Why should you do advanced motorcycle training?

Advanced bike training - BMF

Published on 8 August 2016 by Robert Drane

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Remember when you gained your licence and bought a bike, ready to hit the road (hopefully not literally)? You were alone on the road for the first time, with no instructor talking in your ear and making sure you spot that car pulling out of the junction ahead. And now, even when you have been riding a while, you know that everyone’s confidence wavers from time to time – there's nothing to protect your fragile bodies from the impact of, well, anything that might get in your way!

That's where advanced riding training comes in. From theory sessions looking at the Highway Code and road positioning to riding on some of the most beautiful roads you've ever seen, this course will give anyone so much confidence that their skills improve almost instantly! Essentially, everything hinges on riding safely and smoothly.

Before long, you get the chance to put the theory into practice. Reading the road – the markings, the signs, the hedges and telegraph poles – it's amazing how much you can learn about a particular bend just by concentrating on what's around you. Guided by an instructor's line (from left to right across the tarmac) and a constant commentary of observations, you will feel more confident in your own abilities. You will learn to chase the vanishing point – as soon as you see the broken line in the middle of the road it's time to open the throttle, and just by positioning yourself that little bit further out to the left hand side of the lane, your view around to the right is enhanced considerably.

Little things like this can make a huge difference to your mindset on the road, making you feel safe and in control. Sadly, we are more vulnerable than other road users, so as responsible riders we need to be as confident and prepared as possible. If you're new to motorcycling or struggling with anxieties about riding alone, then an advanced riding course could be just the thing to help you on your way.

The BMF's Blue Riband award is one of the most advanced motorcycle training courses in the UK. Find out more here.