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Survival Skills Newsletter – 14th February 2022

Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists - Survival Skills Newsletter - Kevin Williams

Welcome to the latest newsletter.

If there’s one thing to watch this week, it’s the item on SUNDAY’S ELEVENSES WEBCAST looking at CE-approved bike clothing and the Trading Standards raid on stands at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, where over half the stands were found to be illegally selling non-approved bike clothing. It’s not illegal to wear, but manufacturers, suppliers and retailers have had FOUR YEARS to submit their clothing for testing. Frankly, it’s shocking.

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WHAT’S ON IN THE SURVIVAL SKILLS UNIVERSE

MARCH’S LIVE EVENTGroup Riding tricks and tips… with the promise of warmer weather just around the corner and the evenings stretching out nicely, so ride-out season is getting under way again as riders gather for group rides. Biking with buddies can be a lot of fun – I’ve had some of my best experiences with like-minded riders. But if ride-outs lack a bit of discipline it can be hard work and not particularly enjoyable. And occasionally group rides turn into a free-for-all. So stay out of trouble the Survival Skills way!
WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH 2022 AT 20:00
Tickets cost £5. BOOK AT: http://thq.fyi/se/0852f14d860f

APRIL’S LIVE EVENT – ‘SOBS – the full presentation’… Science Of Being Seen is a 45 minute talk covering human visual perception and motorcycle conspicuity, and explains why conventional hi-vis clothing and day-riding lights have proven less than successful at preventing junction collisions. Discover how to use Survival Skills ‘proactive measures’ in your own riding.
WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL 2022 AT 20:00
Tickets cost £5. BOOK AT: http://thq.fyi/se/9Lw_pWQ

CLUB & GROUP TALKS – As well as an online talk scheduled for New Zealand, I’ve added several more group talks in the diary now including one in Cornwall (!) and two more are in discussion. If you’d like me to arrange something for your own group or club, get in touch. As well as ‘Science Of Being Seen’‘Crash Course (in how not to…) and my latest ‘Fewer skills, more Insight’ presentations, I have a selection of others on various riding issues. Available weekday evenings and weekends, via ZOOM or in person. Drop me a line to sort something out.

ELEVENSES ANCHOR PODCAST – the Elevenses webcasts that go out live (almost always) on Wednesdays and Sundays are now available as an audio-only podcast – check them out HERE on Anchor.


Elevenses 214 Sun 13 Feb

*** ELEVENSES *** Elevenses 214 Sun 13 Feb in today’s show… trading standards tackle non-approved clothing at London bike show… woman being trained to ride dies after falling from Californian rooftop car park… new drive to seize illegal bikes and quads in Durham… TfL lower speed limits on parts of their road network… Met Police announce “one million speeding convictions per year in London” target… Triumph’s TE-1 electric bike reaches rideable prototype stage… today’s discussion point – is this the tipping point for the acceptance of CE-approved bike kit in the UK? Watch now

SoS February 12 Get the Big Picture – Smith System Pt 2

*** SKILLS ON SATURDAY *** Get the Big Picture – Smith System Pt 2 Over the last two weeks in Focus on Friday (you can find them easily via the content index on Ko-Fi), I looked at the sixty year old ‘Smith System for Space Cushion Driving’ which offered five guiding principles for driving and riding. They are: aim high in steering get the big picture keep your eyes moving leave yourself an out make sure they see you So what does “get the big picture” mean, and how do we achieve it? Read more

FoF February 11 Making time – survive or crash Part 4

*** FOCUS ON FRIDAY *** Making time – survive or crash Part 4 Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking about how if we’re to avoid the nasty SURPRISES! that cause so many crashes, it’s not just about fast reactions. Crucially, we need to be aware of the POTENTIAL for things to go wrong a minimum of three seconds BEFORE things actually DO go wrong. That means looking MORE than three seconds ahead along our path. And that’s where the 2 – 4 – 12 ‘Smith System  for Space Cushion Driving’ came in. Read more

Elevenses 213 Wed 9 Feb
in today’s show… former Norton owner Stuart Garner pleads guilty to pension fund raid… Are the Government about to ditch new EU car safety regulations… DVSA’s plan to reduce waiting lists will mean a four week wait after a test fail… do bikers have nine lives – viral video shows rider who used them all… sales figures for January up across the board… MCIA and MAG collaborate on PTW action plan… Talaria STING MX – another non-road legal e-bike… today’s better biking point – lateral movement and being seen… Read more

