Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Get a new bike from $50 per week

A rebel with a cause. Getting started with motorbikes in the ACT?

By Dilandach 10 April 2013 26

So I want to start looking at getting my motorcycle license. I’ve honestly no idea where to start with it, do I turn up at a riding school in full leathers?

Do I bring my own bike? Should I buy a bike before I try get my license?

Should it be brand new or used with the expectation I’ll crash?

What mistakes have people made when getting their license and should be avoided from being repeated?

I’ve never ridden a motorbike in my life except for a minibike at another kid’s 6th birthday party.


What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
26 Responses to
A rebel with a cause. Getting started with motorbikes in the ACT?
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
steveu 9:15 am 15 Apr 13

OP, Felix and Dilandach are correct.

Relax, follow the instructions of the people running the course, use the techniques, and most of all, ride at your own pace. Dont rush anything and you will be fine. When wearing your L’s, believe it or not some people on the roads do understand what that means, and will give you some consideration.

As long as you are careful, are respectful of other motorists and the road itself, you will have an enjoyable experience.

If you try and rush yourself, dont anticipate traffic or other cars, go beyond your limits, then you may not enjoy the experience.

Worst case if you find it challenging, ask them for private lessons outside of a group environment if that helps.

When on your L’s pick the time of day that you go out initially. Ie. low traffic times, not in peak hour. Slowly build up to peak hour traffic when you are ready.

I can say that if anything, doing the course will make you a better driver of a car if anything, it really reinforces and teaches you good roadcraft that seems to slip the minds of people over time.

Have fun, and dont stress. If I can get my MR licence, anyone can (if they follow the above, and the comments in this thread).

bigred 7:56 pm 14 Apr 13

Hey Paul0075, best way to get an MR licence is to join the SES or RFS. You do something good for the community while at it.

Paul0075 5:25 pm 14 Apr 13

Mysteryman said :

The whole system is designed so that everyone, including people who’ve never ridden before, can get a licence.

I think the course is pretty good and you’ll find out in no time if riding is for you or not.

Does anyone know if there’s a similar kind of “try before you buy” before you shell out quite a lot of money to upgrade your drivers licence to MR standard? Would be good to see if it is the right way to go or not. I have been putting this off for some time, because I don’t want to shell out anywhere between 1500 and 2500 to train and upgrade then find I don’t like driving a bigger vehicle.

Felix the Cat 4:37 pm 14 Apr 13

Told you all traffic is the enemy – http://the-riotact.com/rider-down-on-the-cotter-road/100561

poetix 4:35 pm 11 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

Felix the Cat said :

Treat all traffic like the enemy. They are all out to kill you. At intersections they haven’t seen you and will pull out in front (and side and back) of you.

Pedestrians will walk out in front of you while they mindlessly stare blankly at their smartphone screens instead of watching where they are walking or what colour the traffic lights are.

If riding behind trucks and buses ride to one side and not in the middle where they can see you in their mirrors. Good practice to ride to one side anyway as the middle is generally where oil gets dropped.

In winter watch out for black ice on the roads.A place where you get this is on Parkes Way around the side of Black Mtn just on the Civic side of the Glenoch Interchange.

Don’t get your abilities mixed up with your ambitions. If you want to ride like Casey Stoner than go on a racetrack. Public roads – even ones out the back of the Cotter or other semi-rural areas – aren’t the place for it. Stuff can happen (and does) like rocks/gravel/other debris on the road and wildlife (also sheep and cattle) can jump/wander out on the road suddenly. Watch out for Kangaroos. Especially at dawn or dusk.They are the worlds most stupidest animal and have less road sense or sense of self-preservation than a 6 month old baby and WILL do the most unpredictable things at the worst possible moment.

Wear your protective clothing ALWAYS. Even on 45 degree days. Even when popping down the shop just to buy a carton of milk. Better to be a bit hot than have no skin left – or worse.

Good idea that someone posted earlier about learning to ride in a paddock first.

Black ice and oil from trucks / cars?

