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  1. I should have gone to Ireland this week but due to personal circumstances I couldn't go but I managed to get 4 nights in Wales. Friday was spent near Havorford West with @Gerontious, @smallfrowne and @Snod Blatter. A great little place with a pub a couple of minutes away. The lads went onto the ferry the next day and I continued up to Aberystwyth, it's not that far so I didn't go the direct route. Quick stop for a photo just outside Tenby. Then through the Pembrokeshire National Park The next day I fancied a bit of a shorter riding day so I did about 3 hours around the Elan Valley. We go there quite a bit with my classic mini so it was great to be there on the bike. This was on top of the dam that Richard Hammond got winched up in a Land Rover many years ago. The next day was to be my last day so I'd got a 200 mile route planned from the fantastic Bikers Britain by Simon Weir. I chose the machynlleth loop which turned out to be absolutely amazing. Some of the best roads I've ever been on and pretty much deserted. The roads were so good that I didn't really stop for photos but a couple of the best roads were B4391 and A487 but the whole thing was amazing. It's worth buying the book just for that. Back to the hotel and I put the bike in the onsite garage. A massive bonus that I didn't know about when booking. I'd highly recomend it and there was a couple of bikers there every night. https://www.richmondhotel.wales/ Being from Leicester being able to see the sea is a rare treat, the sunset was amazing to watch The return leg was another conveluted route through the brecon beacons, stopping to see the memorial and cemertery at Aberfan, a very moving place. I'm gutted to not have gone to Ireland with the lads but I still had an amazing few days away.
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  2. I know I've posted this before, but it's too good not to repeat it
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  3. Here's my personal favourite . I first saw it 30 years ago and it's still there . It's on the old Fish Dock in Lochinver Harbour .
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  4. I thought it was "goods vehicles could be abducted by aliens". Wrong again.
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  5. I did just over 230 miles round N Wales today. I was meant to be at work but meetings got cancelled. One of my favourite roads leading towards Beddgelert Heading down into Beddgelert By the river. Good ice cream shop there. It's a Bobber. It has a tiny tank. You need to know where the petrol stations are. I had to fill up twice and came home with the petrol level light on. Snowdon in the distance. We stayed at this farm most summers when I was kid. I helped milk the cows, catch the hens, rode on the hay baler, built dams in the stream, fell in the lake.... Looking back down the valley towards Nantle After this I headed over towards Llanberis, then back home over the Denbigh Moors.
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  6. Noticed this one when I was out yesterday. Proper Norfolk.
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  7. It's a pity I missed this thread, I was in Helmsdale on Tuesday, I could have called in
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  8. A few comments from me. I knew he was there and i suspected where he was looking to go given the speed he was carrying. Despite that, i decided to hold my line, A: Because i'm a twat (yeh, i probably could have moved to the middle, although it happened fast and i did kind of expect him to yield), and B: Because i had no idea what was to my left or behind me. Looking back, though, he definitely saw me, and i think he wanted to try and bully me out of the way. My reaction getting off the bike is embarrassing, but in my defence, i thought he was trying to drive away. Also, my foot was in fecking pain! (it had just been squeezed) so i was pretty upset, hence my reaction to the very kind driver letting me cross in front of him. It was after that i calmed down and decided not to make a big fuss and be rationale (hence all the 'mates' toing and froing). All in all, after sending the other driver the footage, he relented and coughed up. New peg on order. Anyway, there you go. If you haven't already, invest in a helmet cam.
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  9. you ride like this twat you need training or just give the fook up...
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  10. They might be divers
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  11. And we get this https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/09/18/hull-contractor-writes-roadworks-sign-in-local-dialect/
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  12. CBF 125 was my first. Many happy memories with that bike. Motorcycling isn't like driving. Driving you learn to drive the car, you pass your test and whilst your driving can improve and/or you get exposed to different driving conditions you've pretty much 'done it'. When you ride a motorbike, you can be years down the line and still feel like you're trying to improve aspects of your riding. There are things when driving a car that you mostly don't have to worry about. Balance, grip, if you enter a bend a bit to hot you can hit the brakes without much grief. Obviously it can all go horribly wrong still but it usually requires you doing something moronic. But on a bike? You are more sensitive to the road surface, if you come into a bend too hot you're likely to target fixate, grab the brake and the bike well stand up and go in the direction you didn't want it to go etc etc etc This isn't to try and put you off, but it explains those times you finish a ride and feel like you rode like a sack of spanners and wondering if motorcycling is for you. BUT. When you get a ride right, it's a million times more rewarding than driving. I don't nip out at lunch 'for a drive'. But I nip out at lunch for a bike ride. My advice is ride, be honest with yourselves on the bits of your riding that you wish to improve and work on them. Learning to ride is a bit of a rollercoaster and just try to know that when it doesn't quite feel like it's coming together it will in time.
