Today was a BEAUTIFUL Australian day in Queensland – 30 degrees, cloudless. So Team A.I.P decided to get a coffee – from a great little shop, 50km away 🙂 Which was the perfect excuse to get the motorcycle out and enjoy a great countryside ride out (making the trip about 70km each way – haha). Now let’s talk about these wonderful devices. Just quietly, I had a motorcycle for 4 years BEFORE I had a car. Saved me a fortune, made me so much more road aware.
So you’re interested in having a go on the ol’ two-wheeled joy machine? Good on you. Motorbikes have, in my opinion, an unfairly harsh spotlight on them sometimes. They are media goldmines and we often are only exposed to the terrible extremes that can occur. Don’t get me wrong, just like driving a car, motorcycles have risks that you need to be aware of and manage, but they certainly are not the Death Machines they are made out to be.
Riding a motorcycle has many advantages over a car, including:
Cheaper to run
Motorcycles use much less petrol than cars
Motorcycles usually use less than half the petrol a car would. A motorcycle saves money you would otherwise burn up in smoke. It also saves your country money, as if a more people rode motorcycles, our dependence on foreign oil would reduce.
Easier to maintain
In many ways, a motorcycle is only half a car
Motorcycles are easier to repair. Firstly the engine is more accessible. You go to the bike, pull off a side cover or seat, and there is the engine. Secondly, there is less to maintain, e.g. two wheels not four. If your costs for routine maintenance are not less than for a car, consider a new garage. Finally, many repairs you can do yourself, like changing spark plugs or fitting a new battery.
Easier to park
Motorcycles are easier to park than cars. People who take half an hour to get to work, may take just as long to find a park. What if you could ride right up to your building, get off, and walk in? For most motorcycle riders this is the case. A bike parks in a third of the space of a car, so you can angle park a hundred bikes where only 30 cars will fit. Even in the busiest of places, there is usually a spot to park a bike.
Motorcycles wake you up
The main cause of car accidents is inattention. Falling asleep at the wheel, often momentarily, happens more often than most people think. A car is comfortable, so if you are tired, your body tells you it is time to take a nap. Unfortunately, even a brief mini-nap can put you into oncoming traffic. In contrast, motorcycles wake you up, as on a bike you feel the wind, the wet, and the cold! So you are less likely to nod off “at the handlebars” than at the wheel. Riding can be unpleasant, but boring it is not, and this is an advantage.
How to Get Your Licence:
– Note this is based on the Australian Queensland System, other States & Territories follow similar methods
Step 1: Getting a learner motorcycle licence (RE)
If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle, you must apply for a class RE learner licence.
To get a learner licence for a motorcycle, you have to hold your provisional, probationary or open car licence for at least 1 year before you can apply. This makes sure you have on-road driving experience before you ride solo.
To get your RE learner licence:
Once you pass and pay for your knowledge test, your driver licence will have the class RE added to it.
You can now start learning to ride a motorcycle
Upgrading Your Learner’s:
To upgrade from a class RE learner licence to an RE provisional or open, you will need to complete either a Q-Ride training program or pass a Q-SAFE practical riding test (Only if you live 100km+ from a Q-Ride Provider).
There are the 6 steps to Q-Ride:
1. Have the correct licence (Class RE motorbike learner’s licence)
2. Choose a registered Q-Ride trainer
3. Enrol with the provider
Call us on 5596 4938 to organise QRide training.
4. Learn to ride
Q-Ride training and assessment consists of a number of competency standards that your trainer will take you through.
When learning to ride a motorbike you must display an L-plate and carry your class RE learner, provisional or open licence. Your licence must be shown to a police officer or any other authorised person if you are asked to do so.
5. Get your Q-Ride Certificate
When you have demonstrated you are competent in all of the Q-Ride competencies, the Q-Ride registered service provider will issue you with a competency declaration (Q-Ride Certificate).
6. Get your licence
Before you can ride unaccompanied on your motorbike, you must take your current licence and Q-Ride Certificate to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre to apply for your motorbike licence. Although you will not be required to do a practical driving test, you must be eligible for the licence you are applying for.