Motorcycling Safely - a motorcycle riding program
Basic Phase. On
a quiet suburban road.
throttle, gear, clutch and brake control on straight residential roads.
Riding in the middle of the lane. All this without looking down at
Motorcycle controls e.g. the position of the indications (turn signal)
and the cancel control
with arms bent looking well ahead.
a 180° turn (U turn) in a narrow road. Caution. This is a
difficult exercise!! Therefore take care when selecting a place
to practice this. Riding without the saddle can help while you get
your confidence up if the bike is heavy and has a high saddle. Remember to keep your head
up, revs up, slip the clutch a little and do not go too slowly.!
braking with both brakes, arms remaining relaxed and bent during the whole process,
legs gripping the motorcycle.
acceleration from rest. Arms bent and leaning forward.
off from stop streets and turning left. Turning flicker (turn
indicator) on and off.
off from stop streets and turning right. Turning flicker on and off.
off from a steep incline without rolling back.
off from uneven steep incline and turning left (or right) without
training A. In a quiet suburb get a friend to ride with you in a car.
The motorist must ride in front and you must follow the car
Training B. Once you have some confidence the motorist must almost
'hassle' you e.g. slowing down quickly and suddenly, making sudden
decisions to turn etc. If you can find a sensible person to do this
exercise with you this can do wonders for your skills and preparation
for real traffic situations.
in and out of confided spaces like drive ways and garages
to park a motorbike so that you can move it out later (e.g. the very
end of a steep downhill driveway is a bad idea!)