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all motorcycle riders
We've been writing about better riding skills for over twenty years
now, and we're sure you can't have failed to notice that during that
time many articles on the topic of advanced riding have appeared in
the press and elsewhere online. It's good that so many riders are
taking an interest in improving their skills but it is a concern
that the techniques involved rarely come with 'buyer beware'
warnings on the box, extolling only the virtues of advanced riding
and rarely mentioning the many pitfalls and traps that can await the
So here are a series of articles that were largely written between
1999 and 2006, which take a fresh 'risk assessment / risk management
approach to riding skills and often go off at a slight tangent. We
hope they'll help you see beyond the 'pros' we usually hear and
start to think about some of the 'cons', and thus give yu the change
to make more balanced decisions.
More recently we've moved our riding skills articles over to our
blog which you can
find here, and even more recently on our Facebook page.
Don't forget, you can read Facebook posts without being a member!
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is Survival Skills all about?
are Survival Skills Courses put together and taught?
Making of a Good Instructor - musings on my Driver Education
a National Standard for advanced training be appropriate?
a riding tip - what detail is necessary?
to do if you've had an accident
Statistics - dispelling some myths
or advanced, pragmatism or perfection?
on the miles
& Practice - the key to learning new skills
- Question and Answer
Rules and Tips
and Riding at the Limit
Danger of Misunderstanding
from your Mistakes
Moment of Inattention
just ride for yourself, ride for others
- what's legal and how to do it
Problems 1 - Lean or Brake?
into Summer - polishing off the winter rust
Riding - Rules and Tips
of Risk and Risk Management
Problems 4 - Stability and the "Point and Squirt" technique
Problems 3 - Staying out of trouble! Pro-active Braking or
Problems 2 - Staying out of trouble
Vanishing Point - is it enough?
- the key to smoother riding
the Two Second Rule is not enough
in the Dark
- straight lines, stability and safety
- what it is and how to deal with it
Observation - when to & when not to!
upright on icy roads
- 'Keep it simple, Stupid' or Low Effort Biking
Safety - avoiding vehicles turning right
versus Reactive Riding
Foot? The Hendon Shuffle - Question and Answer
a passenger - Question and Answer
in the rain
in strong winds
Mate, I didn't see you - an analysis of SMIDSY accidents
gone into a corner too hot and had it tighten up on you?
Point & Squirt approach to corners
time to live...
Fixation - Question and Answer
Lurker, the Drifter and the Trimmer
five most important things I learned as a courier
- Questions and Answers
riding - or keeping it simple?
lines, tight lines, right lines - the law of Diminishing Returns
- when your riding is just too good to be true
line -vs- trail braking
back, close your eyes, relax... and hope for the best
you overtake, do you...?
you need to blip the throttle on a downshift?
Riding Tips 1 - Dealing with hairpins (a new occasional series)
Riding Tips 2 - The (drive on the) Right Stuff
dehydration - riding in hot weather
errors - and avoiding them
of mists and mellow fruitfulness - riding in fog
does Point and Squirt come from?
- lifesavers and following distances
- what is it, and why you should think before you do it!
Management - dealing with "red mist" and "road rage"
on left-handers - experts only or best avoided?
or Exit - what's important when cornering?
Riding - how to improve summer skills in winter
towards a BTEC in post-test instruction part 1
Working towards a BTEC in post-test instruction part 2
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SURVIVAL SKILLS BOOKS - If you have enjoyed reading these articles,
you'll find many more hours of reading are available in the Survival Skills
series of books, available from this website.
Always remember advanced techniques of machine control can only
increase your safety and reduce the risk of an accident if they are
supported by positive attitudes, concentration, critical
self-awareness and above all, by self-control. Safety must remain
your primary and overriding concern when considering any of these
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