18/11/2012 at 7:59 PM #9920
It might be November and it might have been -1C when I left for work this morning, but the sun was shining and it soon warrmed up. If you’ve ever wondered what a day’s ERS training would be like, then perhaps a brief outline of today will help. First, I rode over to meet my “trainee” for the day, Andrew. I say “trainee” but he has already passed both parts of his motorcycle test with flying colours and bought a lovely nearly-new Triumph Tiger 800XC too, so he’s hardly a “novice”.
First job was to explain the structure of the ERS itself and run through the Competency Framework used to help identify a rider’s development needs. Over an excellent espresso and with a lovely warm potato cake (not every ERS trainee will get these, as they were supplied by Andrew’s wife 😎 ). Then outside to check the bikes over before gearing up and heading off. The ride consists of a mix of roads, from busy urban towns and cities (Stockport in our case), through stunning country lanes (Lyme Park and the Long road into Buxton) before our first coffee stop. Here we discussed the ride so far and I gave Andrew some tips on modifying his position to improve his view – whilst maintaining safety – and how to negotiate bends more effectively using techniques such as Counter-Steering and the Vanishing Point. Then it was back onto the roads taking in the best of the A6 south of Buxton and across a little-used back road towards the Cat and Fiddle Inn. At this stop, Andrew’s grin had grown so wide it threatened to pop out of his new Arai, the joys of counter-steering being a revelation “I can put the bike exactly where I want to!!” he exclaimed. Quite.
Lunch was then taken whilst discussing turn-in points and futher fine-tuning his approach to corners before riding the infamous Cat and Fiddle itself. I even got to lead at one stage to demonstrate and offer a commentary to really bring to life what I was talking about. This proved most effective as Andrew’s cornering improved further as did his confidence.
But it was now time to get back to more urban riding, with discussions on filtering and overtaking, improving observations further and generally how to make more progress through traffic. We finished off with a short motorway ride too, so we could discuss how to deal with faster-moving traffic and joining/leaving fast roads and changing lanes safely.
Finally back at his house we discussed how it had gone and I gave him run-down on where his riding was at in relation to the standard ERS aims for. We then discussed further improvements as he is keen to continue to develop his riding with a view to taking an advanced test (which requires a standard even higher than ERS). Once home, I filled out the forms and emailed him a copy of the detailed assessment from the day, so he can see clearly where he stands.
But the image that will remain with me from today is his big grin when he cracked the basics of cornering a motorcycle on a rural road… never mind Cat and Fiddle, this cat got the cream too! 😀
[attachment=0:2czshvhb]Andrew ERS.jpg[/attachment:2czshvhb]18/11/2012 at 8:05 PM #10422
Well done Paul, sounds like you had a fabulous day out there….. Think you had the easy day 🙂
We held the fort whilst you were out playing:-)
Good write up too thanks
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