Riding A Motorcycle Can Help You Stay Young!

March 5, 2009

On The Road I have often felt, in the last two years, that I wish I had learned to ride at a much younger age as I have missed out on so much fun.

And I’m not the only one to think this…

Look at how many ‘more mature’ people are learning to ride a motorcycle, and not just for the usual ‘mid-life crisis’ reasons.  These days it is so much cheaper as a form of transport, and with the amount of traffic on the roads building up like it is motorcycles can nip you through the traffic so much faster!

I really believe that in learning to ride I have discovered the ‘fountain of youth’, and a lovely lady called Gina, from the USA whom I know via a motorcycle forum, feels exactly the same way.

Now, we can’t be the only ones who feel this 🙂

And now there has been a study which may go some way to backing up our claim of finding the ‘fountain of youth’.  Apparently a Japanese scientist, Ryuta Kawashima, a confirmed motorcycle enthusiast, has done a study which showed that a riders brain is activated more than car drivers brains as riding requires increased awareness and may lead to ‘smart aging’ for riders.

Kawashima, the man behind the “Brain Training” software for console games, worked with Yamaha Motor Company, and set up a string of experiments with middle aged men to test his theory.

In some of the tests involved about 22 middle aged men who had motorcycle licences but who had not ridden regularly for the last 10 years.  Half the group was asked to keep using their cars and bicycles, while the other half was to resume riding a motorcycle for 2 months.  In cognitive function tests the group who rode the motorcycles were seen to have higher marks than those who drove cars!

So it looks as if riding a motorbike may be good for your brain!  How cool is that.. Not that I need another reason to ride though, just getting on my bike and riding off is enough to put a smile on my face and make my day 🙂

HOT NEWS – New Motorcycle Test Implementation Date Changes

February 21, 2009

motorcyclelplate.jpgI was at one of my local bike shops, who also does training,  this morning and was reliably informed that the FINAL date for taking the old motorcycle test has been put back now until FRIDAY 24th APRIL.

Apparently this is to allow for the implementation of the new test to come in more smoothly!

So if you are looking at trying to take your motorcycle test before the new one comes into effect it now looks like you have a few extra weeks in which to take the old style test.

Ring your local training school now if you want to be in with a chance of getting your test booked before Friday April 24th, they are getting booked solid.

Faulty Speed Cameras Could Wipe Out Speeding Convictions

February 5, 2009

This is an interesting snippet of news..

Apparently there is a landmark case being heard in a Manchester court at the moment, which if it is won may mean the return of £600 million in speeding fines and fees.

The case is being brought by a gentleman called Aitken Brotherstone who is adamant that the LTI 20/20 Speedscope laser gun, which apparently clocked him doing 52 in a 40 zone had provided an accurate reading. 

Part of his defence is that all the speed cameras introduced in the UK since 1992 are illegal due to the way in which the law introducing them was initially implemented.  His defence barrister is claiming that each successive Home Secretary since Michael Howard had implemented their own schemes of ministerial approval for speed cameras, and were in the wrong to pass speed camera devices, such as the LTI 20/20 without parliamentary scrutiny.

Could you imagine it if he does win?  How many people will have speeding fines returned to them? Plus how about all those points being taken back off their driving licences! And don’t forget about bans being lifted!!

I think I may be very interesting indeed if he does win! Chaos at it’s best!

I will keep you informed as and when more news is released about this!

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!”

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 🙂

A Good And A Bad Day

November 15, 2008

The bad part of the day was waking up with a horrific headache which soon turned into a migraine. I’ve spent most of the day battling with painkillers trying to get it sorted out and mercifully it looks like it isn’t going to be a long migraine this time, which I very glad about.

The good part of the day was as follows.

Late this afternoon I went out to buy a few bits at one of the shops in town and came away with a little bit more than I was expecting.. A JOB!!!

I’ve never had that before, I have gone out to buy food and come home with 2 Guinea Pigs!! They were cute and I love Guinea Pigs so bought them on the spot.. But I have ever gone shopping and ended up with a job.

It’s good timing too, what with Christmas coming up and me starting to panic a little after losing my job 6 weeks ago.

It looks like Christmas may be back on in our house now.. woohoo!!

Thief Sends Sorry Note!

November 8, 2008

Whilst perusing the interweb today I came across a heartwarming story. In 2001 a young drug addict noticed a shop he was passing had been broken into and taking advantage of the situation had gone in and stolen 400 cigarettes.

Come forward in time to 2008 and the owner of the shop, a Mr. Imran Ahmed, has received a letter of apology from the thief and £100 to pay for the cigarettes. In the letter the thief explains how in 2001 his life was a mess due to drug abuse but he has now turned it round and is trying to make amends for his wrongdoings in his past.

Mr. Ahmed intends donating the cash to a drugs charity, so hopefully other people with a drug dependency problem will benefit from the thief’s feelings of remorse.

To the thief I have this to say..


I’m glad you turned things round for yourself and I’m so glad you have the guts to admit you have done wrong in the past and you are trying to make things right..