…I’m starting to re-think this. I’d love to ride but not if I’m playing russian roulette. The hours I’d be riding would be around 6am and around 4pm going along parkes way.

I would absolutely wear the best protective gear I could get but I’m a little freaked out now.

I rode a motorbike for several years and stayed alive (obviously) but I was an extremely cautious rider. I never got my full licence, as in those days you could endlessly extend your learner’s licence, and I had a 250cc bike. I am not at all a brave person, and I think that being a bit wimpy is actually a good thing on a bike.

I miss it in terms of the feeling of freedom, but I couldn’t do it again now. I gave up when I was pregnant, and never took it up again.

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this, but don’t even have a single drink when riding, as it does slow your reaction time.

Thumper 3:21 pm 11 Apr 13

Felix the Cat said :

Treat all traffic like the enemy. They are all out to kill you. At intersections they haven’t seen you and will pull out in front (and side and back) of you.

Pedestrians will walk out in front of you while they mindlessly stare blankly at their smartphone screens instead of watching where they are walking or what colour the traffic lights are.

If riding behind trucks and buses ride to one side and not in the middle where they can see you in their mirrors. Good practice to ride to one side anyway as the middle is generally where oil gets dropped.

In winter watch out for black ice on the roads.A place where you get this is on Parkes Way around the side of Black Mtn just on the Civic side of the Glenoch Interchange.

Don’t get your abilities mixed up with your ambitions. If you want to ride like Casey Stoner than go on a racetrack. Public roads – even ones out the back of the Cotter or other semi-rural areas – aren’t the place for it. Stuff can happen (and does) like rocks/gravel/other debris on the road and wildlife (also sheep and cattle) can jump/wander out on the road suddenly. Watch out for Kangaroos. Especially at dawn or dusk.They are the worlds most stupidest animal and have less road sense or sense of self-preservation than a 6 month old baby and WILL do the most unpredictable things at the worst possible moment.

Wear your protective clothing ALWAYS. Even on 45 degree days. Even when popping down the shop just to buy a carton of milk. Better to be a bit hot than have no skin left – or worse.

Good idea that someone posted earlier about learning to ride in a paddock first.

This…

Oh, and wear boots, not runners. Shoe laces can get caught on the brake or gear pedal and you’ll look pretty stupid falling off a stationary bike at the lights.

Another hint, be careful stopping at orange lights. Take the chance and scream through them otherwise some dickwad in a commodore trying to beat the lights while phoning his girlfriend will simply run you over.

Still, it’s fun 🙂

Mysteryman 3:19 pm 11 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

Felix the Cat said :

Treat all traffic like the enemy. They are all out to kill you. At intersections they haven’t seen you and will pull out in front (and side and back) of you.

Pedestrians will walk out in front of you while they mindlessly stare blankly at their smartphone screens instead of watching where they are walking or what colour the traffic lights are.

If riding behind trucks and buses ride to one side and not in the middle where they can see you in their mirrors. Good practice to ride to one side anyway as the middle is generally where oil gets dropped.

In winter watch out for black ice on the roads.A place where you get this is on Parkes Way around the side of Black Mtn just on the Civic side of the Glenoch Interchange.

Don’t get your abilities mixed up with your ambitions. If you want to ride like Casey Stoner than go on a racetrack. Public roads – even ones out the back of the Cotter or other semi-rural areas – aren’t the place for it. Stuff can happen (and does) like rocks/gravel/other debris on the road and wildlife (also sheep and cattle) can jump/wander out on the road suddenly. Watch out for Kangaroos. Especially at dawn or dusk.They are the worlds most stupidest animal and have less road sense or sense of self-preservation than a 6 month old baby and WILL do the most unpredictable things at the worst possible moment.

Wear your protective clothing ALWAYS. Even on 45 degree days. Even when popping down the shop just to buy a carton of milk. Better to be a bit hot than have no skin left – or worse.

Good idea that someone posted earlier about learning to ride in a paddock first.

Black ice and oil from trucks / cars?

