November 2nd 2009

‘Mind the Gap’

Hope you all had a good Halloween…..i spent it at Warwick castle..very nice.

Bike meets seem to be winding down at the moment , usual thing..cold weather and lack of enthusiasm from the fairer riders amongst us and no problem with that….these people are now moving back into cars to tackle the daily commute and if you have the option of a car or bike then i would say it makes sense to use the car in bad weather….the ‘hardened’ two wheelers amongst us tend to frown upon it but it does make sense….why subject your bike to all the salt and poor road conditions and then you to all the elements and cold and wet weather when you could just hop in the car, turn up the heater and go to work knowing your pride and joy is tucked in from harms way and your not in need of a full thermal outfit!…..but,each to thier own!

Had the pleasure of dealing with the traffic flow around Windsor this week as the state visit of the Prime Minister of India got under way….road closures and increased numbers of the public made it a hectic day but a day that went off smoothly and without hiccup….although the sawdust and sand they put down for the military horses didn’t offer up the same ‘grip’ for the BMW!

On a down side i was a tad disappointed with the biker on a green Kawasaki ER-6 that overtook me on the M4 earlier this week with ,what i would call a ‘medium’ to ‘heavy’ amount of traffic, i was in lane 2 passing cars in lane 1…he approached and went past me at about 75mph…he approached the next vehicle in lane 3 and sat about 2ft of thier rear left handside bumper and nicely in thier ‘blindspot’…eventually he saw a gap big enough and moved up and filtered between the vehicle in lane 3 and the vehicle in lane 2….he then progressed to the next car and as he did the car in lane 2 moved to lane 1 leaving the car in lane 3 stuck out there…it was clear the car was aware of the bike but was reluctant to move as the bike was SO close…so he stayed put…the bike promptly moved into lane 2 and undertook the car….then the next filter was between cars in both lanes 2 and 3 and at about 85mph…i’d seen enough and pulled him over…

I asked him how long he had been riding…. his response?……6 months.

I asked him if he thought his filtering at 85mph was safe….his response….”am i not allowed to filter above 70mph then?”

That worried me…i asked him what the speed limit was for the UK…he said “70”….then silence then he said “oh right, i see..sorry”

as in most of life’s scenarios a little common sense can go a long way..for us it’s the difference between staying upright and not…a simple way to aid filtering and progression in general is to ‘present’ yourself to the other motorist in front…put yourself on ‘display’ and attract his/her attention..once they see you they can then react to you..once you get the reaction then you can choose the suitable action to take..just a little patience goes a long way and will help you to keep it upright!

keep it safe gang!