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  13. I'd suggest that if that's what you're hoping as an outcome then don't bother. The difference in my premiums was measured in several pounds. That's before you net off any membership fees. Might be worth running a few dummy quotes.
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  14. I've just picked this up last week for £1,100 with 6,000 miles on the clock and it's a 2009 model with FSH and I love it. It's my first ever bike and I went out last night on it and it's so easy to ride.
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  15. So last week I bought myself a CBF 125 and I love it. Last night for the first time since my CBT I went up and down the driveway getting used to the clutch and throttle and then went round the block. Then I went a bit further out round the estate where I live and came back buzzing. Hopefully if the rain doesn't come down too hard today I want to go back out tonight for another little ride but riding solo I can see now why people said when you ride a motorbike there is no feeling like it. Have to admit I was a bit wobbly to start but people have said just keep practicing and one day it will all come together.
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  16. I like this one.
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  17. I've done it and it's not pompous and we're better than you attitude. It's about making the best use of the road to make progress withing the limits of the law. I got a lot out of it and am planning on doing the car course. It cost me about £200 which for about 20 hours of one to one tuition is extremely good value to me. Another bonus of being in the iam is the discounts that they have set up with quite a few different places. I saved a good few thousand off my GS.
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  18. police should bring him to yours, cuff him to a rad and make him listen you try and play your key board , that'll teach the fooker.
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  19. Cheers mate, they are givi ones. I absolutely love the bike it suits my needs perfectly.
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  20. Back in Norfolk, I like it here. Might have to back to Walsall next week though. Trying to avoid it.
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  21. well handled , he got gobby at first , then he started saying the right things. I would of asked bloke in black car if he saw what happened and got his details as a witness, just to back up your video footage.... could of been worse glad your ok. Although the cheeky fooker did deserve a poke in the eye when he said its just a lump of metal.
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  22. Do they know Derrick is a swinger ? Does derrick`s wife join in? Just asking ! Cheers Ian
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  23. a danger to himself and every one round him
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  24. There is one as you get near to the marina, it reads. You can't see any workers but they are working. I mean Wtf.
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  25. Got a pic on. Hole of Horcum car park, North Yorkshire.
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  26. Fair enough, although why did you continue on and get the certificate, if you felt weren't learning anything?
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  27. Day 3/4 and all the Scottish tag's done . Struy Inn. Commando Memorial. Glenfinnan Railway Museum. The Barn Bar. Blue Door Coffee Shop. Shin Falls Cafe.
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  28. been there .. done that .. got the certificate .. learnt nothing ... awaits for incoming ...
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  29. Have a look here, these guys do the same training and from all accounts are pretty good https://i2imca.com/?fbclid=IwAR0cU_Jurb08MFdNhbMekmZFVS-paxo-V5PFicq9jJmgL-AoBLHfIwufYYQ
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  30. One of the best courses I did was run locally by an instructor, half day on slow manoeuvring. Sounds boring I know, but some of the skills were challenging and really went some way to improving slow riding and manoeuvring confidence. I think a group called the Motorcycle academy runs the same sort of course. I was lucky when I did my IAM training, my observer used radios, so feedback was instant, I do know a lot don't, real shame.
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  31. Well I'm still on L plates so don't have any non L plate experience to compare but I've definitely noticed car drivers seem to hate them! I've had folk overtake me in 30mph and 40mph zones when I'm doing the limit, and at the most inappropriate times too often into oncoming traffic, on bends etc. Before I did my CBT I spent some time riding a moped on my old car licence without L plates and didn't experience this to the same extent despite being limited to 30mph max. So I'd say it's definitely an L plate thing.......
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  32. And on that - you can buy and read roadcraft yourself, you can watch some really good YouTube content on riding. But I do think you'll only see real improvement with someone watching you ride and feeding back. You don't know what you don't know, you can't see what you spot. Many people go right over to the left hand side for a right hander, because it's a "faster line" and/or "gives a better view" and it's what they read in Roadcraft. But then someone behind you points out that you weren't thinking about the car in the nearside junction, and had completely buggered up options to get yourself out of a sticky situation if they decided to start to pull out. That's the element of the thinking rider that's being mentioned here. I await for some people to respond they do that and don't need someone to tell them to do it but again - it's amazing what you may miss yourself. But hey, if you self-assess that you're already a complete rider then you're never going to take kindly to someone giving you some feedback anyway so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It doesn't have to be an advanced course. There's freelance trainers doing their own flavour of this, there's the DVSA's enhanced rider scheme, there's Bike Safe etc.