…I’m starting to re-think this. I’d love to ride but not if I’m playing russian roulette. The hours I’d be riding would be around 6am and around 4pm going along parkes way.

I would absolutely wear the best protective gear I could get but I’m a little freaked out now.

Felix the Cat tells the truth, but don’t let that put you off. It’s not as bad as it sounds and Stay Upright do a good job of teaching you the foundation for safe riding. Yes, many drivers/other road users are idiots and don’t look but that can be anticipated and dealt with. With the right techniques and awareness you’ll greatly reduce the likelihood of an accident. You’ll also become a better driver once you’ve spent time on a motorcycle and realised how lazy an inattentive many drivers are.

Do the course. You’ll enjoy it and you’ll know by the end if you want to continue with motorcycling. There are some amazing rides to be had in Canberra’s surrounds.

Dilandach 3:07 pm 11 Apr 13

Felix the Cat said :

Treat all traffic like the enemy. They are all out to kill you. At intersections they haven’t seen you and will pull out in front (and side and back) of you.

Pedestrians will walk out in front of you while they mindlessly stare blankly at their smartphone screens instead of watching where they are walking or what colour the traffic lights are.

If riding behind trucks and buses ride to one side and not in the middle where they can see you in their mirrors. Good practice to ride to one side anyway as the middle is generally where oil gets dropped.

In winter watch out for black ice on the roads.A place where you get this is on Parkes Way around the side of Black Mtn just on the Civic side of the Glenoch Interchange.

Don’t get your abilities mixed up with your ambitions. If you want to ride like Casey Stoner than go on a racetrack. Public roads – even ones out the back of the Cotter or other semi-rural areas – aren’t the place for it. Stuff can happen (and does) like rocks/gravel/other debris on the road and wildlife (also sheep and cattle) can jump/wander out on the road suddenly. Watch out for Kangaroos. Especially at dawn or dusk.They are the worlds most stupidest animal and have less road sense or sense of self-preservation than a 6 month old baby and WILL do the most unpredictable things at the worst possible moment.

Wear your protective clothing ALWAYS. Even on 45 degree days. Even when popping down the shop just to buy a carton of milk. Better to be a bit hot than have no skin left – or worse.

Good idea that someone posted earlier about learning to ride in a paddock first.

Black ice and oil from trucks / cars?

…I’m starting to re-think this. I’d love to ride but not if I’m playing russian roulette. The hours I’d be riding would be around 6am and around 4pm going along parkes way.

I would absolutely wear the best protective gear I could get but I’m a little freaked out now.

Felix the Cat 2:54 pm 11 Apr 13

Treat all traffic like the enemy. They are all out to kill you. At intersections they haven’t seen you and will pull out in front (and side and back) of you.

Pedestrians will walk out in front of you while they mindlessly stare blankly at their smartphone screens instead of watching where they are walking or what colour the traffic lights are.

If riding behind trucks and buses ride to one side and not in the middle where they can see you in their mirrors. Good practice to ride to one side anyway as the middle is generally where oil gets dropped.

In winter watch out for black ice on the roads.A place where you get this is on Parkes Way around the side of Black Mtn just on the Civic side of the Glenoch Interchange.

Don’t get your abilities mixed up with your ambitions. If you want to ride like Casey Stoner than go on a racetrack. Public roads – even ones out the back of the Cotter or other semi-rural areas – aren’t the place for it. Stuff can happen (and does) like rocks/gravel/other debris on the road and wildlife (also sheep and cattle) can jump/wander out on the road suddenly. Watch out for Kangaroos. Especially at dawn or dusk.They are the worlds most stupidest animal and have less road sense or sense of self-preservation than a 6 month old baby and WILL do the most unpredictable things at the worst possible moment.

Wear your protective clothing ALWAYS. Even on 45 degree days. Even when popping down the shop just to buy a carton of milk. Better to be a bit hot than have no skin left – or worse.

