Try a scooter at the Get On road show | NEW RIDER
Calling all non-riders: Would you like to try a bike or scooter out for free? If so, the Get On road show is heading to venues around the country, so read on…
The Motorcycle Industry Association led Get On scheme gives novice or returning riders a chance to have a free taster session under the watchful eye of an experienced trainer. Let’s face it, getting on for the very first time is quite daunting for a newbie.
Those helmet clad, textile wearing scooter heroes look so cool, surely you’ll never fit in and you wouldn’t want to make a fool of yourself would you? Get On gives you a taster session to see if you’re going to enjoy life on two wheels before you actually take the plunge and buy one. It’s a great way to just give it a go with no cost and no obligation.
Despite the seemingly daunting prospect of getting on two wheels, the reality is that most bike and scooter riders are just ordinary friendly, people – albeit taking part in one of the most rewarding pastimes/transport solutions since the wheel was invented.
Those ‘scary’ looking bike and scooter shops are staffed by enthusiastic riders with knowledge to pass on about what scooter may, or may not suit you. You don’t get washing machine salesman who’ve just enjoyed their latest spin cycle and want to tell you all about it but scooter salesman usually have a story to tell about their exploits and will want you to enjoy riding as much as they do.
Two wheels are fantastic, you get freedom, fun and excitement with every ride – no matter what the weather, or what you’re riding. You also get to learn first-hand just how important it is to ride defensively and look after yourself out on the road. It’s no coincidence that people who have spent time on two wheels make safer car drivers. If you’re a youngster with ‘It’s too dangerous!’ parents, let them know it’s 20 times more dangerous to ride a horse than a motorcycle. They can’t wrap you up in cotton wool forever, getting on the road on a 28mph moped at 16 is better than waiting a couple of years and learning your road-craft in mum’s car, plus they won’t have to run you around any more.
How do I Get On?
It’s simple really, you visit the Get On website and see where the nearest place on the road trip is. If you can’t find one close by try getting a load of friends to bombard them with messages asking for ‘Get On’ to visit your area. If you’re at school and have been good boys and girls, maybe you could ask your proud head teacher to arrange for Get On to visit the school as a reward. How cool would that be as an activity during term time?
The Get On road show runs through to November at selected venues, this weekend (10th-11th September) it visits the Multi purpose test centre in St Helens, WA9 1NS. Or you can go to Silverstone on 14th, 17th or 18th of September. Visit the Get On website for more information and the latest venues. Get On will also be at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in November, pop along there and sit on all the new machines as well as having your first ride inside the area.
Local training schools
Another option is to ask a local bike training school if you can do a taster session with them. You can find them on Google or ask your friendly motorcycle dealer to recommend one. They’ll know the best trainers in the area.