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I spent Sunday on a "Bike Safe" course run by Northern Constabulary. It is not often you go on a course and find all the participants have learned something useful and had a great time along the way.

Maybe a combination of factors made this course exceptional. Good weather, a well chosen route [fast in places and twisty] and the sergeant in charge of the course was both approachable and informative. (Who said traffic police were not human?)

Anyway, if this is typical of this type of course I would recommend it to everyone. (Yes it was that good!!)
 

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In Norfolk it's called "Safe Rider" and it's the most fun you can have with a police bike right behind you. Two nights in the classroom then a day out on the roads. Well worth the small fee.
 

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Even if you don't want to go down the AIM route, I reckon everyone should do BikeSafe. It's got to be the cheapest way to learn more about safe, progressive and enjoyable riding.

And my local one rides-out from thr Ace Cafe, so you get a slap-up lunch thrown in!

- Jim
 

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jim mcdonnell said:
Even if you don't want to go down the AIM route, I reckon everyone should do BikeSafe. It's got to be the cheapest way to learn more about safe, progressive and enjoyable riding.

And my local one rides-out from thr Ace Cafe, so you get a slap-up lunch thrown in!

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Jim

Just to avoid confusion, do you mean the IAM route, or were you "AIM"ing for something else?

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Oops - came over a bit Yoda there; the wrong order did I get the letters in!

I did indeed mean IAM. I stand corrected.

Still, excellent those SafeBike courses are!

- imJ
 

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Interesting...

Gwent Police are running one next weekend, which I nearly enrolled for. I was put off by the statement "...particularly suitable for ... sports bike riders." which appears on their website. I couldn't really be any further from a sportsbike rider, so I didn't bother. Would you say that statement was misleading, Alans?

The observed ride I did from Abergavenny a couple of months ago was useful - although I was quite concerned by the way my escort kept encouraging me to go faster when I was already doing 65 in a 60 zone (with high hedges, blind entrances, etc).
 

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I'd suspect that the 'Sports Bike' thing is just a way of attracting exactly the type of riders who need training most but who might be put off by their perceptions of police-led training being a bit pipe 'n slippers. I wouldn't worry, you'll only be in a 2:1 ratio ride-out group anyway.

As for the speeding bit; your speedo reading 65 was actually probably bang on the speed limit. My police rider told us to go as fast as appropriate, and if we saw him dropping back behind us it meant we were speeding. He (using his accurately calibrated speedo) would NOT exceed the stated limits.

Having said that, we had a rider on the course who was about to start his Stage 1 police training and it was sobering to hear the copper tell him (after a hedge-y, blind, twisty section of road that I was nervous to do at 40 in a national speed limit section) that 'that was a 100mph corner there'

You needn't worry - they'll try to push you but never at the expense of safety or just out of a misplaced sense of machismo. It's all about 'making progress' at sensible, appropriate speeds for the conditions (with a bit of flexibility regarding actual limits), and develping your forward planning, anticipation and choice of speed/gear/braking/line.

Do it - you won't regret it.

- Jim
 

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It's also very sobering when they give statistics for the types of accidents - left-hand bends where the bike goes too wide, right hand bends where the rider leans out over the line into the path of an oncoming vehicle, collisions with road signs/lights ... They then go on to explain how to avoid these things happening to you. Most of it is common sense, such as "there is no racing line on the road. That's just for the track where everyone's going in the same direction".
 
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