Owner and founder of local midlands based Motorcycle training company Redditch Motorcycle Training (RMT), is well on his way to revolutionising the world of motorcycle training with his new modernised approach to teaching.
Simon Hayes has started his new company “VideoBiker”, and as the name suggests the project revolves around teaching through the use of videos. VideoBiker is the UK’s first and only 100% video based motorcycle training resource. It is a website that will be the modern day equivalent of your motorcycle training books. For anyone who’s going for any of their motorcycle training tests, from the CBT right up to advanced level, it’s time to throw out those old tatty highway code books and get yourself a membership with VideoBiker!
The website uses what VideoBiker claims is a collection of video based training resources that both complement and enhance instructor-led motorcycle training. Hayes describes it as a “unique innovative motorcycle training resource, that aims to deliver motorcycle guidance and coaching to learner riders via an online platform.” After you have paid for a membership there is access to over 35 hours of tuition and training tips.
Simon Hayes told us “the idea first came about around about 8 years ago when we used videos as a reference for local trainees who undertook training at our training school”. However, now the idea has grown into a fully fledged new business adventure. Hayes explained that this idea turned into VideoBiker when he met an internet marketeer who saw an opportunity to deliver the product to a wider audience. “VideoBiker was originally started to give a foundation to learner riders, as the current motorcycle training standards can be very poor, unchecked and put lives in danger. We know that by using a very solid platform of good advice that it will help those who are seeking good advice and guidance” Simon explains.
But this isn’t all Simon has done for the motorcycling world. Simon has been riding motorbikes since 1985 and instructing learners since 1991. However, Simon didn’t chose to be an instructor, instructing chose him. “I didn't decide to become a motorcycle instructor, I was in the Army and was told to do the course. I was reluctant to start with as my riding skills were extremely poor and I was and felt out of my depth when undertaking the training course”.
Simon explains further: “I was already an instructor in many different fields within the Army environment, I enjoyed teaching and helping others to learn new skills. I became a motorcycle instructor by default but enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills myself, then passing on my knowledge as I understood how other learners who were struggling felt.”
This then led to structuring motorcycle training programmes that ensure very high level of training, in the shape of his very own motorcycle training school (RMT Motorcycle Training). Simon explained that he “started RMT Motorcycle Training because I wanted to give my experience to a wider audience. Knowing how poor the motorcycle training was in civvi street, I knew I could make a difference to the people I trained and as a result keep them safe on the ever busy road network”.