Basic Skills: How to improve your riding skills

Published: 09 October 2009

Riding a bike is a life-long learning experience and getting good training through your biking life is crucial.

Bikesafe
BikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. Go on a Bikesafe course and you’ll get the chance to learn real-world skills from bike cops. The costs are pretty low, a day with the Met in London on a Rider Skills day costs just £30. Go to: http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/

The California Superbike School
The California Superbike School’s philosophy is quite simple, it’s all about corners. Whether you’re a novice road rider or an aspiring world champion they reckon they will improve your skills. Visit: www.superbikeschool.co.uk/. Click here to read MCN’s Laura Kennerley’s review.

Bikewise
Bikewise training operates in the North East, centred on County Durham, and is run by two ex-bike cops. They are focused on you getting the most out of your bike and encourage you to explore  “both your own and your bike’s potential”. It’s open to all full licence holders who ride bikes over 400cc. www.bikewise-training.co.uk. Click here to read MCN’s experiences of the course.

Rapid Training
Everyone has to start somewhere, and when a new bike-riding staff member joins MCN we send them on a Rapid Training course. This is another scheme run by serving police officers, using the Police ‘pursuit’ method with radio contact between instructor and student. They offer one or two-day training sessions, as well as track day events, too, and since our new guys have been using their services we’ve seen the number of in-office crashes drop significantly. Go to: www.rapidtraining.co.uk/index.shtml. To read what MCN’s deputy editor Ped Baker learned when he last attended a Rapid Training day, click here.

Further reading:
Basic Skills