Motorcycle Training on The Docklands, Ashton, Preston.

RIDEcraft Motorcycle Academy is an organisation of highly experienced and qualified Instructors with a vast experience in all areas of motorcycling, from a CBT Course through to ‘True Advanced’ Training.

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November 5th 2021.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, RIDEcraft is temporarily closed for all CBT / Licence Training (DAS, A2 etc.) for the time being.

Post Test Training (Return-to-Biking, Rusty Rider, Advanced etc.) remain available for those who’ve registered an interest or those yet to contact me.

I would add that the Training Facility, the Quality of Training at RIDEcraft are not under scrutiny.

Mike at RIDEcraft.  

As a ‘Centre of Motorcycling Excellence‘, the Instructors at RIDEcraft Academy have been carefully chosen due to their established professional and long-term abilities, well-known and respected by the owner of the Academy – Mike Bentley. Because of the ‘Intention’ of the Academy, they are especially capable of delivering a standard of instruction which is ‘better than the rest‘, the moto of the Academy.

Along with yours truly, the Instructors are Mark Robinson, Russ Watkinson, Rob Whyte, Wulstan (‘Wully’) Melling and Paul Pritchard. Paul is the latest Instructor to join the Staff.  They are all fully fledged after their training at RIDEcraft and more-so ‘trusted’ by me, in the ‘Craft’ of Motorcycle Instruction. It goes without saying they received the absolute best of preparation and training at RIDEcraft, an Academy which is second to no other training establishment I am aware of.

We have recently welcomed Alan Hayes and Mark Hudson to the Academy, who are well into their Instructor Training. 

They all come from highly professional backgrounds, bringing their own slants to the especially important task of CBT / Test Training Instruction, to ably assist me to form an unrivalled team of eight, driving RIDEcraft forwards, seven days a week. The ‘passion’ of Motorcycling is their reason for helping you and I.

After being brought-in to manage the previous school on this site in September 2016, I took over full control in May 2017. We now deliver motorcycle training on The Docks in Preston from CBT to Advanced and promote the highest standards. This is by providing knowledge and support in every area of riding, whether it’s conducting your CBT, preparing for the DVSA L-Test, or furthering your rider training. This ranges from ‘Rusty Biker’, ‘Return to Biking’, the Enhanced Rider Scheme to Advanced or ultimately ‘True Advanced’. At RIDEcraft – ‘Road Safety Absolutely Rules‘.

We have the largest off-road and safe training area, with full 24/7 access throughout the year. It provides a pleasant training environment with loads of space to get to grips with riding a scooter or geared motorcycle.

You should know that other training bodies claim to cover Preston – they don’t! You’ll have to travel long distances to get to their premises, well outside the City areas and then travel on unfamiliar roads.

Only RIDEcraft operates and carries out training in Preston and surrounding areas. These include up to Cockerham in the north, Blackburn, Rishton area to the east; Newburgh, Parbold and Burscough to the south and out through West Lancs. to Southport. That said – as we are located IN Preston, then you may incur some travelling time, but I can personally guarantee you – you will find it all worth it!

We also provide training for those who’d like to become a professional Motorcycle Instructor. Those interested – must first be ‘over 21’ and have held a motorcycle licence for more-than 3 years. It is a very rewarding position, with Trainees looking to you for help and inspiration.

Based on The Docks in Preston, our motorcycle packages are aimed at nurturing the highest levels of awareness, skills, and capabilities in riders by working with our Trainees – as there is no ‘one size fits all’. Our services are ‘Client Centred’, to meet and support your requirements, whatever your needs. The bottom-line with this is ‘you cannot be disadvantaged’, as an official and professional statement.

We provide Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), A1 Light Motorcycle, A2 Restricted, Progressive Access, Direct Access Scheme (DAS), ‘Return-to-Biking and ‘Rusty Rider’, offering Training 7 Days-a-Week. Bikes and clothing supplied free of charge if required.

Strictly for the time being (from October 2021), I cannot offer the Enhanced Rider Scheme or Advanced Training. This is a short-term measure whilst the Academy deals with the back-log from Covid. This necessary measure will be revised in the New Year.

We hope to create a warm and welcoming community for which our trainees / riders can feel part of. This includes getting advice, chatting through plans and ideas, or merely calling-in for a chat at RIDEcraft.

We maintain an active Facebook site with many of our past Trainees taking the time to leave their comments about their experience at this ‘Centre of Motorcycling Excellence’. There’s also our Google Testimonials. Feel free to take a look at either media displaying wholly independent reviews to help you. You may enjoy the videos too!

Feel free to get in touch with Mike for a casual chat to cover your needs, concerns or even worries you may have.








  • Brilliant experience at Ridecraft this the place guys if you are interested in getting your bike license, really well organised...read more
  • Did my renewal CBT with Mike his wealth of knowledge is without question No 1 in the business no corners...read more
  • With no previous bike experience other than riding pillion I was very apprehensive and nervous, being completely out of my...read more
  • just done my cbt with Rob, brilliant instructor made sure we where both comfortable through out the whole process really...read more
  • I renewed my CBT here after previously doing two at a lesser riding school. RideCraft is an incredible school and...read more
  • Everyone at Ridecraft have been amazing! I needed some extra sessions to get me through my CBT and they have...read more
  • Where do I start? I'll begin at the start... William started by going to another bike training school nearer to...read more
  • Earlier this year My husband embarked on the full process of CBT, Mod 1 and Mod 2 training with RIDEcraft...read more
  • Completed my CBT with Wully today at RideCraft. Very pleasant experience, with knowledgeable, helpful and patient instructors! Would Highly recommend...read more
  • Pass my CBT with Steve today great guy very clear instructions given really takes the time to help you out...read more