Monday, May 26, 2008

Video system updated on motorcycle

Well I didn't think it would work, but it does. The Honda is now fitted with 3 cameras, front facing, rear facing and now one I can use anywhere. For the time being I will keep it on the helmet. All I have done is to split the feed into the camera switch again, so I have two switches, one for front and one for the twin set up which is run from another switch. Thanks Dogcam, it works........

Friday, May 23, 2008

Moto Guzzi Weekend 7th and 8th June 2008

Guzzi fans can head over to Ross Verdon Motorcycles new premises in Hixon, Staffordshire to their official Guzzi showroom

MOTO GUZZI fanciers gathered at Ross Verdon Motorcycles new premises last weekend to check out and ride the latest models in the range.
There is a test-ride weekend planned for the 7th and 8th June, when not only will riders be able to enjoy test rides accompanied by advanced riding instructor Nigel Bowers, but will also be able to ride their own machines on routes pre-planned by Ross and Nigel on some of Britain's best motorcycle roads.

For more info on the event, contact Ross on 01889 270177 or visit

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The power of the internet - Youtube

Yesterday, Tuesday, my e mails went beserk with comments and subscribers to my Youtube channel. In particularly a 'Planned overtake in Wales'. I thought I had got a virus, but no.... Some Youtube reviewer had featured me on the front page of Youtube. Well what has that done to my sanity. Well I had to moderate some of the comments, but the majority were favourable and I gained a lot of new subscribers.

Scores on the doors...... Before Tuesday 320 views, Wednesday 202,187 views.....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Youtube feedback

Thanks! 13 May 2008
I've watched a few of your excellent video clips on youtube and really just wanted to say thanks. I have so far completed my CBT training, am about to do my theory test and then will do a DAS course to hopefully gain my full licence. The plan after this is to get a 600c bike and look to do some further (advanced) training as soon as possible.
Watching your videos has really opened my eyes to the amount of learning required for safe riding and that there is so much more to learn after getting a full licence. After watching your videos I hope to be a safer biker. I can't wait to get my licence.
Thanks (again!),

Monday, May 12, 2008

Normandy Ocober 2008 Update

The trip to Normandy in October 2008 - Sorry now fully booked ! No places left.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Staffordshire Police Bikesafe 2008 11.5.2008

I popped upto the Staffordshire Police Bikesafe event being held atthe Winking Man Public House car park just off the A53 Leek to Buxton Road. I initially went to support the organisers of the the Andy Taft Trust and to see what was happening. The event was well attended and I got out filmed 3 rides for some officers I had worked with when I was in the force. What did surprise me was the way a number of Staffordshire Council road safety initiatives were being actively promoted and other organisations like ROSPA and the new DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme were ignored. I am very pro road safety, but there has to be a balance.........
Remember Bikesense does not attract any insurance discounts.......

Monday, May 05, 2008

Problems with E Bike Motorycle Insurance

I have been with E Bike a number of years so this year I decided to renew with them again. Then the problems started. I renewed my insurance on 10.4.08, paying by credit card. On the following Monday 14.4.08 I had a letter from E Bike, thanking me for the renewal and please find enclosed the details of your direct debit payments for the next 12 months. Was I paying twice...... I rang them up, computer error. Ah well I accepted that, but it gets better, on the Friday I get a letter from E Bike saying 'Sorry to hear that you have cancelled your insurance'. I have been running around for a week without any. I was fuming and it took me 5 and a half hours to get through to them on the help line.
I went onto Tesco in the meantime and got a quote with A Quote cheaper than E Bike and with better cover, Helmet and leathers, breakdown included.
Instead of £210.00, now paying £200.00 for 3 bikes, and it includes business use. Arranged via Nowich Union.
I demanded compensation off E Bike and got £25.00, and an e-mail with an appology. Computer error and poor staffing levels..........Yea OK !

Normandy Trip October 2008

I know, I said I wouldn't do one again, as I thought there were too many bikes..... Well we are off again, Friday 3rd October to Monday 6th October with a smaller group. I am taking 4 motorcycles this time, with myself as the instructor and Geoff as a guide, leaving 4 riders if they want to recieve some advanced riding input dring the weekend. We learnt a lot on the trip in April, so this time it will be better in terms of 1:1 guidance, one camera bike, i.e. me, pre-arranged routes and all together a more compact set up. Do not get me wrong, the April trip was great and the riders that went developed their riding skills.......