Wet Weather Gear Advice From Pete

Hollie has asked me to lay down some thoughts on wet weather gear. Basically, most of my gear is BMW branded, and I've had it for a few years....... BMW has gone through an evolution, and is still improving it's gear in terms of being weatherproof.   When I got my first BMW Santiago suit it had a Goretex liner which zipped into the inside of both the jacket, and a separate one for the pants. This meant that the outer gear got soaked through, but the wearer stayed dry inside the Goretex…Read more …

Pete’s Scooter Safari Report 2016

  This year's Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari was about 5 years in the making for me. Friends had done it going back to when it started, in 2009. Every 2 years the event runs from Christchurch to Hokitika, via Arthurs Pass. In the past it's conflicted with other things I had been doing, but since my career change the motivation has finally arrived, and this year was mine! The event is limited to 250 scooters. Theoretically they are all 50cc or less, with a top speed of 50 kmh. Of course, the event is…Read more …

Winter Riding Tip #2 from Dan

The little things..... No need to go to Spec Savers!   My small financial investment recently in a new visor has made winter riding so much more enjoyable (and safer). To look at my old visor you could argue that it was fine, as I take pretty good care of it.  The difference however when I fitted a new one was like night and day. Constantly riding into the sun on a winter commute and the dreaded headlights from oncoming traffic at night highlighted all of the tiny little scratches and more so how…Read more …

Winter Riding Tip #1 from Dan

Good rubber is essential for wet weather riding and it is even more important to closely monitor the ever changing road surface. A good simple rule for the wet:  If the road is shiny, it's slippery.  Worn roads with tar bleed have reduced grip. Not unrideable but extra care needs to be taken. Reduce speed and lean angle when cornering.  Be smooth. I observed that most vehicles, especially in heavy rain, drive with their headlights on which is great.  The problem with this however is that the ones without are harder to see.  So with limited visibility take care when passing. Always expect…Read more …

Congratulations to Captain Carefree!

Congratulations to a good friend of Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training.  Chris Carey (AKA Captain Carefree) who is this year's winner of the Ulysses Motorcycle Raffle! Being the dedicated motorcyclist that he is, it's great news to hear!  As you will see from Chris' article below (which was in the Ulysses Mag), he is a witty character and just a real nice guy.   We couldn't think of a better person to win such an awesome prize.  Chris has been instrumental in helping spread the word on how motorcycle training is the 'new black'.  Check…Read more …

New Pages Added to Our Site

We have added some new pages to our website! Check out the Motorcycle Licence Laws and Restrictions page and also we now have a page giving you more information about the CBTA system so that those considering this process can make an informed decision.   http://motorcycletraining.co.nz/motorcycle-licence-laws-restrictions http://motorcycletraining.co.nz/what-is-cbta    Read more …

Awesome Gold Ride Forever Training Feedback!

  We have received an email of appreciation and wanted to share it with everyone.  Thanks Brian, it's always great to receive feedback in general but this was awesome.   Dear Dan and Hank, I would sincerely like to thank you for the great training day you put on for us yesterday. Having ridden motor bikes over 45 years, operated machinery on classes 1,2,3,4,5,6 and P, driven lots of front line police cars including advanced training years ago - pursuit and 4WD. (As a dog handler we were constantly attending emergency calls.)  I…Read more …

Hank is due back from his holiday!

4 days to go!!! We have been counting down the days until Hank returns from his second holiday this year!  He has spent the last 6 weeks in Europe where he started in Spain attending his son's wedding.  Before this Hank had spent over a month in Bolivia.  He touches on his experiences there in his blurb which can be found here http://motorcycletraining.co.nz/presenters/Read more …