Our advanced techniques motorcycle DVD video
This Police Advanced Riding Techniques DVD Video (click to buy) is original there are no others like it. It explains police riding techniques in detail, and has been created by me, Mike Waite an ex-police rider and instructor, with the aim of presenting the major features of the police system to the general public.
It is a safe and repetitive system, followed by police riders. There is a comprehensive section on the visual point; sometimes referred to as the vanishing point. When understood and put into practice it will tell the rider the severity of any bend and is the basis of the system. If you know which type of bend you are approaching you will know which position to be in, increasing motorcycle safety. It also teaches you to look into the far distance; which is not a natural thing to do. We do not hold these positions for no reason but for practicalities. It gives the rider an advantage if it didn’t the rider should not be there.
Combined with the visual point is dead ground. Dead ground is any part of the road you can not see due to the curvature or nature of the road. For example you are riding towards a left hand bend. Any part of the road beyond the bend which cannot be seen is referred to as dead ground.
There is an interesting section on visual links. This is an easy method of informing yourself of the changing curvature of the road ahead, by using obvious features you see every day when you are out riding. One of the best is houses.
Principles of position for all bends; if you think about it there are only 2 bends, left and right; it is their severity that catches riders out. Combining the visual point and dead ground with position sets you up nicely for any bend. Never be afraid of going to slow to any bend. The object is to choose the speed that each rider is capable of doing towards any bend. This varies enormously from rider to rider.
Blind and gradual summits have a section all to themselves. Ever heard of the phrase, “Picking daisies?” On any blind summit you must consider that a vehicle is overtaking out of your view towards you. You will have no chance if you are any where near the centre of your lane. Picking daises for motorcycles is far safer than for any other vehicle. Position is close to the near side; when safe to do so.
Another section concerns presenting oneself to drivers of other vehicles; they cannot react to you if they cannot see you. You can not react to them if you can not see them. Make sure you can see the whites of their eyes. I want to know what they have had for breakfast.
You should consider reading my series of free factsheets to familiarise yourself in more details with these important aspects of advanced riding.
The video also shows a ride and asks you to consider each position and movement for what you can and cannot see. Here you will see why the police system is repetitive. This will also demonstrate the smooth riding techniques that police riders are taught. Overtaking is the means of making progress to a system, safely and systematically. No problem on the straight, try it off the main overtaking bend; a right-hand bend is the main overtaking bend on a road which is in their very nature twisty. Do remember when viewing this section that the camera is placed on the bike. The riders eyes can see much more from the position he is in.
The last part of the film is taken up by demonstrating the term, “Upping the pace.” This shows me in an unfamiliar area and giving a full commentary using the Autocom system. Here I explain what I do on a run and my reactions to each situation.
Refreshingly this is not a video saying “You should do this, you must not do that,” but it presents all the techniques in sequence to inform and demonstrate and asks you to consider all the features. It is not a substitute for a course but it does give an insight into a cracking system.
Most of the riding is at a slower pace so the viewer has more time to take in all the techniques.
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