I bought my first bike, a Honda C100 4-stroke, at 14 and then broke my collarbone at 15 when I managed to lose the front end and fly over the handlebars in a local field. Since then I have had a range of motorbikes and experiences including track riding as well as racing and I just wanted to pass on some basic survival tips to you, dear reader. So here we go:
- ALWAYS stay within your comfort zone. Work on expanding that zone by taking any and all training that you can find and afford.
- ALWAYS dress ready for the worst, so good helmet, gloves, bike jacket and jeans are essential.
- Assume that the other road users will do what they should not, so ride defensively and give them all a very wide berth. And they often do the wrong thing.
- Take rider training cos we are NOT all Valentino. Track riding is great for learning, so is off road riding.
- Look after your bike (check tyre pressures, oil levels etc) and your bike will look after you. I check tyre pressures before evey trip and then daily during my trip.
Stay safe and have fun! My current lovely bikes are shown below