It’s possibly the most common thing any of us at Ride Forever get asked. “Which course should I take?” Almost always prefaced by a nugget of information: ‘I’ve got my X licence and want to take Y’, ‘I’ve held a licence for XX years and have recently got back into riding’, or ‘The only reason Mark Marquez has been champ these years is because I decided to be a carpet fitter instead.’ Okay we made the last one up, but we’ve heard similar.
So we thought it would make sense to provide a one-stop guide that matches people’s circumstances to the course line-up. If you want to know what course is right for you and why, you’re in the right place.
If you are Mark Marquez’s potential nemesis this course probably isn’t your cup of Darjeeling. Instead, it’s aimed specifically at riders of lower-powered motorcycles, mopeds and scooters who ride mostly into and around town. Typically, you might not have done much riding and you might not be aiming to reach up through the licence levels or get a bigger bike. You might even just be using a moped to commute, on a car licence. The common factor is that the Urban/Commuter course is designed to improve your skills and keep you safer when riding in urban environments. The cornerstones are road positioning to better see and be seen, safe and effective braking, cornering and dealing with traffic.
Skills-wise, you’ll need to be able to competently steer and stop your machine and feel confident enough to ride among some other traffic. It’s a four-hour course, you’ll generally need to provide your own bike (though some providers do rent them) and it costs just $20.
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A full day’s coaching (eight hours) for just $20 leaves you plenty of lunch money when taking a Ride Forever Bronze course. The coaching is designed to improve your ability to cope with anything the road throws at you. It’s the perfect choice for Learner licence holders aiming to get their Restricted (6R) licence, whether through the Competency Based Training and Assessment Scheme (CBTA) or by taking a Restricted test. The Bronze course will boost your skills, knowledge and confidence, and you can use the same Ride Forever provider to take you through the process of getting your licence.
Bronze will work just as well if you’re on a Restricted licence aiming for Full, especially if you’re unsure about stretching to the next, Silver, level. In terms of riding ability, you should be able to control your machine competently, be confident in traffic and on the open road at speeds in excess of 80km/h.
Proving Bronze is the Swiss Army knife among Ride Forever courses. The core course elements focus on road positioning, making progress through traffic, selecting the right speed and gear, braking skills and smooth control. You’ll ride on a mix of urban streets, open road and usually a sealed off-road area to practice some core skills.
Highly popular is the Bronze course, because it suits so many riders. And, like all Ride Forever courses, limits on group size mean the instructor can usually adapt things a little to suit individual riders’ skills and experience.
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The Silver course ups the game by bringing in key vision skills like vanishing points. reference points and visual flow through corners. Covering a full day, with just a $50 admin fee to pay, Silver is aimed at intermediate level riders and experienced riders returning to motorcycling. If you are a returning rider, starting with the Bronze course before taking Silver is recommended as it will improve your preparedness and let you get even more out of the day.
Silver is an advanced-level course with a focus on open-road riding. There will be lots of corners and a lot of the day spent on roads with 100km/h speed limits, so you’ll need to feel comfortable and confident riding at open-road speeds.
Smooth, proficient cornering is a key focus, with drills that will open up your vision through bends and practice using bodyweight to improve stability. The course will test, and aim to improve, your ability to identify hazards and take appropriate action using the principles of Roadcraft.
For riders aiming to get their Full 6F motorcycle licence, Silver is a great preparation for your practical test or act as the perfect support if you choose the CBTA pathway.
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The pinnacle of Ride Forever coaching, Gold is designed for experienced riders holding a Full motorcycle licence. Focusing on advanced skills, the course is made up of modules that can be selected to best suit the aims of riders attending. These include things like group riding, long-distance touring, riding with a pillion, counter-steering techniques, trail braking and suspension adjustment, as well as furthering advanced vision and control skills.
Extending over a full day, on open highways and challenging back roads, you can expect to cover around 300km. Prepare for a day that will stretch you but prove highly satisfying.
The Gold course costs just $50.
Go for Gold.
Common to all
All course days begin with a briefing. It’s crucially important, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
A few Ride Forever providers do have bikes to rent, but it’s far preferable to bring your own. Motorcycles must have a current warrant and rego, and be in roadworthy condition (check your tyres, pressures and suspension operation, plus brake function, fluid level and pad depth). Riders with a 6L or 6R licence must be riding LAMS-approved machines.
All Ride Forever courses are available through all our coaching providers, nationwide. However, some courses can get booked up, instructors may have issues affecting their availability and there’s always the weather to contend with! So at certain times of the year in particular you may need to book well in advance or be patient when it comes to getting on a particular course. There are some geographic realities to consider too. An example might be wanting to do the Urban/Commuter course in a remote, rural area, so in some instances you may need to travel.
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