NOTE: Never, under any circumstances, buy a motorcycle that
cannot keep up with traffic.
A major safety problem with motorcycles is other vehicles,
especially cars and trucks. Very often they really don’t see
you, although you are in plain sight. When driving in traffic,
their brain starts looking for other cars and trucks, and
completely ignores a motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle
because it does not conform to the appearance your brain
has sensitized itself to. They say, after they have run you
off the road or hit you, “But, officer, I didn’t see him!” And
they mean it. Their brain screened you out as not relevant
since you did not look like a car or truck.
This problem is compounded if your movement is such
that it does not conform to the rest of traffic. If you are
going slower than traffic (or faster) they are likely to miss
seeing you, and if they do, they are likely to assume you
are moving at the same speed as the rest of the traffic
and misjudge their actions around you
When I studied driving safety while cramming for my
license, back in 2000’s, I remember reading an
article about a study that showed that for every 10 km/h
per hour your speed differed from that of the traffic flow,
you doubled your chance of having an accident. This was
true for 10 km/h faster and ten km/h slower. If the traffic
is moving at 60, and you are going 50, you are twice as
likely to have an accident, and if you are only going 40,
you are 4 times as likely to have an accident.
So you have two considerations: one, drivers of cages
often don’t see you, and, two, going at a different speed
from the traffic flow increases your chance of accident.
Therefore, when you buy a motorcycle, make sure that you
can go at least fast enough to keep up with traffic......
K53 Motorcycle Rider Training Program
Overview of the Program
This is a practical exercise to teach the learner rider how to ride a motorcycle and consists of:
» a pre-trip inspection;
» a starting procedure; and
» a riding skills exercise.
The assessment is a measure of the motorcycle rider's:
» competence in handling a motorcycle;
» compliance with traffic rules, road signs and surface markings; and
» use of the K53 system of vehicle control.
Our program has been designed for riders of solo (two-wheeled) motorcycles, and not for three-wheeled (tricycle) or four-wheeled (quad-bike) motorcycles, nor for a motorcycle with a sidecar. During the program, you will not be allowed to smoke or use a cell phone.
» pre-trip inspection of the motorcycle's roadworthiness;
» starting and stopping the engine;
» speed management and control;
» moving off and turning left;
» changing lane to the right; and
» stopping on an incline and then moving off, without rolling back.
» turning speed judgement (to the left and to the right);
» emergency stops;
» emergency swerves to the left and to the right; and
» stopping in a controlled manner.
Throughout the test, the following items will be marked with penalty points as necessary:
» violation of a traffic law;
» uncontrolled actions;
» dangerous actions;
» collisions; and
» mechanical failure.
Prior to the commencement of a manoeuvre, an instructor(s) will give the learner rider the instructions and explanation only when the motorcycle is stationary. Immediately after moving off,
Full Day - For those who have never been on a race track before.
- All theory and practical lessons
- Personal interaction with a professional instructor
- Additional riding equipment
- A fully serviced, ready motorbike with fuel.