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.

MIKEwaite
ADVANCED POLICE INSTRUCTION DVD for MOTORCYCLISTS

..just wonderful...a great teaching aid, I learn something else each time I watch it.

Bill Strang
DVD Customer

Testimonials

Your DVD recently saved my life,and I'm not being over-dramatic when I say that. On a road I know well, there is a sweeping left hand bend with a hump-back bridge half way through. Last night I was approaching the hump-back and, remembering your words (as I do with every turn of the wheels) I "mowed the daisies", i.e. held a line in the left hand kerb. And flying over the hump-back towards me came an old BMW 5-series full of young lads,doing around 60 in a 30 and completely on my side of the road. Had I been a couple of feet further out, my wife would now be a widow. Thank you.

John Muzzlewhite
DVD Customer

I shall look forward to receiving your paper on vision for your revamped Police Advanced Riding website. Mike McArthur-Christie of the ABD emailed me to say that he thinks your video is excellent -- as, indeed, do I!

Alan
DVD Customer

HAVING seen an advertisement for your Police Advanced Riding Techniques video in a popular national riders’ journal, I promptly sought more details from your website before telephoning to order a copy, so I hope you will not mind if I offer my first impressions—though I know from experience that by no means all genuine experts welcome criticism of any kind, even when it is directed at individuals or firms who have been assisting with production—or perhaps I should say especially when so directed. It is painful to criticize willing friends . . .Anyway, secondly the praise and congratulations that are due to all concerned. The benchmarks that I use for comparison are in no particular order of excellence, because your video ranks with the very best I have so far encountered: that made by then Police Traffic Sergeant and Institute of Advanced Motorists examiner on motorbikes, cars, and HGVs Rennie Ritchie, shown at the 1990 IAM Motorcycle Rally in Lancaster, with the disclaimer that it was not intended as an instructional film with the Institute’s blessing, but “could be used in any way to further motorcycling”, which had no title, and it is or was available free from him on receipt of a stamped, addressed envelope with a blank video cassette; Top Rider, the Skills of Superbiking, by Kerry Dunlop for the British Motorcyclists’ Federation and the IAM in 1994; and, but on cars, not bikes, the video Roadcraft, an Advanced Driving Course, based upon Police training at Hendon, for both the IAM and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, at a high level of skills but naturally not to pursuit standard; Shire Training Services High Performance Motorcycle Riding Skills video; and the Focus Lifestyle PC CD-Rom car-based Driving Test Theory Success (including the new Hazard Perception CD-Rom), a close copy of the official material. What all of those videos (and the unofficial but very good indeed Hazard Perception CD-Rom for learner drivers), and now including your own superb video, have in common is not ensuring that what can be seen by the rider/driver in the far distance, and expertly commented upon in the ‘film’, also is clearly visible to the video/CD-Rom viewer; this being apparent to me in the first instance when the IAM’s Advanced Driving journal featured a few scenes from the DSA’s own Hazard Perception set-up for use in L-testing stations, one example being of a child running into the road who could not be detected in the picture—and it is the same with my CD-Rom. As for your video, although I have described it as one of the best I have seen, and wished it had gone on for a whole lot longer than its published length, so as to be far more comprehensive—as I would expect from the Roadcraft people, had they the good sense to make a motorcycle video as good as the one for aspiring advanced car drivers—I suggest you could have made clearer the dangers of unexpected dips in the roadway, making nonsense of the Police mantra of “being able to stop within the distance one can see to be clear”, needing to be amended to what one knows to be clear. Also, although I would be happy to ride as pillion with you or your filmed companion, I am afraid that some of the road safety ignoramuses who call for “slower” speed limits—and don’t forget that very often largely ill-informed Authority tends to take their inexpert ‘nannying’ approach quite seriously—would be having kittens with fright if put in a position to see close-up your surgical overtaking skills!

A.D.
DVD Customer

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

I purchased your video after reading your article and advert in February edition of our club magazine Slipstream. This has proved to be the best fourteen pounds that I have spent in a long-time find it absorbing viewing. All the points that are made are most rewarding and feel that my ridding has improved as a consequence. Your commentary also helps the viewer to fully appreciate all the aspects involved.

