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In Victoria, the training and testing for motorcycle and scooter learner permits has been outsourced to specialist companies such as HART ~ Honda Australia Rider Training. Recently, both my husband and I tested for our Victorian Motorcycle Learner Permits. Although we were starting from very different levels of confidence and experience, HART had courses to suit our individual needs. Today, we review the One Day Learner Permit course.
I had grown up riding trail bikes, and had jointly owned a Honda 75 with my older brother until our early teen years. Unfortunately I had come off the bike while riding laps at my fathers warehouse. To cut a long story short (and to spare the violins), there was a minor throttle mishap, and the result was bent forks, lots of tears and a bruised ego. I also had my confidence shaken, and it was many years before I attempted another ride. In my late teens a school friend tried to help rebuild my confidence, and I rode his Honda CT110 (a Postie bike) in first gear around his backyard. I could run laps, although I still didn’t have the confidence to change gears or to breathe while the bike was moving!
After reading the course blurbs on the HART website (also shown below) I selected the One Day Learner Permit course at the Kilsyth location. I had some riding experience, but not enough to select the half day course. I could balance and ride a pushbike confidently, so I didn’t feel I needed the longer course. While making my online booking, I nominated that I would like a scooter for the course. The other options were a motorcycle or a CT110, subject to availability of course. I paid $280, which was the weekend rate.
My course ran on Australia Day, and I was lucky enough to be the sole student in a one day course! As I had the instructor and training ground to myself, I took the opportunity to get back on a motorcycle. I relearned the basics from taking the bike off the stand, moving and pushing the bike, getting on and off safely, and of course, the controls. I managed to master the clutch release and brakes, and completed a few laps. I felt I overcame my fear of the bike taking off on its own. I did opt to move off the motorcycle and continue my course on the scooter, as my intention was to purchase a scooter for recreational use around the neighbourhood. I felt it would be better to gain a feel for a vehicle similar to one I would be riding, but I was really pleased I had the chance to try out a motorbike again.
The instructor, Michael, was fantastic. Michael gave me clear instructions on everything from my riding position, hand and wrist position, and encouraged me to relax the death grip I had on the throttle. Simple pointers given along the way such as relaxing my shoulders and reminding me to breathe while going around corners was really helpful! I listened intently to everything I was told, and Michael encouraged me to talk myself through the steps as I approached corners, or came to an emergency stop. I was really pleased with my trainer, and I never felt embarrassed or the need to be apologetic if I made boo boo’s along the way. It was a really comfortable learning environment.
You can find HART in the following Victorian suburbs, however there are locations in other states of Australia:
Here are some details about the range of courses HART has to offer:
HALF DAY LEARNER PERMIT – FROM $240
Designed for people who are already confident motorbike and scooter riders – HART’s half day learner permit course will build upon your existing riding skills. The course is delivered by industry leading trainers and will prepare you to complete your Victorian motorcycle learner permit test.
ONE DAY LEARNER PERMIT – FROM $260
Designed for people with little or no riding experience, HART’s 1 day motorcycle learner permit course will teach you the fundamentals of how to ride a motorbike, scooter or CT110. The course is an intensive course delivered by industry leading trainers and will prepare you to completed your Victorian motorcycle learner permit test.
TWO DAY LEARNER PERMIT – FROM $395
Designed for people with little or no riding experience, HART’s 2 day motorcycle learner permit course will teach you the fundamentals of how to ride a motorbike, scooter or CT110. This course assumes you know nothing about riding a motorcycle. The first day is spent learning the fundamental skills for riding a motorcycle. Day two gives you the opportunity to begin cementing those skills, preparing you to complete your Victorian motorcycle learner permit test.
You can visit the HART website here.
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