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Pre-Learner course contents (Exactly what is taught)

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by son of eevil, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. So I'm day 1 into my Pre-Learner course and I thought i could help all of new learners and give them an extra edge in exactly what you will be taught (although it may vary slightly from institution to institution).

    So I've just completed my pre-learners course and I thought that it might be a good idea to write a quick run down and "What to expect" for other learners wanting a little insight and perhaps an edge to getting through.

    This is coming from someone who's only experience riding a motorbike was when he was 10, so, bear with me and I'll try to be as un-bias and informative as I can and also add in some things that I had problems with and how I worked them out along the way!

    My course took place in Adamstown in Newcastle (NSW) so Day 1:

    Sign in was at 12:15 and all I needed was my license and the ability to print and sign on a piece of paper. This was followed by about 15 minutes of waiting till it was time to start. We were taken into a room where the instructor told us his name (I've forgotten it). He explained the VERY basics of the course along the lines that it was a pass/fail course but it would be very difficult for you to fail and if they believed you to be dangerous you would merely get additional training at no extra cost to yourself.

    Now you probably asking or have wondered "What gear do I need to bring?!", the simply answer is as the RTA will tell you, long sleeve shirt/jumper/jacket, long pants of any kind and enclosed shoes. However if you forget they had zip up jumpers you could put on hanging from a rack. Alot of people chose to wear their riding jackets and VERY quickly regretted it, because we were not really moving much throughout the day, the jackets didn't get airated like they would if you were riding at 60K's. So I would recommend just a long sleeve shirt.

    So I'll break up the various exercises we did into parts.

    PART I: Mount/Dismount
    Basic as it comes, stand at the left side of the bike, both hands on the handlebars, look over your right shoulder to see if it's safe, swing your leg over, take the weight of the bike and kick your stand up. The dismount is exactly the same, but in reverse. Simple enough?

    PART II: The Controls
    After demonstrating to the instructor that we could correctly mount and dismount our bike we talked us through the controls (I won't go into detail) their purpose and where we could find them and we were asked to operate various controls without looking at the bike controls as all this needs to be 2nd nature.

    PART III: Walking the bike
    We were taught to put the bike into neutral and walk to bike for about 2 meters then walk it back after demonstrating this it was time to move onto the next part.

    PART IV: Going in a straight line (It's even more boring then it sounds)
    So at the point your thinking you finally get to drive the damn thing, well, your wrong. We were paired up with a partner and one of us got to sit on the bike whilst the other got to play Fred Flinstone on the back and push my sorry ass on this bike 5 or so meters where they let go and we got to cruise another 5 and come to a stop in front of the instructor we did this a few times, whilst the instructor walked backwards to the next point where we had to stop. Then you swapped with your partner and you got the fun job of pushing.

    Note: When they tell you to keep your eyes on the horizon, do it you WILL lose your balance and you WILL look like an idiot. Don't make the mistake of looking down when you start to break, eyes up at all times.

    PART V: Turning the bike on...
    Yes I got taught how to turn the bike on. I won't explain this...

    PART VI: Using the clutch and moving forward
    So here I was instructed to slowly release the clutch keep my right foot over the rear brake and walk forward slowly and then walk backwards and do it again to get used to the friction point. If you can drive a manual car it's very easy.

    PART VII: Using the throttle and riding forward.
    As is appears above I had to use the throttle in conjunction with the clutch to get the bike moving and then take off putting both feet onto the pegs and stopping 10M down the runway.

    PART VIII: Turning the bike
    Back to Flinstoning again, my partner pushed the bike of the bike whilst I steered the bike (both feet on the pegs) through a couple of cones and back to where I started facing the opposite direction.

    Note: He will tell you to look where your turning and the bike will follow your head, again make sure your head is to the horizon in the direction your turning.

    PART IX: Turning bike with the engine on
    As it sounds, this time I had to do it with the bike turned on using the throttle, ect, ect. We were asked to do it around a big oval track about 100M circumference total. We were then stopped and asked to go in the opposite direction.

    Note: try to enter at a reasonable speed for balance and keep your throttle where it is, if you put power down you'll go wide, if you back it off you'll pull in too tight, keep it nice and consistent.

