Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rider giving commentary for the first time - Advanced Training / Mentoring

Over the past week I have been out with two clients and they were both given the chance to try commentary for the first time.  I say the first time, well,I set up a bike to bike intercom system via Autocom and recorded the commentary on my video recording sysytem.  I was lucky as the both had BMW's had the aux power socket powered the additional Autocom. It was a good learning exercise for all concerned.

I was very pleased with results.  Here are two examples:

and here is example two:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Evolution of Motorcycle Safety

Bennetts has just published an infographic on the Evolution of Motorcycle Safety that we were hoping you could help us to post about. This infographic ties in with an e-petition ( that Bennetts are championing to increase awareness of motorcycle safety. We are currently trying to collect 100,000 signatures via an e-petition which asks for one compulsory bike related question to be included in all UK driving theory tests. We hope this will also become a milestone in the history of motorbike safety as we continue to work to reduce the number of road traffic accidents.

If this something you would consider publishing, please have a look at the infographic here, there is an embed code for the infographic at the bottom of the post:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Advancedbiker is in Ride Magazine July 2012

Many thanks to Simon Weir, Ride magazine for his article on page 54 of Ride magazine July 2012 issue; 'See where you're going wrong....Watching your own riding on a freshly shot DVD can make a striking difference, as we found witn instructoir Nigel Bowers.....'

See the article for yourself : Article in Ride Magazine - Page 54

Then watch the video:


Saturday, May 19, 2012

New video posts from Normandy 2012

I have been doing a bit of editing, tried posting them on Facebook, failed and because of the musical content have not posted them on Youtube.

Tried Tubewatcher instead...

Normandy 2012 video clips...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spitfire MK356 at Northwich Thundersprint 13.5.2012

I know this is not related to motorcycling, but it was my intetnion to go to the Northwich Thundersprint at Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom.  A weekend of motorcycling with a sprint race on Sunday afternoon.  Well I couldn't park the car, so decided to have a look at the Anderton Boat lift.  Then I had a thought.  There is a Spitfire display early afternoon, directly over the town and I was now at a location above the town.  So would I get a better view...... The answer YES.

The Spitfire which came over was built at Castle Bromwich, Spitfire LFIX MK356 was allocated to the newly-formed 443 ‘Hornet’ Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, in March 1944. MK356 soon moved with 144 Wing to Holmsley, near Bournemouth, then to Westhampnett (now Goodwood) and later to Ford in Sussex.
It is based at The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight:
Links - Spitfire MK 356 (Mk LFIWe)

Request for sound of Merlin engine : Sound of a Merlin Engine

Great display.........Here are my photographs:

Photographs also on Flickr - Thundersprint Spitfire on Flickr

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Overcoming Adversity - Riding a Honda VTX 1800 Trike

This may seem an unusual post, but last year I was contacted by a client who was disabled, an amputee, who had just bought himself a Honda VTX 1800 Trike.   The trike had been converted so he could use it and yesterday I had the opportunity to ride it.  First time on a Trike......
Well what an experience....... I had been out a couple of times with him, with me riding on the pillion, so thought it couldn't be that hard.  Think again.  As a rider used to a clutch and levers in the 'right' place, you had to think a lot more as for starters the gear selection was via a push button on the left handle bar.  Press green for down changes and red for up.

 Well I 'cocked' up my first bit as it has a reverse which works by pulling a lever on the right of the trike, forgot to push it fully forward, so had no forward drive........

So we were off, the big V twin pulling quite well and me getting used to the gear changing buttons.  Still kept twitching my left foot as I changed gear.

 Next big challenge - Turning left at a roundabout..... What gear, do I put some power on to drive the trike round, do I let it go by itself, how will it turn.  Too late, I had to make the turn...  I immediately found it was very hard to turn, as the rear wheels were trying to 'push' me straight.  Now I knew what to expect, so every bend was treated with respect, with me having to use muscles I had never used before when riding a motorcylce.  Having to apply 'force' to either slightly push or pull the hanlde bars to make the turn.

Having managed to get the Trike moving, next big 'problem' STOPPING.....  Both the front and rear brakes operated off two levers on the right handlebar.  Strange and it took a bit of getting used to.

In the end managed to get the Trike and my client home and all I can say..... Nigel, (not me) you are a braver man than me, having to overcome adversity and deal with riding a Trike.

Photographs are stock and adaptions available from Klik Tronic