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#1 Post by furygan man » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:33 am

I know i'll proberbly get a mixed reaction to this but looking at booking a 'Bike Safe' day with Leics/Warks Police, has anyone else done this?

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#2 Post by Aladinsaneuk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:55 am

do it

excellent day from what I hear

and I would do one like a shot


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#3 Post by HowardQ » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:39 am

As above, do it!
I have only heard good things about them.

Keep promising myself I'll do one, but have never got around to doing it yet, helped by the fact last time I tried, they had stopped doing them in Sheffield.
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#4 Post by furygan man » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:50 am

This is looking good! Saw them (North Yorks) at Croft the other month and seemed very approchable and a good idea.

North Yorks are booked up, so looks like Leics (Enderby) or Warks (Gaydon) 23 July with lunch and tea stops!!

http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/Police-Forces ... ntent.aspx
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#5 Post by Samray » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:59 am

Good move furygan.
Nothing to be lost and mebbe lots to gain. :smt001
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#6 Post by snapdragon » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:50 pm

Woaaahhh Yes, :smt003 great fun, sometimes weekend but Wilts was just the one day, go for it (in fact I may go for another just for the craic)
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#7 Post by Falcoholic » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:37 pm

Done it.

Brilliant day out and good craic with the pleece men too. :smt003
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#8 Post by BikerGran » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:30 pm

When I was first on the Kwak (2 wheels!) I did one of these - or something similar with a Dorset police rider - and I've never forgotten what I learned, it made my riding easier and more enjoyable - and quicker!
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#9 Post by DavShill » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:47 pm

I did it about 4 years ago and as a result continued to do my IAM. It's well worth it. Some of the techniques will not suit everyone but I believe it's made me a lot more aware and a safer rider. Trying to encourage my lad to do it this year - he's an all year round rider and has developed some bad habits.

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#10 Post by D-Rider » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:23 pm

Been intending doing one of these for several years but still not got round to it.

Depending on when, I might join you Mr Fury.
(maybe rope-in one or two others of the Midlands Massive)

Could do with something - I've still not got my confidence back from that big front-end slide I saved. Normally I'd have got rid of my winter chicken strips by now, but now I've got KFC knocking at the door asking me to supply them.
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#11 Post by BikerGran » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:40 pm

When I did mine it was really wet the 2nd day - as a result there were only 2 of us instead of the 3 the first day - and the instructor had us deliberately riding over drain covers to learn that if we ride over the middle of the cover, the rear wheel will only slide so far then grip again! It sounds awful but in fact it was incredibly confidence building!
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#12 Post by Aladinsaneuk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:20 pm

KFC andy???

I heard it was bernard matthews lot.... and yes, do one for confidence


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#13 Post by D-Rider » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:26 pm

Aladinsaneuk wrote:KFC andy???

I heard it was bernard matthews lot.... and yes, do one for confidence
I've never heard of Turkey Strips :smt017
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#14 Post by Aladinsaneuk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:34 pm

turkeys are like chickens - but a lot bigger - now go look at your tyres....


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#15 Post by Falcopops » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:48 pm

Did it years ago in London (I got it for free too, as I worked for Transport for London at the time).

Well worth the money IMO (25 quid IIRC) good day out and you will learn something new.

The cop following me commented on my protracted efforts to avoid drain covers (I'd had the falco about a month at that time), which lead to a convo about suspension and he told me why set up is so important and knobs did what etc. I did what he suggested and got a much better ride quality.

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