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16 August 2017

How to ride a motorcycle safely

There are two types of people, those who already ride motorcycle and those that haven't tried yet!

So if you’ve already decided that you want to ride a motorcycle, what about learning to ride it?

If you’re like most people, you may be thinking, “How hard can it be? I’ve been riding a bicycle since, what, age 6?”
But if you cannot ride a bicycle very well then you will not ride a motorcycle very well either!
A motorcycle will not suffer fools. Most large and some medium sized motorcycles will accelerate from zero to 100mph and brake to zero again faster than you can read this sentence. There are no seatbelts or airbags on motorcycles.
If cars are more and more about being protected in a cocoon, motorcycles are about being out there exposed to the elements. With a motorcycle, you wear your protection.
Screw up in a car and you might bend some sheet metal, screw up on a bike and you run the risk of injury or worse. Riding a motorcycle will always include an element of danger; there’s no way around that. But there are many ways to minimize you're risks and put the odds much more in your favour.

Get some training.
Advanced Riding Techniques Ltd, they’ve trained close to 50,000 students since 1996. So they really know what they’re doing.
They’ll teach you the techniques of throttle, clutch and brake control and more in a safe environment to help you get your motorcycle licence.
They run One to One lessons (N.R.C.) for beginners to ensure you receive the best possible experience when learning to ride and then courses tailored to your individual needs for the full motorcycle licence, and they don’t stop there. Once you have passed the full licence, you can also take the Enhanced Rider Scheme (E.R.S.) course to ensure that you are the best that you can be on your motorcycle.

Getting started.
Learning to ride a motorcycle is no different to learning any other form of transport really, you need to take lessons until you are ready to take a test.
You will hear lots of people say "you only need a CBT to ride a 125cc"! Whilst this may be true for legal purposes, to complete a Compulsory Basic Training course you need to be 100 percent in control of the bike & this cannot be guaranteed in the time allowed during module C of a CBT Course (Usually from (9.30 to 12.30ish) with a group of other people. So find a school that will give you short lessons on a one to one basis first, until you are happy that you are safe and your instructor has confidence that you are ok to continue.

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