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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    I was always told to sacrifice position for safety - your position should give you time to see the approaching lorry and the ability to adjust your position so as to avoid the truck taking your leg off.....
    I think you mean never sacrifice safety for view
    Its the same thing in essence but road position i.e off siding is for view and clearly that can be sacrificed for the safety but on the whole the wider you can be before a corner is best
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    I appreciate all the feedback thanks. After my tumble (the first, other than dropping off the stand or trying to turn a bike round and losing balance and letting go, in 48 years riding on the road) I have lost a great deal of confidence, but then being bounced down the outside lane of the M40 by a big Merc at speed is likely to do that I suppose. Phooey has offered to give me a ride out, when he is better. I have tried to get on another Bike Safe, but they are all full. I was going to get in touch with the IAM, but I am put right off by things like: 'you missed an overtake' - really? Where? I didn't want to overtake anyone, so how I missed it I will never know. The car was breaking trail for me quite nicely, a road I had never seen before, I didn't know where I had to turn off and the car was going fast enough.

    Now, if the IAM or any other 'advanced' outfit requires me to ride faster than I want to - then I have no interest in them. I have an avid interest in riding safely, smoothly and 'better' if they can do that, but I have no interest in riding faster. I ride to save fuel, today I rode down to Kent, on the whole at a steady 52-55 on A roads. I had to endure the M25 to go over the river and stuck at a steady 60-62. FFast enough to get past a truck and then drop back in out of the way. I know many (most) of you will roll your eyes at such pedestrian bimbling, but that is my economic pace. My tyres, brakes and fuel go much further, and the engine is only purring unlaboured too, so wear and tear are greatly reduced. THAT to me is what makes a good rider, not someone who can scrape their expensive boots on a bend. I have never scraped anything and I have no desire to. Those who want to, bully for them, but don't tell me I cannot be a safer or bettter rider because I choose not to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    I was going to get in touch with the IAM, but I am put right off by things like: 'you missed an overtake' - really? Where? I didn't want to overtake anyone, so how I missed it I will never know.
    When I did my RoSPA that comment was never levelled at me and there must have been some I missed. I did raise the question with my tutor about the 'need' for overtakes and her comment was that on test you'll have to show the examiner that your are able to ride up to the speed limit and overtake, where safe to do so. If there are no opportunities for a safe overtake then fine.


    Funnily enough on my test I did get feedback on not taking two overtakes (I think I made 4 during the test) and constructive advice on a change of position that would have enabled me to take them, if I wanted too. I was slightly miffed as I didn't see them but did take his advice and now apply it in everyday riding.


    During my time with my tutor I was never pressured into riding quicker.


    Before joining RoSPA I did (as Rick is recommending) a 1 to 1 with Rapid Training and learned many principles during that day - I passed my test in 1979 and had no further training. Mark was very encouraging particularly on taking further training - not with them, but with a local IAM/RoSPA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    Other than the obvious navigational error......critique welcome.
    For someone who apparently can’t manage a home computer or fill in a form without endless distress verging on a mental breakdown, the creation of a video, its uploading to YouTube and its successful display here, is quite an achievement. You are to be congratulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    ......critique welcome.
    Hope you've taken in the advice from all the self proclaimed riding gods...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    Hope you've taken in the advice from all the self proclaimed riding gods...
    I'm working on it chap - I am working on it and I have stayed rubber side down. So that's a start!

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    +1 for having the nuts to ask our Tosser brethren for a critique
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