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Andy Smith is a former Police Motorcyclist with years of experience in motorcycle training at all levels. He offers training through 1stClassRider.co.uk, and ride outs through his newsletter blog right here. To contact Andy click here.

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July Ride Out, Courses, France & 1st Class Jackets

Hi My Biking Chums.  Here is an overdue up date on things happening in the 1st Class Rider World of Biking things, riding stuff and eating.

In this blog: July Ride Out.  For Sale Jackets & Gloves. The Next French Trip, Next Advanced Course. Plus details of a series of one day specific topic training days, the first one is a Cornering Day.

Ride Out. This weekend was intended to be set aside for a ride out to Aberdare Park Motorcycle Road Races but unfortunately I have to work again to cover the exceptional demand that we are experiencing at the moment for CBT courses. If you are attending Aberdare Park be sure to take your breakfast at The Hot Pot Cafe is in a side street just off the main road by the park, opposite the end of the start straight.

So the July Ride Out will be Sunday the 17th. This will be up towards Barmouth, replacing the Ride Out that was cut short in June.

Meeting at MacDonald’s – Golden Arches Restaurant – at Coryton Interchange, junction 32 of the M4 for a 9.45am departure.  Please arrive in time to allow for the pre-ride briefing, and wherever possible please arrive with a full tank of fuel.

1st Class Rider Training – Jackets and Gloves.  Pictured here is just one of two styles of jacket that we are now selling.  We are able to offer for sale a Cordura, waterproof motorcycle jacket.  With CE approved armour in the elbows and shoulders.  This quality jacket comes with a removable thermo lining and and foam back, upgradable comfort pad.  Many zipped and velcro pockets, adjustable arm and wrists and an elasticated waist.  These jackets are brand new, bagged and tagged and are a snip at only £85.  We have two styles, the one pictured here and another plain black with reflective piping.

We also have for sale two styles of motorcycle glove.  1 Waterproof in super soft cowhide, with extra reinforced fingers (no, not ‘extra’ fingers!!).  The other is a mix of textile and leather, a thicker glove, also waterproof.  The gloves are just £25.  But if you buy a jacket and gloves then you only pay £100. All items are available to view at our Cardiff based training site – please ring for an appointment before attending.

French Trip. Rouen. 16th – 18th September 2011.

This will be a re-run of the trip to the Ancient City of Rouen on the banks of the River Seine, and a scenic ride from Normandy. The dates for the trip are from Friday the 16th – Sunday the 18th of September. For full details see our previous blog or visit www.1stclassridertours.co.uk   I should have my bike back by then after being reversed over last month.

The cost is £360 which includes return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais, three days with two nights shared hotel accommodation overlooking the river, on a bed & breakfast basis. The hotel is close to the Medieval City Centre which was the scene of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom.

Don’t forget, if you have traveled with us before, or passed your bike test with us this year then you get a 10% discount off the cost.  You can’t not come can you?

Please call or text me on 07545567273 to reserve your place.  I will need your bike registration number in order to finalise the ferry booking.

Advanced Course. Commencing 1st & 2nd of October 2011.

The next Four Day Advanced Course is due to commence on Saturday & Sunday the 1st and 2nd of October. This is a four day course spread over a number of weeks to suit your other commitments. The first two days are theory based, and the teaching is based on the Police System of Motorcycle Control – Roadcraft.

The course gives the opportunity to take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test at the end.  The cost of the course is £550 and for those wishing to take the RoSPA test an additional fee(currently £54) is payable which also covers your membership to RoSPA.

To reserve your place on the course please call or text me on 07545567273.

Cornering Course. Thursday 11th of August.  or Friday 19th of August.

The first of our one day, single topic training days will be based on Cornering. Getting a bike around a bend has nothing to do with the amount of bottle you’ve got.  It is purely and simply down to understanding what the bike is doing underneath you when we put it into a bend.  Starting in the class room to discuss the theory of cornering. We will show you how to read a bend and to identify and analyse the limit point.  If you have ever found you experience a drifting or wallowing effect in the middle of a bend we will show you how to combat and prevent this.  We can explain the effects of the cornering forces.  Then out on the road to view specific bends and put the theory into practice.  Once perfected, we will visit The A44 Forest Bends to visit a notorious bend that was given the nick name by one of my students, ‘Grim Reaper Bend’. The scene of many motorcycle crashes, and you will get the chance to ride it under our expert supervision.

This is a full one day course so you can attend on either of the above dates.  The cost is just £110 – that’s less than the cost of a cbt.  With left hand bends being one of the biggest killers of bikers in the UK this course is a must. To reserve your place give me a call.


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So I hope there is something of interest for you here.

All you have to do now is come along and join us………come on you know you want to….

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