About Us

Newcastle Rider Training was established way back in June 1991. Originally based in Heaton and then Wallsend, we quickly earned a reputation for excellence throughout the North East. For the last eleven years we have been operating from our purpose-built premises at the Old Glassworks in Lemington. Here we conduct lessons in our own comfortable classroom and on our exclusive, on-site tarmac training ground for your safe training.

 

The Team

All of the instructors at Newcastle Rider Training are skilled, enthusiastic, patient and fully qualified. They are keen to pass on their many years and thousands of miles of motorcycling experience, so that you too can enjoy the unique feeling of freedom that comes with riding a motorbike.

Neil Wolfenden

Neil Wolfenden

Neil set up Newcastle Rider Training in June 1991. Apart from running the business for the last 25 years, he has been busy teaching everyone from beginners to experienced riders. He is qualified as a RoSPA Diploma advanced motorcycling instructor and does all of our advanced training.

He has been riding motorcycles almost every day for the last 40 years and has a wealth of experience to pass on to you. He hasn’t forgotten where it all started though, and still loves commuting along the riverside on his bicycle six days a week.

John Hunter

John Hunter

John has been with us since 1995. Yes, that’s over 20 years of very valuable experience teaching customers of all shapes and sizes, all needs and abilities, week in, week out. John certainly knows his stuff!

Last October he went into semi-retirement though and now just does a few days a week for us, so you may be lucky enough to catch him on an on day!

 

Kev McLellan

Kev McLellan

Quite a few of our repeat CBT customers recognize Kev from the days when used to run Bewick Motorcycle Training in Prudhoe. For the past seven years though he has been instructing for us full time, getting hundreds of happy customers through their CBTs and tests.

Apart from loving his road bikes Kev spends many a weekend competing in trials events.

Ian Dobie

Ian Dobie

Ian joined us in 2001 for weekend CBT work and is still loving it. If you do CBT on a Sunday it will probably be Ian who teaches you. He bought this Fireblade brand new twelve years ago and still keeps it in immaculate condition despite taking it out in all weathers.

When he isn’t riding his bike you’ll probably find Ian on a golf course.

Ian Cubitt

Ian Cubitt

Ian is one of thousands of satisfied ex-customers. Having passed his test with us 16 years ago, he has now been instructing for 13 years. He conducts CBT on most Saturdays.

Apart from motorcycling, Ian’s other passions are computers and American football. He is a keen game player at the former and referee at the latter. Somehow he also finds time to volunteer for the RNLI on the Sunderland lifeboat.

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