ToT February 8 Traffic – how to fail your bike test Part Four
Out on the road, the examiner wants to see how you deal with other road users – if you’re aware of them in the first place, then whether you show consideration for more vulnerable road users like children, pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists, and if you anticipate danger. Once again, there’s a surprising amount that can go wrong, and with many riders now ‘picking up experience’ on a 125 after a single day’s CBT training behind them, there’s a real chance of developing bad habits. READ MORE…

Elevenses 212 Sun 6 Feb
in the show… today’s discussion point – after Oxford Products recall jeans that fail to meet AAA standard, can we be sure the CE system is working…   and in today’s news…. driver with over 70 years behind the wheel never had a licence… riders detained and bikes seized in police blitz in Stoke Newington… transport select committee tells government to shift to road pricing… proposed Kent plant could recycle Li-ion car batteries… is this the Bajaj-Triumph lightweight at last… London Bike Show organisers remind traders of CE rules for clothing…  WATCH NOW…

SoS February 5 Aim High In Steering – Smith System part 1
Yesterday in Focus on Friday, I looked at the sixty year old ‘Smith System for Space Cushion Driving’ and concluded by mentioning the five basic principles. Let’s start with the first – aim high in steering. READ MORE…

FoF February 4 Making time – survive or crash Part 3
Last week I was explaining that if we’re to actually react to a developing emergency, we have to be aware of the POTENTIAL for things to go wrong a minimum of three seconds BEFORE it can actually happen. And that necessarily requires looking MORE than three seconds ahead along our path. At that point, my buddy and former instructor Malc, jumped in and reminded me that the US-based Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) actually used a much longer twelve seconds for planning and four seconds for urgent response. READ MORE…

COMMENT February 3 How much lean angle do we need?
Some weeks back I was reading about an upcoming Indian Motorcycle model. To be perfectly honest, I’m not really interested in Indian’s range. The whole cruiser thing has never appealed to me but I was somewhat alarmed to discover that due to lowering the bike over the model it’s derived from, the Bobber has a reduced ground clearance.  OK, now unless you happen to ride over a lot of kerbs, ground clearance per se isn’t really an issue. But what it affects is the available degree of lean. And the Bobber’s maximum lean angle drops from 31 degrees to 29 degrees. Is that enough? READ MORE…

Elevenses 211 Wed 2 Feb
in today’s show… LAST CALL for tonight’s SOBS in-depth special live webcast… any colour bollards you like so long as they are black… DVSA under fire as car tests are cancelled due to pencil rubber and hair on carpet… Leeds to get motorcycles in bus lane trials… learner riders in France to be taught to filter… Danish police will seize bikes if ridden in an ‘insane manner’… three wheels on this police wagon…  today’s better biking tip… blind crests and hidden dips – don’t get it fatally wrong… WATCH NOW…

ToT February 1 Moving – how to fail your bike test Part Three
Once we’ve got the bike pulling away, it’s a simple matter of keeping it moving… …or is it? There’s a surprising amount that can go wrong. Why write about what can go wrong? You have your instructor who is there to help you do the right things, and there are plenty of internet ‘pass your bike test’ articles too. But over the decade-plus that I was taking candidates to the bike test, there turned off to be plenty of unexpected ways in which they could pick up minor faults and even fail. And with many riders now ‘picking up experience’ on a 125 with just a day’s CBT training behind them, there’s a greater chance of developing bad habits. READ MORE…

And from the 60 Second Safety series on YouTube…


BUY WINTER GIFT VOUCHERS NOW then SAVE WHEN YOU BOOK A COURSE

Winter gift vouchers are available until the end of February and since they’re worth more when you redeem them against a course, you can make significant savings.
You can find them in my Ko-Fi shop. There’s a post giving you precise details on the vouchers here:
https://ko-fi.com/post/2022-GIFT-VOUCHERS-NOW-ON-SALE-G2G07AFQA

ONLINE TRAINING – inexpensive courses available at most times seven days a week. Got a puzzle you want to understand? Need some suggestions for practical exercises you can work on when riding? FIND OUT HOW I CAN HELP

ON-ROAD TRAINING – I’m still training and looking forward to MARCH when courses resume in full but for now bookings are:

  • short notice only to take advantage of dry days (with a WET WEATHER GUARANTEE)
  • based on my North London training routes

Visit www.survivalskills.co.uk for more info.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK…

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See you all next week

Kevin Williams
Survival Skills Rider Training

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