easy to handle and had ABS brakes and digital speedo etc.

Finally just a word on my CBT. I did this with another company in Bury st Edmunds, you probably know the one, they’ve got a fair few branches around East Anglia. My experience was of being a product on a factory line, really not good!

So if you’re looking to do your bike test this is the place to do it. Take it from someone who’s tried the others, AOM can’t be beat on price, experience, facilities and sheer out and out quality of training.
Not only would I highly recommend AOM, I would positively discourage you from going anywhere else!

A great experience 🙂


Stephen Biggs aka Bigga Speaks

I had been training with another company and attempted my module 1 three times and failed! I wanted to find a training centre that could simulate the test and found the Academy of Motorcycling on the internet. I spoke with Dave who suggested I come and spend a couple of hours at their training site which is a direct replica of the real thing. He immediately identified my problem and a couple of days later I passed the module 1 and went on to get my full licence. Dave is brilliant, always patient and he gave me the confidence I needed to get through and I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my training.


The Direct Access course at the Academy of Motorcycling is superb. It is a three-day intensive training course which is excellent preparation for the two-part motorcycle test, giving you the confidence to do your best on the day. For both my training partner and me the test was easier than we thought due to the training provided. We both passed first time.

John DosworthBEd, MA, MRes, PhD

I would like to offer my sincerest thanks and appreciation to the guys at the Academy of Motorcycling.

I am a paramedic by trade and so have had to do a variety of advanced driver training and courses to enable me to do my job. This one however was just for me, and I can say without any doubt that the training I received under Ed’s tuition taught me more about road awareness and road craft than any other course I have attended – and that’s saying a lot.

I found the training to be extremely well structured, with each lesson building upon the last and thus inspiring confidence from the start. I won’t mind admitting I was a little nervous when I arrived for training having done very little biking previously. Yet the guys were great. Training felt unhurried and I felt under no pressure what so ever to achieve the high standards aspired to.

I’d like to thank Dave for fitting me in for my CBT and DAS course at such short notice, and will be recommending the Academy of Motorcycling to anyone seeking training.

I thoroughly enjoyed my training guys and can’t thank you enough though I’ll be back to do my enhanced rider training later on this year.


I found the training provided excellent and Dave gave me great confidence for both tests. I passed both modules first time, picking up only one minor fault on module 1 and very happy to say that I got a clean sheet this morning on my module 2 test!! Happy days! Now to find myself a bike! 🙂


Hello Dave,

Thank you and your team for helping my son and me to get through the motorcycle tests. I was a bit apprehensive being somewhat older than my son but the course that you offered catered for both my son’s needs and abilities and mine. You and your staff were very patient in dealing with our group of mixed ability and ages and I can honestly say it was a pleasurable experience throughout. The highlight of course being that we both passed our tests first time. I did a good deal of research before picking your centre and I am glad that I did.

Phillip WinfieldPrincipalOtley college

I would like to thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable direct access course.

I would like to give this recommendation to anyone considering taking a direct access course; start here with the CBT, get the right training to advance onto direct access. The Academy has the off road site that replicates module one, having just passed my tests first time I would say having the facility to practice is what settled me, a daunting experience for those who don’t have this facility. Module two is the next step, Academy provided on road experience with excellent tuition and Dave the owner even gets the coffee when you stop….. Overall I would recommend Academy for CBT, and direct access. I would have loved a recommendation such as this, as it may have quickened the process up for me. Good Luck for all those who take the next step and of course a big thank you to you Dave.

WillSuffolk Police

A huge thanks to Dave and Ed at The Academy of Motorcycling, for the expert training they provided on the Direct Access Scheme course. The sessions were excellently structured and delivered at a very accessible pace, giving me (a new rider), the skills and competence to confidently launch me on my two-wheeled adventure. The course not only allowed me to get my full motorbike licence, but I honestly believe that it has made me a better driver and road user. Thanks guys – I would recommend you to anyone looking for motorbike training!


Thanks Dave & Mike for a brilliant day. Who would have thought that learning a new skill could be such fun. Clear, concise instructions plus visual aids to help you learn in a very structured way. Both these guys are very approachable and give positive encouragement whilst instructing you. You can actually feel your confidence grow. Very different from the last place I had tried to complete a CBT.

For those who may be in that same situation I’d highly recommend this team, the A Team as they WILL get you through. I am 50 and proof positive that they are able to teach an old dog new tricks 🙂

Thanks guys you are truly amazing!


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