BMF Blue Riband advanced rider training

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Have you mastered the basics but want to get more out of your riding? Want to improve your skills or confidence? What about the possibility of cheaper insurance?

A good rider never stops learning. If you’re already an experienced motorcyclist, advanced rider training can teach you to become even better.

The BMF Blue Riband rider award is an advanced riding course designed to help competent, experienced motorcyclists reach their true potential. BMF’s training will help enhance your handling skills and enable you to identify your strengths and weaknesses on the road. The course teaches you how to be more in control of your motorcycle while giving you vital skills to anticipate and control situations, reducing your risk of accidents. You’ll ride better and more safely without losing any of the enjoyment.

The BMF Blue Riband is delivered on a one-to-one basis by fully trained and qualified advanced motorcycle instructors. These BMF-certified instructors will guide you in improving your observation, planning and control in a positive, relaxed and friendly manner. Only fully trained and current BMF-certificated instructors are recognised by the BMF to offer Blue Riband training on our behalf.


Course details

The Blue Riband advanced riding course is held over a day and a half.

The first day begins with a short discussion about the various techniques you will practice. This is followed by theory, demonstration rides and practical training. The day is divided into sections, with numerous comfort breaks where candidates are actively encouraged to discuss the training so far. The finish time will be dependent on the candidate’s progress, weather and enthusiasm!

Providing you have reached the required standard by the end of the first day, you will then be able to take the Blue Riband rider award assessment. This will take place as soon as possible – usually the very next day. 

For a less intense approach to the course, there is the option to separate your practical riding into multiple sessions. You can do these at times convenient to you and your instructor.


“All the training staff I met were very professional and extremely helpful, with a wealth of experience. Well recommended.” - Ian Paice


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The assessment usually takes between one and one-and-a-half hours and is conducted by a different instructor. You will be assessed on your machine control, information gathering, judgment, junctions, psychology and road craft.


What you will receive

At the end of your assessment, you will receive a written report on your performance. If you are successful in passing the advanced riding course, you will receive a certificate, pin badge, bike sticker, wallet card, completed assessment report form and full membership of the BMF for 12 months.

Your BMF Blue Riband rider award will be valid for three years from your date of achievement.


Blue Riband pin badge

BMF Blue Riband pin badge


“Amazing how much you can learn from the right instructor.” - Derek May


Course requirements

The BMF Blue Riband course is designed for motorcyclists who have already mastered the basics of riding. You should have held a full motorcycle A Licence for at least six months.

Machine: The Blue Riband course is quite intensive, so you and your motorcycle must be capable of coping with the speed and distances involved. Be expected to travel about 150-180 miles. You should be familiar with your machine as some of the techniques may be new to you. 

Your motorcycle should have a power output of 33bhp (25KW) or more. It should also be able to maintain progress at the national speed limit on both A-roads and motorways, and be able to overtake quickly when required. Any machine provided by the candidate must undergo a pre-course examination to ensure it is legal and roadworthy.

Reading: To achieve a high pass grade, it is strongly recommended that you spend time studying the current issue of Motorcycle Road Craft: The Police Rider’s Handbook and The Highway Code. We also recommend you read The Official DVSA Guide to Riding: Essential Skills for Motorcyclists.

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Book your training today

To find out more about the Blue Riband Course and to book your place, contact the BMF at 01162 795112 or email

The cost of the award is approximately £250. For an assessment only, the price is £80. Prices can vary from region to region, so please ask for a quote from your nearest BMF Blue Riband approved training centre (locations are listed below).


“The Blue Riband advanced course is highly recommended. I would advise anyone who wants to improve their riding to do this course.” - James Hodges


Where is your nearest BMF-approved training centre?

Want to become an official BMF trainer? To find out more about our Blue Riband Trainer/Assessor training and certification, email

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