Motorcycle Knowledge Test Now Online

Nice work by the Queensland Department of Transport with riders now able to undertake and pay for the motorcycle knowledge test.

You cannot use this service if any of the below apply:

  • you have attempted the test today, and failed or exceeded the test time limit
  • you do not hold a Queensland provisional, probationary or open Queensland licence
  • your licence is disqualified, cancelled, suspended or expired
  • you have not held a car or heavy vehicle licence for at least 1 year in the past 5 years
  • you hold a motorcycle licence
  • you have already passed the motorcycle knowledge test.

More information here.

Remember, you can practice the test here.

Shona

 

Top 3 Tips For Motorcycling Around Australia

A couple of our old students have just returned from an around Australia motorbike trip – 17,000 kms in 29 days, taking in:

  • Savannah Way across the Top End
  • Legendary Gibb River Road through the Kimberleys
  • That long stretch called the Nullarbor!
  • Around Tasmania
  • Over the Snowy Mountains

Brendon and Jack are a father and son duo who do a few adventures together (they once cycled across Australia before coming to the realisation a bike is much easier with a motor on it!) and rode around on a Suzuki VStrom 650 (Brendon) and a KLR 650 (Jack).

Top 3 Tips From The Lads

1.  Dropping your bike in a creek with crocodiles isn’t advisable

At the first creek crossing that had the “Don’t Stop, Crocodiles Live Here” Sign, Brendon managed to crash in the middle.

And don't drop your bike in the creek!

And don’t drop your bike in the creek!

He tells me it was one of those moments in life where he looks up, wondering if his 20 year old son in rushing through the water to help ……or sitting on the bank watching??!!

Turns out Jack was running through the water to help – or as he puts it

“I had a GoPro on Shona, I was after a better camera angle if a croc got him!  Funniest Home Videos here I come!”

2.  Little things matter – yes, even that cap on the valve matters a lot

To save the time it takes to unscrew the valves and screw them back on each time tyre pressures are checked, Brendon decided to just toss the valves.

Bad move!

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Q Ride Gold Coast Training Better in Nice Weather!

Things are getting busy again with this much calmer weather much nicer to ride in.

All of our Q Ride instructors much prefer the sun on them, rather than the rain!

So do our new and experienced riders.

Just heard from one of our students (Brendon) who has just come back from a 4,500 km ride out to Innamincka in South Australia and Birdsville, Queensland.

Q Ride Gold Coast student

Brendon with his V Strom. He loves her!

Always great to hear of the amazing adventures our students get up to – Brendon was a mature age (42 I think) student when he learned how to ride here just 4 years ago.  

Since then he’s ridden with friends:

  • around Tasmania,
  • around the North and South Islands of New Zealand,
  • around Indonesia and
  • across America (on a big Harley with his 17 yo son on the back).

Next up is a 18,000 km ride around Australia, taking in the Savannah Way in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and the Gibb River Road in WA with his 20 yo son Jack (another one of our students) who has a KLR 650.

Ride safe lads!

You’re never too old to learn!

Shona and the team

It’s Gettiing Hot – Bring A Cap!

As we head into the hotter months we’d strongly suggest all students bring a cap to lessons.

There are times when you’ll be chatting with your Instructor about techniques on the side of the road or in our training area and a cap is needed to keep the sun off your head.

We want you cool and comfortable to enjoy your riding to its fullest.

Regards,
Shona