T’was The Night Before Christmas..

December 24, 2008


Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
There was nada happenin’, now thats pretty bad.
The woodstove was hung up in that stocking routine,
In hopes that the Fat Boy would soon make the scene.

With our stomachs packed with tacos and beer,
My girl and I crashed on the couch for some cheer.
When out in the yard there arose such a racket,
I ran for the door and pulled on my jacket.

I saw a large bro’ on a ’56 Pan
Wearin’ black leathers, a cap, and boots (cool biker, man).
He hauled up the bars on that bikeful of sacks,
And that Pan hit the roof like it was running on tracks.


I couldn’t help gawking, the old guy had class.
But I had to go in — I was freezing my ass.
Down through the stovepipe he fell with a crash,
And out of the stove he came dragging his stash.

With a smile and some glee he passed out the loot,
A new jacket for her and some parts for my scoot.
He patted her fanny and shook my right hand,
Spun on his heel and up the stovepipe he ran.

From up on the roof came a great deal of thunder,
As that massive V-twin ripped the silence asunder.
With beard in the wind, he roared off in the night,
Shouting, “Have a cool Yule, and to all a good ride!”

I.C.E Your Mobile

December 22, 2008

And no, I don’t mean stick it in the freezer! -)

I don’t know how many of you have heard of I.C.E., it stands for In Case of Emergency.  Basically it means that you put an entry in your mobile phone with I.C.E. as the prefix and in the unfortunate situation that you are involved in an emergency or an accident, the medical personal or emergency services can easily find your loved ones or next of kin’s phone number in your phone if it is needed.

I.C.E is the brainchild of a British paramedic who came up with the idea after he encountered difficulties with alerting the family members of accident victims.  In the wake of the London terrorist bombings the idea has taken off, via the internet. 

There may be some concerns about privacy, but when a life is on the line, rescue workers insist the benefits of I.C.E. far outweigh any risk.  “I don’t know if it’s an invasion of privacy because if you have a cell phone anyways, we’re going to start hunting and looking as well. So, wouldn’t you rather have a designated person that we can contact immediately and get the information that we need?” said one emergency services worker.

Here is an interview with Bob Brotchie, the paramedic who came up with the idea.

It is such a simple thing to do and could mean the difference between life and death.  As soon as I read about this online I decided I had to do an entry about it in my blog, plus I also now have my I.C.E. contact in my mobile phone.

First Bike On Scene (FBoS)

December 21, 2008

fbos_motorcycle_first_aid1I am a fairly new rider, although I had been a pillion passenger for over 20 years and I can quite honestly say I have never heard of the First Bike On Scene course offered by various Ambulance Service NHS Trusts around the country. And now I do know about it, I think it’s a brilliant idea and definitely worth attending one if at all possible.

The course was designed by a State Registered Paramedic and biker at Lancashire Ambulance Service, as a response to enquires from motorcycle groups and organisations, who did not feel that traditional first aid courses dealt with the issues found at the scene of a road traffic accident. The course was written with the rational of “What can we reasonably expect a layperson to do at an accident scene whilst awaiting the arrival of an ambulance”. The course is designed to give bikers the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to deal with the accident scene and casualties in the minutes before the paramedics arrival.

The theory session deals with the following issues:-

  • Trauma and the Mechanism of injury- what is trauma, how does it affect the body and how can we recognise or predict the injuries sustained by a casualty by looking at the scene of an incident.
  • Compensatory mechanism- the bodies response to traumatic injury and blood loss, and how the body can sometimes appear less injured than it actually is.
  • Scene management- protecting the scene, making an appropriate 999 call giving relevant and important information, looking at safety factors of the accident scene.

The practical elements of the course involve a great deal of student interaction and includes:-

  • Snatch rescue- sometimes we have to move a casualty, there is a safe way of doing this
  • Removal of the crash helmet- when, how and why we remove it and the implications (This skill can also be used to assist an ambulance crew)
  • Spinal care- positioning of a casualty to protect airway and spine (This skill can also be used to assist an ambulance crew)
  • Resuscitation skills- including airway management with consideration for spinal injury (This skill can also be used to assist an ambulance crew)
  • Major haemorrhage- direct and indirect pressure to deal with severe bleeding.

