Sunday, September 21, 2008

DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme - The cost

I just had a thought...There are now 229 trainers registered with the DSA on the Post Test Trainers register. Quite a few and no organisation with a voice representing them. Perhaps now is the time to look at one........
As a trainer I paid £6.99 for a starter pack and if the rest paid, that is £ 1,600.00 to the DSA. The Hazard perception and theory test £ 64.63, another £ 14,800. So someone is £ 16,400.00 in pocket. Now as a potential trainer, I have to pay to go on the register, 12 months £ 88.12 or for 4 years £ 235.00. So if all the trainers went for the 4 year membership, that is £ 53,815.00. So someone could be £ 70,215.00 up..... Not bad income for a scheme, which in my opinion dosn't seem to be well known.........

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Autocom Motorcycle Intercoms - Half Price

Autocom are selling off the Duo kits - Half Price. so now is the time to get one.

Active Plus Expandable Duo Rider Kit only £100.00

Super Pro AVI Expandable Duo Rider Kit 300 only £140.00

I have purchased the 300 duo kit, watch this space for update re its performance compared to my old Pro 7. (Well I wanted some new headsets and they are £35.00 each).

Now I can use my old system for my clients when out training and when we go touring.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Motorcycling in Stoke on Trent

Do you have any questions or concerns about motorcyclng in Stoke on Trent ?

Telphone: 01782 232149

E Mail:

Web site:

Diesel spillage, Pot Holes, other Road Hazards in Stoke on Trent

If you see a pothole or any other hazard on a road in Stoke on Trent...please let the council know. For instance diesel spillage or the anti skid surface breaking up.

Telephone 01782 234234

E-Mail :


A50 AND A500 Contact the Highways Agency on 08457 50 40 30

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Motorcycle Taxi Service Stoke on Trent

A new motorcycle taxi service has been launched in Stoke on Trent. The rider is a Rospa advanced rider, as tested by myself. Support him in his new venture.

Check out his website at :

Bikers Suzuka Goretex Trousers

The ultimate motorcycle trousers to match the Suzuka jacket. Also made from Cordura with Gore-tex membrane and featuring a Thinsulate thermal detachable lining, 3M reflective panels and CE approved knee armour. Elasticated panels in waist and knees accommodate the riding position and reinforcement panels in the crotch, inside knees and legs ensure durability. Integral kidney support and duplex jacket connecting zips are amongst other features which ensure the maximum comfort and safety of the rider.

Well I thought I would give them a go. (It is time for the Revit summer gear to be stored for better weather.)
The Bikers Suzuka Goretex Trousers arrived today, fit like a glove, look good and cost only £199.00 - BARGIN.

Will put further update on blog when I have been out in them.

Advanced Motorcycle Training Normandy tour 2009

Well I have decided to go over again to France, but this time for a week from Sunday 19th April 2009 and Saturday 25th April 2009. A big departure for me is using the Eurotunnel, so we will give it a go and spend a night in Northern France before heading to Normandy to Arromanches to see Adrian. We can have a look at some world war 2 sites on the way down and take in the Pont Du Normandie bridge at Le Harve. Our base at Arromanches will be Normandy Beach bed and breakfast for 4 nights and the plan is to do some ride outs and chill at the same time. Then on the Friday travel back towards Calais, but stopping overnight - Back on the Saturday by Eurotunnel. Why the change, well I don't do Rush and it would be nice to travel in daylight on the way back.

There are spaces available, so have a think and if you are interested let me know. Training is £100.00 a day on top of all the other ususal holiday costs. I am only taking 6 riders across, as I am looking at taking another instructor with a camera bike.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Extra time granted for new DSA motorcycle test

Extra time granted for new motorcycle test

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced a delay of six months to the introduction of the new practical motorcycle test, originally scheduled for September 29, 2008.

The new implementation date will now be Monday, March 30, 2009.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What is Advanced Motorcycling ?


Advanced motorcycling is an ability to control the position and speed of the machine safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility, The skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and high standard of riding competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The machine should be in the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and be able to stop safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.

To sum up – ‘ The ability to make controlled progress’

Monday, September 08, 2008

Youtube and the European Union - Netherlands

Comment from Floopnoot from the Netherlands

I just spent 5 days riding in Sauerland, Germany and I just kept hearing this guy advancedbiker inside my head: "stay out, stay out", "forget the right, plan for the left", "I like it!"

Thanks for all the useful videos!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Register of Post Test Trainers RPMT Check Test

I found my check test the other day that I was subjected to in June of this year. I previously mentioned that I passed, so here is the form:

RPMT Check Test Examiners Report

I have blanked out the examners name and my DSA