In my time as a Traffic police motorcyclist, I was lucky to not only get some of the best training that was around at that time but also the ability to put it into practice and develop my knowledge on a daily basis.
I eventually became a Police instuctor and in 2000 I undertook a university degree course where I looked at the methodology and practice of teaching motorcycle skills, my research took me around the world both physically and metaphorically. I traveled to the USA and looked at the Police collision avoidance training as well as researching both the Australian and NewZealand system
It was clear that motorycle training needed ( and still needs to be updated). Simple things like having a full-face helmet and decent mirrors should have taken the reliance from looking over your shoulder to see if its clear why do we expect riders to strain their necks if they can actually rely on mirrors to see behind. yes I know there are blind spots but I teach you how to clear these up. I go as far as saying that with decent effective mirrors and the correct technique of use looking over your shoulder is OUT.
An example is the old thing about which foot to put down, as a civilian motorcyclist is it really that important, I have been to advanced training seminars where this topic took hours to discuss and still didnt rach a conclusion. Is it important which foor to put down I say no whats impoetant is to have control of the bike and if thats menas stopping with both feet down so be it. This might seems to be a minor issue but when its taken into more important like the method of approaching and negotiating a bend it can prove to very important some training insists on not showing a brake light, in many circumstanes this comes back to the theroy of acceceration sense a part of th Police system intiated for car driving simplymoved across to the bike system with out proper investiagation. I will tell you there are times when i activly look to brake within the bend and demonstate the advanatges to machine contol
THE Police and subsequently the training organisations that run off the back of them IAM ROSPA still teach a method based on racing, obtaining the best line through a bend whilst considering other road users that LORD Cottenham suggested way back in 1937, it was a system or drill, didactic and hopelessly out of date for today’s roads and demands. Riders and to a lesser extent car drivers must be more cognitively aware of the best position for them to occupy on the road, not for speed but to enable them to be safer. Ironically the system that I teach is not that much different but it does give much more emphasis on machine control and safety
The cognitive collision avoidance package that I teach have put together after nearly 50 years of motorycling a plethora of research not only in this country but throughout the world. The system is based upon the psychology of perception and anticipation utilising research into a part of the brain whose function was not fully realised until the the very end of 1990
still losely based on the Police system I was taught, Cognitive Collison avoidance relies upon a system more attuned to progress and safe riding removing all the old wives tales that motorcycle training has been caught up in.
I will start the training by setting your bike and suspension up for your best fit, I really don’t understand why anybody getting into the driver’s seat of a strange car think nothing about adjusting the seat and steering wheel but are prepared to get on a bike and ride it whilst making no adjustments. to make the bike fit them.
Suspension, Handlebars, levers and pedals all need to be set for your optimum comfort.