Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New courses avaiable from Advanced Motorcycle Training

BESPOKE COURSES Post Test Training - Module Courses Bends - Basic
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Ride Assessment Course (2 hours) A riding skills assessment session consisting of initial online assessment, pre ride briefing, assessment ride and debrief. Course will be captured on video.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Advancedbiker testing video format - Spain 2013

Up in the hills above Benidorm at Venta Terasa, just watching the local riders trying the road...
A run up into the hills above Orba, trying the new HD Drift camera



Saturday, February 09, 2013

Advancedbiker in Spain.......Days Off !!!!



 Well three days of training done and two happy clients, what shall I do next as my flight back to the United Kingdom is not for another three days.  Ah well lets start with a relaxing drink.......


Fortunately I had packed my camera and a couple of lens, so what better to see Spain than with a friend who knew the area.

So with camera packed and HD Drift video camera charged off we went into the hills above Orba to find a coffee stop.  Heading off towards the Almond blossom.......




The scenery was fantastic, with great views, but a hungry feeling started calling so we headed towards bacon and egg brunch, with two mugs of tea.....


 Spotted at the Brunch stop




Another Coffee Stop






 Local Traffic

A good sign to look ot for

My thanks go to Christine and Glyn Owen for their kind hospitality....

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Advancedbiker - Advanced Motorcycle Training in Spain - Day Three


The start of another day, the wind has dropped and the temperatures at 9am in the morning, yes 9am (Glyn) are staring to rise......

This morning another rider is coming along for the experience.

Today I wanted to look at Sharon and Johan on simliar roads to the ones we used on day two, so I suggested the same route to dinner and then return back to the coast.

In the short time I had been with both riders, I had seen progress in terms of a greater awareness of their riding environment and most of all getting them away from the theoretical side of Advanced Riding - Roadcraft.  It is all right reading about it, but putting it into practice in a practical way is another matter.
The biggest thing that sticks out when doing this assessing in positioning for bends........ The majority of riders plan quite effectively for one bend, BUT if you have your view WHY ?  During this course we focused on forward planning, one bend to the next and as Johan said, 'Knitting them together', so in otherwords trying to keep the motorcycle stable as much as possible and that means upright.

The roads we went on were smooth, no potholes and although twisty, made the riders more aware of the importance of planning for the next bend, in otherwords formulating the 'Riding Plan'.  When this is addedd to the mix and then we add the right speed, and then right gear with the right amount of throttle - BALANCE, WE start to get CONTROL.

Forgot to mention enjoyment when it all comes together.
We had regular debriefs as like everything these best laid plans fail....

I took my Tribe radio to pair upto the riders Scala Bluetooth systems, but the Autocom system I took failed to work, despite having new batteries fitted.

Must have been the heat, hence no commentary on the video footage.....


What happened at the end of the day....Well we had to find a beach front cafe for a debrief.......
What do I think of Spain as a training venue ?

I had my reservations as I  did not know what to expect as you come to an an area, and when you are told Benidorm, you think British Holiday makers, package tours etc......  Well we never even went into the place (Just saw the sky line) and instead was introduced to the beautiful countryside around from Javea in the north down towards Alicante.  The are some good open type roads further in land, but the roads we chose, although very twisty, worked.  Why  - because it developed rider awareness, forward planning, control and confidence, without the aspect of speed,  As a training area, IT WORKED FOR ME.
My thanks to Johan and Sharon for having the faith in asking me over and Glyn and Christine my hosts......
Here is a edited clip of the training with music by High Spy:
                                                                        


                                

I alsogot a mention here : The Driver Training Daily

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Advancedbiker Motorcycle Training in Spain - Day Two



Day 2.  Saturday 26th January 2013

Another sunny start for me and Glyn, but a bit a shock for one of us.  There are actually two 7.30's in the day. (Please note Glyn)
The run to Orchette our start point was about a hour away, so we took the coast road, the N332, but soon found out that the strong winds had returned and it made riding interesting. Especially when we nearly got blown of our feet at the toll booth......

Great news when we got to Johan and Sharon's house, another motorcycle had arrived.  A smart Kawasaki that Sharon was interested in buying.   So we all had motorcycles for the day, me on the Blackbird and Johan on his Suzuki.

A quick cup of tea to start the day and a chat over a route, which took in less bends, so they could be assessed on planning for bends more.  It was decided that we would return to the N322 and head for Alicante along the coast, stopping for fuel at El Campello before heading in land.  Sharon did the honors and lead and she found some great 'twisties'.......
After a great session we ended up for a break at a well visited motorcycle stop at Venta Terassa on the cv 800.


 
The weather  was fine and I had'nt brought my new HD Drift camera 800 miles, not to use it,so I had a go, first at the cafe and then helmet mounted..... 

The road we were on the CV800 enventually lead to Alcoy, but after the cafe stop, we still had a fair bit of climbing, now with Johan leading, before we stopped to admire the view further up...

 Then it was on to lunch, well Tapas near to Alcoy and then a big 'loop' north towards Xativa, Gandia and Pego back to Orba.



Another great day, great company, great weather, great roads and great progress made

Our route



 Time to relax before the last day of assessing......
 
Saturday  night was at Restaurant Paraiso, Parcent.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Advancedbiker Advanced Motorcycle Training In Spain

Well, that is it....Been back home a week after a fantastic adventure to the Costa Blanca, Spain.  It ended up with three days of advanced motorcycle assessining amd tutoring and then 3 day of sight seeing - Photography, my other hobby.
How did I get involved ?
Well just before Christmas I had an email off Johan Nilsson enquiring about Advanced Motorcycle Training in Spain, well in the Benidorm area.  I didn't had to think twice, UK weather snowing to 20 degrees in Spain, only issue use of a motorcycle.

Well I mentioned hiring one, but when he said I could use his Honda Blackbird, I said yes, so the search was on for flights and accommodation.

Well through Facebook I have a workmate living in Orba, just up the coast, so I contacted him and the trip was ON !

The next issue was the logistics......What to take, radio's helmet camera etc....Would it all fit in my luggage with all my kit.   In the end I paid for Hold luggage, but wore my motorcycle jacket and motorcycle boots...

The date was set....Thursday 24th January 2013, flying out of Manchester Airport,UK to Alicante in Spain.  Transfer arranged in Spain and enroute to my lodging a Chinese meal...

Day One Friday 25th January 2013 - Awoke to clear blue skies, and a warm 20 degrees........  My mate Glyn a fellow BMW R1200GS owner took me on pillion to our meeting point in Benidorm and at just before mid day we all met up.  First issue.......Johan had only one other motorcycloe a Suzuki SV 1000 and thought he and his wife Sharon could take turns riding that, whilst I had the Blackbird.
PLAN B -  Why not arranged for whoever was not riding the Suzuki to ride pillion with me on the Blackbird, so in that we way we could head out inot the hills and cover more miles.....  So it was all arranged....
Where do we go......?
Bit out of my comfort zone here and suggesting to Johan to pick a route, while I ride a motorcycle cycle I had never ridden before with a pillion I did not know........  Well it all worked out as we headed into the hills above Orxeta, bend, after bend, after bend.........until we got to.....

Guadalest for our first debrief and change of rider..............  I had to do the English think and wear my neck scarf on my head, to protect it from the afternoon sun.

After a lazy coffee stop it was debrief time and a big decision on where to go for dinner.......

It was off to -

Restaurant El Riu next to the Historical Automobile Museum "Vall de Guadalest" in the Guadalest valley between Callosa and Guadalest.......  For a light lunch..........

After a mini banquet it was back to Orxeta and end of day one......  What a great day and two more to come........