Today I attended the Leaner Permit Road Craft Course at Stay Upright - Hoppers Crossing Victoria. The course "has been designed to fine tune the skills learned in the Learner courses. The course gives riders the opportunity to further enhance and practise their skills at realistic road speeds encountered in everyday riding and addresses areas that are not covered in Learner training." The course is conducted at the Stay Upright centre at Hopper Crossing. They have a closed track which allows riders to practise skills such as cornering, emergency breaking, counter-steering and hill-starts. The track has standard road markings. I rode my own bike. From memory (which is a little flaky, I'm sure I'll forgot some stuff we did and get the order wrong): We started at 9am with some theory standing around a bike (mounting and dismounting, and some stuff I've forgotten), then moved to the track area. Our track time started with slow speed manoeuvres in the big concrete area in the centre of the track: slow straight riding, slow S bends, some counter-steering obstacle avoidance and fine-tuning gear changing technique. Then out onto the track proper doing laps and some slaloming (using counter-steering techniques) around cones down the main straight. This exercise was a bit faster. Probably around 60km/h through the cones for me. BTW - the track was awesome, some nice variation in curve speeds around the various corners/bends, a corner on a blind crest, a big horseshoe bend and a nice long straight into the long sweeping horseshoe. My speed at the end of the straight was around 80km/h so speeds are much higher than those encountered during the learners course. During the day (I've forgotten the exact sequence of events) we: - Did a short session in the classroom on "road craft" (cornering and lane positions, leaving space, etc, etc). - discussed head and body position when cornering (slow and at speed) - practised cornering, counter-steering and emergency stops - we finished with some discussion around the licence test and practiced the 'licence cornering test' The best parts of the day, without doubt, were the significant periods of time we spend doing laps of the track, practising the skills we'd discussed. My cornering became much, much more fluid. Counter-steering clicked, my head and body position improved enormously and so did my position on the road. By the end of the day, I was cornering at a decent speed and feeling much more comfortable than I did at the start of the day. My slow riding improved heaps as well. For me - the practise was invaluable. Oh and the course was awesome fun. The track was fantastic. I had a blast. Woot. I'll be going back for more training once I'm off my Ls.