MIKE WAITE served in the Dorset Police for 20 years as a police motorcycle instructor training police officers to the very highest level of high-speed pursuit riding. Now you can buy his expert training DVD on Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com.


Thanks indeed for the video which arrived two days ago. I played it as soon as I got home from work (on earlies this week). Next day I took it to work and some of the guys were interested enough to stay around in the office at the end of shift to watch it. Comments: A quality product exceeding my expectations, both from content and video/sound quality. Autocom is truly excellent. I'd be interested to know what video set up they were using on the bikes. It's superior in width of angle and stability to anything Provida supply us for evidence gathering; the emphasis on the VP and looking up was useful to me, as the HK environment gets you lazy. We don't have a lot of open roads and spend too much time concentrating on what is in the near or middle ground (necessary to survive); You come across as a skilled and passionate instructor I think you've convinced me of the value of commentary while training. Others (e.g. ridedrive) speak against it from a safety perspective and are satisfied with the old police click system. I agree students often look blank during debriefings because they don't have the recall that trained instructors have. Comments at work included surprise at the extremity of the British police positioning for view. Here in HK, we speak of the lane being divided into 1-2-3-4-5 positions, where 1 is closest to the kerb and 5 closest to the centre line. Riders are taught to ride in either 2 or 4 for safety, avoiding 3 because of possible oil in the centre. I spend a lot of time trying to get riders to use 1 and 5 as I consider view more important. You can always move back to 2 or 4 based on the early information advantage that 1 and 5 give you; The extended following position is unheard of in HK. It goes against the local mindset to allow space; for fear that someone else will fill it! Chinese riders even rush up to red lights! I think your video would be great if it could form just one part of a 3 video series. You could make 2 more; one for motorway riding and the other for city driving; Whatever, your product will be used for years as a benchmark for quality m/c instruction and something for others to live up to; I'm conservative on overtakes and may have been slightly more wary than you were when overtaking where lay-bys were on the offside. Also, did you notice that your following camera bike did a sandwich in the upping the pace section in order to keep up with you? Minor points, but just to show you I was paying attention! What a coincidence that you are also a Triumph rider! When I ordered your video I didn't know that. I love that triple engine. I wrote to Triumph asking them to make a police version of the Sprint ST, but they are not interested. Can't blame them, as they can sell all they produce and don't need the hassle. Thanks for the compliment on my website. There is a lot in it, not just for riders. The stuff on Road Rage is a salient reminder to many of us who tend to get impatient, even within the use of THE SYSTEM. BTW, your use of your voice, especially the relax, relax, relax comment in taking corners reminded me of hypnosis. Have you done any NLP or hypnosis training? All for now. It's a bright sunny morning with temperatures around 20C in Hong Kong. Early shift is quiet so far ... touch wood. Regards Alec

Alec G. from Hong Kong
DVD Customer

Planning ahead with visual links

Using visual links can give you great information, giving you time to react and plan for any eventualities.

If you study the picture you are first confronted by a lefthand bend. The hedge on the right is cut and would appear to run into a righthand bend and up an incline.

At the top of the incline we see two houses. (with arrows). That should suggest to you that as there are at least two houses which run right to left it is more than likely that there is a junction in towards the houses. The angle of the houses will tell you the angle of the junction. Look closely and you should be able to make out the junction markings this side of the houses. The angle of the houses suggests that the road leading into area is on a slight lefthand bend.

To the right of the houses you can see a hedge which is well trimmed. Behind this hedge you can see a coppice. This would point to a second junction, probably forming a crossroads or staggered junction.

The other point of interest is that there is an incline towards the brow; we cannot see any other feature. This should indicate to you that there will possibly be a decline on the other side.

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