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New motorcyclists learn with BMW Motorrad - April 11th 2006

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    BMW Motorrad's Rider Training facility is a new initiative for 2006 and includes a Direct Access programme for anyone aged 21 or over to obtain a full motorcycle licence. People with absolutely no motorcycling experience as well as those who have already obtained a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) qualification are catered for in the range of courses available.

    With 15 years of experience, Kevin Sanders is the Chief Instructor of BMW Rider Training and is one of the most qualified motorcycle instructors in the country. He has become a DSA instructor, as well as a RoSPA Gold and a Diploma of Advanced Motorcycle Instructor. His first students for the new programme included Derek Williams from Liverpool and Mike Carter from London who both passed and achieved their motorcycle licence. The duo undertook the five-day residential Direct Access course at the BMW Rider Training facility based in south Wales.

    Mike Carter, who is a freelance journalist with The Observer newspaper said: "It was a fantastic experience. The personnel at the school are great. Kevin and Julia [Sanders] have a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge. Kevin has a fantastic manner - he is reassuring, firm and full of compliments, never letting you think that you can't do it."

    Mike is a key success story for the beginning of this new programme. After achieving his motorcycle licence on a BMW F650 GS, he has since upgraded to riding the best selling R1200 GS, on which he will undertake further training with Chief Instructor Kevin Sanders. Mike will shortly be embarking on a six-month overland trip through Europe, and he will be submitting a weekly column to The Observer about his new experiences on two wheels.

    Direct Access courses are available throughout the year and are available now. One and two-day Refresher and Advanced courses are also available for motorcyclists who want to brush up on their riding skills for the summer.

    To book, or request a detailed brochure on BMW Rider Training, call the World of BMW on 08000 131 282, email or visit online at the website.