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Welcome to East Kent Advanced Motorcyclists - our fully qualified volunteers are here to help you. Their knowledge and expertise is at your disposal.  We will guide you through the process of advanced motorcycling in a reassuring and friendly manner.  We are able to tailor the programme to your requirements.

Who is it for?

Anyone who has passed their motorcycling test – A1 – A2, nervous riders, not passed your test for long? Wish to build your confidence?  Want to become a better rider?  Having difficulties with cornering. Want to control your motorcycle in a more confident manner?  Want to learn more.  Let us help you attain a better understanding of safety and advance riding.  All conducted in a relaxed manner and a pace that suits you.

Licence information

A1 - Restricted Licence

  • Minimum age: 17 - Full UK bike licence which allows you to ride maximum 125cc motorcycle
  • Bikes you can ride: 
    • Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc
  • Minimum test vehicle:
    • The motorcycle must be at least 120cc and no more than 125cc and not have more than 11kw power (14.6bhp). It must be capable of at least 55 mph (90km/h).

A2 – Restricted UK bike licence

  • Minimum age: 19 - A full UK bike licence which allows you to ride medium sized motorcycles.
  • Bikes you can ride: 
    • Medium motorcycles up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg). The motorcycle mustn’t be derived from a vehicle more than twice its power
  • Minimum test vehicle:
    • A motorcycle without side car, of at least 395cc with a power output between 25 and 35 kW (33bhp minimum and maximum 46.6bhp). No upper engine size limit, but the power to weight ratio must not exceed 0.2kW/kg and it must not be derived from a motorcycle of more than double its power.

 

Road Safety Statistics for under 25s

Road accidents remain the biggest killer of young people in the UK, higher than both alcohol and drugs. In 2013 there were 191 people under 24 killed and 20,003 injured as drivers and riders of cars and motorbikes.

In the past five years (2009-13) there were 1,037 people under 24 killed and 120,958 injured on UK roads as drivers and riders – while the overall trend has been falling, these figures are unacceptable.

Causes of those accidents -

  1. Right of way Violation
  2. Loss of control at bends at speed
  3. Overtaking/ filtering

Courses

We offer the following options:

  1. Free assessment ride with report – www.iam.org.uk/ridefree
  2. Taster Day assessment £20.00 – Classroom theory session followed by on-road assessment with a qualified IAM Observer and report – http://www.ekam.org.uk/
  3. Skills for Life package - http://www.ekam.org.uk/ & http://www.iam.org.uk/riders/riders-courses

What you need to start

  1. Sense of humour not mandatory, but it helps
  2. Driving licence with motorcycle authorisation
  3. Road legal bike
  4. Highway Code knowledge
  5. Motorcycle safety riding equipment - helmet, gloves, boots, trousers, jacket etc.
  6. Willingness to learn

Classroom Theory Session and Training

The Introduction to Advanced Motorcycling (ITAM) consists of a Saturday morning classroom session on the theory of advanced riding followed by an on road observed ride. The theory session provides you with a relatively in-depth input on which our on road training is based.  After any on-road training you will be given a thorough de-briefing and the opportunity to comment on and discuss your ride. Your coaching will result in a much greater enjoyment of your motorcycling. Safety is paramount above all else.   Your on-road training will be you and your qualified observer.  There is the opportunity to use bike to bike communications and have your ride videoed.

The different road scenarios you will encounter will be explained and clarified, building into a pattern for safer riding. When you have learnt the art of advanced riding you will have more time to react to hazards that motorcyclists encountered every day on our road network, making you a thinking safer rider.

Learning issues/difficulties

 Let us know if you have specific learning difficulties that may affect your learning or riding.  We will treat in confidence and tailor the training to suit you.

The Test

If you sampled our free assessment ride or Taster Day session, enjoyed it, could see and feel a difference in the way you ride, why not think about the Institute of Advanced Motorcycling Test

We will teach you all you need to be a better rider at a test standard.  If under 25 you will receive a £50 refund of the Skills for Life fee when you pass your IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test.

Skill for Life

Skill for Life is about taking that next step. Whether it’s about challenging your own standards or reassuring a loved one who struggles to share your enthusiasm, our Skill for Life programme can make you a better rider.

The programme teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, so regardless of whether you’re navigating country lanes, busy roads, or tackling the challenging British weather, you will have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control.  Safety is paramount within the advanced riding programme, but it also encourages you to feel confident on the road, to make good progress, and to get greater enjoyment from the experience.