5 Reasons to Take a Motorcycle Training CourseSeptember 10, 2015
If you’re considering learning to ride a motorcycle, but not sure where to start, you’re not alone!
The idea of the open road, the cheaper fuel costs and the quicker commute appeal to many, but if you’ve never been on a bike, the prospect of learning to ride, buying all the gear and staying safe in traffic, can be quite daunting.
The most important thing to remember is that riding a motorbike requires both mental and physical stamina, which means that beginner training courses are ideal for helping you to hone your skills in relative safety.
1. Learn the basics
For most novice riders, a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course is a legal requirement, but even if you do not have to take the course, CBT is the perfect starting point.
It combines a great deal of theory and on-site training where can you can learn the basics and become a competent rider in the safety of a training centre. Your instructor will continually assess your skills, and when they are satisfied that you understand the theory and have proven your practical skills to a safe, basic level, they will take you out on the road.
This basic knowledge and skill will give you the experience and confidence you need to move on to your full bike test.
2. Get on the road quicker
If you’re 24 years old or over, and eager to give motorcycling a chance, you can go straight to the DAS (Direct Access Scheme) and get your big bike licence in next to no time. You must have already completed your theory test and CBT, but many training centres will combine your theory test, CBT, test fee and bike hire with your DAS, so you simply pay a flat fee for your full licence.
Most DAS training courses take between 3 and 7 days to complete, depending on the individual learner’s level of experience and skill. A DAS course is the fastest way to get on the road, and the training you receive will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to enjoy your new licence.
3. Enhance your safety
Training with an experienced instructor will help you learn how to become a safe rider. Many motorcyclists pass their test after a just a few days or even hours of training, knowing all the theory, but not having had much experience on the road.
While this is enough for some riders, a little extra training once you’re used to your bike can be really beneficial and potentially life saving.
Advanced safety training will help you read the road, identify and avoid potential hazards and respond in certain situations. It can help you hone skills such as controlled braking, cornering, and slow-speed maneuvers, as well as how to handle your bike in different weather and road conditions, under the eye of an experienced instructor that will be helping you improve – not just getting you up to pass standard.
4. Save money
Alongside the obvious safety benefits to taking an advanced rider training course, many post-test courses also have the potential to help you gain a discount on your insurance premiums.
Whilst not every policy will take into account advanced rider training, in 2014, insurance comparison site Gocompare.com looked at 31 motorcycle insurance policies and found that 75% of those policies offered a discount to riders who had completed post-test training.
These discounts may not outweigh the cost of a course, but some insurers were found to be offering 10-15% off!
5. Experienced rider? Try an advanced course!
Whether you’ve been off the road for a while, or you just want to enhance your skills and technique on the road, an advanced training course is the perfect solution.
During advanced training, your instructor will assess your skills with a fresh eye and teach you new skills that will ensure you are getting the most from your bike and your time on the road. They can also point out any bad habits you may or may not be aware of, and offer you advice to help you correct these before they cause you a problem.
Even if you think you’re a great rider, there’s always room for improvement, and a little post-test insight and advice from an experienced and professional rider can be invaluable.
To find out more, or to speak to an expert instructor about what type of course is best for you, simply get in touch with the team at Vision Motorcycle Training. We offer a range of courses tailored to suit your level of experience and skill.This entry was posted in Top Tips. Bookmark the permalink. ← Motorcycle Theory Test Explained The Top 4 Motorcycling Mistakes →