Life on a bike


What are the common motorcycle accidents police regularly come across?
Around a third of motorcycle collisions are single vehicle collisions, involving just the rider and their machine. A third is huge and suggests that riders have something to learn. We should never stop learning as motorcyclists. Bikes are evolving all the time - they have more power and are more responsive than ever before. We need to be able to handle that as riders and have an understanding of our ability, our confidence levels and how that translates to our riding skills. We also see a lot of collisions around junctions and during overtaking on routes that are both familiar and unfamiliar to the riders involved.

Why should I consider signing up for a BikeSafe workshop?

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Whether you passed your bike test six months ago, six years ago or, even twenty-six years ago, you can always improve your skills. We think riding should be fun so our workshops are designed to be enjoyable and interactive. We discuss the system of bike control, examine hazard perception and explore the five main causation factors for collisions, those being (in no particular order), junctions, overtaking, filtering, cornering, and group riding. We also take riders out on an observed ride as part of the workshop and give feedback based on our observations of the ride.

Since BikeSafe began in 2010 we’ve seen over 15,000 bikers complete our workshop. You’ll be joined by like-minded biking enthusiasts with a ride range of experience, skills and different machines – everyone is welcome, whether you’re on a commuter bike, a scooter or a sports bike!

Our workshops are a great introduction into further skills training. After completing a BikeSafe workshop we recommend you go on to complete the IAM Skills for Life course or the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycling Test. Riders should continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test. By continually improving your skills and knowledge you’ll make your riding safer and more enjoyable.

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What's the best thing about being a police rider and running the BikeSafe workshops?
For me it is about engaging with other bikers, imparting knowledge and enthusing others to go on to structured training. Sadly, too much of our time involves dealing with collision scenes and liaising with families who have lost loved ones. I would personally would rather spend my days educating others to stay safe rather than dealing with the aftermath, simply because of the emotional effects it has on families when they lose someone they love or they suffer life changing injuries. It’s about tackling the root cause of the problem.

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What bikes do police riders normally ride?
Many forces have moved to BMW RT 1200. Some forces still have Yamaha FJR 1300 as advanced bikes. Other forces have a range of bikes fit for specific purposes such as off road bikes.

I ride the Yamaha FJR 1300. They are powerful, responsive machines, have good acceleration and are really a very good all-rounder. It’s the sort of bike you get on and “tuck” yourself in behind the fairings and for me, it’s my bike of choice for both work and home.

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