If you are interested in getting your motorbike learner licence then we have a basic handling skills course that will suit your ability. Contact Academy of Motorcycling for more information. Our training courses build your skills and take you through everything you need to know for the NZTA Basic Handling Skills test.
Here's an interesting video showing those intrepid police riders from Japan showing off their motorcycle skills. It looks like it has been raining and there's a puddle which seems to be catching a lot of people out. Pay attention to their head and body position. They look to be confident riders, but many of them are falling off. What do you think is the cause? The obvious cause is that the riders are trying to ride as fast as possible, the puddle is easy is spot from the angle the camera is looking, but it might not be so obvious to the riders. They are riding at a speed beyond what the tires will allow. So, to avoid this happening to you on the road, reduce your speed in the wet. Slow down and select a gear with mid range engine speed before you arrive at the bend. Avoid accelerating or decelerating on the bend. Increase your speed again only after the bike is upright.
This 1998 documentary about the Isle of Man TT is one to watch on a rainy winter Sunday with the fire on. There is plenty of footage of the racing and some interesting information on riding tips too. In particular at 30:30 the paramedic, waiting at the roadside, has some good advice on positioning to "expect the unexpected".
The NZTA has introduced an extension for any WOFs that have expired after January 1st 2020. The full details of the new rules can be found here https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/rules/land-transport-rule-covid-19-response-no-1-2020/ . The extension is generous allowing WOFs to remain expired until October. However, if your WOF has expired and you are using your motorcycle you should ensure that the vehicle is fully road worthy and up to WOF standard. There is also likely to be high demand at testing stations as October draws nearer so it is best to get your WOF sorted now whilst it is still relatively quiet.
Are you aware of what the new changes could mean for you?
On 21 October 2019 cabinet met to decide on options to address the significant number of expiring learner and restricted driver licences and low awareness of the five-year licence limit and expiry date. Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence issued or renewed after 1 December 2014 will receive an automatic two-year extension to give them time to progress to the next level of licence. The relevant licence validity details will be extended in the Driver Licence Register, meaning NZ Police will be able to check the true expiry date of driver licences at the roadside, however an updated photo driver licence card will not be automatically provided.
Find out more about this change at the NZTA website or the Ministry of Transport website.
The weather is hotting up. The holidays are an excellent time to learn to ride a motorcycle. We have spaces left on our CBTA courses for motorcycle restricted and full licence. Contact Academy of Motorcycling now to reserve your place.
We have one space left on our motorcycle basic handling skills course to get your learner licence. The course date is Sunday 9th of December and the location is Saxton field north car park. Contact us to reserve your place.
Now that it is lighter in the evenings, we are now offering the chance for some training during the week. If you are interested in getting your motorcycle licence and have some time in the evenings contact us now for information on CBTA restricted and full. Basic handling skills and learn to ride courses will still run at the weekend.
The next motorcycle basic handling skills session is 30th September at Saxton Field North car park. Spaces are available for all abilities. If you want to get your learner licence then look no further. Contact us to reserve your place. learner license then
Our next motorcycle Basic Handling Skills session to get your learner licence is Sunday 2nd September at Saxton Field North car park near to Nelson Hockey.
This course is for new riders up to experienced riders. All the training and instruction you need is given to help you to pass the test.
Contact us now to book your place.