I arrive at Metropolis Training Centre and start my training...
Part1 – Do I have the right documents? Yes, my photo license and the paper counterpart.....phew, that was easy.
Part 2 - Can I see? Yes, I remembered my contact lenses, it makes reading a number plate 20 metres away that much easier!
Part 3 – Get to know the bike. The instructor took me through each part of the bike making sure I knew and understood what each of the controls do.
Part 4 – Straight line riding – having had the taster session I had this one under control, I progressed quickly from riding in a straight line to round in circles before finally changing gears.
Part 5 – Manoeuvres - By now all the stresses and nerves began to settle and were replaced by a sense of calm. I was feeling free and a smile had appeared under my visor. I then started on my manoeuvres. Again, the taster session had already introduced me to the figure of 8’s, but the idea now was to do them with more control. We then moved on to indicating and performing safe turns followed by U-turns....I kept getting killed and had to do it again, then it dawned on me LIFESAVER glance!!! Arggghhh, lesson learned, this reminded me how dangerous it could be if not taken seriously. Emergency stops were great fun, you need to stop that urge to do everything quickly, remembering the faster you pull the brakes the more likely you are to skid.
Once I’d completed all the manoeuvres I was showing confidence and then hit the open road for a drive round town for the afternoon…And if you are anything like me then it will be the start of your riding hobby!
Hopefully at the end of your day you will get that certificate that will let you ride all by yourself. Next stop MOD 1. I have booked that for the beginning of November...