Learning to ride a bike with the RAC/ACU training course in 1979

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Young motorcycle riders need the very best advice and the RAC/ACU training course has helped thousands to learn to control a bike on the road safely.

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

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The RAC/ACU National Training scheme began pioneering motorcycle training as early as 1947, developing key skills for young and older riders looking to take to the road on two wheels.

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

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For many teenagers the goal of obtaining the RAC Moped Graduate badge was key to getting that first taste of independence as they grew up.

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

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In 1979, the training in conjunction with the Auto Cycle Union would start in the classroom, before participants gradually moved on to practical riding outside, practising slow riding around obstacles, mastering their balance in tight situations.

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Instructors also showed pupils some basic maintenance they could do on their bike.

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant


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Did you do an RAC/ACU course - or recognise anyone in our gallery? To share your memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT

Giving instructions before riding out around the obstacles Pitcure: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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