About Us

Begin-motorcycling has been helping new and beginner riders get out on two wheels since 2001.

The motorcycle industry can seem confusing and intimidating to new riders (we’ve been there!) that’s why this site was born.

From getting your first provisional licence, to finding a training school and all the way to a full motorbike licence we’ve got you covered.

Safety is our number one concern and we maintain the Uk’s most accurate and up to date directory of Motorcycle Training Schools.

All our listed schools are DVSA approved and accredited.

Our Writers and Contributors

We are grateful for the contributions of many highly skilled DVSA approved instructors who provided their expertise, particularly in the licencing and CBT sections of the site.

Special mentions to Survival Skills Rider Training and Dexterity Motorcycle Training for their help.

Donal Keating

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Donal has a penchant for low displacement bobbers, cafe racers and street bikes.

He has never driven a car. Two wheels good – four wheels bad!

Collecting vinyl records, surfing and building surfboards keep him busy when not writing for the motorcycle and fitness industries.

Emily Rabone

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Emily is passionate about all things two wheels and sometimes three.

If she isn’t riding or planning out a build, she spends her days writing about them.

When not doing any of the above she can be found with a guitar in hand or working on commission based illustration work of motorcycles with the occasional boat or landscape thrown in for good measure.


Jason Bicknell

Jason Bickers

A writer and moto photographer, Jason works as a Business Improvement Consultant during the day to fund his bike gear ‘problem’.

With a passion for retro bikes, he currently has a Street Scrambler and a Sprint RS in his garage (and way too many helmets).


Ben Allott

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Ben is a Writer by day and a Bar Manager by night. If he’s not working, or riding to work, you’re likely to find him hooning around the Pennines on his CB500F.

He’s ridden the length and breadth of the country and endured many British winters in the saddle- most of them on a 125…

Rich Jenkins

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Rich is a journalist and copywriter with a passion for bikes, with a Yamaha Fazer FZS600s and a Moto Guzzi V7 in the current stable.

He’s a daily commuter and weekend warrior, and most Sundays can be found somewhere in the South West posting heavily filtered pictures of his bike to his Instagram account.

John Kean

Motorcycle rider in Egypt

John is a writer, biker and scuba diver, sometimes managing all three simultaneously… almost!

He has a motorcycle for every day of the week but it’s the same one, a KTM 990 Adventure.

Author of three Amazon best sellers his books includes an epic around Egypt long distance motorcycle tour during the height of the People’s Revolution of 2011.

Tom Reas

Tom Reas

When not battling the London commute, Tom loves to hit the road and head to the countryside on his beloved CBF1000.

Tom has chronicled his journey from CBT to Full licence. Some great tips in here about exactly what to expect on your test days.

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Editor, researcher, writer, tech support, brew maker and general dogsbody. Paul coordinates the writers and runs the training school directory.

He has many years of experience in research, writing and website tech in general.

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