LEARN

TO RIDE

Riding a motorcycle is not just practical skills, identifying hazards and how to avoid them is important too.

Mark Phillips, our rider trainer, has grown up riding motorbikes and driving cars and trucks.  He has been a professional driver for 30 years with approx. 2.5 million klms of driving and has a passion for teaching.

Mark has taught Truck drivers, Corporate drivers, Race Car drivers and Advanced Rider Training to name a few in his career as a trainer. He has won State and National titles racing bikes, has experience driving a Rally car and currently owns a Racecar that he loves to drive on the dirt and bitumen whenever he can.

Mark and Jo are bike riders, so Mark understands the importance of being aware of your surroundings and knowing what other drivers are doing.  He teaches riding strategies highlighting the importance of keeping a good safety space and looking and planning well ahead, things that have kept him alive on the road.

Pre Learner Course

  • If you currently have no motorcycle licence, the Pre Learner course is the first step you need to take.
  • The Pre Learner course is a compulsory 2 day course run over approximately 6-7 hours each day to get your motorcycle learners licence in Queensland.
  • To be eligible for this course you are required to have held your car licence for at least 1 year.
  • Cost of the Course is $550 if you hire our bike or $500 if you bring your own.  We recommend you bring your own bike, if you have one, so by the end of the 2 days you are feeling confident to ride your bike on your own.
  • Before starting the course think about how soon you will be buying a bike. We recommend you are ready to  before doing the course, or soon after, so you can practice what you learn during the course straight away. 
  • Please wear long pants, long sleeves, shoes (not motocross boots), helmet and gloves, sunglasses.  Bring a water bottle and a light lunch.

What to expect:

  • The Pre Learner course was designed to prepare learner riders by enabling them to gain basic riding knowledge and motorcycle handling skills in a safe environment before riding on-road.
  • During the course we will explain, demonstrate and then practice with lots of feedback a number of training competencies, including: the basics of operating a motorcycle, the importance of looking ahead, roadcraft tactics, riding curves & slow riding, steering & braking, judgement & giving way, riding strategies and finish with a simulated road ride. We also cover the importance of protective gear and creating safe riding practices.
  • Students must complete day 1 prior to day 2. Please note that you have 30 days to complete both days once you have started the Pre Learner course.

Once you complete the course:

  • Once you have competently completed both days of the Pre Learner course, you will be eligible to apply for your Motorcycle Learners Licence by completing the Motorcycle Knowledge.
  • If you want to test your General knowledge go online and do a Practice Road Rule Test.
  • Customers can sit the test online (Motorcycle Knowledge Test) or, in person at the Department of Transport.
  • Riders are required to hold a Motorcycle Learners Permit for a minimum of 3 months before being eligible to upgrade to a Restricted Motorcycle Licence (RE).
  • When your 3 months are completed we will contact you, letting you know you are know eligible to Upgrade to RE when you are ready.

LINK TO QLD MOTORCYCLE RIDERS GUIDE

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RE Course

  • If you currently have your motorcycle learners licence (RE-L) and are wanting to upgrade to your restricted licence (RE) then you will need to complete this course.
  • This course is approximately an 8 hour day and will allow you to ride any bike that is a LAMS Approved Bike.
  • To be eligible for this course you are required to have held your motorbike learners licence for at least 3 months but you also need to have had some on or off road riding experience and can confidently ride a bike to be suitable for the course.
  • The cost of the course is $350 if hiring our bike or $300 if using your own.
  • Please wear long pants, long sleeves – for training area exercises, motorcycle jacket – for road ride, shoes (not motocross boots), helmet and gloves, sunglasses.  Bring a water bottle and lunch.

What to expect:

  • The Restricted licence course is a competency based training and assessment program designed to help learner riders further develop their riding knowledge and motorcycle handling skills.
  • The course is a mix between training area and on-road activities.
  • You will receive feedback from our friendly and professional instructor,  continuing to correct and develop your riding technique during the course.

