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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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Just a few things !

Thanks to all of you who joined us on the Ride Out yesterday.  This was the first one from the New BMW Dealership, RIDERS, at Sloper Road, Cardiff.  Thanks to dealer Principal, Kevin for letting us in!  It is a great location to ms5002684eet up….No More Golden Arches for us!

It was well attended with about 18 bikes leaving the Riders Staff Behind to set off into the glorious Sunshine along the Wye Valley.

The Ducati section of the showroom on the first floor is all but finished, but my only criticism is that you have to walk around the bikes to get to the cafe!  Come on Kevin, leave us hungry folk a clear path to the food.

Kevin has invited ‘1st Class Rider Training’ to set up a notice board at the shop to keep ‘non internet’ customers informed of events, training, ride outs etc, so watch out for that. In the future it is hoped we will use it for a base or starting point for our Advanced (and Back to Biking )Bike Courses

Thanks also to the Ride Out gang for your generosity again.  You made donations towards the NSPCC totalling £50.  This follows on from the donations of £45 from last months ride out.  This money has been passed on and will be put to good use by the NSPCC, who need urgent funding to keep the ‘Childline’ service running.

Thanks again.

FRANCE is Calling.

Last week the French Authorities let us in and more importantly let us back out again (just- with split second timing at the Ferry Port).  The War Graves Tour was a very moving experience (and a fast moving experience too at times).  Some fantastic roads, excellent company and some amazing sites to visit.

I’ve added some photos and they can be viewed by clicking on the ‘photo stream’ at the top right of this blog page.

The next trip across the Chanel is in early June to Normandy for the 65th Anniversary of the D Day landings.  There are still a few spaces left so just check out the blog a few pages ago for details.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to be added to the list.  There is a lot going on over there on that weekend.  so join us for a bit of riding, a bit of looking , a bit of eating and a bit more riding.

Accommodation is getting hard to find so if you want to join us please book a room with me soon.

Also watch out for another trip ‘abroad’ for August.

Dates for the next Advanced Course and the Slow Maneuvering & Emergency Braking Day will be published soon.


Since I published the blog post on the subject a few weeks ago.  I must admit it was a bit tongue in cheek I guess but I’ve since received a comment (posted under the Air Jacket blog page) which is well worth reading. I don’t know who posted it as it was only signed with an email address but I must say well done to you, and thanks for letting us know.


Dates for the next Advanced Course and the Slow Maneuvering & Emergency Braking Day will be published soon.


It’s in!  Effective from Monday the 27th of April.  It seems not DSA U Turn this time.  What a mess it is too.


Currently we use the Cardiff County Council Road Safety Centre at North Road.  (Most people know it as they did Cycle Proficiency there as a kid…or they use to sneak into The Plaza Cinema, which was next door – but long since gone)

But the Road Safety Centre is moving, and we are going with them.  Shortly a new Road Safety Centre will be opened at Maindy Stadium. The building is under construction and the Training Area and Mock Road System has been laid inside the Cycle Track.  The date is to be confirmed but is expected to be early June. Exciting Times.

Also we are still in talks with Martin at RealWorld Motorcycles at Aberdare with a view to starting CBT, Direct Access and Advanced Training from his Showroom in the Aberdare Valley.

Also some staff changes.  I have taken on a few new instructors recently and welcome on board to Steve and Jeff (both serving traffic cops) and to Simon who has over 18years of Direct Access Training and was running his own training school when the CBT/DAS schemes were introduced.

Sadly we has lost one of our long term instructors who has decided to move on and I wish him all the best.  I give a great big ‘thank you’ to him and his wife for the tireless support that they have given.

So with changes to the test, changes to the test booking system, changes to our home location and staff changes 1st Class Rider is ready to face these challenges and whatever else the Double Standards Agency has to throw at us.

Big Changes, Lots Going On.  Join us.

‘Better to have a Bad Day on the Bike….than a Good Day at The Office’.

Come on, you know you want to.

Cheers for now.

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