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The Ride Academy is a motorcycle training school with a big difference. The Ride Academy combines 50+ years of experience with a modern approach to the way people ride and approach bikes.

Operating from Smiths Honda, a stones throw from Chester city centre, The Ride Academy is the only school of its type. A 5 star Honda rated school offering a new level of excellence within the area.

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We proudly teach Motorcycle Training in Chester from Basic Introductory Lessons, CBT (Compulsory Basic Training), Restricted (A1/A2) Licence and DAS (Direct Access Scheme) for those wanting a full unrestricted motorcycle licence.

We also offer Advanced Training courses and Back to Biking refresher courses for those getting back on their bikes after a break.

Biking is full of acronyms and codes that make things sound complicated, so we have made it as easy as possible to start or progress riding.




Founder & Lead Instructor

Dave is the founder of The Ride Academy. After starting on a bike at the age of 12, Dave has ridden in all aspects of bikes. From road rides at the weekend, to high level competitions. Dave is a fully qualified DVSA instructor as well as an Enhanced Rider Scheme Post Test Trainer/Examiner and holds ROSPA gold for advanced riding. Dave also holds an ACU race licence. He spent many years on track throughout the UK and Europe working with some real legends such as Steve plater, Nial McKenzie and Simon crafar. Of course, they all benefited from his experience?? Since leaving the military, Dave has instructed for over 15 years and has created a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, where people can learn in a way that makes riding a fun and safe experience.


Co-Founder & Finance Manager

Being Dave’s Son and Co-Founder of The Ride Academy, Luke’s passion for bikes is at another level. Having ridden since he was 8, Luke’s riding ability is unquestionable. Having a love for anything on two wheels from mini-motor, motocross, track or café racer he is passionate about them all. Currently running the office and financial side of the business he is also undergoing training from his Dad for his ROSPA and instructor badges. Don’t let Luke’s age fool you, ask him anything on bikes and he will have the answer.


Office Manager

Yony has come from a biking back ground and has been around bikes her entire life, she has ridden herself for over 16 years on all types of bikes and is a very accomplished rider. She has worked as a office manager in our industry for over 15 years and there’s nothing she doesn’t know about motorcycle training, making her the perfect person to guide you through every step of your journey. Outside of work Yony loves the outdoors and walking with her partner Dave and dog Bran, both of which are now house trained and great off the lead!!



Steve has been around bikes all his life, coming from a racing and road riding family, and has been riding bikes himself since he was a schoolboy.
Steve is a fully qualified DVSA instructor with almost seventeen years experience in the industry, and has a wealth of underpinning knowledge.
Outside work, Steve has a variety of interests, he follows various sports including motorcycle racing, boxing and pro cycling.
He has also competed in various sports at levels from club to international and has had several titles to his name including Welsh and British championships.
Steve is in the process of learning the bass guitar, which explains why there is a local shortage of earplugs!



Lee has been riding bikes since he was a boy and since then has accumulated a wealth of experience. He is a fully qualified DVSA instructor as well as a Enhanced Rider Scheme Post Test Trainer/Examiner with over 12 years’ experience and holds ROSPA gold for advanced riding. Lee’s forte is European trips, and he has organised, led and instructed on multiple trips across Europe, all whilst coaching at the highest possible standard. This makes him The Ride Academy’s go to guy for all European adventures. Outside of work, Lee loves the gym and as a youth did a lot of boxing. Although you wouldn’t believe it with his pretty face. All around, Lee is a very approachable guy and has a knack for getting the best out of his students.



Ian has been riding bikes since he was thirteen and since then has accumulated a wealth of experience both on and off road. Although only having 12 months in the industry he is a fully qualified DVSA instructor but has many decades of experience in Engineering, teaching and as an instructor in many other areas, including mountain biking! Outside of work, Ian has a love for restoring, riding and showing classic Suzuki's, mountain biking and has for over 30 years been a volunteer in the Army Cadet Force. All around, Ian always puts 110% into each student to achieving their full potential............ and always with a smile.


at Smiths Honda, Whitchurch Rd, Christleton, Chester CH3 6AE


PHONE: 01244 629 555  OR