Q. Why train only one person at a time?
No two riders are the same. In order to ensure that the instruction given is tailored specifically to the individual, it is preferable to only train one person at a time.
Q. Why is 3 hours the recommended minimum duration for a training session?
Given the nature of motorcycling, each training session typically requires 10 – 15 minutes for putting on/taking off gear, setting up the intercom system, briefing and de-briefing at the beginning and end of each session. If a person does 3 x 1 hour sessions then they actually only have only 1.5 hours on the motorcycle. However if 1 x 3 hour session is booked, then they have 2.5 hours on the motorcycle.
Q. Why is motorcycle instruction more expensive than car instruction? After all, a motorcycle is cheaper and more fuel efficient than a car.
Well, this is true in the case of private ownership; however let’s consider the facts as they relate to a single instructor commercial enterprise.
A car instruction business typically requires one car. A motorcycle instruction business requires at minimum 4 motorcycles. An instructor motorcycle and trainee motorcycles that meets the legal requirements of the A1, A2 and A licence. In addition, it is necessary to have a vehicle which can transport these motorcycles to the training location or test centre. This is typically a van.
Insurance companies consider motorcycle tuition to be a higher risk activity than car tuition. This higher risk is reflected in a higher insurance premium for the motorcycle, than for the car. Multiply this by 3 for 3 motorcycles. Then add the insurance premium for the van.
One hour tuition in a car requires 1 hour of fuel for the car. One hour tuition on a motorcycle requires 1 hour of fuel for the instructor motorcycle, one hour of fuel for the trainee motorcycle and typically 1 hour of fuel for the van that transports the motorcycles to and from the training location/test centre.
A car instruction business typically requires only a set of dual foot controls. A motorcycle instruction business requires 4 sets of safety and protective equipment (helmet, gloves, jacket, trousers etc.). 1 set for the instructor, 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large for the trainees in order to accommodate differing trainee sizes. In addition a quality bike to bike radio communication system is required.
A car instruction business needs to maintain one vehicle. A motorcycle instruction school needs to maintain at least 5 vehicles (4 bikes and 1 van).
Hopefully this will help to explain the pricing difference.