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Bank holiday event offered free motorcycle taster sessions

Monday 21st August 2017

People wanting to learn to ride a motorcycle participated in a free taster session - in a safe and structured environment - as part of a three-day event which took place over the bank holiday weekend.

Get On, the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme, offered 45-minute taster lessons at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire over the course of the weekend (26-28 August).

The initiative, developed by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), is designed to encourage more road users to take to two wheels.

The sessions were led by a professional instructor and provided an introduction to the gears, brakes and slow speed handling.

Riders were also given advice about protective clothing and how to find an accredited local trainer, as well as learning what licences are needed for different sized motorcycles.

Karen Cole, director of safety and training for the MCIA, said: “First and foremost motorcycling is fun, but it is vital that people get their first taste of riding in a safe and structured environment, where expectations about wearing protective clothing are set and people understand the value of finding high quality training.

“Government vehicle licensing figures show that more and more people are riding motorcycles and scooters each year and we want them to wear the right gear and take training with the best schools in the UK.”

The MCIA says Get On is suitable for anyone aged 14 years or over - from complete beginners to those returning to biking after a break. Motorcycles and protective clothing are provided.

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Funny according to stats for 2016, and the first 6 months of this year, motorcycle manufacturers are not having a good time as sales have been down due to whatever cause.

That said, what I have seen is a greater take up by females on small scooters. They are more than visible by the lack of protective clothing that they should otherwise wear. Not jeans and trainers and no gloves or protective jackets but ordinary raincoats etc. Its as if they have never heard of gravel rash.... perhaps they haven't but they must have heard of it on a CBT course.
m.worthington Manchester

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