All riders can clearly benefit from additional training, as we never stop learning. Obviously, the less accomplished we are at any activity would suggest the greater the learning curve that lay’s ahead.
Motorcycling presents the same challenges, but with an additional risk factor that is associated with a rider’s vulnerability through being inexperience or through a lack of training.
Whilst it is well documented that speed, gender, age groups and machine size provide a common theme with accidents, in my opinion those riders who are new to biking , together with those returning to biking are also very vulnerable. Even some experienced riders who ride with an element of complacency (it will never happen to me), have possibly only avoided an accident through more luck than judgement.
Options open to riders are varied. Many local authorities together with casualty reduction teams provide subsidised training opportunities.
The benefit of the latter is that they deliver intense training sessions and use radios to communicate tuition, which massively enhances the development of the rider.
Total Advanced for example, has an excellent reputation in delivering this level of training.
Although Total Advanced are an Essex based company they attract riders from all over the UK and abroad. Further to them specialising in this type of training, they only use police or ex-police riders as instructors and can also video each riding session, which provides accurate and detailed dynamic feedback to their customers.
After the training session they provide the rider with a comprehensive report which is set against similar competencies measured within a national framework (Rospa) which means riders can benchmark their ability against a recognised advanced standard.
What are your options?
There are many options available, but the first important decision to make is to acknowledge the gain from additional training. From there it is simply then deciding which type of training is best suited for you.
Remember: Post-test training is not regulated so ask the company/instructor…
“What qualification have you got to train me?”
This equally applies to CBT and DAS instructors who are qualified to teach learners, but not necessary delivering advanced training.
Want an Enhanced Rider Scheme? Your instructor must be approved by the DSA.
Want advanced training? Your instructor must have a Diploma or Btec in advanced tuition.
If you join a club you will be allocated a tutor/observer who would have attained an ‘in house’ accreditation to tutor you.
On a final word, whatever your budget and goals, there is training available that will not only make you safer rider, but also make you enjoy motorcycling to the full…so what are you waiting for!?
The video below, from Total Advanced takes us through an advanced motorcycle test. This 6 minute clip from a 45 minute test gives us an idea of what the examiner is looking for and expecting of the candidate.
Mick Jones is the Chief Instructor for Total Advanced Training, a Bike Safe Assessor and a Rospa Motorcycle Examiner. He was a former Bike magazines resident expert for 4 years on their column ‘the riding clinic’ and ex Police Surveillance Motorcyclist in London.
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