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A guide to the pre-learners course

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    Hey all, as you know i have recently acquired my learner’s license. Someone else posted something saying that i should have a write up to helping other people out there that are going for their L's. I though why not (and did a quick search) so here is a rough Guide to what to expect when you attend your pre-learners course (I got my license in NSW, so I’m not sure if this is the same for in the ACT but ill post anyway)

    I did this course about 2 months ago, so I’m sure there are some errors in there so if anyone spots one or knows something that I missed feel free to point it out.

    Ok first up, this course is designed for people that have no motorcycle riding experience, so if you know how to ride then great I’m sure you will learn things you didn't know, and if you have never ridden there is no need to panic, it is a nice and easy course if you listen. They supply the motorcycles and the helmets and gloves for you to use. Feel free to bring your own helmet if you are more comfortable in it. Don't be afraid if your course is in the rain, mine was and i gained alot more out of it then if i had gone on a dry day. Remember if the instructor tells you that you are doing something wrong don't get angry or upset, he or she is there to help you and make sure that you will be safe when you get onto the road. Better to have something picked up by them now rather than after you have crashed on the road.

    Ok enough of the boring stuff now I’ll get onto what you do at the course. As you should know, or will know now is that the course is split up over two days, doing 3.5 hour stints each day. Here are the activities:


    *****Day 1*****
    - You will get rules explained to you
    - Then you will get helmets etc... and then you will move outside

    -go out to bikes and learn how to get on them properly
    -learn about the 'ready position'
    -learn about posture
    -learn about finding neutral
    -learn how to brake
    -get to walk bikes around in a figure 8, while practising keeping your head level and looking where you want to go and braking with front brake only when bike is straight
    -learn how to do a head check and mirror check then getting to walk bike in a straight line and practising setting up then applying the brakes
    -Get partner to push you while you get your feet off the ground, then practice keeping head level and up while setting up and applying brakes
    -Get partner to push you, then you complete an easy u-turn while practicing looking where you're going and setting up and applying brakes
    -Get taught how to turn the bikes on and operate kill-switch etc...
    -Taught about the friction point, where the bike starts wanting to move without the clutch being fully disengaged
    -Practice finding the friction point and then moving off about 5m and then stopping again, repeating several times
    -learn about a fast idle, then finding friction point at the fast idle
    -get to use the fast idle then friction point to move 5m and then stop again, repeating several times
    -Return inside and learn about buffering and the 3 second gap behind the vehicle in front of you
    -return to bikes
    -Get to drive around in a shape marked by cones, it has 2 straights and 2 corners, resulting in a kind of oval shape track, while performing mirror checks at each cone you pass (Mirror check at cones will continue for rest of days)
    -do the same but in the opposite direction
    -Get to accelerate a bit down straights and then practice breaking before you enter the corner
    -repeat in opposite direction
    -Get to accelerate and the change up into second gear in the straights, then brake and change back down to first before reaching the corner
    -repeat in opposite direction
    *****End of day 1*****

    *****Day 2*****
    -repeat last activity of yesterday
    (This is where i get a bit lost and can’t remember all the activities or the order they went in)
    -practice taking off while doing head checks and mirror checks, you do the same oval course except you stop at one cone near the corner and take off again
    -learn how to use the rear break to help you with slow speed manoeuvres, whilst keeping your feet off the ground
    -Practice slow manoeuvres in the oval shape track, except instead of doing a loop at one end you slow right down and turn sharply beside the cone
    -Learn how to properly take a corner, that is starting wide and finishing tight (keeps you away from people cutting corners)
    -Practice this on oval track for quite a while
    -Instructor creates two extra lanes outside of the oval track
    -You get to travel around the oval track, and if one of the lanes is free, then you get to speed up to about 20-30km/h and perform the braking procedure in front of instructor, while attempting to stop as close to the cone as possible, close attention is paid to your head position here, don’t fall into looking down at the ground or your Speedo, keep looking ahead and trust me it will make everything easier (This is practicing stopping at traffic lights etc... if the two lanes are taken your just continue around the oval)
    -Learn how to do an emergency brake
    -You get to do the same exercise as before, except this time you must speed up to about 30km/h and then from a shorter distance then previous exercise, you must stop as quickly as possible performing the emergency braking
    -Return inside and learn more about creating a buffer etc... also get asked question based on pictures about what the rider in the picture is not doing right e.g. not buffering away from a car that is turning in front of you