The whole ethos of the course is about dealing with the significant life threatening issues. Its not about teaching people how to put on plasters or frozen peas on twisted ankles, it’s about being proactive, recognising significant injury and giving help immediately.

The course lasts for approximately six hours and is competency based, with lots of hands-on practice on all practical elements of the course.

Although the course was first started in Lancashire, it is now available through the following centres as well and you can contact them either by phone or email. Each FBoS Centre has a dedicated team offering professional training to all delegates. No matter where you go for your course, the course is delivered to exactly the same high standard.

For more information contact your local centre

Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire and Merseyside
0870 8330 999

Wales and Cheshire
07940 392586

Oxfordshire and surrounding area

Midlands and London
0870 225 0101

01226 282999

Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
01305 257643

01523 869197

If you and a group of your mates want to take part in one of the courses it is easy to arrange one, just call your regional number and organise one.  The course costs about the £50 mark but I think this is a small price to pay for the skills you will learn.

Devitt is one of the motorcycle insurance companies which supports the scheme, and if you check out the DEVITT SUPPORTS FIRST BIKE ON SCENE (FBoS) page on their site you will also see that they off a 5% discount for anyone who has attended the course.

Recommended posts to read – I.C.E Your Mobile

Ride Safe – How To Avoid The 5 Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

December 20, 2008

As it says on the tin..

A PDF file about how to avoid the 5 most common motorcycle accidents.  Click on the image to be taken to the download.

Ride Safe

Alpinestars Dyno Jacket Just $184.95

December 19, 2008

Yes, you have read that correctly.. You can find the Alpinestars Dyno Jacket, on closeout at BikeBandit.com for just $184.95 if you follow this link!!

Alpinestars Dyno Jacket Just $184.95

Alpinestars Dyno Jacket Just $184.95

Dyno Jacket

  • Sport/performance road riding jacket with 1.1 mm thick full grainleather used throughout.
  • Excellent abrasion resistance.
  • Anatomically designed in a natural riding position.
  • New flexible and removable smart protectors included in the elbow and shoulder.
  • Zips to leather pant.
  • Reflective piping.
  • 2 outer and 1 inner pocket.

Motorbike Safety

December 18, 2008

If you are new to motorcycling you will soon notice (unfortunately) that many car drivers unintentionally (usually!!) simply will not see you.  It is worth remembering these tips when you are on the road, so that you learn how other drivers ‘see’ you out on your bike.

1. You will soon notice that there are many more cars and lorries out on the road than bikes and in some cases the drivers simply do not ‘recognise’ a motorbike.  They will unintentionally ignore you, not even registering you are there as they are constantly on the look out for other cars and lorries.  When out riding on your motorbike, make sure as much as possible that they can see you, ride just to the right of the centre of your lane so you are more visible.  Always ride with dipped headlights so it gives you more of a presence on the road.  Wear bright clothing to make you stand out more. 

2. As you and your bike are a smaller size than a car, car drivers may not realise how far away you actually are and they can find it difficult to judge how fast you are going.  If I’m out on my bike and approaching a junction I always keep a close eye on any car waiting to pull out, just in case they decide to try and dive out in front of me.  I have had occasions when they simply haven’t seen me and pulled right out in front of me, causing me to do an emergancy stop.  The look of horror on their faces when they see a motorbike screeching to a halt at their side would be almost comical if it were not for the fact that their inattention almost caused me to hit them.  Nowadays I tend to have my brakes covered when approaching junctions, especially during the rush hour, if I am out on my bike.  Rush hour is always the worst time, especially when you have all the school run mums out as well rushing to get their kids to school on time. 

3. Also remember that as we and our bikes are smaller we can quite easily fit into the blind spot of a car! Cars will sometimes pull out to overtake another vehicle, not realising that you are already there.  If you are riding along side another vehicle just keep an eye on it, just in case it does decide to try this.   

4. If, like me, you slow your bike by dropping down a gear instead of braking remember a car driver will not necessarily realise what you are doing.  If you can it may be worth just dabbing your rear brake just to let them know you are slowing down.  They may notice a sudden glare of a brake light and get the idea.   