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  33. Good club to join. Get down to St Crispins for a Wow moment on their monthly Sunday meets as can get upto 200 members easily . The thing you need to understand is what you are wanting to take away from it . Will it make you faster ....Doubtful Will it make you the best rider in the world ...Doubtful As mentioned it is all down to you being a Thinking Rider and it promotes basically risk assessing everything you see and do . Yes we all do it anyway but Advanced Riding put's 'guidelines' into this mental assessment to determine our actions . You still can ride like a hooligan but your thought process may be making you a smoother and safer hooligan Or you can ride within the limits and legality and again be smooth and safer .. As for which is best ... IAM has better coverage but no immediate requirement to retest so skills can get a bit stale unless you want to keep on top of them and get reassessed. Qualification is recognised by insurers Rospa found their club side is very 'clicky' but you can become a member and take your test without joining a club if you feel confident in your skills but positive is the mandatory 3 year retest . Most insurers will only recognise a Gold Pass as a advanced riding discount . TVAM hold a lot of additional courses which are well worth undertaking . As well as a huge bunch of rideouts and social events .
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  34. The ride I went on was for people who had passed the assessment. I got the impression that as they all had a piece of paper they felt they were god's gift to riding. YMMV. The organisation for the route with a drop off system and TEC I couldn't fault, I just didn't enjoy the group experience nor the self-assessment of those I was with.
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  35. You still get the usual nobbers on the road, regardless of what you are riding/driving. It's just that generally, the L-plates seem to give a free pass to those who otherwise wouldn't bother you to suddenly be a bit of a bully. And this difference is really noticeable switching machines. I would guess being stuck behind slow learner drivers has caused an association with the L-plate that then carries when they see a bike with one. On topic, I think the license is a shambles, A2 can progress to A at cost, but A1 does nothing? Surely A1 should auto progress to A2 after 2 years, which then you pay to get the full A license. Seems more common sense as an approach as the old 33BHP restriction I was on did this. They are just trying to deter new bikers, but with the average age of bikers killed being in their 30s... They restricted the wrong type of rider if that was their aim.
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  36. Apparently the oval ones replace the horse shoe ones. They stay in better when you replace the head...
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  37. Thanks. Will look into it
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  38. Mixed feelings on this one. Had people saying that is a waste of time. Others saying that is a good thing. The motivation would be a more for a cheaper insurance rather than improving my riding. I am fully aware of my weak points and where I have to work on my skills to be better. Having someone telling me how bad I am at speeding when I have little interest in being a racer is pointless. I don't need anybody to say that I need to stick to speed limit. I always defended that experience is your best buddy and knowing where your limits are and never trying to go beyond them is the key for a safe ride. Being a natural learner (on any subject) allows me to research and adapt what I have learnt to my personal circumstances. I am to be convinced that any of these supposedly "enhancements" are worth the effort and money. As always, this is just my personal views and have nothing against those who think it is a good thing
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  39. With my “observer” hat on, I agree with your point about not overtaking in the situation you outline, for much the same reason. I have discussed this point with other observers on observer training days and I can only think of one who disagreed with that view.
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  40. This is why the A1 is a shambles. The CBT isn't enough for most people, in my opinion. Surely we want more training for riders, especially younger ones. But then they chuck that in front of them, with the 'sales pitch' that in a few years they'll need to do it again for their A2 and then again for their full A. When I rode with a CBT for a couple of months before doing more training I frequently had other drivers driving aggressively around me. But to be fair I'm occasionally overtaken on 30mph roads when I'm doing the speed limit, probably because people are getting frustrated they're stuck behind a bike and "bikes aren't meant to do the speed limit" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  41. I did IAM in 2019 but am not renewing my membership (either to IAM itself or my local group) this year as for me membership isn't worth it, and I don't enjoy group rides. It's worth it but you need to apply your own perspective to the advice you're given. For example, if I'm following someone who is doing 40 no matter what, I don't see the point in overtaking in a 50 just before a 30 when I know they're then just going to be up my arse, all because on that bit "I could make progress". Generally speaking I find the higher up the food chain (better trained) you go the better attitude and the better conversations I had with them.
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  42. We've got one in our village, something like Cor ablast ya a goin too fast. I like em.
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  43. What could go wrong I'm sure @Stu will sponsor us, team tmbf
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  44. I hope its moved on a bit since those days however, my observer wanted to straighten the curve and ride straight through the bends. We parted company when I said, where the fun in that, I like to get my knee down if I can. He didn't find it funny.
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  45. and finally for this year my South Wales photos. Thanks to Hoggs for the hard work organising the event. I hope to enter again next year
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  46. Here are my North Wales photos the tide was coming in at Shell island so its a long shot
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  47. Here are my South West England photos
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  48. Here are my east of England photos
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  49. here are my east midlands photos
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