December 10th 2009

‘Extreme conditioning’

Yup….It’s Xmas!

Mistletoe,holly and pressies!

Also some rather unsavoury and cold weather as well, I’ve noticed more than usual as the famous Taplow Roads policing base is being demolished to make way for a new and improved building and Taplow staff have been moved to Gerrards Cross police station in the interim. This means a round trip of 50 miles, double my journey and some treacherous roads to tackle.

Getting colder means wrapping up appropriately unlike the gentleman who I was following the other morning. He overshot a set of traffic lights that had changed to red as he crossed them, fortunately it was traffic-free and at 07:30hrs on a Sunday morning. I stopped him and we started chatting, it was clear he was freezing, he was wearing intermediate gloves and a two-piece leather suit which would be better worn in summer. His reason for not braking is he was losing the feeling in his fingers and it hurt to use the levers, he was only clutching and braking these levers if he had to and a late amber / red with no traffic was the gamble he took and all because his fingers were frozen with the cold…crazy.

Problem with being too cold, and in fact too hot, is you start concentrating more on how you feel than how you are actually riding.This is a seriously dangerous factor and position to be in…avoid it.

There are lots of ways of keeping warm, hands and fingers get cold much quicker if the body’s ‘core’ is cold, keep your torso nice and ‘toastie’ and your hands and fingers will be warmer for longer.

Heavy duty winter gloves and bar muffs are another option as are glove liners (silk are good) but the prime concern is your torso, keep the body warm and the blood that circulates is warmer keeping the body’s extremeties warmer for longer, heated waistcoats are a good option as well.

Most of the above you can get from quality outlets such as Hein Gericke and other large Motorcycle retail outlets.

Not many bikes out on the road at the moment for obvious reasons, the die-hard among you are still going strong so keep safe!

With Xmas brings the office parties, the xmas do’s and other social calender events, if you’re on the bike, get off the alcohol.TVP are determined more than ever to catch drink drivers and drink riders, it’s inherently dangerous as it is on a bike without adding alcohol to the mix!

So, I’ll sign of for 2009 and all that leaves me to say is to wish you all a very safe and happy Xmas to you and your families..and a great 2010!

Happy Xmas and a happy New Year!