The best advice I can give you is to RIDE AS IF YOU ARE INVISIBLE!!!

Ride as if no one can see you, and anticipate that other road users will always do the wrong thing in any given circumstance!!  It is what I was told to do when I first started riding, and I do it EVERYTIME I go out on my bike.


Save 15% On Joe Rocket Honda CBR Motorcycle Jacket

December 17, 2008

Yep.. thats right 15% off Joe Rocket Jackets

Click on either the links or the photos for further details

The Joe Rocket Honda CBR Leather Sport Mens Motorcycle Jacket in Gunmetal/Black/White in sizes 44, 46 & 50

Price was $419.99 NOW $355.99




Also the Mens Joe Rocket Honda CBR Leather Sport Motorcycle Jacket White/Silver/Black in sizes 42, 44, 48, 50 & 52

Price was $419.99 NOW $355.99



Product Details

  • Brand: Joe Rocket


  • 1.4mm cowhide
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Variable flow ventilation system

Top Gear’s Christmas Special 2008 Sees The Stigs Bike Mad Cousin!

December 16, 2008

At last something bike related on Top Gear!  About time considering that 2 of the presenters are bike nuts!

The trio are given one of their wacky tasks, to get across Vietnam in just 8 days, and decide to buy motorcycles and scooters to do the trip on.

With the wheels sorted, they set off on one of the most spectacular and incredible road trips Top Gear has ever attempted and the Stig’s bike mad cousin even makes an appearance, decked out in red!!

The Stig's Bike Mad Cousin

The Stig's Bike Mad Cousin

This is definately something I am going to be glued to the box for that night! I cant wait! Although the picture of Richard Hammond on a totally PINK Minsk 125 is mare than a little disturbing, to say the least!


Poor Minsk 125

Now the pictures seen recently of Mr Clarkson on a scooter make sense, he was obviously getting in some practice for the filming of the Christmas special.

The Top Gear Christmas Special 2008 is being aired on Sunday 28th December, at 8pm..  I can’t wait 🙂

Alpenstars Launch New Stella Scout Jacket For Girls

December 15, 2008

Alpinestars Stella Scout Jacket

Alpinestars Stella Scout Jacket

ALPINESTARS have just launched this long waterproof sport touring jacket developed, specifically for female riders, for use in all weather conditions, around town and on long trips, combining practicality with elegant aesthetic details.

The 3/4 length waterproof sport touring jacket has a stylish Nylon fabric outer shell in a design inspired by Alpinestars fashion clothing patterns. Shaped, cut and sized specifically for women to ensure a comfortable, flattering fit. It uses the Alpinestars exclusive waterproof and breathable Drystar internal lining construction, with multiple-stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance. Protection is offered by Alpinestars removable CE certified soft protectors.

It’s avalable in Black/Anthracite, Black/Champagne, Black/White in sizes XS – 2XL and will cost £229.95.

Learner Riders, Your Bike Test And U-Turns!

December 14, 2008

There is always a great deal of discussion about U-turns on any forum which has learner riders approaching their motorcycle test and believe me I know exactly what your guys are going through with the blasted things!! I hated them with a passion!

I had real problems with them to start with, I simply could not do them at all and dropped the bike I was riding or hit the kerb or just chickened out halfway round! It was a nightmare and I was sure I was going to fail my test as a result of them.

I found I could always do the first one ok but then something would always go wrong on subsequent ones. Once your confidence has taken a knock with something like that it’s not that easy to overcome it and you start thinking that you will never be able to do it. Once I finally had mastered them, and it did take a while, I started to do something that took all the pressure off me having to do countless ones on my riding lessons. I would just do ONE!!!

Yep, that’s right just ONE every time we stopped to do them during my lessons! My (logical?) thinking was that I only had to do one to pass that part of my test and as long as I could do the first one every time on the lessons I would be ok.

So if you are having lessons and your test is approaching soon give it a try. It does take the pressure off a bit I promise.

And remember that after your test the chances are you will probably never do another one as long as you live.. I know I haven’t’!