Meet your Ride Forever Training providers
Karel Pavich and Howard Mansell, Pro Rider
Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty
If you know your motorsport, you’ll know about Karel Pavich. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first woman to win a national road racing championship. But alongside the love of motorsport, Karel has been equally passionate about the power of training, establishing Pro Rider the same year.
Howard Mansell is the other partner in Pro Rider and is a past National Vice President of Ulysses. His approach to training is to make it relaxed, fun and empowering with a real sense of achievement. Pro Rider has been delivering Ride Forever training since 2012, together with over a dozen expert instructors that make up the Pro Rider team.
Chris Smith. Passmasters NZ.
Auckland and Waikato.
Chris has trained riders in the UK and New Zealand over many years. But his career happened almost by chance. Asked by a friend to help with Compulsory Basic Training for learner riders, he enjoyed it so much that he progressed through the UK’s stringent exams to Instructor level at impressive speed. So much so, the UK’s Driving Standards Agency took notice and involved Chris in developing their rider training and testing regime.
Being located relatively close to the BBC, Chris was approached to train actors for TV shows. This led to another part of his career: as a stunt rider, stunt co-ordinator and riding instructor to several Hollywood stars. Chris moved to NZ in 2009 and has been a Ride Forever instructor from its inception, while still fitting in movie work like the latest Mad Max. Alongside motorcycles, Chris loves Scooter training and has a J300 specifically for the purpose.
Andrew and Lynne Templeton. Roadsafe Rider.
Bay of Plenty to South Island West Coast.
Andrew and Lynne effectively pioneered rider training in New Zealand, becoming the country’s first two IAM examiners over 18 years ago. For Lynne, it ran in the family. Her parents were members of UK-based IAM. For Andrew, the love of technical riding ran deep, with an interest in trials and motorcycle gymkhanas. It occurred to them that they could make a business out of something that had started as a passion.
The passion still runs strong, with the couple flying around a large part of both Islands to deliver training. It can sometimes be a tough schedule, but Andrew and Lynne still get a huge buzz out of the response they receive from riders they train. Andrew is now on his 82nd motorcycle…
Stuart Nelson and Ross Gratton. Two Bald Bikers.
Wellington to Wanganui.
Stuart and Ross are both IAM Advanced riders and NZTA-certified Instructors. Between them, they have over 65 years’ riding experience to draw on. Their approach to training has won them many fans in their region, who credit them with enormous insight, training skills and patience. The shiny-headed duo are also known as good sorts in the community, contributing to BRONZ’s Easter Egg Run for Wellington City Mission.
While a sincere determination to stop riders getting hurt is what motivated them to start Two Bald Bikers, they're equally determined to make training fun. As Ross puts it: “We take what we do very seriously; consequently we try to maintain balance by not taking ourselves too seriously.”
Duncan Seed. 2 Drive Safe Rider & Driver Training
Lead Instructor Duncan is originally from the UK where he instructed for one of the country’s target training organisations. Now living in New Zealand for almost 9 years, working most of that time as an instructor, Duncan is an expert of explaining the 'why do' and showing the 'how to' of motorcycle riding.
He is passionate about riding, especially when it’s on his KTM 690 Duke (known as ‘Daisy’), and is an examiner for the Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced Motorcycle Test. Duncan makes training a fun and rewarding experience, aimed at building your understanding and skills to get the best from your bike, and the South Island’s awesome roads.
Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training.
Canterbury, Otago and Southland.
Followers of the National Road Racing series will need no introduction to Dan. He’s competed in most categories over the past 15 years, regularly running at the front of the field, starting out in dirt track speedway. Training other riders was something Dan took up in 2008 and by 2010 he had started his own training business, gaining NZTA certification. Today, he heads a team of four highly proficient instructors boasting over 100 years’ riding experience between them.
Although a hard man to beat on track, Dan’s easy-going and approachable nature is legendary at inspiring confidence in those he’s training. Dan has been delivering Ride Forever training since it began and, by the look of the photos he posts, has some strange power over the South Island’s weather.