Back on the radio next Wednesday, 3 June, around 11am to talk to Shirley about riding / driving and all sorts!
Plan is to discuss opportunities that we have to change how we work, how we travel and all that sort of fun stuff post lockdown.
Of course, I’m promoting Advanced Rider training where I can, and we will begin tutoring again in June.
With the light evenings, I can offer after work sessions for £55pp. Starting at 5pm, finishing around 8pm. We can work on specific areas that need tweaking, confidence building or just a general ride to gain confidence again!
Leaving Wroughton, we headed towards Avebury, Marlborough, Ramsbury, Aldebourne, Hungerford, Lambourn and then finally Ashbury and Bishopstone. A great morning ride with plenty of scenery and opportunities for opening the throttle!
With the recent government announcement that we can drive / ride as far as we like starting from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May, the roads will be busier than ever with all sorts of motorists, so please take care.
For a rider who may have not ridden since lockdown began 8 weeks ago, be aware that skills do fade so take those first few miles easy – it won’t take too long to get back up to where you were. I know my skill level will have dropped even-though I did ride over winter, and was starting to enjoy the longer days!
If you stopped riding over winter, then the level of riding skill you ended up with last year will definitely have faded so take a little more care too.
For all riders though, take care and be wary even more so than usual of other road users as they are not used to seeing motorcycles so we could be a bit of a surprise to them. That includes cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders, cars and lorries.
Training – this is still on hold pending further announcements from the government which is all to do with social distancing. As is touring – we can’t stay away from home yet. Maybe sometime in July this could change for both training and touring.
If, like me, you are planning a ride tomorrow, then don’t forget to check the tyres, oil, water, seals etc – we call it POWDDERSS in Roadcraft.
Petrol, Oil, Water, Damage, Drive, Electrics, Rubber, Steering and Suspension.
Our plan was to do a ride from Cricklade to Casablanca and back over 8 days. An endurance ride to help raise cash for the NHS, but it looks like Captain Tom has far exceeded anything I could do! Well done sir!
The route is shown but given the current circumstances we will have to forego that for a while. We were departing on a Tuesday evening, catching an overnight ferry to Caen and riding through to Spain. Hopping on the ferry to Morocco to arrive in Casablanca for the evening. Turning around and heading back home – all within 8 days. Yes, bit of a blast, bit of fun, hard work, not a lot of chance for sightseeing and not everyone’s cuppa tea, but all the same if we could have raised funds for the NHS then great! But it seems Captain Tom has done a much better job than we could ever hope for! Well done that man!!
In the meantime, this lockdown has given me plenty of time to take stock, read and watch videos.
Books – re-read Ted Simon and Jupiter’s Travels and Dreaming of Jupiter. Along with Great Motorcycle Tours of Europe and the Biker’s Britain Books and Cool Camping I am now set for getting back out on the bike again!
Videos – had to watch Long Way Round, Long Way Down and African Motorcycle Diaries again! I’m even watching a couple of my own videos too which is a bit sad but a nice sentiment from last year. 2019 Rides
New bags – bought a couple of new bags for the bike. A Givi tank bag and an Oxford T50 Aqua roll bag. Ideal for camping.
Training – I am a RoSPA Diploma Holder in Advanced Motorcycle Instruction and have spent a few hours putting together some ‘crib’ sheets for Roadcraft – bit of a reminder of what’s in Roadcraft, not to replace it but to complement it. The Not the Blue Book by Dave Jones has been re-read too. We do have plans to pop over to Europe in September for a combined training and touring ride which we will probably turn into a camping trip.
Servicing the bike – its a 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx on 42,000 miles. Did the servicing myself at home – luckily Sportsbike shop are still delivering.
So, all in all, ready to get back out there on the road again. Hope everyone is staying safe and as well as can be!