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All the latest news and information about Ideal, our staff and pupils past and present plus much more.
Pete as just recently conducted motorcycle training in Brunei, for the Royal Brunei Police, and Fire and Rescue.
and as plans for more visits for some continued training in Brunei
The adventure continues as Pete Hodgson and Mark Atkins head off into the mountains. Staying with his old friend in Muscat Pete is making the most of the terrain. There will be lots more pictures to come and no doubt a video too.
WHAT IS WHEELS 2 WORK
'Wheels 2 Work' is a term used to describe schemes which provide affordable transport to individuals who are unable to access training, employment or education, due to a lack of suitable public or private transport. Mostly this is either mopeds or scooters but some schemes can also offer bicycles. Typically, a W2W scheme will charge around £20 per week for a moped, but charges differ slightly depending on the organisation.
Wheels 2 Work or Wheels to Learning schemes (sometimes shortened to W2W or WTW and W2L) can be particularly important for people living in isolated rural communities where public transport is inadequate or only available during business hours. A lack of available transport can have a negative effect on opportunities for training, education and employment, particularly for young people and those living in rural areas. Individuals who have taken part in W2W have commented on how supportive the scheme has been, how it has opened doors that would have previously been closed and how training has enhanced their career prospects.
Limited access to personal and public transport is a labour market barrier commonly cited by young people. W2W aims to break this cycle by loaning individuals their own transport for a short period until a longer-term transport solution can be found.
For more information contact:
Wheels to Work, East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
W2W North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire Council
Today Monday 27th Jan. we had our first test candidate in for the new Direct Access category on one of our bright new shiny ER6's - coincidentally the first one conducted at Hull test centre too and yep you guessed it - clean sheet! Passed with flying colours not a minor mark to be seen! Well done young Fisher!
Once again the organisers managed to pull off a fantastic show, we met all sorts of riders famous and the not so famous. Exciting and very tiring day, glad I wore flat shoes.
From next month Ideal will be launching an Automatic Training Programme. The programme will be suitable for any who does not wish to take their driving test in a manual car. The automatic car is a less complicated way to drive and can be a great help to anyone with a minor disability such as joint stiffness or anyone having problems getting to grips with clutc/gear system of a manual car. For more information ring Marion on 01482324688.
When IDEAL Motorcycle training, of Midland Street Hull, required new motorcycles to meet the new 3DLD Driving Standards Agency licensing test requirements, they looked to local Kawasaki dealer 5-WAYS Motorcycle Centre
Pete Hodgson, of Ideal Explained “ In January next year new licensing regulations come into place changing the bike license power limits which in-turn meant our current motorcycles needed updating. We have used Kawasaki motorcycles since 2004 so were already sold on their reliability and build quality. We approached 5-WAYS who recommended the new Kawasaki ER6N which fitted the bill perfectly. The bikes are now in use and are proving very popular with both our instructors and pupils. They really appreciate the user-friendly nature of the bike”
For nearly 20 years Ideal have been providing professional and comprehensive training for the people of Hull and East Yorkshire. The new licensing laws come into place from January 13th and will require riders who wish to have an unlimited power license to take their test on a bike of at least 53.5bhp and 595cc.
Gareth Robinson of 5-WAYS Motorcycle Centre commented – We have a long standing relationship with Pete, Marion and the team at Ideal and are delighted to have supplied their latest bikes to meet the new requirements. The ER6N is a perfect entry into motorcycling and I’m sure pupils will appreciate the superb ride quality and lightweight handling characteristics.
Pictured L to R are Gareth Robinson (Sales director 5-WAYS) Rob Fox & Pete Hodgson (Ideal Rider Training)and Colin Macdonald (Regional Sales Manager Kawasaki UK)
Sat. 23/06/12 - The guys have done Spain and caught the ferry from Barcelona to Genova overnight landing this morning so, Italy Swiss Alps and Fance to come.
Fri 29/06/12 - Eurotunnel and home.
Join us at Hull College Bike Night on 2nd July from 6pm where our staff will be there to answer your questions regarding training and the new test regulation due in January next year.
Check out Pete's Ride to Work video - this is how to beat the traffic!
Tests won’t go ahead if you are inappropriately dressed
From 1 July, examiners might tell you that your test won’t go ahead if you arrive inappropriately dressed. However, where possible, examiners will give you the chance to find suitable clothing within the time available.
DSA won’t pay out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of inappropriate clothing.
Guide to suitable clothing
As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable:
The following are examples of clothing that are not acceptable:
In all cases it’s a legal requirement that riders wear an approved and correctly fastened motorcycle helmet,* with suitable eye protection (*an exception is made for members of the Sikh religion wearing a turban).
Cases of inappropriate clothing
Recently there have been cases where candidates have arrived unsuitably dressed for the practical test. This has included wearing lightweight nylon shell suits, lightweight canvas training shoes, or wearing no gloves.
One of these cases resulted in the test not going ahead.
More advice and guidance
Clothing is one of the subjects covered in element A of compulsory basic training (CBT).
Further advice and guidance for candidates on the right clothing to wear can be found on the DSA website.
