Kickstart 20th Anniversary

Bristol and North Somerset based motorcycle training school invites the county’s riders to join 20th birthday celebration ride

Kickstart Motorcycle Training, which has schools in Keynsham and Clevedon, is inviting past and present pupils to join instructors on a guided ride to Weston Bike Night during the first week of September.

The ride-out will leave Kickstart’s Keynsham site at 5pm on Thursday 7th September, heading for Bike Night, which is held at The Lawns, Seafront, Weston-Super-Mare. Kickstart are sponsors for Bike Night on 7th and 14th September.

The school is owned by Peter and Sally Ellis, who have taught over 8000 people to ride over the past twenty years in the Bristol and North Somerset area. Peter explained:

“We are passionate about what we do and would really like to see how people are getting on with their riding. We’d love to see as many customers and their bikes as possible join the ride out from the Keynsham.”

A small donation of £1.00 from participants will go towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

What’s different about this training school?

The school is one of a handful of schools in the county to be featured on a national register of ‘accredited’ motorcycle training schools.

The register, which is being launched to riders in September, measures quality in areas which include health and safety, customer service and the standards of bikes, kit and premises.

The system of accreditation was introduced by the Motorcycle Industry Association in 2013. Up to now, it has not been publicised to riders, to allow time to build up a core of high quality schools. There are now 47 fully accredited sites with an additional 47 working towards accreditation across the whole UK.
Before the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC) was setup, there was no way of knowing which schools offered high quality training, beyond ‘word of mouth’ and the industry suffered from patchy standards.

Peter explained why gaining accreditation was important to him and his business:

“In the industry there is a lot of cutting corners and many training schools do little to keep up with modern training standards and developments. Being MCIAC accredited means that our skills and abilities as a school and training centre have been independently checked and found to be of a high standard. We keep in touch with many of our past and present pupils, but we’d love to catch up with them to celebrate our 20th year.”

Karen Cole, Safety and Training Director of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which awards the accreditation endorsed this:

“Better training leads to safer riders and we are delighted the Somerset area has such an excellent school in Kickstart Motorcycle Training. People often don’t know what they should be looking for and not all instructors consistently meet DVSA minimum standards, whereas MCIAC accredited training schools all far exceed them.”

History behind Kickstart

  • Kickstart Motorcycle Training was started in 1997 by Peter and Sally Ellis, who lead a team of 11 instructors. Peter has had a life life-long interest in riding motorcycles on and off road and so it made perfect sense to convert his passion and knowledge of training into his own business. Initially, the business was run from their home with just four bikes, but as the business grew, they looked for premises in Keynsham and then added a second site in Clevedon ten years ago.
  • Further expansion was necessary this year and in March the Keynsham site relocated to larger premises at 17 Wansdyke Workshops in Unity Road.
  • This has given Kickstart the opportunity to accommodate customers and staff more comfortably, as well as the ever growing number of training bikes, plus a dealership selling Bullit Motorcycles, Neco Scooters and accessories.
  • The school caters for all levels of rider, from Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) to advanced riding.