    PART X: Gear changes
    So on the same oval track with the corners we were asked to shift into 2nd and then back down to 1st on the opposite side.

    Note: I made an absolute idiot of myself when I tried to lift my foot break up on the right hand side and found that the bike did nothing... Took me two laps to realise that the gear level wasn't jammed it was on the LEFT side of the bike...

    PART XI: Double gear changes
    Instead of two gear changes per lap it went up to 4, change up on the straight back down on the corner back up for the straight back down for the opposite corner.

    Note: The only gears you'll use are 1st and 2nd.

    PART XII: Back in the boring room
    We were escorted back to the starting room where we put our helmets and glvoes back up on the racks and he sat us down and talked us though the pros and cons of Leathers and Textiles basically concluding that leather is the best protection and textiles will be waterproof with a brief rundown on helmets and the requirement of the Australian standard sticker on the back.

    This concludes day 1 of the Pre-learner training course. If I missed anything let me know and I'll pop it in where needed.

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  3. How long was the course?
    Was it in groups with one instructor or one-one classes?

    I did a beginner course
    Had three people with two instructors so was very helpful, and never neglected.
    it started from 8am-4pm (i think, its been a while)
    And from that, I learnt all the things you mentioned, also,
    Twisty turns, (left and right turns, one after the other swaying)
    Emergency braking (rear break, front break, both breaks, both breaks with down shifting, and also experiencing how easy it is to lock the rear wheel)
  4. Groups it was a group of 5 but there is a max of 6 per class (at my institution) and 1 instructor. I'll pop this into my 1st post when I get home from work.
  5. I did the pre-learners about 2 years ago in St Ives.

    If you've never been on a bike before, it might be an idea to familiarise yourself with bike controls via youtube, etc. One less thing to remember on the day, so you won't experience PART X: Gear changes like the OP...

    If you get partnered with someone who can't push if their life depended on it, don't sweat it if you have trouble with this bit. It's far easier to balance if the bike is actual moving.

  6. I also found out the pre-learners course help you to try different types of bikes,
    since bike dealers don't usually allow learners or P's for a test drive.

    I rode, a Honda CBF250 (single cylinder)
    a Honda VTR250 (twin cylinder)
    & a Honda CB400 (4 Cylinder)

    Helped me to realise what kind of engine I should be looking for when purchasing a bike. (2 cylinder or higher)
  7. thank you. i went to my first lesson today (at the exact same institution). your post made me a little less nervous with knowing what to expect.
  8. Thanks for this post, i have my learners this weekend. Still a little nervous, don't know about the whole someone else pushing you thing. I think my main concern is someone pushing me and doing something stupid, and i lose balance because of it.
  9. Glad I could help, will write the next day up shortly, I've been very busy lately.

    @ Northern, if you lose balance, it doesn't matter, you won't be failed for dropping the bike, nor do you have to pay for it, the RTA pick up the bill for it, it's all included in your $75.
  10. Thanks man! that's extremely reassuring to hear.
  11. When i did my prelearners the fela i had to push had it in gear and i was wondering why it was so hard to push him so jus make sure the bike aint in gear
  12. thanks for the info!

    i've got my 2-day learner course (day 1 lessons, day 2 lessons then test) with HART in Kilsyth (MEL) this Monday & Tuesday.

    now... just to choose between FZ6R, Ninja 650RL or GSX650FU
  13. Honestly I was the same way before I did it. Afterwards you feel like a dill - it's a VERY simple and straightforward class. I severely doubt you'll have much trouble if you can ride a push bike + have a basic basic basic understanding of how to operate manual transmissions.
  14. i did my day 1 of the Learners today 8am start, so early!

    It went fairly well i think, a guy in my group was asked to sit out after awhile because he couldn't get the hang of stopping in time, and dropped the bike a few times too.

    Everything was straight forward, the instructor keeps drilling all the technical stuff into your head so shouldn't worry too much about if you have no experience about bikes (like me).

    Tomorrow is Day 2, hopefully there isn't any surprises that will put me off haha. *Fingers cross i want that pass*