Our next available date for Basic Handling Skills is Sunday 11th February.
Summer is here and there has never been a better time to learn to ride a motorcycle. We have one space available next Sunday afternoon for our Basic Handling Skills course. The course consists of a training session on motorcycle riding followed by the Basic Handling Skills test. If you are successful in the test then you'll get a certificate to take with you to the VTNZ or AA to get your learner license. You'll also need to pass your computer based motorcycle theory test. If you can already ride then that's great, if not then we can teach you. Our training site is at Nayland college, Stoke. We also have a training bike available at no extra charge. Please contact us to book your place on the course.
Tim is now an Institute of Advance Motorists full member
Tim recently passed his advanced motorbike test with the Institute of Advanced motorists for the Top of the South region. Academy of Motorcycling students have the advantage of being trained by a highly qualified and experienced instructor.
Academy of Motorcycling at the Rarangi sunrise ride out
Thanks to Ulysees and IAM for organising this excellent rideout to see the sunrise at Rarangi beach. to U
Academy of Motorcycling will be at the Dave Moss bike tuning event at Donaldson Civil Yard on Saturday and Sunday. Come along and find out about more about us and the courses available.
We provide Basic Handling Skills training and tests. Our off road site is based at Saxton Sports ground. Turn at the Bunnings roundabout onto Saxton Road. We are at the corner of Suffolk road and Saxton road. (See map). Look for the flag.
You may find that riding very slowly is more difficult than at normal or higher road speeds. Here's one explanation of why:
“If you are riding a bike, and you start to fall to the right, you do exactly the same thing; you steer right, thereby driving the wheels directly underneath you again. Now you are no longer tilted, so you stop falling." "Thus, balancing a bike is a process of making successive right and left turns.”
“Suppose you've tilted over three inches. To get the wheels back underneath you, you have to steer three inches over. If you are riding fast, you only need to turn the front wheel slightly to get over quickly. If you are riding slowly, however, you have to make a very sharp turn to get over quickly. Slight turns are easier than sharp turns to execute and control, so riding fast is easier than riding slow.” 
A motorbike also becomes more stable, the faster it is moving along the road. This is partly because, the gyroscopic effect of the wheels helps to stabilise the bike.  The centre of gravity and position of the front wheel also make a difference. 
To control a motorbike at low speed takes a while to learn and requires practice.
First, follow the golden rules of slow riding•Keep your eyes level at all times
•Don't touch the front brake
•Look into the distance
•Turn your head towards where you want to go
And now for the secrets of riding slowly...
Practice these skill separately first, then put them all together.
Adopt a good body position
Sit in the centre of the seat close the to the fuel tank. Stay close to the handle bars so your arms are bent at the elbows and you can move the handlebars easily. Keep your head upright and central to you body. Look into the distance (not down at the road). Grip the tank firmly with your knees.
How to use the throttle
Relax your right hand and hold the throttle gently. Your fingers point slightly towards the front wheel. Aim to keep the engine revs within 2000 to 4000 rpm for most bikes.
How to use the clutch
To move off let the clutch out to where the engine starts to move the bike forward (the biting point). Don't release the clutch fully. You should be able to raise the engine revs without affecting the speed of the bike. This is called slipping the clutch. For most motorcycles this is safe to do, for certain models (like the BMW GS) the clutch may start to burn out after a while. 
Control the speed using the rear brake
Place the ball of your right foot over the rear brake pedal and relax your foot to apply gentle pressure. Apply a little bit of back brake at all times (even when the bike is moving). To speed up, lift up your foot, to slow down, lower your foot.
Turning the bike
First, turn you head to look where you want to go. Keep your head upright and central. Next, push the handle bars in the direction of the turn. To turn left, push the right handle bar away from you. To turn right, push the left handlebar away from you. Keep your hands relaxed as you turn and adjust your right wrist up and down slightly to keep the engine revs in range. If you feel confident you can move your knees to lean the bike slightly into the turn (but keep your body upright). This is called counterbalancing. 
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