John Price
DVD Customer

Dear Mike, Got your video today, sat and watched......first roundabout you come to, down goes your right leg - the Examiner over here would fail you for that...then you continue throughout the video and never once use a lifesaver - he would fail you for that too, especially when you are preparing to turn left off a roundabout......I would have thought that a professional video would have obtained the highest possible standard and that any mistakes (such as being in the right lane approaching a r/bout when actually wishing to go left) would have been edited out. I bought the video with the intention of providing it to assist those who wish to become more advanced in their riding skills (I am an Instructor for the BMFRTS) and also to help those who wish to become Instructors. Now I will still use the video, because it is useful for showing the vanishing point, etc, but I will also be asking the viewer to note your simple errors as an example of how not to ride! take care out there. [From Mike] Thanks for the input. This video is about advanced riding and not DSA novice riders. I will qualify everything that you have pointed out. Which foot to put down. We put the foot down and I mean any foot which has an advantage. If I am stopping I would have finished my braking and so I hold the bike on the front brake. This allows me to have my foot over the gear stick so I can select neutral if required. Note it has been the DSA speciality to put left foot down to cover the front and rear brake. This is a nonsense and thought up by the DSA around a table. In advanced police riding it is in everybody’s interest to use the grey matter and not to stick to some civilian nonsense. As far as the roundabout is concerned, you are right about me being in the wrong lane. At that point of the film I was not aware which way to go, as the road was not familiar to me. As you can see I have purposively left it in just to show there is no perfect rider out there and even the best of us get it wrong. Lifesavers. You use a life saver if you are uncertain of the view behind at any stage. If rear view mirrors are up dated regularly in my opinion not required. I have written a document about advanced police riding techniques. Below is the advice I give regarding shoulder checks. 11.10 Shoulder checks Be a firm believer in extensive use of the rear-view mirrors. Shoulder checks should be used when one is uncertain about restricted views to the rear, or where a view has not been taken in the mirror for some time. Use them when you feel they are required. Shoulder checks for overtakes need not be used if the view has been cleared in the mirrors. Rear- view mirrors should be updated several times on the lead up to an overtake. If a rider wants to use shoulder checks that is no problem, but advise him regarding his mirrors. The danger of shoulder checks when in an overtaking position is that as the rider turns his head, the vehicle in front may brake causing problems. The rider needs his eyes up ahead. I am glad you found one or two items worthy of your instructional techniques. My advice to you is don't be so rigid in your approach. Motorcycling is fun and highly skilful. I wish you every success with you instructing. If you have any other points I will be delighted to give you my opinion. Kind regards, Mike

Colin Ratcliffe from Omagh
DVD Customer

Just received the video, its about time someone produced a video like this its brilliant. It has answered a lot of questions for me. I have had some advanced training a while ago and this video has definitely added to it. Thanks very much

Fred Bigham
DVD Customer

Mike, I bought video which I think is great It's good value for one hour, and I intend to show it to the Aylesbury group at a meeting soon.

Tim Smithson
DVD Customer

Got the video today that I ordered on Thursday - way to go! It's excellent. Having done Riders Edge in Wales with Pat & Sean Westlake (Welsh Police) I could immediately link to all the points you make in the video. Cheers, I will be recommending this video to my other chapter members.

Ian RJ Cordingley
DVD Customer

Alan copied me in on your last e-mail as I look after PR and publicity for the Association of British Drivers. At the same time, I've just got a copy of your video, having been off bikes for the last 14 years and just started riding again. Videos like yours are, I believe, essential. I agree with Alan in that road safety is now solely a stick to the number on the stick game with no thought whatsoever to education - the only thing that really makes a difference in the long term and over the whole road network. The more routes to educating people we can have, the better. Thoroughly enjoyed the video and learned a hell of a lot from it, although I'm still a very long way from making progress at the rate you do!

Mark McArthur-Christie
DVD Customer

Thanks for the video, it's excellent and puts into action and clarifies many points from The, somewhat pedantic, Police Riders Handbook.

Keith Leaver
DVD Customer

Just a brief note to thank you for the great experience that is doing one of your courses. Despite having the mother of all colds, I went home on a real high. My biking life has certainly been very much enriched as a result of our initial acquaintance and subsequent friendship.

Panos
Course Student

Day 1 - Mike put up with my slow riding and didn't fall asleep. Explained the simplicity of the system and attempted to get me to do it. Brave effort. Day 2 - Zig Zag Hill .... PANTS that's my riding not Mike's tuition. Although mine stayed white throughout the decent. Day 3 - Mike had to wind me up about Porlock Hill ... my suspicions are that he didn't want me to show him up on my silent ride :-) Jokes aside, I had three great days riding the bike that a year ago I was almost frightened to death by. If only his commentary could be there for ALL my rides. He is as they say Does exactly what it says on the can. Makes you ride safer and faster, with the ability to cope with any road situation.

