All advanced rider training is based on 'Motorcycle Roadcraft', The Police Riders Handbook.
Roadcraft represents the highest standard in advanced rider training and is used by all Police Forces and other emergency services. It provides a recognised approach to riding which puts you in the right place on the road, at the right time, at the correct speed and in the right gear, to deal with all hazards and used correctly will make you a more confident, safer and smoother rider.
How will the training be structured?
There are two routes you can choose to go down for your training, each designed to make you a more confident, safer and smoother rider.
1 - Bespoke Training - just for you.
From experience I know that some of you either don’t need to, don’t want to or don’t have the time to go down the structured, set syllabus ‘group’ route with the aim of passing a test or obtaining a certified qualification. In fact, many of my customers want their training to be tailored to a certain aspect of their riding and this is where bespoke training is perfect. There is no set syllabus or set number of hours or days and no test to pass at the end, it is purely tailored to suit your individual needs. This means I can concentrate on giving you the skills that are relevant to your own riding.
So, whether you’ve lost a little bit of confidence with cornering, overtaking, riding in the wet, or just want an honest overall assessment of your riding generally, then bespoke training is perfect for you. Of course, if you later decide that you do want to take a test, that can easily be achieved. Read on.......
2 - Certified qualification.
The 5 main organisations that offer an insurance industry recognised advanced certified qualification are:
The (DVSA approved) Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)
The (DVSA approved) BMF Blue Riband Rider Award
Diamond 'Elite Test'
As a RoSPA Examiner, Diploma holder Instructor and an IAM accredited Masters Mentor and ex Examiner, I know what standard your riding needs to be to pass their test and your training will reflect this.
I cannot train AND test you, so for those wishing to take their test, you will need to arrange this separately. Fortunately, both organisations offer a simple an easy booking process and there's rarely a big waiting time and both are flexible with their approach should you need to amend your date.
BMF Blue Riband Rider Award.
Like RoSPA and the IAM, this training is structured to get your riding standard to the required level, but if you think you're already at test standard, you can take the test only option.
The 'course' costs £250 which covers one days training, your assessment ride and once you have passed successfully, the fee also covers your certificate and one years membership to the BMF. If at the end of your initial days training you do not meet the required standard, you can simply book further sessions until you're ready for your assessment. If you're not sure what level you're currently at, you may wish to consider booking a 'pre course assessment' (4 hours). This will enable me to assess your riding and offer guidance prior to committing to the course.
If you believe your riding is already at the required standard and don't feel you need any pre assessment training, the fee for the assessment itself is just £80 and if passed successfully still includes 1 year membership to the BMF.
For the Blue Riband Rider Award, you would do your training with me and I would arrange for another trainer to do your assessment ride which is all included in the cost. Of course if you don't need any pre assessment training I can conduct your assessment.
The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)
The ERS is a government and DVSA approved course aimed at those riders who are relatively new to biking, back to biking or moving to a bigger capacity bike. There are 7 core elements but others can be added and adapted to meet your needs. The ERS does allow for your trainer to carry out your assessment, so I can do your training and assessment for this particular qualification.
Diamond Elite Test
This is similar to the RoSPA/IAM and BMF test but what separates it from those is that the Diamond Elite test requires the rider to provide a section of commentary. As a Diamond approved trainer and someone who has passed the Elite test, I can prepare you for the test, including the commentary training. As with RoSPA the IAM and the BMF, I cannot train AND test you, so the test would need to be booked separately by you.
All normal training sessions will start with a pre-ride briefing to give you an outline of the day ahead. Once out on the road, I will assess your riding, identifying areas for development which we will discuss at various stages throughout the day. The session(s) will be relaxed and you will not be pushed beyond your capabilities.
If you have Bluetooth 'comms' on your helmet we will pair together and if not I will provide a spare unit and ear piece. This means more instruction can be given 'on the move' meaning less stops and more miles covered.
Who is the training aimed at ?
Anyone who holds a full UK motorcycle licence and has a bike capable of reaching and maintaining the national speed limit as all training will be conducted within the posted limits.
How many sessions should I book?
It really depends what you want to achieve from your training. If you want a back to biking 'health check', want to see what advanced riding is all about or you've already decided you want to start the ball rolling with some training, then I would suggest an initial 4 hour session. After that first session you can decide what you want to do regards the next booking. Some customers book straight away, some like to go away and practice the new techniques before committing to further dates, the choice is yours.
If you already have some experience of advanced riding or are comfortable with a longer initial session, then you can book as many hours/days as you want. The choice is yours and as the roads around Yorkshire are fantastic, we'll never run out of places to ride!
Where will my advanced rider training take place?
I am based just outside of York, meaning I am perfectly placed to cover large areas of the Yorkshire region, which has some of the finest roads in the country.
Don't live locally?
Not a problem, York and the surrounding area is littered with hotels and BnBs, so why not come and have a few days over in 'my neck of the woods', explore the area and have some top quality rider training all at the same time, perfect!