Monday, 11 March 2013

Training - Part 1

In a couple of weeks the Silk Road team are heading back down to Wales for a course at BMW's off-road school. It will be great, but what I really need is more on-road skills.

Kevin, Simon, Pete, Deefor.
So time for a brush up and some advanced technique. Two days in Royston with Sgt Paul Mostyn of the Met Police's motorcycle branch to put us through our paces.

We were introduced to the POWDERS check of the bikes and the IPSGA system for safe riding. It is hard work concentrating all the time but after a few hours my riding was much better. Smooth, in control and fewer dramas.

Then the ROSPA test. Simon (from Cambridgeshire's force) took us out for an hour long assessment. Despite a number of "why did I do that" moments, I managed a Silver pass while my fellow trainee got Gold. Well done Pete!

The course and test were organised by BMW Rider Training, part of the Globebusters set up. High quality as ever and a chance to catch up with Kevin and Julia on the last few bits of admin. Great to meet Pete as well. He is going to be Van Man on the Silk Road. Good to meet you Pete.

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