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Riding the curves in the Yarra Ranges
Learn to ride the Yarra Ranges safely
The Yarra Ranges to the north-east of Melbourne provide one of the most picturesque and delightful settings for motorcycle rides; a fact that is demonstrated by the large number of riders who get out there on the weekend.
Unfortunately, many of them are not familiar with some of the pitfalls of the beautiful but sometimes deadly curves, which can present some challenges when the conditions change.
The Shire of Yarra Ranges has recognised this fact for some years and is keen to reduce the number of accidents by providing affordable on-road motorcycle ride training on the actual roads that people ride. It's all about making the trip enjoyable and safe, a much more positive approach than penalties and tightened regulation.
You do need to provide your own motorbike (roadworthy, of course) and wear full protective gear. On the day, you'll cover general safety topics as well as specific information about the area, such as where the mobile phone 'dead areas' are, and what other road users you might encounter, like 4WDs, logging trucks and wildlife.
There is one ride in March (Sunday 16 March) to Toolangi, which is suitable for people who don't ride regularly, from Learner Permit and Probationary riders to people who haven't ridden for a while and are returning to this most enjoyable sport.
A second ride to Reefton, for experienced riders only, is in April (Sunday 6 April).
Each ride is a full day, from 8:30am to 4pm, and costs a very reasonable $65.
To book, contact Millie Thomas at Yarra Ranges on Ph: 1300 368 333.
Thanks Lorraine! I was very impressed with the proactive approach the Shire has taken to this issue too. And it's not just for learner riders - it's great for experienced riders who don't know the area - maybe tempted to ride a bit harder and faster than learners, but there are some very dangerous elements in the area that it's good to be aware of.