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

Presenting ones self

When following vehicles we can look to see whether we can see the face of the driver in his rearview mirror. Presenting yourself to him will be an advantage to you. If he knows you are behind him he can react to you; never ever assume that he has seen you.

Does he know that you are there? Do not expect him to give you any consideration if he cannot see you. Look for movements of the vehicle as lots of drivers do give way for motorcyclists. Always acknowledge this courtesy with an acknowledgment. It makes both the driver and rider feel good.

Do not just look at the vehicle; it is the driver who is the important factor as he controls the vehicle. We have to make judgements to assess how the driver will react. We want to see the whites of his eyes to make sure that he has seen us and we must anticipate what he will do. The same goes for vehicles leaving junctions, overtaking or filtering, etc. We want to know what they have had for breakfast.

On the approach to a righthand bend observe that if a line of vehicles are approaching from the opposite direction you will invariably find that each vehicle will block the view of each driver. The classic case is where you have a large vehicle leading a group of smaller vehicles. The large vehicle will block the line of site to the drivers behind him. In these circumstances it would be wise to hold your position even if you have sited the next bend as a lefthander, until you have contact with each and every driver, which were hidden. You cannot react to situations if you have no view of them. Consequently the drivers out of your view cannot react to you if you are unsighted. It is certainly in your own interest to present your self to each and every driver. The one you do not present to is the one that is potentially dangerous.

On the approach to a lefthand bend the majority of vehicle will be in view. But do not take things for granted. Never assume the driver has seen you, make sure he has.

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