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by Hot_Air
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Safer heads: New generation of helmets aims to help save 1000 lives per year
Replies: 19
Views: 358

Re: Safer heads: New generation of helmets aims to help save 1000 lives per year

Aside from whether higher helmet standards save lives (an argument for SHARP), there's growing evidence that rotational injury leads to dementia in later life. And it's one of the reasons for the new 22-06 standard's test of protection versus rotational injury. A bump on the head (that isn't enough ...
by Hot_Air
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: PPE standards post-Brexit
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: PPE standards post-Brexit

The Spin Doctor Its appears someone at Klim has been watching your chat with Paul Varnsverry :) https://www.klim.com/Badlands-Pro-A3-Jacket-4101-000 It isn't "the first ever textile motorcycle garment to earn a CE AAA rating" because Hideout beat them to it by about a year. And the price ...
by Hot_Air
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: PPE standards post-Brexit
Replies: 20
Views: 408

Re: PPE standards post-Brexit

I don't believe I've ever checked to see what safety rating any piece of bike gear had You didn't watch The Spin Doctor 's interview with Dr Chris Hurren, did you? You need to sit in the corner and think about why you've been a very naughty boy. Spin's Elevenses videos are a vital part of your home...
by Hot_Air
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: PPE standards post-Brexit
Replies: 20
Views: 408

PPE standards post-Brexit

Now that the Brexit transition is complete, we have Government advice about Designated Standards for PPE. Exciting news! Now I can see why it was worth all the hullabaloo about sovereignty. Designated standards: PPE :banana-wrench: I haven't read 'em :o and so don't know what if anything relates to ...
by Hot_Air
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Use and Abuse of the Limit Point
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Use and Abuse of the Limit Point

I find the Limit Point to be incredibly useful, and it's one of the cornering tools I use most frequently. But I don't think there's any single tool on its own for judging bend severity. Regarding Horse 's Surprise Horizon, my biggest issue with the Limit Point is close encounters of the animal kind...
by Hot_Air
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Petition to exclude bike training/tests from Covid restrictions
Replies: 18
Views: 322

Petition to exclude bike training/tests from Covid restrictions

In case anyone wishes to support it, a petition has begun about removing bike training and testing from Covid restrictions:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/558548
by Hot_Air
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Re: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

Horse And a lot of what I've learnt has 'arrived' in different ways (including Spin :thumbup: ). Also, I've edited my post to clarify that the quote came from RiDE's editor, Matt Wildee. I haven't read the article (a scan would be good as I'm not dashing to a shop to buy it right now - I'd rather g...
by Hot_Air
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Re: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

If anyone's considering one of Spin's courses, I'd highly recommend it :thumbup: Back on topic, I'm concluding that RiDE should have advocated refinement of the basics, such as smoothness. Braking mid-bend uses up some of my attention - a finite resource! I haven't read the article (a scan would be ...
by Hot_Air
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Re: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

Horse Why does squishing the tyre make steering harder? Surely it makes steering easier because of increased front tyre traction? I know the vehicle dynamics are completely different in a car, but I've done a lot of track time and race school on four wheels. In the car, you can change direction by ...
by Hot_Air
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Re: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

the idea that weight transfer gives the front tyre more grip isn't one that Code agrees with, which is why he talks about getting on the power through the corner to get the front steering. If so, then Keith Code is mistaken. Weight transfer onto the tyre increases the downward force on it, which in...
by Hot_Air
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Re: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

I find using the back brake to be very useful in the wet. I will get all my normal braking done in a straight line and enter with a positive throttle, but applying gentle rear brake mid-corner , while still having a bit of positive throttle, allows you to tighten a line without loading the front ty...
by Hot_Air
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet
Replies: 60
Views: 1045

Rear brake advocated for cornering in the wet

Why is RiDE magazine encouraging us all to use the rear brake mid-corner, routinely, when it’s wet? Last month’s issue (December) strongly advocated using the back brake mid-bend in damp conditions. And not occasionally, but habitually. In response to a letter questioning this practice, the current ...
by Hot_Air
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: The Z-line vs. the SMIDSY
Replies: 36
Views: 938

Re: The Z-line vs. the SMIDSY

There's reference to 'self movement' or similar, but that seems to refer to eg keeping moving at a give way sign. https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/perceptual-errors-in-judging-the-approach-of-motor-vehicles(53541818-7989-4faf-8e5a-5a99ec176d89)/export.html What do you think t...
by Hot_Air
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

Wossname This example (three-stage overtaking) exemplifies why we should take the book as it was intended: it’s merely an aid to on-road tuition by police instructors. The 1- or 2-second following distance vary by circumstance. For example, behind a long heavy-goods vehicle, I may be further than t...
by Hot_Air
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: World’s Safest Motorcycle Jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: World’s Safest Motorcycle Jacket

With this jacket, my life is now complete :mrgreen: And who could resist a jacket with such an incredible guarantee? Last but not least, there’s the leather model, made of genuine leather with cotton lining, which is water resistant and guaranteed to last you a lifetime. Raylier offers a 2-year warr...
by Hot_Air
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

Who's that aimed at? Motorcycle Roadcraft is aimed at police and emergency services riders (I know because I’ve chatted with one of the contributors). But I agree with you entirely that the text varies in how it’s pitched. Nowadays, a lot is taught to riders on the route from CBT to ‘big bike’ lice...
by Hot_Air
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

What distinguishes a 3-stage O/T from any other sort, as it's described, is the move from following (2 secs?) to overtaking position (1 sec?) No, not how I was taught. What distinguishes a 3-stage overtake is the move offside prior to accelerating . It means I make my final decision offside, which ...
by Hot_Air
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

Regarding the overtaking position, police driving schools vary in what they teach. While most do teach closing to 1-second back before moving offside, some police schools teach maintaining the 2-second safety margin. I’ve done a lot of riding, and touring, with several police riders. Usually, I’ve n...
by Hot_Air
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

It appears Motorcycle Roadcraft has two co-authors and the editor (normal stuff for a nonfiction book). Sometimes, other contributors add a little bit to the text of a nonfiction book. I've toured with a contributor to the last edition (Paul Mostyn, who set up BikeSafe). With expertise in cognitive ...
by Hot_Air
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?
Replies: 85
Views: 1882

Re: Motorcycle Roadcraft - new edition?

And the book doesn't cover it all that well. (Unless this is yet another new edition that I haven't yet seen.) If you meant Motorcycle Roadcraft, a new version was published this week. However, it’s (a) intended for police riders and (b) merely supplements their training on the road. Hence all the ...