    Return outside for last activity on the bikes
    -Complete your last exercise. It consists of the same oval course, except there is now a merging lane and a turn going into the middle of the oval, where you pretend to be at a stop sign and wait for a gap to rejoin traffic. This activity also requires the use of indicators.
    -Get talked about how it is important to leave a 3 second gap, measures out distances that explain how long it will take you to recognize, react and then stop at different speeds
    Return inside and find out whether you got your license or not
    *****End day 2*****

    There you have it folks, hope it helps!! Just remember to stay calm if anything goes wrong like you stall the bike. If you get flustered it will just get harder and harder, so if need be, stop for a few seconds and take a few deep breaths and try again.
     
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    Excellent write up Lachlan, some good pointers there :up
     
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    me neither! Actually i was surprised how much came back to me when i started typing stuff
     
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    Well done Lachlan. Good write up
     
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    Spot on Lachlan! My L's course was a one-day course and they crammed all the above into 7.5 hours! The ACT test is almost identical(from your write up) and is pretty much the same order :)
     
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    Excellent writeup Lachlan.
    That's great advice too.

    The ACT course is almost identical, with the addition of a couple of activities, one being countersteering, taking it's duration to 9 hours.

    I am constantly amazed at the skill level that some people, who have never ridden a bike before, can attain in such a short time.
    There seems to be a huge cross section of the community that participate in these courses and I don't think I have met anyone that hadn't learned at least something, from doing one.
     
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    I was amazed at how quickly the course can take you from not even knowing how to turn a bike on to being confident enough to take a bike on test ride on the highway @ 100km/h the morning after ;)
     
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    You covered it very well mate - I did my Stay upright 18 months ago and you captured it brilliantly (picked up my bike that afternoon of the 2nd day with a fully licenced mate as sheperd). Well done.
     
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    Oh! wasn't there a bit on swerving around a cone without moving your body much? Head along the straight, and then go through a pair of cones, change lanes to go through another pair of cones, and continue on straight?

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    Quite possibly for the ACT course, but we didnt do it in the NSW course but i wish we did, would probably be quite beneficial :up
     
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    That'll be countersteering. :up .
     
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    That was it! Yep, we did that.
     
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    Nice sounding guide, today I booked for my pre-learner stay upright course (for 8am on the 13th/14th of feb) I'm looking forward to it. It's just a pity I probably wont be buying a bike until mid year-ish. It sounds like it's a pretty good course (unlike road ready :| ).
     
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    much better course than road ready, cos you get to DO it rather than LISTEN to it. :biggrin
    Have fun. :thumbsup:
     
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    Hope you found it helpful and goodluck with the course!! :up Bit of a bummer about not being able to get a bike until mid year, but from what ive heard from some of the more experienced people is that bikes tend to be cheaper to purchase during winter :thumbsup:
     
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    OH NICE WORK! What a great write up!

    I did my course a LONG time ago now when this course had been in for just a few years. I was TERRIFIED, I'd been on the back of a boyfriends bike ONCE and that was the sum total of my bike experience. I thought it would be the only girl (there wasn't that many girls on bikes at the time).

    I pulled up in my little car at Phillip, and saw a girl sitting on the gutter holding a helmet. I walked over and said, 'are you doing the course?' She looked up and said, 'YES! I thought I would be the only girl!' We both laughed and as we started to talk, another girl came over and asked the same question. As we sat there, another girl and then another came over. Finally there was SIX of us sitting on the gutter laughing and carrying on, we'd spotted six bikes, so we figured we were pretty safe. Another woman started stalking across the carpark towards us wearing leathers and carrying a helmet. She was the coolest thing I've ever seen. I hopped up and said, 'are you doing the course TOO?' She laughed at us and said, 'I'm your instructor'.

    Turns out we were all sitting in the wrong spot, and that was why there was no boys, but that was the first time there was enough girls to run a class just for us. I don't remember the details of the course, but I will never forget how cool that woman was.

    Sorry, a little off topic.
     
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    Great thread... and great memory to the OP!
    After procrastinating for about 20 years... I'm booked in on 27 Jan 11!
    Reading this was good as I had no idea what to expect - how hard it would be - both learning and also if there were written and practical tests!

    Thanks
     
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    Glad you found it helpful mate :)
     
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    Thanks. Taking the course next weekend, was wondering what'd be in it.
     
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    The post at the beginning of this thread seems to contain a description of the course.
     
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