2018 Review - And what a great year it was, thank you!

January 3, 2019

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and that you're all now fully recovered and looking forward to 2019.


Here's a look back at my 2018.


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Training wise I conducted 48 training sessions involving 31 customers, these have been both male and female, young and not so young and all with a varied riding history. Some only obtained their licence in 2017 and some have held their licence longer than I have.  


The first session was with Martin on his Harley back in March and the last with Janine on her Kawasaki in December.

The bikes used have also been a great mix and goes to show it isn't always a BMW……although having said that…….the bikes used were…..

16 BMWs! - (11 GS/GSAs, 1 S1000XR, 2 RTs, 1 K1300S and 1 K1600).

5 Hondas - (VFR1200, CB650, NC750, 700 Transalp, 1000 Varadeo).

3 Suzukis - (a VStrom, SV650 and a 650 Gladius).

2 Kawasakis - (Z900, ER6).

1 Ducati - (Multistrada).

1 Harley Davidson.

1 KTM (1290S)

1 Triumph (Street Triple)

1 Yamaha (FZ600).


Customer Tests

4 customers took their tests, 2 who had been with me for all of their training and 2 who wanted an appraisal of their riding prior to test. I’m very pleased to say that all of them passed, 1 with the IAM and 3 with RoSPA.


Congratulations to Julie, Olivia, Nigel and Richard. 

RoSPA/IAM Roadsmart

During 2018 I conducted 11 motorcycle tests, as well as carrying out some IAM Masters Mentoring and attending 16 training session with my local RoSPA group (where I am the Training Officer) 


I also arranged the annual group tutor training weekend to Scotland. 12 tutors attended, it was a mix of check rides, test papers and general discussions on all things advanced riding. 


In 2018 I again assisted Humberside Police to deliver their BikeSafe events. I’ve been doing this since BikeSafe started back in 1999/2000 when I was a Police Motorcyclists. It really is a great initiative, aimed at giving riders an insight into advanced riding techniques and encouraging them to take further post test training.  


Motorrad Tours

Back in March I attended the annual 4-day Motorrad Tours training. As well as the usual subject areas covered, (previous tours, customer feed-back, new tours etc) all the Tour Leaders completed a First Bike on Scene (FBOS) refresher course. This accredited 3 year certified course covered accident scene management, general 1st aid relating to fractures, bleeds and burns as well as safe helmet removal and spinal care.


During 2018 I led 2 tours, the first was for customers of Bowker BMW Motorrad in Preston which saw 26 riders head to and around Scotland, covering approximately 1500 miles in the process.

The second was a 16-night tour of Eastern Europe, a fantastic tour starting and finishing in Prague and passing through the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. 


For 2019 I will be joining the Bowker customers again for Scotland in May, followed by BMW Motorrad Days in July and finally a tour to the French Alps in August.


If you’re interested in these or any other tours, please go to www.motorrad-tours.com


New Qualifications

In 2018 I managed to obtain 3 new certificates to add to the list.

One for the FBOS course mentioned above, one from RoSPA in recognition of 'Prior Learning', (related to taking and passing the advanced riding and driving tests) and one from DIAmond for passing their Elite Motorcycle test.

(A congratulatory handshake from Cheif DIAmond Examiner Mark Jaffe)

Barrie Robson BMW, York.

Back in March, I was invited to attend the annual BMW Season Launch at Barrie Robson BMW, York. It gave me the chance to meet and speak to many of their customers and explain about me and the training I offer.

This was followed up later in the year when I was delighted to lead 2 of their many customer ride outs, one in June and one in September. Both were very well attended and the weather was kind to us on both occasions.


In October I was invited to be one of the first people in the UK to ride the new R1250GS and that invitation was repeated in December when I got to ride the new GS1250 Adventure.

Both bikes look very similar to the models they replace but the ‘big news’ is the shift cam technology along with the increased engine capacity, which help to boosts both BHP and Torque figures. Comparing both bikes to my own 2016 GSA, I would say they are much smoother in both throttle response and power delivery, especially through the mid-range. I really like the HP versions of both bikes so I'll have to have a look down the back of the sofa to see if I can raise the necessary funds!