A New Student
Course Student

Mike's courses are quite simply outstanding and are a real privilege to be on. This will be the best course you will ever attend. He knows it, he can teach it and he can demonstrate it! Enjoy!

Giles Spear
Course Student

This is the ultimate training package, not to be missed.Whether you're new to biking or a seasoned rider, Mike's technique in inspiring confidence and bringing the best out of your abilities is unsurpassed. Without doubt the cutting edge in bike training. Go ahead book yourself an experience.

Dave Vincent
Course Student

Mike is an inspirational trainer. The system is clear, the effects rapid. Do yourself a favour, get more out of your bike. Sign up for the course and buy the video.

Nick Hanbury-Williams
Course Student

The absolute dogs b****cks. Don't even think about not going on one, or more, of Mike's courses if you want to get the very best out of your bike and yourself. Prepare to be amazed by Mike's training methods which make even mundane topics FUN!

Peter
Course Student

If you have any doubts just buy Mikes video and watch the enthusiasm burst out into you lap. It's brilliant.

Kevin Parsons
DVD Customer

The course is superb. Best thing I have done in 23 years of biking. Since my first course I have gone back for a refresher twice!

Panos Simou
Course Student

..just wonderful...a great teaching aid, I learn something else each time I watch it.

Bill Strang
DVD Customer

A great production and I hope many people buy it, it's certainly better than the old Police ones.

Chris Edwards from Roadcraft Training
DVD Customer

I have recently bought and watched your video with great interest and now find it somewhat addictive during the winter months.

Alan de Pellette
DVD Customer

Thank you for a smashing three days. The instruction was superb. I started to ride without scaring myself silly and really enjoy myself.

Dr. P.J. (Mrs)
Course Student

For me they were three days full of surprises: I was better than I thought I was; I was able to put into effect what changes you suggested and that so much could be achieved in such a short time.

M.Y. from Hants
Course Student

Thanks again for a great three days. I certainly learnt a lot and enjoyed it immensely.

G.E. from Brittany, France
Course Student

Your discipline paid dividends. On the journey home I was able to avoid two pileups well in advance.

M.S. from London
Course Student

I went home on a real high.

Mrs S.G. from Maidenhead Berks
Course Student

A most extraordinary thing I find myself watching the visual point as I walk down corridors and picking daisies as an escalator deposits me at the summit. Thank you for a marvelous and valuable course.

M.B. from Birmingham
DVD Customer

If your enthusiasm on the road matches that off road then I know I will be in for an enjoyable and informative few days.

MM from Bridgnorth
Course Student

Thanks for a terrific course; I can still hear your voice in my ears. I have been on a high since I left you.

M.D. from Scotland
Course Student

Thank you for an excellent course. It was nothing short of a revelation, particularly the visual point and overtaking areas.

C.M. from London
Course Student

We would like to say how much we enjoyed the course, gaining tremendous amount from what you have taught us.

P.M. from Bath
Course Student

The day after I returned home I went out on the ZX9 around a familiar route and it was like riding a different bike in a different setting; tremendous.

T.B. from Notts
Course Student

Whatever standard you ride to, there is still something to learn. Fine roads, sound training, and you will be quicker for it......HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Damon Ianson from RIDE MAGAZINE
Course Student

Thanks for a great course, I think I made my views fairly well known while I was their, but it was certainly the best biking experience I have ever had.

M.T.
Course Student

I can still hear your voice and am keeping my head up and my position on the road. I have also noticed my heart rate has dropped and am far less tense. It has made me much safer and much more confident, without being cocky.

G.W. from Surrey
Course Student

(Ex police rider and son)...Great tuition, great company and great fun. This is now our official company holiday.

J.G.
Course Student

Many thanks for a great weekend. PS. It really does work.

G.R. from Ireland
Course Student

Yet again it was a privilege to ride with you under your instruction. I confirm my booking for next year.

G.N. from Wilts
Course Student

Many thanks for a superb couple of days. It has made a difference to my riding; see you next year.

J.J. from Bucks
Course Student

Wowe! J.B. nearly fell off his bike following round a 270 degree bend. He could not believe I was going so fast.!

Mrs T.M. from Surrey
Course Student

I was terrified just before we started but after the first 25 miles I was filled with confidence and amazed at what I achieved.

J.C London
Course Student

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