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Stay safe and keep it on the black stuff

Just as academic students often leave formal education to never read a book again – so new riders, on gaining their full motorcycle licence, will all too often make the mistake of not continuing to advanced levels of rider training. At VideoBiker we strongly suggest that this is an error in judgement. In most cases, those who pass their motorcycle test will still be novice riders and at the very beginning of their motorcycle training journey. On every novice riders wish-list should be a commitment to ongoing levels of advanced rider training.

Following a period of post-test consolidation (where novice riders take to the road independently for the first time), there are several routes to advanced training. Most recommended is the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme – also known as ERS. In most cases ERS is facilitated by full-time motorcycle instructors. ERS offers bespoke advanced training, starting with an assessment ride and leading to the issue of a certificate of competence. ERS offers progressive advanced training for both novice and experienced riders – especially those who have taken an extended break from riding.

Advanced training is also offered by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – more commonly know as RoSPA and the Institute of Advanced Motorists – nowadays known as IAM RoadSmart. Both organisations offer structured advanced rider training courses that are facilitated by certified observers and qualified advanced riders. Both RoSPA and IAM RoadSmart will prepare students for their respective formal advanced riding tests. There is generally no pressure to reach a required standard within a fixed time frame and advanced tests are usually facilitated by graded Police riders – either former or serving.

Another excellent step towards improved rider safety is BikeSafe. This Police-led initiative is aimed at improving riding skills and reducing casualties. Through workshops and observed rides, BikeSafe participants uncover their own riding weaknesses and receive valuable guidance on how to ride safely, plus advice on how to further develop their riding skills.

We also need to mention Biker Down, which is offered free-of-charge by Fire & Rescue Services around the UK. Biker Down covers – incident scene management, basic casualty care – which includes CPR and helmet removal + essential advice on visibility and positioning.

With all advanced training, there is a requirement to learn advanced riding theory and we hope that VideoBiker has been of value in this respect. But a word of caution – that adopting a DIY approach to advanced training is not advised. The Advanced Academy offers useful preparation for advanced training and can be used alongside both practical and theory-based advanced training.

In conclusion – advanced rider training, especially when involving a formal test, can be challenging, daunting and sometimes overwhelming. For most participants, it is also thrilling, empowering and leads to greatly enhanced rider skill and safety. Take note that we are taking about rider safety and not excessive speed. These things are usually worlds apart. And – if speed, sparks and knee down is the motive, our suggestion would be track training and not advanced training. Advanced training is about mastery and respect of the road.

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