Thursday, December 24, 2009

RoSPA AND BIKE TEAM LINK UP TO OFFER INSURANCE DISCOUNTS

Motorcycle Insurance coming up for renewal, are you a RoSPA rider or thinkng about training, well check out the lataest offer from Biketeam:



Press release from RoSPA

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Feedback from JJ the Plumber

Hello Nigel
I just wanted to say THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC DAY OUT TRAINING.

It's been some weeks since my training day with you and although I've not had a great deal of time to get out on my bike, the few occaisions have been more enjoyable.
I am practicing all the points you have taught me and I feel like I'm making progress.
I also think it's helping with my driving as well, I'm finding myself looking further and anticipating more which makes it all smoother.

I have to say the dvd of the day is excellent and I realise I'm not quite as bad as I thought!

Seriously, it's great to see what I'm doing and also get to see what you're looking at via the helmet cam which helps to put things in place because it was quite an intense day for me as I've never done anything like this before.
When watching the dvd I can see opportunities when I could have overtaken or made my road position a bit better etc, it's a great reference and training aid.
I can watch me on my GS with lovely scenery and weather on a 43inch plasma screen, how cool is that!
To have passed the Enhanced Rider Scheme with a gold gave me a great sense of achievement and will hopefully help when my insurance is due.

So thanks again and I will definately be calling you in the new year for more expert training and tuition.

All the best
John

Monday, December 14, 2009

Advanced Motorcycle Training .Com is in Sentinel Business News

Nigel's biker business is worldwide success

NIGEL Bowers is making the most of social media to attract customers from all over the world.

Video sharing website YouTube has played a big part in the success of his advanced motorcycle training business, bringing in clients from as far afield as America, Hong Kong and New Zealand – as well as from just up the road.

The former motorcycle policeman had wanted to run his own rider-training firm since the late 1980s. Now Biddulph-based AdvancedMotorcycleTraining.com has a high profile both nationally and internationally, thanks to Nigel's innovative use of the internet as a marketing, training and entertainment tool.

And his company is a nominee for The Sentinel Business Awards, presented in association with North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in the BT Local Business – Stoke-sponsored Best Use of IT & Communications Award.

"It was born out of a hobby and a passion for advanced motorcycle training," said the man who has taken to hi tech like a duck to water, and now has his bike festooned with communications equipment including on-board video cameras.

Video of pupils can be played back kerb-side to help them improve their techniques but it also has a much wider audience.

Apart from being presented to the subjects on DVD, it can be screened to the world via the internet, some of it on a subscriber basis.

Nigel said: "Last month I had 254 clips on YouTube, and they had been watched by more than two million people worldwide. Currently I am attracting an average of 2,500 viewers a day and generating more than £50 a month in advertising revenue.

"The spread of broadband, with its high speeds, was a real boon and I've redeveloped my websites – introducing video clips and pdf files – with that in mind.

"I started out with a helmet-mounted camera, using VHS tape, but the advent of digital recording has greatly enhanced quality and the ease with which files can be edited, and transferred.

"Originally, I was only posting footage on my own site, which seemed a lot of time and effort, so I joined YouTube in 2007 and the results have been spectacular.

"It has been a great success for me and I am attracting clients as a result of them watching the video clips."

With the market leading the way, he has fitted two additional cameras to his bike in order to offer different views and picture-within-picture footage – all backed with audio channel commentary and advice

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Did Prince Philip Fart ?

What do you think, just look at the Queen's face.........

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Riding in Groups - Legal Ruling - I am against it.

Dear All

Article in MCN I was not aware of the petition against it. Whilst we would never condone the example given of Ken Clark riding at 85mph in a 60mph limit, I am sure I do not need to explain how this could be applied to any kind of group riding activity, including our own tours. I would urge you to take a few minutes to sign the petition and pass it on to anyone else you may think it may effect.

best regards
David Galloway
White Rose Motorcycle Tours
info@motorcycletours.co.uk
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Lead-Biker-Fined/Sign the petition HERE


Motorcyclists at the head of a group of riders will face stiffer penalties for speeding under a crown court ruling.

Being the lead rider in a group is an aggravating factor making you partly responsible for speeding offences of those behind you according to the decision.

The ruling can be applied in any future cases where two or more motorcyclists riding together are accused of speeding. The head rider might be only a few mph over the limit but could be given the same penalty as the worst offender behind.

Road traffic solicitor Robert Dobson said: “Any crown court decision can be stated in future cases. This is potentially a very dangerous judgement for motorcyclists.

"Riders in a group change position frequently.

“If you are riding at the front any group at excess speed, then the very fact you’re at the front is an aggravating factor.”

Ken Clark, 49, reached 85mph on his Yamaha R1 while leading a group of three riders on the 60mph A272 near Rogate, Sussex, last June.

The speed is within the usual threshold for a fixed penalty of three points and a £60 fine.

But Chichester Crown Court ruled he should receive the same penalty as a following rider accused of going 103mph.

Barrister notes on the ruling given to Clark after the hearing state: ‘Although his was the lesser speed, [the bench] found it an aggravating feature that he was the lead motorcyclist, was setting the pace and he knew that the other two motorcyclists would want to catch him up and would be speeding to do so.’