My name is John Pilling and I was born and raised in Accrington, having ridden motorcycles since the age of 7.
IN THE BEGINNING
My name is John Pilling and I was born and raised in Accrington. I have ridden motorcycles since the age of 7.
Motorcross was my first love and then when I was old enough I bought my first bike for the road a Yamaha DT125. At the same time I passed my driving test. I had 5 years of joy moving onto bigger and bigger bikes until after what probably every biker goes through, the arrival of a family I decided to hang up my leathers for a few years. Little did I think at the start of it all I would be earning my living in future years doing something I loved.
HOBBY INTO A LIVING
The bug never left me and being into touring bikes I returned with the biggest of the lot. A Honda Goldwing which I took to the South of France and from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I had a whale of a time. Eventually I scaled down to a BMW R1200RT SE and did the End to End again. I then started to look at turning my hobby into my living.
INVESTING IN MY FUTURE
In 2010 I qualified as DVSA Approved driving Instructor, a DVSA fleet trainer and I took the required training and qualified as a Cardington Assessed CBT1 & DAS Instructor, qualified to teach CBT and Large Capacity motorcycles through the Direct Access Scheme. I now run a successful driving School – Pillings School of Motoring providing learner and advanced training on 4 wheels as well as our new B & E trailer towing coaching service.
Initially I worked as a freelance motorcycle instructor for some of the northwest’s largest motorcycle training schools. I also worked as an Instructor for the Lancashire County Council Ride Awareness Team. In 2012 I established Pilling’s Motorcycle Training and I am now a Diamond Diploma Advanced Instructor. I hold a PTLL’s Level 4 teaching qualification as well as holding a Level 3 Diploma in Customer care. I am a Member of RoSpa, the DIA and IAM. In 2020 we diversified into advanced motorcycle training and Trailer towing training adding yet more services to the public.
Looking back to those early days on the road I now realise that I only learnt to pass my driving and riding test.I did not invest in my safety with any further training. The requirements for driving/riding on today’s roads are now vastly different to when I passed my test. Good training and coaching is now being seen as essential. Still living in Accrington with my wife, family and three dogs. It’s my belief is that safe road use does not have to be boring and dull. It can be anything you want it to be if you know how to access your potential.