SharpRider is the DVSA ‘Enhanced Rider Scheme’ intended as extra training for full ‘A’ motorcycle licence holders. Cost is only £20 as the courses are subsidised by Safer Roads South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire County Councils, but you must be living or working in these counties or North Notts. with a DN or S postcode. Full cost is £100 from outside the area, which compared with the usual price of around £200 for a days training.
If you would like a place please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or phone 01777 81803, or 07939 041606) for a booking form or more information.
Dates and Venues, 2016
11th September at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, Rotherham (second day agreed individually with riders)
NEW LAST DATE 9th October at Lifewise Centre Hellaby.
Last in Yorks – no promise of funding for next year.
22nd and 23rd October, fixed two day course – Birstall Fire Station, Leicester
The scheme is suitable if you:
– are hoping to reduce your insurance costs
– want to be a better, quicker but safer rider
– have just passed your test
– are returning to riding after a break
– are upgrading to a more powerful motorcycle
– want to check your riding standard
The training is split over 2 days, with a first day’s informal workshop with discussions and videos covering known causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them, and advanced riding techniques, positioning etc. There is also a session outside in the yard on maintenance, picking up a fallen bike etc, and demonstrations of braking and slow riding.
A DVSA riding assessment (not a test) is on second date arranged later, and takes around 3 hours in total. It’s best just to ride normally to get the most benefit, not try to do a ‘demo ride’.
There are DVSA books and video if you need further reference. The reference book is called Riding – The Essential Skills.
All riders then receive a formal DVSA ‘Certificate of Riding Competence’ graded A-D. which should get you a discount off your insurance on renewal. You also get a copy of our Rider Assessment sheet above and personal written feedback on your riding, identifying any risk areas in the way you ride, and how to think about addressing them. You may also be asked to consider further advanced training by RoSPA or the IAM if we believe you would benefit.