A full-time instructor since 1991, Simon Hayes is a veteran motorcycle training instructor and well known within the industry. Simon’s first six years as an instructor, were spent teaching military personnel, where he enjoyed a 100% success rate and earned a reputation for pre-DAS excellence in training high powered motorcycles skills.
Since 1996, Simon has operated a respected multi-site motorcycle training business covering Birmingham and the West Midlands. Twenty years of dedication to the highest possible standards of motorcycle training has forged a reputation for excellence and whilst Simon has seen many changes and challenges effecting the industry; his own training school has continued to thrive and grow.
Enhancing rider training and safety
Over these two decades, Simon has covered over two million training miles and personally delivered basic to advanced training to many thousands of bikers. Simon is also sought after UK-wide as an accomplished Instructor Trainer and has introduced countless new motorcycle trainers to the sector. In addition, Simon runs a busy diary of advanced riding European tours, along with regular track-day training, local club and charity rides.
Some years ago, Simon began to improve his students motorcycle training experience through complimentary video based training programs. Through pre-course, learning, students are able to visualise and experience motorcycle skills training – such that their ‘on-bike’ training experience is greatly enhanced. Over a five-year period, these video training resources were further refined, resulting in a ‘first-edition’ being formally published and more widely marketed.
From this early training DVD was born VideoBiker, the UK’s first 100% video based motorcycle training resource. As the founder of VideoBiker, Simon’s vision is to enhance rider training and safety across the UK, whilst empowering both new and experienced riders to continually invest in their own program of skills improvement (through qualified local training providers). Resources include over 100 training enhancement videos, along with a wealth of other resources.
Keep it on the black stuff
Simon constantly seeks to enforce that VideoBiker resources should not be used in isolation and must not be viewed as a substitute for professional motorcycle training. Such is his commitment to this philosophy that it is difficult to access VideoBiker resources unless referred through a local motorcycle training school.
VideoBiker is now supported by a further two full-time instructors, a newly appointed video producer/director and a full-time marketing director – all working with an ethos of ‘Keep it on the black stuff’. And whilst for Simon, VideoBiker continues as a major endeavour, his commitment to motorcycle training continues with a full and ongoing schedule of motorcycle training courses.
Articles & updates by Simon Hayes
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