November 2012

Grabbing a handful…..

Firstly a big thank you to all those that donated to C shift at Taplow for the month of ‘Movember’

I’m sooo pleased to remove this caterpillar from under my nostrils. Normal service resumes!

The cold snap is virtually upon us and with it the road conditions change. Many of you, some through no choice have to continue riding in cold temperatures and poor surfaces. Take it easy out there as it’s slippery and a lot of roads in the TVP area are not gritted overnight (usually unclassified/B roads etc).

Keep on top of your bikes maintenance and ensure your tyres are in good condition. Keeping warm is vital, if you’re cold you’ll start concentrating on your temperature rather than your ride and in these conditions you need to be on top of your game in the riding stakes.

Keeping your main core warm is the priority. So many people spend more time on extra thick gloves and socks etc that they ignore the torso, keep the torso wrapped up really well and your extremeties will stay warmer for longer. If the torso cools, the heart will start drawing warm blood back from your fingers and feet to preserve the cores temperature. So keep your body toastie and the rest will stay warmer for longer!

I had the misfortune to deal with a new rider on a very nice Honda NSR 125. He was simply approaching a junction with a very bright and low sun behind him, this shielded him from the view of the driver ahead who was waiting to turn right. The driver moved but saw him and stopped, the new rider panicked and grabbed a handful of front brake and he did well to keep it upright for a couple of metres but it eventually went from underneath him. No real damage other than a bit of pride but it all could have been avoided though by riding at an appropriate speed and allowing the right time and distance to stop safely, upright, in time and on his side of the road.

‘Time to react’ is a foundation of Roadcraft, apply this is most situations and you won’t go far wrong!

Spotted a van driver swigging from what looked suspiciously like a can of lager in Slough the other day, spun the bike round and followed him in  his blind spot watching him continually swig from his lager! Pulled him over and total denial from him he was drinking although it was a shame watching the secreted offending can leak its contents all over the floor and stink out his nice new van interior. Needless to say he was over the drink drive limit and arrested and he’s currently on a one year ban… and has a sticky van floor.

On the subject of drink and drive it is common knowledge that the Roads Policing dept at TVP is red hot on locating, finding drink drivers and this Xmas annual hunt is under way. The message is clear, you drink and drive we will find you and we will get you.


The tyre wear indicators on a tyre are a subtle reminder that your tyres need replacing, as I explained to an R6 rider I stopped on the A329 in Bracknell.

“But I was told that when your tyre surface is joined up by those marks it means the tyre is ‘super grippy’ until it needs a new one?!!”

I got a headache after that stop. He now understands how tyres really work and wear.

See you next time!