Think you’re a proper biker? Think you know your motorcycles inside and out? Reckon you’ve ridden everywhere there is to ride? Are you really a proper biker who has done all there is to do on a bike? Well, let’s see if you’ve done all of these!
Well, 2016 was quite a year; so many great musicians and celebs dying; the whole Brexit fiasco, Big Mother Theresa May in power and not to mention despicable Trump being elected. It’s difficult to look back and take stock of the good stuff that happened. But, my wife finally finished her PhD, my best mate from college got married, I popped my track day cherry and even managed a whole year without falling off!
As for new year’s resolutions and forthcoming plans, here’s just a few:
GetGeared are flogging the Drift Stealth 2 camera for £100. Not bad at all. Very capable camera, small enough to stick to helmet without looking like a telly tubby and decent battery life. Just what you need when other idiots on the roads take you out…
Universal jacket-to-trouser zips, when will this every become a reality?! It’s currently worse than mobile phone charger plugs… And giving us both sides of the zip is a poor cop out, like we’re going to dig out our handy industrial leather sowing machine and quickly swap zips over.
A couple of weeks ago I witnessed a car rear ending another car, all low speed and not too serious. However the one driver just hurled abuse at the other in front then fled the scene. I had their registration number and was more than happy to help out with a witness statement. As such I’ve recently been filling in forms for insurance and the police. Out of curiosity, I just put in the reg plate into the Gov.uk vehicle enquiry page and got this:-
So, now I know why they fled the scene; untaxed, no MOT and undoubtedly no insurance. The poor lady run into was very distraught and the Police would not have been able to trace this driver had I not passed on the registration number. Having had a few incidents myself where no one has stopped, I know first hand how much extra hassle it is without an independent witness. So please, if you do see an incident, no matter how minor, do stop and offer your help. It maybe a bit of form filling, possibly a court appearance, but it can help rid the roads of dodgy drivers. Ultimately, put yourself in their shoes, you never know when you may need a witness yourself.