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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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Next Rideout, Advanced Course..etc etc

Hi My Biking Chums.

Here is a quick up date about the next ride out, the next advanced course, the next Euro trip and the next bike for sale and a few more bits and pieces which may interest you. (Or may not…but here they are anyway).

In this Blog.

Euro Trips

Bike For Sale

BMW New Bike Launch

Advanced Bike Course

Ride Out This Weekend and Wooton Basset.

Amsterdam and then next Rouen.

We all survived the trip to Amsterdam and I am sure that there are a few stories to be told by all those who went.  What an experience it was. Apparently the ‘Red Light District Window Girls’ would tap the window as you passed to entice you in to check out their wares.  The only one to tap the window for me was the waitress in the Pancake Shop!  She knew when she had an easy sale in her sights.

Rouen; So if you missed the Amsterdam trip then get ready for the next one.  We are off to the Medieval Town of Rouen in Northern France. Towards the end of June (date to be finalised) we will be taking a leisurely jaunt through the French Countryside to the historic town where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.  Our chosen hotel over looks the River Seine and gives us easy access to the Normandy Beaches area.  For those interested in Military History, we will visit the Cafe at Pegasus Bridge which was the first place to be liberated in the D Day offensive.  For those who are not interested in Military History we will be visiting a cafe, by a bridge, by a river, in France!  And an Ice Cream on the beach. Bloody Lovely!

It’s well worth the trip.

Bike For Sale.

My Old BMW is up for sale again.  Tony, the gent who bought it is going to live in France and won’t be taking it with him.  So he has asked me to do the honours and see if I can sell it for him.  He is asking £1650 for it.  S Reg BMW R1100RT.  See the picture on the left and more pictures will be posted  on the News Page on my main website. If you are interested I can pass you his contact details and he will be happy to show you around it.  It’s a lovely bike.  The ultimate tourer and it’s the engine that BMW never had any problems with.  81,000 miles.  He hasn’t ridden it much since he bought it with the snow and all before Christmas but now his move to France has caught him up and it won’t be going with him.  (I was hoping to go an visit it from time to time!). Give me a call if you are interested.  07545567273.

BMW New Bike Launch.

Saturday the 19th of  March see the launch of BMW’s new season range.  Riders of Cardiff and BMW dealerships across the country such as Ocean BMW in Plymouth are holding a launch event (I was going to go until I realised it said ‘launch’ and not ‘lunch’).  So go along and have a look at the new K1600  Six Cylinder Super Tourer, the updated R1200 R Roadster and for a bit of a dirty weekend the 650GS Enduro.  Riders of Cardiff are at Hadfield Road just along from Cardiff City Stadium.


Four Day Advanced Motorcycle Course.

At last, the long awaited 1st Class Rider, Four Day Advanced Motorcycle Course is taking place next Month.  Saturday the 9th of April sees the start of the course.  It is four days with the practical sessions spread over a period of weeks to suit you.  The course is all based on the Police System of Motorcycle Control – Roadcraft, and each candidate will be given the opportunity to take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle test at the end.  In all our previous courses 1st Class Rider Training has a 100% pass rate in the RoSPA test, with many riders achieving the highest GOLD Award.

The course is set to do the classroom based theory as a group and then split into pairs  (2:1 with the Instructor)  for the Practical Road Ride Sessions.  This course is amazing value at only £500 (that’s only £125 per day – you could pay that for a cbt) an additional charge will be made for the RoSPA test fee and membership for those wishing to take the test at the end.

The course will be based in Cardiff (the venue is just being finalised as they’ve had builders in and I want to make sure that they have finished – painting and decorating is not part of this course).

I already have some names on my list for this course but there are still vacancies.  This course is suited for experienced riders and recently qualified riders alike and it will show you how to get the best out of your bike, before it gets the better of you. Using some of the best and most challenging  biking roads that Wales has to offer you may cover 150 -200 miles during the road riding days.  Previous students who have done the course have found it particularly useful in topics such as cornering and overtaking, some of the areas where many bikers come to grief.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.  And here is a challenge for any rider who thinks they may not need any training (I know you’re out there) – Come and do the course and if you don’t learn anything… I’ll give you your money back.  Give me a call on 07545567273 to book your place.

Ride Outs !

I know there has been a bit of a break (literally – my wife broke her wrist – which has curtailed my riding a bit recently) but now the Ride Outs are up and running again.

Sunday the 20th.

Dave Payne – a regular on our rides is offering a short notice impromptu ride out this Sunday.  The forcast is good and this Sunday Dave will be at the Golden Arches Restaurant (MacDonald’s !) at Coryton Interchange, junction 32 of the M4 at 9.30am for a 10 am departure.  He is heading North for some mountains so if anyone wants to join him please turn up and grab a quick coffee with him and enjoy the ride.

Royal Wooton Bassett

The next Monthly Ride Out will be Sunday the 3rd of April (Mother’s Day). This is for the Afghan Heroes Ride to Royal Wooton Bassett.  You must pre-regsiter your attendance at the Afghan Heroes Web Site.  Last year was an enormous event and you will get to ride in convoy through the town that is now synonymous with the repatriation of fallen military heroes from conflicts around the World.

This is one not to be missed.  This will have to be an earlier start so the start point won’t be Hein Gericke (as is normal) but the meeting point will be MacDonald’s Restaurant at Coryton for this one too.  This will be a 9am meet for a 9.30 departure.

Last year over 10,000 bike turned up……It was the longest queue I have ever seen at a Burger Van! But well worth it.

Come and show your support for our Armed Forces.  No politics here.  Whether you think they should be fighting or not is not important, just remember that they are.

So come and show support for extraordinary young men and women doing an extraordinary job.

I hope there is something there of interest for you.  Other items and snippets can be found on the News Pages of my main website.

So come and join us…..Come on…You know you want to……

There Are 3 Responses So Far. »

  1. i cant wait for the rideouts to start again ive missed them unfortunatly wont be able to come along to wootton basset with you as im camping there on sat and sunday night so hope to see you around there sometime

  2. Hi Andy,
    April 3rd another rideout on a day that I’m working.Was it something that I said

  3. Hi Andy,

    Great to see the rideouts are starting up again, bit bleak I cant be there as im off the to Isle of man TT so next time for sure.

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