Well done to Rob who this week gaining a GOLD on his RoSPA car test (first time no less). Once again his dedication and hard work not to mention Pete's exceptional training, bears fruit in another qualification to add to his growing list! You better watch out Pete he's after your crown!
Well this year Pete and the guys will be catching the ferry from Plymouth to Santander Spain and riding through Spain and France to the Alps then cross country for the Eurostar back home.
If you would like to join Pete and the guys on this years adventure - drop in or email and I will keep you informed of the plans. The plan is for early June, but that may change.
This years Hull College's Bike Night was held on Monday 27th June from 6pm at Cannon Street.
A well maintained bike is a safer bike. Looking after it regularly can save you money in the long run, a little bit of oil or lube can prevent a breakdown that could cost hundreds to fix. Simple checks carried out as routine will highlight what is required such as oil, brake fluid top up etc.
Our advise to new riders is to enrol on the Basic Bike Maintenance course run by Hull College based in Cannon Street, this short course will instruct in simple maintenance and also how to change brake pads, adjust your chain, replace a worn sprocket etc and for about £100 could save you thousands in garage bills over your riding career.
All our love and best wishes go to our instructor Neill and his wife Kristina on the birth of their first child.
Baby Jake is perfectly adorable and we are proud to welcome our great nephew to the family.
In our experience it is always best to buy from a reputable dealer with years of expertise behind them, skilled staff who can advise on the best bike for your needs and also help with advise on finance etc. For many years we have had a successful trading partnership with 5-Ways Motorcycles based on Walton Street Hull, for quality new and used motorcycles they are without doubt the people to speak to.
Buying from other sources such as from advertisments in the local paper or internet can be successful but you are well advised to check out the bike first to make sure it isn't stolen or been in an accident, if this is ok then take along someone who knows about bikes and what to be wary off.
When Pete Hodgson of Ideal Riding Training on Midland Street was looking to add to his training bike fleet, he knew the Yamaha YBR125 was the “ideal choice” and looked to East Yorkshire’s exclusive Yamaha dealer 5-WAYS Motorcycle Centre of Walton Street Hull.
Pete Hodgson commented “The YBR125 is a fantastic learner friendly motorcycle. We have used earlier versions of this model for some years now, but the current fuel injected version is a big improvement. Eager to please and light enough to install confidence in absolute beginners, I would have no hesitation in recommending them for anyone who wants a simple bike to gain experience on and for those who want good value transport for commuting to work”
Gareth Robinson of 5-ways commented “ We were delighted to assist Pete again with further bikes for his training school. Our long standing association with the team at Ideal helps get our customers on the road quickly and we receive nothing but praise for the quality of the training. The YBR is the perfect bike for rider training and our sales this year of this model have been phenomenal due to the release of the improved 2010 version and the 3 years 0% finance offers.”
CBT training booked for Thur 23rd Dec is unlikely to go ahead without a thaw so please ring in before attending if you are booked on this course. 01482 324688
Heavy snow and ice have meant very little training and no tests have been conducted for over three weeks. The DSA are unable to conduct tests unless the side roads used for the manoeuvres are clear of ice or snow so possibly we will see this continue into next week. More snow is forecast for the end of the week so please ring in to check your training/test is going ahead before setting off.
We are very pleased to announce the launch of our Online Booking page it is now up and running. Launched following many request from pupils looking to book training but who had difficulties reaching us by phone or in person pupils ie. overseas or in the armed forces.
Our own car and bike instructor Chris Mackay-Mumby is now a happily married man. He and the lovely Tracey tied the knot (or is it jumped over the broom, not too up on pagan weddings), on Saturday 31st October at the Beverley Regisry Office. We all wish them a very long and happy life together.
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Since we spend every Saturday night in Ray''s - we thought it was about time we acknowledged this fabulous resaurant publicly. The food is out of this world (especially after a hard days CBT) try Ray''s specials they are amazing, but be warned they are highly addictive. Ray has no drinks licence so bring your own plonk!
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Once again the government is making changes to the motorcycle regulations so from January 2013 they will be as follows:
- AM licence - Full moped
- A1 licence - Minimum 17 years old max 125cc (15bhp)
- A2 licence - Minimum 19 years old minimum 400cc (34bhp max 47bhp)
- A licence - Minimum 24 years old (unless upgrade from full A2 licence, with minimum 2 years experience). minimum 600cc (54bhp)
Well we are back safely once more from another years motorcycle tour choosing this year to tour the beautiful North Devon and Exmoor coast. With spectacular views and spine tingling road including many hairpins and 25% inclines (on Porlock Hill both together) Devon did not disappoint. Clovelley was amazing and worth the trek to see the little old harbour and yummy seafood stall at the foot of the village, but have to admit we didnt walk back up but whimped out and took the landrover taxi back to the top.
The guys were fascinated by the water powered cliff railway which runs from Lynmouth up to Lynton riding it several times.
Many thanks to Paul & Babs our hosts at the East Lyn House for making our stay even better than anticipated. If anyone fancies a stay in Lynmouth you could not ask for a better hotel, with good food, cheap bar, great views well everything you need and at a good price.
More pics inc. cliff railway on Facebook if you are intereted.