just wandered if anyone has attended a police bike safe course.did you find it beneficial
Anyone done police bike safe
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Police bikesafe day
I done it 4 or 5 years ago, was a good interesting day out and even after 30 years of biking I found it beneficial, I still use the road positioning advice that was given, well worth doing.
Once in South Yorkshire, paid for by me, once freebie in Cheshire as local authority were subsidising. Both were really good.
i did the one in dumfries but it was just a powerpoint talk and did not even ride with them.
also consider the IAM or ROSPA. Costs a bit more initially but for the cost you get a lot more training time. £50 (ish) for a day or £100ish for a day a week for a year?
They both work to the same system (Motorcycle Roadcraft - it's the textbook the plod use to train) and IAM assessment is done by a police class one motorcyclist anyway.
Your local IAM or ROSPA group may offer a free assessment ride for a couple of hours.
I've not been on bikesafe but I'm just giving other ways to get more for your cash.
What bikesafe does give you is that the advice is coming from a PC and not someone who you suspect is contradicting you just because he wants to be superior and it's all at once rather than the slower over many weeks pace of the IAM / ROSPA courses. The other side of the coin is that the IAM guys aren't paid and so are doing it because they really want to make people better riders rather than being told they have to do it.
If you do go on one, take a notepad and write down the main points at the end of the day so you don't forget them. And let us know how it is!
EDITED because I'm a numpty and forgot the name of bikesafe.
I am surprised to be reading about there being cost's involved, when I done it, it was completely free, we did 1 hour in the classroom and about 4 or 5 hours on the road, I suppose with the recession and all that shite, they might be charging now!! thats a shame!!
I enquired I remember it costing about £50 but it was a couple of years ago so I may be talking out of my arse.
If you've not
done any advanced training, I reckon its worth a couple of tanks of fuel, but check if it's offered free where you are.
That's nearly six tanks for me!
I did it some years back and it is well worth doing, eventually I did join the IAM and now an observer.
Just to make you aware if you are anywhere near warwickshire or the midlands there is a Bikesafe weekend Sat 28th / Sun 29th April at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon.
There wil be loads of police riders, for free rideouts, demo bikes, stunt displays, Advanced riding Groups etc etc a great weekend.
BikeSafe may be just the beginning
I want a bike I can fill five or six times for a £50... Ah, I was talking about BikeSafe costs. Advanced training beyond that takes a lot more commitment, more miles, and usually a few tank fulls too. I recommend RoSPA if there's a local group.
Good points. They gave free short rideouts at the national BikeSafe day when it was in Sheffield, which was a chance to take the latest must-have steed for a ride, albeit followed closely by a friendly PC.
I did it in 2010 and it cost 30 quid. For that you got two 3 hour classroom lessons and then a 4 hour ride out with a police rider. It was the best 30 quid I have ever spent on my bike as it made me a lot better rider.
Bike cops care!
The other side of the coin is that the IAM guys aren't paid and so are doing it because they really want to make people better riders rather than being told they have to do it.
Bikesafe cops generally do the course in their own time and with no financial reward. Bike cops probably have a greater concern for the motorcyclist wellbeing more than any other group out there. These guys love motorcycling and will ride year round. How many other bikers out there do that?
Dumfries is runing a Bikesafe in May. It is being run by one serving cop and one retired. Both are making nothing from the course other than seeing the benefit of their knowledge and experience being passed on. It is true that they are no longer allowed to do an on road session but that is due to the circumstances out with their control.
I recommend everyone to do Bikesafe. If you only take away one safety tip from the whole day then it is worth it.
I did mine after 25 years riding and took away loads of tips that have made me a safer rider. Do not think it is all about going slow either. That could not be further from the truth.
Durham Bikewise/ Cleveland Ridewell
had gone up to £50, if you live in Co Durham or £150 if you live outside Co Durham and want a 1:1 session or £75 if a 2:1 with another rider (those living in Co Durham being subsidised by the Council).
It is run by two retired Police Motorcycle Officers/ Instructors using bikes supplied and aided by HM Plant.
There is a little bit of theory, as and when needed, mostly at coffee stops, with the majority of the day spent riding on all types of roads.
The Cleveland one is currently free to all and you spend the time with a serving Police Motorcyclist who gears the time to whatever you want to concentrate on. If you say you are a bit weak on the twisties, then thay take you on other roads too but will concentrate on the twisties.
For me, either one is good, I did the Bikewise one and a Ridewell one within a couple of days of each other but used the Ridewell one to concentrate on riding with a pillion, then try to have a Ridewell one every year as a refresher (because it is free).
Did mine a few weeks ago and had a great time (£50 in Berkshire)
Classroom was bit was OK (although good to check their position on filtering, overtakes etc.) but the 3/4 hour ride was great fun. The copper who followed me was very friendly and it really helped my riding.
Also got a I am now seriously considering IAM.
One last point, alongside a neck tube, key ring etc., I got a CRASH card which is a scheme I think needs more publicity - could save your life for the sake of sticking a card in your helmet and a small green dot on your visor.
Nice pic of your Boxer, Steve.