Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
We are riding a BMW1150GSADV and a HONDA CBF500.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
It took me a good ten minutes to reach the source of the noise which was at the staggered junction of the B5023 and a minor road.
A motorcyclist, approaching the junction from the northwest, travelling at approximately the 40 mph speed limit (according to witnesses) was in the process of overtaking a Peugeot 106 car, travelling southwest, which had just pulled onto the B5023 in front of the motorcyclist.
Unfortunately the Peugeot driver then turned immediately right at the staggered junction in order to continue on the minor (southwest) road. The motorcyclist crashed into the driver’s door. Whether the car driver had indicated or not is not known! (Have you noticed how many drivers/riders just do not indicate these days?)
The biker was thrown over the car and landed on the kerb. Apparently a number of people arrived on the scene almost immediately. It appeared that the rider had a broken leg. The ambulance arrived promptly plus a doctor and at least three police cars. The biker received paramedic attention and was taken to hospital in the ambulance.
The assumption that the fellow would be fine when his broken leg was mended proved to be too optimistic. He died at the hospital. He was 41 years old.
I was just walking the dog that day, but I have had the lesson reinforced; “Do not overtake at a junction!” AND “Be very alert at a staggered junction!”
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
This meant that my shiny brand new first motorcycle had to remain in my garage. I could not get another test at Derby for months. I was so frustrated. I phoned around the country and got a cancelled booking at Sutton-in-Ashfield a week or so later. Easy Rider Rob kindly took me and a bike over there in his Transit van. This time success. What a very nice man that examiner was. "Congratulations Mr Smith, you passed. Possibly you could have afforded to ride a little faster on the A38 by-pass. After all motorcycles are allowed to overtake 38-ton trucks on dual carriageways. But otherwise well done." Hooray.
So far my biking experience is: Yamaha Diversion 900 - 10,000 miles. Kawasaki Vulcan VN-1500 - 1,000 miles. BMW 1150 GS 12,000 miles. BMW 1150 GS ADV SE 17,400 miles. The total is 40,400 miles, plus a bit on the HangTen, say 600. So, 41,000 miles ater a trial lesson on my 51st birthday I am still enjoying motorbiking. Hooray for motorbikes. YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO START.
Monday, 9 February 2009
Then later we dropped in at Le Touquet Paris Plage.
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Can't think of anything safety related, but......
We were riding in a group across Dartmoor. It was very windy. My girlfriend (now wife) was riding ever more slowly, to the annoyance of everyone else in the group. We were just pressing on & "making progress". She was getting more & more frustrated at holding everyone up, & the fact that her boyfriend had buggered off into the distance & left her to her own devices.
We stopped to re-group. One rider asked her why she was riding so slowly. She said, " because the $%**&^ wind keeps blowing me all over the road!" I decided a bit of Senior Observer experience and advice would be helpful. "Why don't you try counter-steering?" I proffered. "Why don't you $%** OFF?" she replied....
I LEARNT ABOUT BIKING (AND LIFE) FROM THAT! (by M.B.)
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
BMW R1150 GS ADV SE