Dates and new models announced for the Ron Haslam Race School Experience, Honda Off-Road Centre and Dave Thorpe Adventure Centres

  • Ron Haslam Race School takes receipt of new and updated models including the CBR500R and the CBR650R
  • CRF450L joins Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre
  • Official dates for all courses and experience centres have been revealed


Honda UK’s official motorcycle training partners, the Ron Haslam Race School Experience, Honda Adventure Centre and Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre have disclosed their 2019 calendars. Continuing to offer visitors the very best experiences on Honda motorcycles, on-track and off-road, all three facilities’ motorcycle fleets have been overhauled with the latest models for the New Year.


Ron Haslam Race School Experience

During the winter break, Ron Haslam Race School Experience will take receipt of brand-new Honda motorcycles as it gears up for another season at Donington Park. With 20 dates for the season starting from 10 April 2019, the school caters for first-timers right through to the most accomplished of riders so there’s an opportunity for everyone to sharpen their skills and understand the finer points of riding at the world-renowned circuit.


Ride Honda’s flagship super sports bike – the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP – on the Elite experience that pairs visitors with their own personal instructor, offering a minimum of 1 hourtrack time during the course experience. Bikes are fitted with the latest data logging equipment providing detailed briefing between your track sessions. Highly experienced instructors work with each student on every aspect of improving any areas specific to them and their goals.


Offering similar thrills are the Premier and Premier Plus experiences, which you’ll enjoy on the brand-new CBR650R. With only two riders to an instructor, or one-to-one on the Premier Plus course, you’re provided with in-depth advice aimed at improving your track and overall riding abilities.


The On-Track experience delivers a shot of excitement to circuit debutants. Riding the CB125F, new CB300R or the upgraded CBR500R (depending on what you specify), you’ll follow an instructor round the track for a single session before participating in training exercises back in the paddock, designed to develop your riding technique.


Learn To Ride provides those sampling motorcycling for the first time with the essential skills; covering clutch operation, gears and basic manoeuvres. Open to ages 12 and above, no CBT or licence is required. This course is held in the wide, open paddock area.


Take advantage of the early bird offer by booking your course before Friday 1st February 2019 and receive a £40 discount over normal prices. Early bird discounts do not apply to the Learn To Ride and Premier Plus Courses.


Link to Ron Haslam Race School:


Honda Adventure Centre

There are few better places to experience the Honda Africa Twin’s legendary off-road abilities than at the Dave Thorpe Honda Adventure Centre in South England. Three comprehensives courses, which range in difficulty, commence on 14 March 2019.


Lasting two days, level one instils the rider with the fundamental skills needed to tackle basic off-road terrain, with qualified instructors on-hand throughout explaining and demonstrating the required techniques.


Level two also plays out over two days, exposing the rider to more difficult terrain demanding a higher level of skill.


Applying the skills you’ve picked up completing levels one and two, you can graduate to level three and test your off-road mettle, facing complex and technical exercises over the course of two days.


The centre also offers a single day, 133-mile guided tour that follows coastal the roads of Exmoor National Park and tracks along some off-road routes.


Prior to your course, you will be contacted and asked for your model preferences. You can choose between the standard or Adventure Sports Africa Twin – both are available with the revolutionary DCT gearbox system, too.


Link to Honda Adventure Centre:


Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre

Various locations make­up the Off-Road Centre, providing the best grounds on which to experience Honda’s diverse range of CRF models, under the supervision of highly-skilled instructors. Visitors can choose between three experiences: Enduro, Motocross and Enduro Competition Training.


Enduro days are held at the Exmoor facility which comprises a large system of privately-owned trails. Always present, instructors will tailor the experience to your skill level to create a fun, yet challenging experience riding a CRF450L. You can book on to Enduro courses from 12 January 2019.


Motocross days at the Exmoor facility will return from 12 April 2019 onwards. Taking to the onsite Motocross circuit, you’ll be analysed by race-proven instructors who’ll help you improve your riding. For those who can’t wait until winter passes, Motocross days are also run out of an indoor-based arena in South Devon, where you can book on to courses from as early as December this year. A CRF125, CRF250RE, CRF250XRL and CRF450L constitute the selection of models to choose form.


Enduro Competition Training courses are aimed squarely at individuals aspiring to forge a career in this challenging sport. There’s a trio of tracks which replicate the terrain and conditions common in competition, providing riders with the perfect chance to fine-tune their skills. Enduro pro Alex Snow will oversee proceedings, offering expert advice throughout the training session to help ready riders for the competitive arena. For dates and availability, please contact the centre.


Link to Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre:


Background information:

Ron Haslam’s illustrious racing career spanned over 30 years and was punctuated with success. Haslam rose to the peak of his powers during the 1980’s, when he spent five years racing under the Honda banner, earning his nickname ‘Rocket Ron’ in the process. He racked-up 3 world championships, four British titles across three series, won the TT and also Macau, a top winner of the Grand Prix 500cc Premier Class, plus many more. His track record proves there’s no one better placed to help motorcyclists improve their track-riding craft, which Ron has proudly achieved over 20 years at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School.


Dave Thorpe’s Motocross career is another fantastic example of a formidable team-and-rider pairing. A bright talent, Thorpe joined the Honda works team in 1983 and became a regular GP winner the following year. His continuing efforts yielded two consecutive FIM Motocross 500cc World Championships in 1985 and 1986, before he went on to complete a hatrick of titles in 1989. While Dave still competes in various motocross series, he also heads-up the Honda Adventure and the Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centres sharing his expertise with those looking to develop off-road riding capabilities.


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