advanced motorcycle rider training

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inspiring motorcyclists since 1997


Kevin's first experience of advanced training was in the early 1990s but after many years as a courier, the experience left something to be desired. How can a courier be too slow? Kevin then ran advanced training on behalf of Cinque Ports Motorcycle Training in 1996, but quickly realised that a proper risk-based syllabus was needed to replace the ad-hoc methods in use at the time. 

So in 1997, Survival Skills was launched with a syllabus that took the best bits from 'Motorcycle Roadcraft' but didn't follow it slavishly. There are important contibutions to be made to better riding from outside the UK too. So our courses have taken inspiration from Keith Code and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in the US, and the 'Ride On' safety video from Australia, as well as US authors including Pat Hahn, Nick Ienatsch and David Hough.

Over the years, we've continued to look beyond UK police practice to find the best training methods from around the world. In particular, Survival Skills was one of the first training schools to question the relevance of 'progress' as a goal of advanced riding. 

Best Practice

Pioneering the use of modern training aids like bike- to-bike radios, portable video presentations, and on-bike cams, we were early adopters of 'best practice' such as flexible lesson planning and risk-assessed training routes.  

"Although I was already using informal lesson plans", Kevin explains, " my BTEC course emphasised the importance of a more formal approach to designing training.  They don't make for rigid lessons but they help immensely with preparation and planning."

Kevin has trained getting on for 3000 riders at CBT, 125, Direct Access and post-test level, with around one third of those taking advanced training . With experience training everyone from 16 to 70, male and female, brain surgeon (really!) and tree surgeon, of all levels and abilities from complete beginners to TT racers (yes, really!), grasstrack riders, British trials champions and even police riders, you’re in good hands if you book a course.


From 2002-12, Kevin wrote the ‘Staying Alive’ column in ‘The Road” and for the last year has had a column in the 'Riders Digest' magazine. Kevin's work, has featured in the Daily Telegraph, and he has contributed to safety features in ‘Bike’, ‘Superbike’, 'RiDE' and 'Two Wheels Only' magazines.

Kevin says: "I'm immensely proud of the 'Lucky 13' cartoons that were published a few years ago. I was commissioned by the European Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (ACEM) to research and storyboard a series of cartoons featuring the hazards posed by the roadway and road design itself. My stories were illustrated by a Belgian graphic studio and the resulting cartoons have been translated into almost a dozen different languages. Sadly, they're recently been taken down from the ACEM website. That's a shame because I think they are a valuable resource, particularly for younger riders.

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The value of the Survival Skills approach has been recognised by official organisations. Kevin was first approached by Buckinghamshire County Council in 2004 and worked on their 'Be a Better Biker' scheme, offering approved training courses as well as coaching on their training days. Subsequently, in between 2008 and 2010, he worked with Somerset Road Safety Partnership on their pioneering 'Rider Skills' days at Castle Coombe circuit where he presented a roadcraft module. Their innovative approach was to call in expert instructors like myself and Mike Hopp to deliver a workshop with a mix of classroom and practical training, together with track sessions on the circuit.

Most recently, Kevin has worked with Kent Fire and Rescue Service on the Prince Michael of Kent international road safety award-winning 'Biker Down' first aid and accident management course where he presents a collision avoidance module. Kevin also works with KFRS on their 'Ride Skills' days at Brands Hatch. 


Some of my bikes and a few of the places I've ridden them

2008 on the road to the top of Puy Mary in the Ardeche - an undiscovered gem in France

The incomparable Joey Dunlop at the Isle of Man - his smooth style had a huge effect on my own riding

Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps - one of the most exhilarating corners to spectate at or ride!

2005 in the mountains of Cantabria, northern Spain

My much-loved 400-four Honda, my first proper bike, early 1980s

Midsummer in the French Alps, 1983 with Jane and my CX500B

I've always loved singles, XBR500 at the Bol d'Or in 1988 with Andy E

June 2002 and the FZ750 takes a trip to Durness in the far north of Scotland

The underrated GS500E, well-loaded for a camping trip to Brittany in 1992

Honda Hornet, on the way to =1st in the Welsh National Rally, 2004

My current machine, along with the Hornet and a 1981 CB250RS, the XJ6

My 1992 GSX-R750WN, two up and well-loaded camping at the Le Mans 24hr 2003