We originally started these sessions on Wednesday 05 Nov 2008. This first post will be updated with links to the latest details and links to useful information. eh, What?: This is an easy going session that includes slow speed maneuvering (ala MOST), getting used to riding the streets and riding in a group. If you are an inexperienced rider this is meant to help you develop your skills and increase your confidence in a safe manner. However do note that nobody here is an instructor... just some people willing to give suggestions if you wish. When? Session is on Saturdays at 1pm. Note we do full day Ls rides occasionally and then the session will not occur that weekend. Check this thread to confirm as any cancellation will be noted here. Mid week may also be possible though this is an exception. Ask in the thread if required. Where? Meet at Olympic Park, Homebush at the closed off section off Bennelong Rd: Googlemap (note that it states "unknown road" but this is the correct place .. it is not an official road anymore). Click Road Closures when there are events on just to be sure What? Start with some slow MOST practice .. ~60 mins .. or more if people wish, then if there's interest we may head off for a ride. This does require that we have both a Ride Leader and a TEC (Tail End Charlie) to manage the ride though, or we will not be able to offer a ride. It normally goes out to McGraths Hill Maccas (Windsor Rd) via one of several routes. At McGraths Hill we normally split up and people head off in their own direction but there is usually someone you can team up with heading just about any direction but we wont strand you if you don't know where to go. Who? Aimed at learners but anyone wishing to practice slow speed skills is welcome, bikes, scoots or even posties or anyone just wanting to hook up with other riders. Please note this includes some riding on busy multi lane roads at speeds up to 90km/hr (including lane changing and merging). If it is wet it can still be on if you wish (the MOST is NOT cancelled for wet weather), but if there is a gale warning it just might be off . Please consider your own abilities when deciding whether to come .. this is your decision. If the weather is a bit off and no-one expresses any interest in the thread then the session can be cancelled for that week... watch this thread. It is expected that all riders will stay within the road rules. Please, stay in the group, no speeding, no stunts, lets keep it simple and safe. Feel free to post where you are coming from and see if there is anyone else coming from the same direction you can join up with. We are trying to keep improving what we do .. all constructive comments are welcome. Disclaimer All participants agree implicitly by their attendance that they do so at their own risk and waive all right to any form of claim against the organizers and assistants who spend their own time assisting people who are learning to ride. A video about the MOST (courtesy XscorpioX): Professionally run courses for Learners These have been changing but we haven't received any info from anyone thats done the new courses so please look the websites below if you want some professional instruction .. (this is just a list of places that run courses) : Honda Australia Rider Training (Hart) http://hart.honda.com.au/New_South_Wales Stay Upright Motorcycle Techniques http://www.stayupright.com.au Sydney Bike Training A nice gent by the name of Mick Mcloughlin stopped by at Homebush. He is a professional trainer and offers a variety of courses. Sydney Bike Training Wheel-Skills If you are on the central coast .. http://wheel-skills.com.au/rider-training-course-options Useful links/threads for NSW Learners: (please post in this thread of any of these ceases to work and feel free to propose links to be added) The MOST The RTA site Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (MOST) A more detailed explaination of the MOST (including videos): http://wheel-skills.com.au/RTA-motorcycle-operator-skills-test-MOST Summary of Points Loss for the MOST We believe the following to be an accurate summary of how you can lose points in the MOST, but always aim for zero points! Stalling 1st time - 1 2nd time - 2 (3 cumulative) 3rd time - 2 (5 cumulative) 4th time - 4 (9 - fail) Headchecks 1st time - 3 2nd time - 2 (5 cumulative) 3rd time - 4 (9 - fail) Left Turn Touch line 1st - 3 Touch line 2nd - 2 (5 cumulative) Stop in a Box Skid - 3 Contact patch not inside box - 5 Foot Down (accumulates for each test section) 1st time - 1 2nd time - 2 (3 cumulative) 3rd time - 2 (5 cumulative) 4th time - 4 (9 - fail) Cone Weave Skip or hit cone - 1st: 3 Skip or hit cone - 2nd: 2 (5 cumulative) U Turn Touch line - 5 Quick stop 2 points per mark past the mark for speed Less than 20km/hr - 1st time: get 2nd attempt, no points Less than 20km/hr - 2nd time: 9, fail Brake too soon - 1st time: get 2nd attempt, no points Brake too soon - 2nd time: 9, fail Obtacle Turn (Swerve) Less than 20km/hr - 1st time: get 2nd attempt, no points Less than 20km/hr - 2nd time: 9, fail Hit cone - 1st time: get 2nd attempt, no points Hit cone - 2nd time: 9, fail 9 points (fail) are incurred for: Touch half tennis ball Touch outer line Miss marked exit Turn in wrong direction Us on location.