Training Area Exercices

  • Figure 8’s – turn at a low speed with control.
  • Slow Ride – control the bike at a slow walking pace.
  • Slalom – weave around obstacles.
  • Controlled stop/ Emergency stop – bring the bike to a smooth stop whilst downshifting.
  • Simulated Road Ride.

Road Ride

  • You will complete a 2 hour road ride where the aim is to develop your riding skills and ensure you have the skills and knowledge to respond to potential hazards.

Please note that you have 30 days to complete your QRide assessment once you start it.

Once you complete the course:

  • Once you have completed the course and are deemed competent, your competency declaration will be processed online and you will be able to apply for your Restricted (RE) licence online or, you can apply in person at the Department of Transport.
  • You are required to hold the Restricted licence for a minimum of 2 years before you are eligible to upgrade to your Unrestricted (R) bike licence.

R Course

  • If you currently have your restricted motorbike licence (RE) and are wanting to upgrade to your open motorbike licence (R), this course is for you.
  • To be eligible for this course you are required to have held your Restricted (RE) licence for 2 years.
  • This course is approximately 3.5 hours and is suitable for riders who have significant riding experience and can confidently ride a bike.  If you are not sure if you are ready for this course, give Mark a call and he can organize a time for a lesson for some training.
  • The cost of the R course is $240 hiring our bike or $200 using your own.
  • Please wear long pants, long sleeves – for training area exercises, motocycle jacket – for road ride, shoes ( not motocross boots), helmet and gloves, sunglasses and a water bottle.

What to expect:

  • The Unrestricted licence course is a competency based training and assessment course designed to reinforce and further develop your riding knowledge, cognitive skills and risk management strategies.  You will complete a simulated road ride where you will need to demonstrate a range of skills and good riding behaviours.

Training Area Exercises

  • Tight Manoeuvre – turn at a low speed with control.
  • Hazard Avoidance – avoid an obstacle in a corner.
  • Controlled Stop – stopping to a point.

Road Ride

  • You will complete a 2 hour road ride where you show that you are competent managing routine and more complex riding situations on a more powerful motorcycle. This is to reinforce appropriate riding attitudes and to minimise harm due to inappropriate riding skills and behaviours or poor risk management.

Once you complete the course:

  • Once you have completed the course and are deemed competent your competency declaration will be processed online and you will be able to apply for your Unrestricted (R) licence online or, you can apply in person at the Department of Transport.
You need a R Class Motorcycle licence to ride a bike like this

REFRESHER COURSE

There are a lot of reasons people choose to do a refresher course, lack of confidence or skill or just want to ride a bike better.  This course will be tailored to suit your needs.

  • You have had a bike licence for years but havent ridden alot recently and you now want to buy a bike.
  • You have had a crash or dropped the bike and have lost all confidence.
  • You did the Pre Learner course but haven’t done a lot of hours or practice on a bike and want to be more prepared for the RE Licence course.
  • You want to learn to ride a bike but you are not sure it is for you but want to have a go.
  • Or you just want to come and brush up on road rules and good riding behaviours.

If any of the above reasons sound familiar or any other reasons, give Mark or Jo a call and we can have a chat and match a course that suits your requirements and circumstances.  If you want to test your General knowledge go online and do a Practice Road Rule Test.

 

Tight turns can be difficult at low speed, so you must look around to where you want to go to when turning tight
A Racetrack is the place to practice fast cornering, full leathers is a must.
Want to learn how to ride a bike, come and do a Pre Learner course in Gympie

Polleys Coaches Carpark, 56 Chatsworth Road, Gympie 4570.

Cooloola Kart Track, 10 Runge Road, Gympie 4570. 

Roadskills Gympie, 14 City View Drive, The Dawn 4570.

Roadskills Gympie and Q-Ride Gympie

LEARN TO RIDE – LEARN TO DRIVE

Owner Operators – Joanne & Mark Phillips

14 City View Drive, The Dawn 4570 QLD

DRIVER TRAINING – Jo: 0412 410 727

RIDER TRAINING – Mark: 0438 764 662

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