All motorcycle riders are encouraged to get motorcycle training. Statistics show that two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by driver error. Less than 5% of accidents were caused by bad weather or sudden bike malfunctions.
Sadly, this means that many of those injuries and deaths could have been prevented by the proper training on proper skills, rules and safety precautions. This article will tackle the different kinds of motorcycle training and how to find the best training.
TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE TRAINING
Most motorcycle riding schools such as MTS Sussex will offer different levels of classes. The Basic Course is for new riders, which include both classroom instruction and practical instruction.
Classroom instruction includes the laws and rules of driving, basic bike operation and emergency repair (useful if something happens while you’re riding on an empty country road) and safety tips. During practical instruction, the drivers test out what they learn on a closed course while being observed by the motorcycle expert.
The motorcycle course is the best way for new drivers to gain confidence and skill. It covers all details including how to manage the gears, safely take a turn even on a wet road, and anticipating traffic situations.
This course is a prerequisite for getting a license to drive a motorcycle.
Refresher courses are ideal for those who may have ridden a motorcycle years ago, but now need to brush up again on their skills to retake the exam for a license.
3. INTERMEDIATE COURSES / SPECIAL SKILLS COURSES
Even experienced drivers can benefit from an intermediate course! These usually offer advanced driving techniques and also give them a chance to correct old or unconscious habits that compromise their safety. There are also specialised courses for stunt riding, dirt biking, and even racing.
WHERE TO FIND MOTORCYCLE TRAINING
There are many motorcycle training courses. Here are tips on how to find the best one
• Ask your motorcycle dealer. When you buy your bike, ask the dealer for a list of recommended places that offer motorcycle training. They often have a directory of schools in each area. Some brands like Harley Davidson even offer their courses.
• Ask your motorcycle rider club. The motorcycling community is tightly knit. There are local motorcycle clubs, online clubs that run Facebook pages or even websites with their forums. Your fellow riders are the best people to ask for advice on what courses to get and where to find them.
• Be honest about your skill level. There’s no shame in admitting you need a basic or refresher course, especially if these skills will help you prevent injuring yourself and others. Think of it as a way of being a responsible driver!
• Ask about what skills you will learn. As you compare different motorcycle schools, do ask for more details on what each class will cover, and how many hours you will be getting regarding classroom and practical instructions. You should also find out about the experience of your motorcycle riding instructor.