…read what our trainees say!
We train everyone from totally new riders (we’re just waiting to take out our first rider with the new full licence for a 125) upwards – we’ve even had two police riders from different forces wanting a ‘non-job’ perspective. Most trainees look at our list of courses which include the two day ‘Survival: SKILLS’ course which is a balanced approach to advanced riding skills or all sorts of roads from urban to rural, and our ‘Performance: BENDS’ course which focusses on the fun twisty roads. But below are two recent case studies where none of our standards courses fitted the bill, so we had to provide something a bit extra.
Joe, working towards becoming an IAM observer, came to us to get an alternative view from his colleagues’ assessment of his riding, and after a short assessment ride which found a good overall standard, we focused mainly on improving observation and the use of that information, including the much-maligned and humble road sign:
“I thought it was great and just what I was after. Lots of the hazards you pointed out stick out like a sore thumb now which is good. I ride quite similar roads most of the time but have started to pick up on the signage more now. I thought it was something I was doing already but the ride showed I can take it a lot further. I ordered the ‘Mag columns’ this afternoon and will enjoy reading those.”
Gordon was given a gift voucher by his son earlier this year and took his course last week. His needs were totally different. Although it was four years since he’d passed his test, work and other demands on his time had meant very little quality riding time, mostly just commuting plus regular trips on the same fast road. Plus Gordon had found that switching machines to a Triumph Sprint GT wasn’t quiet as easy as he thought had left him with dented confidence. So after our pre-course discussion and a short assessment ride, we had identified the areas to work on. On day one, we concentrated mostly on getting miles under his belt on the machine, plus some basic cornering technique in which we also introduced countersteering. It turned out this totally new to him, – when will basic training schools cover it as a matter of course? Day two commenced with an hour working on slow control, throttle and braking technique (including emergency stops), then we went back to the twisties and tried to put the corners together using the correct slow – look – lean – roll approach. The results were a distinct success. After lunch we took in some of Oxford’s busiest roads and the improvement in slow control was spectacular.
“To describe the 2 days personally-tailored course I’ve just had with Kevin as helpful would be a massive understatement. I’m already enjoying riding even more – and am riding much more safely, and with far more confidence. I thoroughly recommend a day or two of training with Kevin, whatever your skill level.”
So there you are – two very different courses with two riders at very different stages of development.
Here at Survival Skills we really believe we can adapt our training to whatever your two-wheeled needs demand. So don’t delay, check out our website at www.survivalskills.co.uk and book a course today! You WILL go away a better rider!