An Introduction to Phil Johnson, the Instructors Instructor.

To qualify myself and therefore this article, let me explain a bit about myself first. Picture this: 1967, Smithdown Road, Liverpool.

Phil Johnson, the motorbike instructor's instructor
One summer’s evening, a 10 year old lad without a care in the world is walking down the road to his grandma’s house a couple of miles away. He passes a typical (at the time) egg-and-spoon type of café with loud music emanating from within. Being an inquisitive type of lad he looks through the café window to see what seemed like hundreds of frightening, immensely huge giants clad in black leather, and playing pinball machines with loud, raised voices. Running scared, he quickens his step to pass as quickly as possible. After all, he knew that these were the guys who bit the heads off chickens, raped and pillaged old ladies and the like, killed each other in fights at the drop of a hat, and knifed people and themselves just to prove how hard they were to the rest of the world.

That 10-year-old boy was me…

What struck me the most though was, the bikes that they rode. Firstly, they were massive things all lined up along the road at the side of the kerb, mainly black in colour, and with masses of shiny chrome glistening in the summer sun. BSA’s, Triumphs, Nortons, Scotts, Villiers, Velocettes – all makes of bikes you could see there. Not a Japanese bike in sight. Secondly, the noise they made was the loudest roar I ever heard from any motor vehicle ever encountered – I remember the noise from these machines physically vibrating through my body as they passed me at lightning speed down Smithdown Road.

This was my first encounter with what was to turn out the biggest passion I have ever had about anything I have ever done. Who could have guessed, all those years ago, that today I would still be as passionate and excited about motorcycles and motorcycling as I was then? Although it was a passion inspired by awe and amazement in those very early days.

Who would have thought that 40 years on, a few hundred thousand miles later, and too many bikes to mention, I would own and run my own motorcycle training school and have seven instructors working for me.

This is my dream come true and the best thing that could have ever happened to me, to be able to love your work, have your hobby as a way of life, and earn a living from what you do best really is the dream of a lifetime, surely. An occupation where, despite coming home shattered some nights, you never want to retire from work because you have enjoyed every minute of it. So what were the steps I took to get there? What are the secrets I have learnt on my journey? And how can you do the same?


Phil Johnson – (Greenlight rider training) is a leading CBT, direct access and instructor trainer and not only teaches students on a day-to-day basis, but also teachers many instructors.  Phil has also taught examiners to ride motorcycles as well as examiners friends and families. Phil also works with local councils and colleges with various projects to give their clients training and motorcycle rider education.

If you know someone who is looking to learn to ride a motorcycle, or perhaps you know someone who is looking to make a living as a motorcycle training instructor, please contact Phil directly at for more information and advice.

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