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I am an avid scooter rider. Originally from England, I have been riding scooters and motorcycles daily for 35 years. I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (Motorcycle) and have been actively involved in motorcycle safety and training for the last 20 years.

New Initiative for Increased Motorcycle/Scooter Use and Safety

Red ScooterA very encouraging initiative came from the Motorcycle Industry Association and the Association of Chief Police Officers today.

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was devised in response to the slow-down in crash statistics for motorcycles and scooters in the UK. Continue reading New Initiative for Increased Motorcycle/Scooter Use and Safety

Micro-Climates

Here in Georgia, it’s that time of year when weather conditions are changing rapidly. In the last week alone, we have swung between icy conditions and snow, to beautiful sunshine and spring-like temperatures. And I’m sure we’re going to head back the other way in short order.

It occurs to me that these conditions are perfectly suited to generating the subject of today’s post: Micro-Climates. Continue reading Micro-Climates

Honda Opens Second Scooter Safety Park in Delhi

Honda-Traffic-Park-43417_lKudos to Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. They have opened their second traffic training park in Delhi to promote safe riding on Delhi’s busy roads.

The traffic training park, which is spread across some 1,172 square metres, is staffed by Honda’s expert safety instructors, and teaches riders from the age of thirteen to experience and handle over one hundred possible road dangers.

The park also caters to teaching younger riders from age nine to twelve on imported Honda CRF-50 bikes.

Mr. Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd, said, “For us, most overwhelming was the enthusiastic response of Delhi women who came forward and enrolled themselves to learn 2 wheeler safe riding program. From 18 year old college students to 45 plus home-makers and working women, over 2100 females enrolled in our Delhi traffic park. To facilitate the same Honda has launched Dream Riding – a safe riding initiative exclusively for females.”

Good for you, Honda. This is something that would help immensely in other countries as well.

The Traffic Light Gotcha

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OK, it’s admission time. Who goes to YouTube, and watches those “Crash Compilation” videos? Nobody admitting it? Well, OK. I’ll go first. I do!

Now, in my defence, I don’t merely watch them for voyeuristic reasons. I watch them to see if there is anything that can be learned from the mistakes that have been made.

You see, I adamantly refuse to call crashes “accidents”. Very rarely indeed is a crash the result of an accident. OK, maybe the unfortunate soul who is riding along when a rock dislodges from the cliff above, and knocks the hapless individual on his noggin… that could be called an accident. Well, possibly the guy who is riding along, minding his own business when a freak wind blows a carelessly discarded newspaper on to his visor — causing him to lose control as he is desperately trying to see through the sports section… that could be called an accident. But no more! For everything else, there is culpability. Continue reading The Traffic Light Gotcha

The Print Version of “Proficient Scootering” is Here!

CoverSmallerAfter much frustration with the publishers, and much work to try to get the print cost down, I’m happy to announce that the print version of “Proficient Scootering” is finally here!

So, if you have haven’t quite got into the e-readers yet, or simply prefer the feel of good old-fashioned paper in your hand, I have you covered. Mosey on over to the books page for details.

Deer Strikes – Lessening The Odds

Photo courtesy: Liz Noffsinger
Photo courtesy: Liz Noffsinger

There was a definite unfamiliar chill to the  air this morning. It reminds me that glorious summer is preparing to give way to spectacular fall.

Even for the “fair weather riders” amongst us, there are still plenty of great riding days ahead. Sadly, along with the spectacular show that mother nature provides for us each year, she brings a heightened danger from our wood-dwelling fauna — most notably the deer. Continue reading Deer Strikes – Lessening The Odds

Photography From The Saddle

I have two great loves. One, which won’t surprise you, is two-wheeled transport. The other is photography – more particularly, landscape photography. Fortunately for me, they are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they complement each other very well.

One of my greatest pleasures is to load Bella with my photography gear, and to head off into the wilderness in search of good photographs. Bella, incidentally, is my 2009 Vespa GTV 250. Venturing out in search of photographs is my form of hunting or fishing (except that no animals get harmed in the process). I make the reference to hunting because – just like the fishermen can report – a very enjoyable day can be had without catching a thing. What a great reason to get out and ride!

In a light-hearted departure from the usual subject of this blog, I’d like to share with my readers a scooter/photography trip I took at this time last year. Continue reading Photography From The Saddle