Mo­tor­cy­clists train

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

Sum­mer is when more mo­tor­cy­clists take to the roads to en­joy the bet­ter rid­ing con­di­tions – so it’s also a good time to think about tak­ing rid­ing skills to the next level, with a Ride For­ever train­ing course.

Ride For­ever train­ing, sub­sidised by ACC, is avail­able across New Zealand, and can help mo­tor­cy­clists be­come bet­ter, safer rid­ers, re­gard­less of cur­rent skill level.

ACC Mo­torist Pro­gramme Man­ager – Mo­tor­cy­cles, David Keilty, says, ‘‘There are three lev­els of Ride For­ever train­ing, for ev­ery­one from new to elite rid­ers. There’s also a course for scooter rid­ers.

‘‘Ride For­ever can ben­e­fit rid­ers who’ve had their bikes parked up in the garage over win­ter, learn­ers look­ing to get to the next level, and elite rid­ers, who have the op­tion to tai­lor a course to suit their needs.

‘‘Re­gard­less of your cur­rent abil­ity, there’s al­ways some­thing you can learn to help you han­dle your bike bet­ter, and be bet­ter pre­pared for any­thing the road throws at you.

‘‘So be­fore you take your bike out and en­joy the bet­ter rid­ing con­di­tions that sum­mer of­fers, it can be a good idea to brush up on your rid­ing skills first.’’

Ride For­ever train­ing is de­liv­ered by NZTAap­proved in­struc­tors and can be booked online, via the Ride For­ever web­site. All cour­ses have a max­i­mum of six par­tic­i­pants.

‘‘Once you’ve reg­is­tered, an in­struc­tor will con­tact you to dis­cuss the level of train­ing best suited to you, and when the next course is in your area.’’

The train­ing be­gins with a short the­ory ses­sion in the morn­ing, but most of the train­ing is prac­ti­cal.

‘‘Sev­enty per cent of the train­ing takes place out on the road, in real rid­ing sit­u­a­tions. You’ll

have ra­dio comms set up, so that you can com­mu­ni­cate with the in­struc­tor, who fol­lows be­hind you.’’

Be­cause Ride For­ever train­ing is sup­ported by ACC, it doesn’t cost a lot to learn skills that could save your life.

‘‘There’s a $20 book­ing fee for ‘bronze’ level or be­gin­ner mo­tor­cy­clists and scooter rid­ers, and a $50 fee for ‘sil­ver’ and ‘gold’ level cour­ses, aimed at more ex­pe­ri­enced to elite mo­tor­cy­clists.

Last year, ACC re­ceived around 3500 new claims from mo­tor­cy­clists in­jured on the road.

‘‘The re­al­ity is, mo­tor­cy­clists don’t have the ad­van­tage of a tin can around them to pro­tect them in a crash, as car driv­ers do.

‘‘So any­thing you can do to im­prove your skills and help you avoid a crash has got to be worth it.’’

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