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Advanced Motorcycle Training

Updated on April 18, 2008

Welcome to Advanced Motorcycle Training.Com


Welcome to Advanced Motorcycle Training. This Hub is designed to help you with your advanced motorcycle training, advice, tips, advice etc. It is also to promote the Advanced Motorcycle Training and Rider Safety through involvement, and feedback .

Who am I ?


In 1980 I joined the Traffic Division of Staffordshire Police as an advanced car driver, but opportunities presented themselves and I was soon able to attain further driving and instructor qualifications. In 1984 I obtained the highest pass (Theory and practical) for my Advanced Motorcycle Course and was awarded the Tunnicliffe trophy. In 1987 I spent 12 weeks at the number 4 Regional Driving School where in October of that year I completed an intensive 6 weeks Advanced Motorcycle course and qualified as a Police Grade 1 Advanced Motorcycle Instructor. Earlier in the year in March I qualified as a Police Grade 1 Advanced Car Instructor. Once I had qualified I spent time at the regional Driving School at Stafford applying my new skills.

During my time on traffic I was lucky enough to be trained as a motorcycle escort rider for the 'Tour of Britain, cycle race and also VIP escort work. This included arranging and escorting Royalty when they visited Staffordshire.

I left traffic in 1990 after being promoted to Sergeant, and decided to join a local motorcycle training group where I reorganised the Advanced section, using my skills as an Advanced Police Motorcycle Instructor.

My involvement in motorcycling has given me an interest outside of the Police service and it has enabled me to develop my skills throughout the years. I sit on a number or committees and I am involved in promoting Motorcycle Road Safety in Staffordshire, taking an active role in Bike Safe 2000+, the IAM, ROSPA, Bikesense Staffordshire and SMUG. (Stoke on Trent Motorcycle User Group - Council steered).

Despite the fact that I am highly skilled in a number of areas I have no recognised qualifications, so in 2001/2002 I was successful in obtaining a NVQ 3 Training and Development certified in Advanced Motorcycle Training, as well as a BTEC in Motorcycle Training and Instruction (Advanced) through Edexcel covering the following skill areas, Advanced Riding, Advanced Coaching, Advanced Assessing and Advanced Training. In 2004 I became a member of RoADA and a ROSPA examiner for both cars and motorcycles. In 2005 I renewed my membership with the I.A.M. and am now registered as a car and motorcycle observer. I am also a National Registered RoSPA approved professional motorcycle instructor.

I retired from the Police Force in March 2007.

A look at assessing bends



Cornering is a hazardous manoeuvre, but is a necessary one because of our road systems. Too many riders the art of cornering is one area where they have the greatest problem.

You must always remember that every rider has his or her own limit and this must never be exceeded. You know the temptation, ‘If my mate can get round the bend, I can'.

Always remember:


Once you have mastered this the FEEL GOOD FACTOR IS GREAT !

I will try to explain the principles of cornering in plain English, so here goes..............


A motorcycle is most stable when it is travelling upright, in a straight line at a constant speed. To alter its direction i.e. in this case in order to go around a bend a directional force is applied. In other words you turn the handlebars. When you do this the grip on the front wheel increases and the speed of the motorcycle reduces slightly. To get around the bend you lean either left or right to maintain the stability of the motorcycle.

Remember that if you brake or accelerate when in a bend you lesson the grip on the tyres. If the grip on the tyres is lessened then the motorcycle will want to go straight. In otherwords on a left-hand bend it tends to drift towards the offside on the road and into the face of oncoming traffic. On right hand bends towards the kerb or hedge. I am sure we have all experienced this during our riding and have never known why this happens.

In order to maintain control, stability and clean underwear after CORNERING the following factors and measures can be applied.


You must consider the following when you approach any bend :-

A) Speed of motorcycle on approach

B) Gear of motorcycle

C) Traffic on road, ahead as well as behind

D) View into and out of bend

E) Application of the ‘System'

F) Can the limit point be seen?


On entering the bend you must be able to maintain the stability of the motorcycle, that is maintaining control. To do this you must assess the curvature of the bend and maintain a constant speed. The engine should be just pulling to compensate for the slight reduction in speed caused by the bending force. Look for the limit point and as it goes away from you apply more power, if it is save to do so. You must always be able to stop in the distance you see to be clear.

The secret of safe bending is:

  • Technique,
  • Observation,
  • System,
  • Control and

Good assessment of a safe bending speed, which is within your own limits


Hopefully you have read the previous pages and no doubt you are still wondering how the hell will you ever get round a bend now. All I had to do before is keep the motorcycle in top gear and twist the throttle. When I was in the bend I just leant it over and it went round. There were a couple of times I never thought I would get round, but that's motorcycling, isn't it.

On this Course, we are not trying to get you to go round the countryside as fast as possible, scaring yourself in the process.

Like I mentioned earlier, cornering is the biggest problem with many riders. The course is designed to improve your riding, which you may seem is faster after the Course. You will not be going faster but maintaining a more constant speed, even around bends.

Lets apply all this theory to going around a right hand bend :-


I am travelling along a straight section of road at 60 mph in top gear. The road surface is dry and the weather fine. The road appears to go round to the right. I can see hedge rows each side of the road, which is quite wide with a hazard centre line. I can not see round the bend but there are some telegraph poles at the side of the road on my side, it looks as if the road straightens up after the bend. Back to the first hazard, the bend. I can not see round it so I will position my motorcycle towards the nearside, I can see no debris on the road or any hidden junctions. If I position myself towards the nearside I can extend my view and make the bend less sharp. I know now that when I enter a bend the speed of my motorcycle reduces so I must compensate for this. I will reduce my speed to 50 mph but change to a lower gear, say 5th. I will need to increase the engine speed to maintain a constant speed round the bend. I can see the limit point on the nearside and it is running away from me. I can keep the power on, but not increasing my speed until I can see the road to be clear. The road is straight now so I can accelerate into top gear again.

