Sunday, 05 January 2014 16:18

Our Roads

More photos taken by our former student, Debbie Marshall

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1   No Entry  
2   T-Junction Priority over traffic from right
3   Danger ahead
4   No vehicles  
5   No left turn  
6   2-way road crosses one-way street 
7   Trams must "Stop"  
8   Signs only for "Trams"  
9   School Bus  
10   Road narrows  
11   Road humps  
12   Priority over oncoming vehicles  
13   Oncoming vehicles have priority  
14   No motor vehicles  
15   No motorcycles  
16   Minimum speed limit  
17   Ring Road
18   Give way  
19   Warning of water across the road
20   End of dual carriageway  
21   Warning of cycle route ahead  
22   No through road (Cul-de-sac)  
23   Count-down to concealed level crossing
24   No stopping (Clearway)  
25   Warning Quayside or Riverbank



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How good is your Highway Code knowledge?

In a recent survey conducted by Castrol Oils and reported this article in The Daily Mail, many of us are confused by everyday signs on the road. This is disturbing because ignoring these signs could be the difference between having an accident or not.

How good aree you? Do you know your signs... Click on the "No through road" sign to find 

Signs 03   

Signs 04 

  Signs 27   Signs 25


The Government, through the DSA, have launched on on-line version of the Highway Code. You can download the pdf version here.





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How to find us


Since 1999, we have been based in Rawtenstall, Rossendale. For a map and better directions simply click here. 

Our postal address is

Rings House

956 Burnley Road





We do not conduct any training from our postal address.

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Our Bikes

At Valley Bike School, we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our bikes are maintained in good order. We maintain a schedule of work carried out that is available for all of our students to see.

Predominantly, we use Kawasaki and Honda bikes, although we do have Yamahas and BMW too.

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Clothing and Helmet Offers

We do not sell Motorcycle Clothing or helmets to the general public. There are lots of good suppliers out there who specialise in that.

What we will do though is provide a service for out Students to provide safety clothing and helmets at very competative prices.

Currently, we are offering fluorescent jackets, helmets, gloves and boots in an effort to promote safer riding.



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Current Offers

Our Course prices are as follows:


3 days £500

4 days £600

5 days £700

6 days £800

7 days £900

Courses include Module 1 and Module 2 test fees.






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Practical Motorcycle Test

Before you can throw away your L plates and get yourself a bigger bike, you need to convince a DSA examiner that you are safe on the road. The motorcycle test is different from other tests in than it is in two parts (Module 1 and Module 2). The present cost is £15.50 for Module 1 and £75 for Module 2. (More for a Saturday or an "extended" test). We book Practical Motorbike Tests in advance on your behalf. L plate

Contrary to the belief of some, the examiner is not there to fail you. There are no "quotas" of pass and fail. If you show that you have the ability to handle your machine well and have a good knowledge of various road situations then you should pass. You are allowed upto 15 minor riding faults (5 for Module 1 and 10 for Module 2) but a "serious" or "dangerous" fault will mean a fail, even if you have no other minor faults.

There are many reasons why people fail but the most common reason is "NERVES"! Don't put undue pressure on yourself - try to relax and "enjoy" the experience. That is obviously easier said than done but many a good rider fails because nerves gets the better of them. You need total concentration and it is impossible to give your best if all you can think about is the "churning" within your stomach! Remember - the examiner is there to "assess" you. He or she will not put extra pressure on you. Another reason for failing your test is being inadequately prepared. Do not "sell yourself short" when it comes to your training. Failing to prepare properly could mean that you spend more on test fees than you need to.

Module 1 Test

lasts for 10 - 15 minutes. In this part you will be asked to:

Push the bike backwards from one set of cones to another;

Ride through a slalom of cones followed by a figure of 8 around two cones;

Slow ride exercise;

U-turn ;

Controlled stop;

Emergency stop from 50 kph (32mph) ;

Swerve manoeuvre from 50kph (32mph).

MC Manoeuvre Diagram

You can view the Official DSA video of the Module 1 test on You Tube via this link

To view the full video, use this link

N.B. Both links open in new browser windows


Module 2 Test

lasts for 40 minutes but that doesn't mean that you will spend all of those 40 minutes riding the bike. Your documents will be checked and you will be given a radio. Once this has been checked you will go outside and take an eyesight check. Then comes the "safety questions". You are asked two questions about your machine and another about carrying a passenger. These can be found via this link... SAFETY QUESTIONS.

Now, finally, it's time to ride your bike. Approximately 35 minutes are left for you to demonstrate that you are safe and fit to be allowed out on the road - without L plates. The only "set" manoeuvre on Module 2 is moving away from the kerb. This may be on an incline or from behind parked vehicles.

And... that's it... Easy! So calm down and relax! Enjoy!

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Bikes for sale


At Valley Bike School, we pride ourselves on our stock of bikes. Whilst they are "used", they are kept in tip-top condition. We rotate our stock on a regular basis and usually have a bike or two that we are prepared to sell.

These are some of our current bikes that we are prepared to sell at present. As they are "working" bikes, please appreciate that the mileages will only be accurate at the date specified.

All bikes can be viewed with reasonable notice.





















Kawasaki ER-6N 2009 25,435 £2,350






























N.B. Mileages correct at 1 April 2016      



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Our Courses

At Valley Bike School, we pride ourselves on tailoring your training to suit you. There are certain elements that you must go through but we will try and fit in with your availability wherever possible. Simply click on the relevant link below to see what we have to offer. From novice to advanced, including Direct Access bike training, we have it all.

Taster logo
Taster Session
Never ridden before? This hour is probably for you[...]
Restricted logo
A1 Driving Licence
For riders 17 years old and over. You will be restricted to a 125cc[...]
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A2 Driving Licence
For riders 19 years old and over. You will restricted to an A2 Bike[...]
Compulsory Basic Training
CBT is not a "test", it's a training course with a certificate at the end[...]
Advanced Training
From Novice to Ninja, CBT to CBR. It is all here, including our Special Spring Offer[...]
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Refresher Training
Not ridden for a while? Need a confidence boost? [...]


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