Professional Motorcycle Training

Regardless of your experience or your own self-perceived abilities on a motorcycle, we believe there's always room for improvement and we encourage all our tour participants to seriously consider brushing up their skills with some professional tuition before embarking on an international motorcycle adventure such as we offer.

You'll be on unfamiliar terrain on probably an unfamiliar bike, in unfamiliar conditions (such as, perhaps, the opposite side of the road). It's best that your reflexes up are to scratch and that you have the best possible skills in your toolbox for when you might need them in a hurry.

Accidents are mostly avoidable

We've seen a lot of unfortunate incidents in our 22+ years of operation. In our opinion, possibly as high as 90% of these mishaps can be attributed to an ineffectual braking technique. When was the last time you practised an emergency braking procedure? Yep, we thought so. Even on your own bike, let alone a rented one you've never seen before!

Do you even know what an emergency braking procedure looks like? It's not simply a matter of grabbing as much front lever as you can and hoping for the best. A motorcycle has three brakes on three wheels: the front wheel, the rear wheel, and the fly wheel -- more commonly referred to as the motor. We're constantly amazed at how many people use only the front brake, and disregard the other two tools in the toolbox.
Sure, when you get to the standard of our Spanish amigo here in the photo, perhaps the rear brake might not actually be contributing very much at times. But in the somewhat less extreme conditions of road touring, it's important to know how to use everything at your disposal. If the rear brake contributes even 5% to your braking effectiveness, it may mean the difference between teetering on the edge or plummeting into the ravine.

And engine braking? We're all familiar with kicking it down a gear to help us slow for a corner, but when simply stopping in a straight line an incredible number of people just pull the clutch in and cruise to a halt with their gearbox still in 3rd, or 4th, or 5th! And both feet off the pegs, flapping in the breeze like a landing pelican.

Many motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s probably obtained their riding license before the stringent testing of the modern era was introduced. And they've probably been perpetuating bad habits for the past 30 years. These days, the testing authorities place a great emphasis on correct braking techniques, and for good reason -- the statistics show that fewer new riders are now slamming themselves into poles and cars in the days following their license acquisition. When you go for your license nowadays, one of the exercises they'll put you through is, you guessed it, emergency braking.

You're required to ride toward the instructor at a comfortable speed in a mid-range gear. He gives you the signal and then he watches closely to ensure that both your hands and both your feet become very busy. Your right hand must operate the front brake, your right foot must operate the rear brake, your left hand must operate the clutch, your left foot must operate the gearbox, and when the bike has come to a standstill in first gear, not before, you may then take your left foot and place it on the ground. And if you can't do this, you fail !! No ifs, no buts, come back next week and try again.

Food for thought, hey? Go forth now and practise the correct technique, before you need it for real in an emergency situation. And better still, enrol in a professional refresher course.

motoDNA -- an Aussie riding academy

We've teamed up with motoDNA as our Adventure Training partner. An Australian outfit boasting an impressive array of hugely talented instructors (Mark McVeigh, Chris Vermeulen, Garry McCoy, Peter Goddard, Kevin Magee ....) they have the skills and the syllabus to get the most out of your riding ability, which will give you the weapons you need to survive and enjoy your next ride, whether it be the daily commute or an international adventure with World On Wheels. They offer track training, road training, off-road courses, bush bashing, sand and water techniques, you name it, in venues up and down Australia's east coast.
Check out their webpage, www.motoDNA.com.au where you'll find a full list of training courses and venues to suit you. You can book a course online at www.motodna.com.au/calendar and if you do, be sure to mention World On Wheels in the Coupon box. We don't get any commission, but they often have special offers for referrals from their business partners, and of course they like to know where their leads are coming from. They do the same for us; we scratch each other's back.
motoDNA's 'Intro to AdventureTraining' course is designed for riders who have little or no dirt riding experience and would like to gain the skills and confidence to go adventure riding. Their structured training program teaches the skills for every aspect of off-road Adventure riding using step by step techniques that steadily develop skill and confidence.

Techniques covered include body position, braking, clutch & throttle control, turning (seated & standing), line choice, cornering, cambers, climbs & descents, turning on hills, picking your bike up, wheelies, logs, rocks, river crossings, luggage packing & weight distribution, even towing another bike.

Conducted at their private training centre in the beautiful Noosa region of the Sunshine Coast, the course is limited to 5 students per coach. Check their schedule here for the next available course.