I was very happy with that bend. I got my speed right, I was in control and I could have stopped in the distance I could see to be clear.

DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme


The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) have launched a new training scheme for bikers which has been designed by the Agency and the motorcycle industry as a road safety initiative aimed at saving lives.

Figures show that motorcyclists are by far the most vulnerable of all road users. In Britain alone the death and serious injury rate is sixteen times higher if you ride a bike than if you drive a car.

Jim Fitzpatrick said: "The Enhanced Rider Scheme is aimed at improve ing the road safety skills of the bike and scooter riders already on the roads. We want to help qualified riders stay safe and reduce accidents at the same time."

The new scheme offers bikers a ‘riders' health check' by qualified assessors across Britain. These assessors are on the Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers, which was set up as part of the Government's Motorcycling Strategy. They will follow a new training package intended to benefit all bike riders who have a full motorcycle licence, regardless of the size of the bike and the experience of the rider.

The Limit Point of Observation

The Limit Point of  Observation when your view around a bend 
is limited.   This feature does present a few problems for 
riders, when the view through the bend is available and also
when the view around the bend or bend starts to develop. 
When the view opens up, then start looking at that and not 
the limit point.  The Limit Point is a guide and must be used
in conjunction with the view.
When the view appears then you must also consider coming off 
line to straighten out the bend.
This is a vital aid to observation and is always used as part
of the overall picture that a rider must assess as he makes
progress along the road.  It greatly assists the Advanced rider
when cornering and can be explained as follows :-
When approaching a left-hand bend the LIMIT POINT OF OBSERVATION 
is an optical illusion that is created when you look towards the
bend.  When looking towards the bend there is a point where the 
nearside kerb edge/side of the road appears to touch the 
offside kerb/side of the road.  If you now focus you sight on 
this point the following will occur:-
  • a) If the bend is an open bend the LIMIT POINT will start to move away from you as you approach it, so you can maintain your speed as the point goes away from you. The place to look is along the offside.
  • b) If the LIMIT POINT remains static or there is little movement then the bend is TIGHT. In otherwords speed can not be maintained and must be adjusted accordingly.
When approaching a right hand bend the LIMIT POINT OF OBSERVATION
is an optical illusion that is created when you look towards the bend. 
When looking towards the bend there is a point where the nearside
kerb edge/side of the road appears to touch the offside kerb/side of
the road.  If you now focus you sight on this point the following 
will occur:-
  • a) If the bend is an open bend the LIMIT POINT will start to move away from you as you approach it, so you can maintain your speed as the point goes away from you. The place to look is along the nearside.
  • b) If the LIMIT POINT remains static or there is little movement then the bend is TIGHT. In otherwords speed can not be maintained and must be adjusted accordingly.
 I know it may seem confusing, so I have added a video in an attempt
 to explain it better !

Video looking at Limit Point of Observation

Looking at a planned overtake in Wales, UK April 2008

Looking at Overtaking

A highly dangerous part of motorcycling, but if done right, can be rewarding and forms part of you overall riding plan. Many people who ride motorcycle, do not adapt to riding the motorcycle quick enough. Many riders go out for a ride, still thinking : 'CAR MODE'. In otherwords they still think they are driving a car, which

may have less performance. Riders get frustrated and take risks...

When consideirng overtaking, treat the vehicle to be overtaken as a moving hazard, which can be planned for, however consider the following :-


Judgements must be made in which experience plays a great part and must include an assessment of the speed of vehicles concerned and distances involved, such as :

1. Speed of vehicles to be overtaken.

2. Speed and performance of own machine.

3. Speed of approaching vehicle(s) in view.

4. Possible high speed of vehicles as yet unseen.

5. Distance available to overtake and regain near-side relative to 1 to 4 above.


1. Never cause the overtaken or approaching vehicle to alter course or speed.

2. Avoid making a third line of vehicles abreast, either travelling in the same or

opposite direction.

3. Always be able to move back into the near-side in plenty of time.


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      8 years ago

      That's what I call a "great hub". Thank you so much.

      Ron from

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      12 years ago

      Thanks Mark

      You are going back a bit, I first started doing that in the late 70's, running out of Leek, in Staffordshire. I think I still have the paperwork and Hi Vis jacket........

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      12 years ago from UK

      Great first hub advancedbiker, looking forward to more.

      I used to teach new riders way back in the mid eighties with Star Rider and still bump into people I taught over 20 years ago!


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      12 years ago

      Excellent to see some comments already Nigel. Look forward to seeing you in May.


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      12 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, changes done.....

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      12 years ago from Portugal

      Hi AdvancedBiker, welcome to hubpages! I think you should drag the comments capsule to the end of the hub so people get to see the rest of your hub ;)

      Btw, nice site you got. And I loved to hear your voice in the video while describing everything you were doing and giving great advises to all bikers out there.

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      12 years ago

      I have just updated the hub and added a video

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      12 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Hey and i checked out your website- pretty well done! Good luck

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      12 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Your welcome. And I'd say you're off to a great start! Like I said I look forward to more of your hubs.

    • advancedbiker profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Thanks, I have only just got started......

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      12 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I was excited when I read the title of this hub but dissapointed to learn that it's more of an 'about your company' type of hub. You should watch out as this could be considered 'spam' and could be flagged accordingly.

      BUT, I hope you write some great, informative hubs about motorcycling safety! As I have a motorcycle (and license) myself, I'd love to read some safety tips and such. Maybe you could create a hub about equipment? Or maybe safe driving techniques? I look forward to them!


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