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The Training

Everyone's training requirements are different so each session will be suited to your particular needs.

The aim of Roadcraft is to improve your riding ability.  Your safety and that of other road users depends on your awareness of what's happening around you and your ability to control the position and speed of your machine relative to everything else on the road. A collision or even a near miss can be the result of a lapse of riding skill. Roadcraft aims to to help you to become a better rider by increasing your awareness of all the factors that affect your riding - your own capabilities, the characteristics of your machine and the road and traffic conditions, including the actions of other road users that can put you at risk.

Training usually be 1:1 although you can elect for 1:2 if you want to train with a friend and share the cost.  If you don't already have Bluetooth, you will be provided with a receiver so you can listen to instruction and directions on the move to maximise the amount of riding time. 

Defensive and Advanced rider training is based on the Police riding manual, Motorcycle Roadcraft, which advocates a deliberate, skillful and responsible riding technique admired by others. As an advanced rider, you are able to anticipate and control situations to reduce your accident risk. An Advanced rider is equipped with the knowledge and skill to ride safely and make progress in all conditions.

The training is currently centered around Brisbane but please enquire if you have requirements elsewhere.

Prices

Advanced rider training can be very intense and it is not uncommon to get very tired, very quickly.  Shorter sessions are recommended for initial training.  Returning students get 10% off all further training.

2 Hours                Weekday

                           Weekend

Half day (3 hours) Weekday

                           Weekend

Full day (6 hours)  Weekday

                           Weekend

Motorcycle Roadcraft Manual

purchased whilst training 

$150

$200

 

$200

$250

$350

£400

$50

Typical Training Scenarios

All of the training is bespoke but there are a number of typical scenarios which people needhelp with.  Here is a selection of regular issues and how I would tend to deal with them, although this would still be dependant on the needs of the individual.

01

I need to improve my slow speed control

 

Slow speed riding is simple once you have mastered the basics of clutch and rear brake control.  The session will start with basic slow riding for you to master the feel of the bike and then onto more complicated maneuvers.

Slow riding, U turns, hill starts and emergency braking are essential elements to be able to control your motorcycle in traffic and and an off road training session will equip you with these basic skills, or polish them if you've lost confidence.

Slow speed training can be challenging so there will be plenty of breaks and interspersed with road rides if you're ready to venture into traffic.  Once you have demonstrated the basics, we will move on to other elements of training and you'll be free to practice in your own time.

02

I want to be a safer rider

A typical session will start with a brief chat about some basic principles. Once you're ready, you'll follow me onto the road while I ride and give you a commentary through the earpiece and describe my thought processes; which hazards I am seeing, which are the ones I am prioritising, why I am positioning my bike and what action I am taking to minimise my risk. We will usually cover town and rural roads where we can concentrate on observation and anticipation to make sure your riding is smooth, controlled and safe.

After a brief discussion you will take the lead to demonstrate what you've learned with the reassurance that I can help you with instruction through your earpiece.

This training will take a half day to understand the basics.

03

I can't keep up with my friends on a ride out
 

The first question is whether your friends are taking unnecessary risks, riding beyond their abilities and road conditions so keeping up with them may be unwise.

However, with effective long distance observation and planning, learning how to assess bends properly and the correct position for observation on the road, which is very different to the track, most riders can increase their average speed and make more effective progress. 

 

Top speed isn't what makes people fast; average speed is.  Learning to ride more smoothly makes a safer and ultimately quicker rider; slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

 

This training will typically take a few half day sessions.

04

I have lots of near misses and I don't feel safe
 

Improving forward observation helps you to anticipate situations and gives you much more time to deal with them. Following the principles of COAST (Concentration, Observation and Anticipation gives you Space and Time) will help you to feel more in control on your motorcycle.

Believe it or not, other road users are usually quite predictable so picking up cues (called information links) helps to to plan what might happen next and react to it before it becomes critical.  The key is to process what you can see, what you can't see and what you can reasonable expect to happen to form a riding plan which keeps you away from danger and unpredictability.

This training will typically take a half day session.

05

I am not confident cornering
 

Whilst time on the track is useful for improving cornering techniques, the corners are smooth and consistent, don't have junctions and crucially, there's nothing coming the other way!

Learning cornering techniques for the road will help you to enter a bend in the right position (for safety, view and speed), in the right gear and at the right speed to make maximum safe progress whilst having the capacity to deal with changing situations as they occur.

Whilst learning what to look for and how to position the bike, the cornering speed will be deliberately slow until the techniques become second nature; only then will the speeds be increased.

 

This training will typically take two half day sessions

06

I want to be the best rider I can be
 

A full training programme will be dependant on your experience, current skill levels, the amount of time you spend riding, how well you retain the information and skills and many other factors.

Starting with an initial assessment, I will outline the areas where improvement is needed to get to an advanced riding standard and an assessment of the time required, based on your individual circumstances.  Once that's agreed, I will give you a copy of Motorcycle Roadcraft for your personal study and we'll meet regularly until you're ready for the test.

The test will be 1.5 hours consisting of theory and practical assessment with around an hour on the road covering rural and urban riding, highway and slow speed manoeuvres.  At the end of the test you'll be graded Gold, Silver, Bronze or fail, depending on your performance on the day.  You will receive a full written report and, if successful, you will be awarded a certificate to confirm your advanced rider status.