Monday, December 24, 2007


It is that time of year, when you think of Christmas and what can Santa bring me. Well a new dehumidifier for the garage. I know but it keeps the bikes dry and the engine cases on the BMW don't get messed up.

A merry Christmas to all, past, present and future

Nigel , Sharon and Daniel

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Normandy Motorcycle Tour 2008 - Fully Booked


All places now taken for our first advanced training trip abroad. I will be looking at doing some more later in the year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Enhanced Rider Insurance Certificate (ERIC).

In November 2007, the DSA will officially be lintroducing the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS). Any rider who shows the required level of competency on training delivered by an RPMT will receive an Enhanced Rider Insurance Certificate (ERIC). They can present this certificate to major insurers to be in line for possible discounts of between 15 and 17%. Further, they will also be eligible for contined discounts by receiving additional developmental training in future years. This applies to ALL riders taking RPMT training such as new riders, experienced riders and those returning to riding after a break.

Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS)

DSA Press release

New training for qualified bikers unveiled
A new training scheme for bikers has been unveiled today by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) at the Motorcycle and Scooter Show, NEC, Birmingham.

The scheme has been designed by the Agency and the motorcycle industry as a road safety initiative aimed at saving lives. It was officially launched earlier today by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick when he visited London’s Road Safety Expo 07 at the QE2 Centre.

Figures show that motorcyclists are by far the most vulnerable of all road users. In Britain alone the death and serious injury rate is sixteen times higher if you ride a bike than if you drive a car.

Jim Fitzpatrick said: “The Enhanced Rider Scheme is aimed at improve ing the road safety skills of the bike and scooter riders already on the roads. We want to help qualified riders stay safe and reduce accidents at the same time.”

The new scheme offers bikers a ‘riders’ health check’ by qualified assessors across Britain. These assessors are on the Register of Post-Test Motorcycle Trainers, which was set up as part of the Government’s Motorcycling Strategy. They will follow a new training package intended to benefit all bike riders who have a full motorcycle licence, regardless of the size of the bike and the experience of the rider.

New Motorcycle MOT test station for Biddulph Staffordshire

Does your motorcycle need a M.O.T., why not try the new test station that has been opened in Biddulph, Stoke on Trent Staffordshire for a few months now. Friendly welcoming atmosphere:

Ken Clowes
Slater Street

Tel: 01782 516233

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Normandy 2008 Tour - Update

Just to keep you posted and to let you know, ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT. If anyone is interested in the last available place for the April tour - advanced workshop, please contact me...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Normandy Tour 2008 - Update

A big thank you to all the riders who have committed to the tour. I do have 2 places available. If any reader is interested, please contact me ASAP as I need to book the ferry by 2.12.2007.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

New Motorcycle Sat Nav website

If you are looking for some Sat Nav for the motorcycle, or have tales to tell about them, or just want some advice, check out this new web site:

Then when you have decided how to use them, where do I go, well check out this web site from the same webmaster:

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Featured in Motorcycle News 7.11.2007

My thanks to Alison Silcox from Motorcycle News who has mentioned me in her article - Living With, page 40 whilst reviewing her Ducati Monster 695 year. Quote:' To hone my skills further I spent a day with Nigel Bowers from Advanced Motorcycle Training. For £215.00 Nigel's one to one tuition is fantastic. What makes it unique is the whole day's riding is recorded onto DVD - being able to review areas for imrovement from the comfort of my settee is great.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Feedback from You Tube video clips

I have watched a significant number of your video clips on YouTube and have found them not only interesting but very useful as I am currently working towards the IAM test. However, and please be assured that I am asking and not critisising. the A500 filtering clip filled me with dread as you are in the offside lane and the oncoming traffic has to move to the near side.I would appreciate the rationale of this overtaking? When I have discussed filtering with my Observers the overriding message was "don't make your self the meat in the sandwich"I would like to thank you for sharing your videos. I realy do feel that watching them has helped me so much espcially in terms of bend positioning and using the vanishing points. I now give my self a running commentary alot fo the time and the terms "Friendly", "plan for the left/ right" and "chase it (the vanishing point) " are now regular parts of my biking vocabulary. My favourite clip however is the "day off from training" run from Broxton over to Wrexham. I now see that road in a different light and make much better progress over than previously.
Finally, after having a successful IAM "pre-test" run today I wil be applying for the test over this weekend.

Patrick Turnbull

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Video clips on Motorcycle News

My thanks to Motorcycle News for looking at my Video clips and then putting them on the site and giving them a high profile.

Remember to visit them at http;// and my user name is videobike

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Feedback from Tim Brown - Andy Taft Auction winner

After winning two advanced motorcycle assessment vouchers with Advanced Motorcycle at the first annual bikers ball, organised by the Andy Taft Charitable Trust, I arranged for myself and good friend Jon Everall to meet up with instructor Nigel Bowers at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire.
We all enjoyed a two hour ride around Staffordshire and Shropshire, taking it in turn to take the lead, with all the action captured on Nigel’s on bike camera system. Throughout the trip Nigel gave us encouragement as well as helpful information an ways of honing our riding skills. It was also a pleasure to follow Nigel, who’s fluid and positive riding style is something to aspire to.
A week after the assessment the DVD of our trip arrived, professionally put together and presented, a great keepsake, and an opportunity to actually see the need for perhaps a little more work to improve my riding technique, thereby enhancing my enjoyment of motorcycle riding and those all important safety margins.

