August 2011

‘Get a grip’

Not a great deal to report on this month -have been involved in a few ‘Safer Rider’ ride assessments notably the brave ladies from www.curvyriders.co.uk who endured what can only be described as ‘monsoon’ conditions at the ‘H Cafe’! Nut needless to say they endured the weather and did very well, it’s a great site and has members all over the UK. If you want, go and have a look but it is ‘ladies only’!

Had a rather interesting ‘Foxeye’ CBR Fireblade pass me on the motorway, and I was intriqued by the ‘white line’ down the centre of the tyre. Pulled him over as I thought it maybe something stuck to the tyre and it turned out to be the canvass on the tyre making an appearance! It is unbelieveable that people will run the risk of a blow out by failing to look after important (and legal) aspects of the bike, apart from the 3 points it can incur you are playing with your health or worse, your life.

Anyway, I’m a firm believer of education over enforcement so he got a VDRS getting him to change the tyre within 14 days. He was told by me to head for the nearest dealer to change it then (we should do a one day VDRS I reckon!)

Preparing for the annual pilgrimage to northern France next month so looking forward to a nice break on two wheels, thoroughly recommend it and the roads we use, any of you thinking of a trip there please feel free to contact me for the routes we used -they’re great! (I sounded like a cereal tiger there)

Stopped a couple of young lads on some nice bikes (CBR125 & YZF125) basically baby Blades and R1, but I was saddened to see one of the lads with a very ill-fitting helmet. It was a new AGV with a really nice design, so nice that he had to have it even though it wasn’t in his size. I was shocked further to hear that Dad purchased it KNOWING it didn’t fit properly. Rule of thumb is a full face helmet should cover your chin, and movement inside should be minimal and your cheeks should feel slightly compressed (this ‘gives’ after a while, new helmets are always tight to start with) this helmet was waaaaay too big for this lad and would offer little protection in the event of an ‘off’.

Anyway, I initially stopped them for popping wheelies (well, I say wheelies -more like front wheel ‘burps’) and made it clear that what they deemed as ‘fun’ can actually attract a fine and points, ranging from ‘not being in a position to have proper control’ to ‘careless riding’. Points and fines and not a good place to be. Now I’ve been challenged before about wheelies and how they deem the ‘not being in a position to have proper control’ as actually being in complete and ‘skilled’ control, however, you also lose the ability to steer and you have also reduced your braking system by 50%…(the front brake doesn’t work very well in the air).

Anyway, we had a good chat and after being given some ‘Safer Rider’ goodies and a couple of tips on cornering they were off – I wish them a long and rewarding two wheel future!

Take it easy out there you lot,

Del

derek.ingram@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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