Good idea that someone posted earlier about learning to ride in a paddock first.

bigred 2:23 pm 11 Apr 13

suggest you take your own helmet and gloves out to Stay upright. In my view, the only flaw in the system is the communal helmet scheme. If you end up with one that doesn’t fit you will have an uncomfortable time of it.

tuco 2:15 pm 11 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

tuco said :

Obey all signs. All of them. Be sure to stop and point out every sign to other riders. They’ll secretly admire your dedication. They might also give you a secret one fingered signal, and that means you’re cool.

Still butt hurt over that? Like a child sulking in the corner after being scolded.

I get 10 points for that. Booyah!

watto23 9:03 am 11 Apr 13

I’m in the same process as you. Stay upright is the place to start, although they get heavily booked out for their weekend courses.

I’ve ridden scooters in asia, but at least the traffic there is all bikes and scooters…. canberra will be interesting.

Dilandach 8:17 am 11 Apr 13

tuco said :

Obey all signs. All of them. Be sure to stop and point out every sign to other riders. They’ll secretly admire your dedication. They might also give you a secret one fingered signal, and that means you’re cool.

Still butt hurt over that? Like a child sulking in the corner after being scolded.

tuco 6:42 am 11 Apr 13

Obey all signs. All of them. Be sure to stop and point out every sign to other riders. They’ll secretly admire your dedication. They might also give you a secret one fingered signal, and that means you’re cool.

BelcoMan 11:31 pm 10 Apr 13

In a nutshell, all of your answers are in one spot. canberrariders.org.au

Scrumpox 9:31 pm 10 Apr 13

So many questions. Why not go to the Kambah Pony Club in your leathers. I’m sure you’ll fit right in.

wildturkeycanoe 9:26 pm 10 Apr 13

Start with an open paddock, an automatic AG bike or a 125cc manual and go for your life. When you can successfully navigate around the farm without hitting logs, rocks, fences and the such, you are ready for open gravel roads. Whatever you do, do not go out into Canberra traffic without at least several long days experience of learning to start, stop and the rest of how to ride rules. I fear for my life every time I hit the roads here and I’ve been riding legally for 24 years and 4 months. Have fun though…

kumadude 6:51 pm 10 Apr 13

Do the course, rock up with a Madass or a postie bike, watch the retards on the Jap bikes fail. Pass, then drop the 110cc out and replace with a 160cc pitbike engine….mono or the way to work or increase the back sprocket by a few teeth and do 130lkm/h to work…on a f***postie. Never ever ride around with board shorts, never ever ride a scooter, never ever ride a Harley…stop this village people mentality.

nescius 3:47 pm 10 Apr 13

Call stayupright (6297 1144) and book into the pre-learner course, you need to have a current ACT driver licence for this (of any kind, Ls/Ps ok).

Turn up to the pre-learner course wearing sensible shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Helmets, gloves, and motorbikes are all provided.

The course is aimed at people who have never ridden a motorbike before. I had no experience before the course but everything was explained very well and I had no trouble (nobody failed in the group when I did it, not even the two people who dropped their bikes). The course is easy and fun, don’t be concerned. The course is run at the Sutton Road Driver Training Centre.

Don’t worry too much about buying a bike before the pre-learner course, but do get your hands on one as soon as you can afterwards, then get out and ride as much as possible.

Buy a bike that suits your needs and is within your budget, some people will advise against a new bike saying that you’ll crash it, but that’s a bit negative if you ask me. I bought my first bike brand new and never had any problems.

Maybe visit CanberraRiders and have a look through the forums, there is a wealth of information there and most of your questions have probably been asked and answered.

When considering your budget for buying a bike make sure you factor in the cost of your gear as well, getting kitted out with helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, etc. can be pricey (but doesn’t have to be if you are willing to shop around). Make sure it fits properly, especially the helmet.

arescarti42 3:29 pm 10 Apr 13

IIRC, all you have to do to get a learners licence is attend and pass the learners course, and then head down to the motor registry to get a new licence.

You don’t need a bike or any gear to do the course.

When you do go to buy a bike, it’s probably wise to buy a second hand one, and wiser still to buy one without fairings. There’s a pretty reasonable chance that you’ll drop it once at the very least.

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2019 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site