Advanced riding is not just about being able to ride quickly. Specialist coaching in slow riding machine control skills will enhance your ability to cope with almost any situation that requires you to ride slowly, such as filtering through traffic or manoeuvring around stationary vehicles.
As part of your Introduction to Advanced Motorcycling (ITAM) the club offers all associates the opportunity to participate in a short course which will help prepare them for taking, and passing, the Advanced Motorcycle Test. All associates taking part in the ITAM are automatically booked onto the course which takes place on the Saturday following the classroom session, or the following Saturday depending on Observer availability, at East Kent College, Folkestone. There will not be any requirement for an observed ride following the session unless previously arranged with the associate's allocated Observer.
The course is primarily intended for Associates preparing for their Advanced Test and will be given priority when allocating the available spaces on the course. Full members preparing for the Enhanced Advanced test should also consider updating their skills and will also be afford and opportunity to take part if space is available but it should be noted that all Observers should be able to provide an Enhanced Advanced candidate with the opportunity to practice and be coached in the necessary techniques.
Any member may apply to take (or even re-take) the course if they feel a little rusty. Places on most courses are limited once Associates and Enhanced Advanced candidates have been taken into consideration but members should not be put off from applying and will be allocated a place on a first come, first served basis.
Background to the Course
In early 2005 one of our Observers came to the conclusion that he did not have the necessary skills for teaching slow-speed machine control and was, therefore, unable to pass these skills on to his associates. It was also becoming clear from Examiner feedback that test candidates were not acquiting themselves very well when it came to the slow speed manoeuvering portion of the test. In collaboration with another member, himself a qualified CBT instructor, he acquired the requisite skills and between them decided that it might be beneficial to the club to provide a course specifically aimed at those riders who had never done a CBT, who had lost the skills or lost their confidence in applying their skills.
By the end of 2005 a couple of experimental courses had been conducted, a curriculum set up and perfected and plans made for the courses to start with the new riding season in 2006. The first course took place in March of that year at a small private car park belonging to Saga at their Ramsgate site. Many Associates and members availed themselves of the opportunity during that first year and feedback from the Examiners showed that the courses were having the desired effect with fewer test failures due to poor slow riding skills.
In 2008 the course relocated to its current venue at the East Kent College campus in Folkestone and continues to provide coaching and encouragement to associates and full members of the club in what some see as one of the dark arts of the skilled motorcyclist.
The Slowcoach team would also like to thank Kay Hull for her unstinting efforts in providing light refreshments to those who participate in the courses.
Slow Riding Control Skills Course may be booked on-line using the menu above. Associates on the ITAM portion of their training need not book as this is done automatically and are afforded priority on each course. Associates who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend their allocated course should apply at the earliest opportunity and prior to arranging their Advanced test. Please tick the appropriate box in the booking form. Candidates preparing for the Enhanced Advanced test should tick the appropriate box in the from - they will also be afforded priority after associate members Full members wishing to refresh their skills should be aware that their application may be deferred if a course becomes oversubscribed by priority candidates.
Course dates for 2016 area as follows: