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 thirteen 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 learning.

 

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 30 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 45 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

The legend that is John Hunter will be 70 years old in October and he has decided to call it a day from then on.  Having worked at Newcastle Rider Training for 26 years and trained thousands of our customers he will be greatly missed.

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 twelve 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.

James Thomson

James Thomson

James has been riding bikes since he was a kid on his parents’ farm.  He passed his test with us ten years ago, started instructing elsewhere and then came to work for us last year.  Since then he has been flat out doing CBTs for us seven days a week (apart from during lockdown, of course!) and getting us great reviews on Google and Facebook.

He had been looking out for a nice RSV Mille for some time and is pleased as punch now he ‘s bought this one!

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