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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Learning to ride for the day

Last birthday Ness bought me a day of advanced rider training with RoadRiders. I have finally taken it today. Nearly in time for this years birthday. ;)

Anyway after about 6 hours of riding I'm a lot better than I was this morning but have realized and was told how much I still need to practice and get better at. (Not comfort braking and staying out to the centre of the road on left hand turns)
I'm also completely knackered.

Andy (the instructor) is an ex Police rider/instructor and has about 8 months of training, with at least a years experience of Police riding in between each course. Therefore he definitely knows what's he's talking about. And although he doesn't teach you to go fast (that's a side effect of being confident and knowing what to do) he is very very quick.

The biggest thing I learnt was that you can use both sides of the road when it's safe to do and you can see a damn sight further up the road when you're on the rigth hand side of it.

It was a really great (tiring and slightly cold) day and has given me so much more confidence than I had before I binned the SV let alone after.

If you ride and what to learn more take an advanced course with Road Riders. http://www.road-riders.com/

Very tired, going to eat food and get laid on by the kittens.

have fun

ps and I failed to overtake a VW Van. The overtake just never felt right and safe so there :)
Yes a 102BHP bike couldn't overtake a heap of a VW van.. I'm sorry, I feel like I've let down bikers everywhere


At 2:52 pm, Blogger Vanessa said...

He's been a bit vague, it was apparently a VW Camper van!

At 6:05 pm, Anonymous Andy said...

Glad you enjoyed it.

I feel I have to clarify my experience a bit more.

I was on police bikes for better part of 10 years. I have trained police, military and government departments.

If the courses I have been on as a student NOT instructor were added end to end then it works out at approx 8 months of continual instruction at response speeds (Depending on bikes this has been know to exceed 180mph on police super blackbirds).

Anyone who books a course via marcus will receive 10% discount off the course they choose.

Wishing Marcus and Vanessa all the best........

tsk Camper Vans are firestorm proof apparently ;-)

At 9:55 am, Anonymous Steve Evans said...

Better than flipping your bike on a roundabout...

Can't remember who it was though...

Ooops it was you... DOH!!


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