Thankyou to the Andy Taft Charitable Trust, and Nigel Bowers of Advanced Motorcycle

Ride safe,
Tim Brown, Triumph Speed Triple owner/rider.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Normandy 2008 update

Jus t a few lines......

The accommodation at is booked for the weekend of Firday 25th April 2008 to Monday 28th 2008. The cost of the Advanced training will be £50.00 per person per day, i.e. the Saturday and Sunday wil cost £100.00. Places are limited to 9 riders and places are already going. Will keep you update..

Assessment session - Auction winner Andy Taft Charitable Trust

I donated a couple of vouchers to the Andy Taft Charitable Trust for an auction at 'First Annual Biker's Ball' an event will they held on Saturday 22nd September 2007 at Moorville Hall. Tim Brown from Meir won the assessment session. To his surprise there were 2 vouchers, so he asked his mate Jon Everall to join him and I took them out for 2 hours on Monday 1st October 2007. Tim and Jon were both on Triumphs and we spent some time on the roads in North Staffordshire and Cheshire.

This is what Tim had to say after the session via e-mail:' Hello Nigel, Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the ride out on Monday, and to thank you for all your positive comments about my riding, and for your constuctive criticism, it's given me food for thought, and set me on a plan to re-evaluate my riding. I'm looking forward to the DVD.'

We had a great time, all recorded on video and I will be looking at developing the new friendship further as Tim is a committee member at the local Triumph owners club.
I am glad I could be of assistance to the trust, keep up the good work and keep in touch.


NigelHello Nigel,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the ride out on monday, and to thank you for all your positive comments about my riding, and for your constuctive critisism, it's given me food for thought, and set me on a plan to re-evaluate my riding. I'm looking forward to the dvd

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Advanced Motorcycle Tour - Workshop to Normandy 2008

I have provisionally booked some accommodation in Normandy for a weekend away from Friday 25th April to Monday 28th April 2008 for an advanced motorcycle training workshop. My initial thoughts are spend 2 days riding and one day looking at the WW2 sites. I am hoping to get 2 more experienced trainers, so we will have 3 video bikes, and then we can use the footage for a debrief each night using the wide screen projector at the b and b. I am hoping to travel out on Britany Ferries, Portsmouth to Cherbourg and return. It is in the early stages of planning and I am looking at taking at least 10 bikes across. If you are interested, please contact me. Will update we I know a little more, costs etc........

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Normandy Tour 2007

Well I am back after a fantastic 5 day tour of Normandy. We went out on Monday 10th September on LD Lines ferry from Newhaven, to Le Harve. It was a 5 hour crossing, but we only had a one hour journey to our bed and breakfast, once in France. It only cost £51.50 return and we were going back to Portsmouth. The ferry crossing gave us a break as we had travelled down from Stoke on Trent via the M6, M42, M40, M25 and M23. I know the tunnel woud have been cheaper, but the mileage too great. Will do another entry soon, but I am already planning a weekend in April 2008.....Will keep you posted

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Youtube Video postings

Well I took the plunge and posted some video clips on Youtube, what a response. My thanks to Motorcycle News who kindly gave some of the clips high profile on their site and this has generated a great number of views,



Sunday, July 08, 2007

Safer Motorcycling Through Work............
ROSPA have just published a 20 page pdf file, promoting Safer Motorcycling to work. In otherwords, a way of assessing the Health and Safety implications, if you as an employer allow your employees to use motorcycles as part of your business. I am now in a position to offer advice on the subject and provide on road assessments.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Motorcycle News Wednesday 20th June 2007

At the beginning of the month I took Alison Silcox out from Motorcycle News. Read her article in Motorcycle News 20.6.2007 - Thanks Alison

Sunday, June 17, 2007

New DVD Ride to Survive 2007 finished

For a number of months now I have been working to update my Ride to Survive DVD 2005, which was becoming a bit outdated, with content and the way it was edited. Well it is finished, Ride it Survive 2007 is ready. It is only 1 hour in length and has a variety of clips which takes you through a number of hazards. Here is what a reviewer has already, 'Once again- thank you for allowing us to evaluate your DVD after our initial contact on Youtube- which helped Nova greatly.......Excellent DVD- no 2 ways about it'. It is available to purchase on line at

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New Video Clips added to site

I have always had a problem with the best way to put video clips onto my site. There are some links on the video clips page, with .wmv format and also on Putfile. Let me know what the best way to do it is....

Finding those roads to ride

Try this website and make a contribution; A great site.......

Post Test Motorcycle Trainers Register

Hello to all of you out there. Have you heard of the post test trainers register ? Let me know if you have...

Advanced car training - Bruntingthorpe

I am very lucky in being able to use my advanced skills for cars as well as bikes. This week I went down to Bruntingthorpe with a TVR and what a great hour it was. We experimented with oversteer and understeer, aswell as using the 2 mile long runway. Only downside, was getting wet, as it rained on us when we were stopped for road works in Stoke on Trent. The joys of open topped motoring......

Trip to Normandy - Ferry deals

At long last I have decidede to go to Normandy, so in September, I will be crossing the channel with a few fellow bikers. I was looking for a good way to cross and came across a newish ferry company, operating from Newhaven and Portsmouth to Leharve. Wait for it £44.00 return. Will let you know how we get on.

It is time to use the Blog

I am not very techically minded when i comes to all this new technlogy on the internet, but is about time I stared upating this blog, so here is the update.