Hey, don't pick on all of us car drivers. I drive a car (been meaning to get a bike too) and am impressed with the camera for that kind of money.
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@GrumbleDook thank you, you said what I was trying to say much more lucidly than I managed to.
@synaesthesia I am intrigued as to what pedestrians do to enrage you so much...round here there seems to be more of a problem with road users (motorized or not and 2 or more wheels) virtually ignoring crossings...they either do not stop to let people cross or they try to chop their heels off by not waiting for them to cross...
@CPLTD I am afraid I would say that a driver who is
would not qualify as 'safe' in my book, rather they are as dangerous as an overly confident one...and if the two meet each other then there is great potential for nastiness to ensue.hesitant or nervous whislt in control of a vehicle
Finally, if any of my comments/opinions were taken by anyone as personal attacks then I apologize unreservedly, they were not meant that way.
Cesil: the point is that *people* in general are dangerous items, whether they're on foot, 2, 3 or 4 wheels. Pedestrians don't annoy me any more than anything else, after all I am one for a large majority of the time. People who don't watch where they are going, people who have some strange belief that a zebra crossing gives them right of way etc are just a few. Like I said in an earlier post, cyclists in Cambridge are easily some of the worst users of the public highways I've ever seen - putting lives at risk well other than their own.
Whatever you do these days, care MUST be taken. As said, it's a free for all out there.
Theory test - £31 Click for practice tests. 46 and 50 out of 50 with no reading up
Compulsory Basic Training CBT - I paid £95
Direct Access, Module 1&2 tests - £350 (again, my trainer's price <smug> based on how pleased he was with my 25 year old riding yesterday </smug>
Helmet - £40-100 basic to £££HOW MUCH!!??
Gloves - sort of £30 again
Leathers - £21 (ebay for the win!) New fabric stuff would be in the order £200+
Boots - Dunno yet, shopping Tuesday. May stick to my Dockies for a bit.
Bike - I'm amazed at the choice of second hand bikes in the 500-750 size range that can be bought for £1-3k.
I'm floundering about with all the new bike types. FZ thisis and thats... Any recommendations? I'd like:-
Touring/commuting - summer / fair weather mainly
Hard luggage friendly if not fitted
Not too forward leaning posture
Maybe a bit out of the ordinary - Trident? BMW? Suzuki Hayabusa - No thanks!
My point was merely that those reading into this thread as if bestowed with the authority and holiness of the Pope's personal chauffeur should as I said...get a grip/potting shed/head height mirror to speak in a patronising tone to (save yourselves the carpal tunnel)
I took an "awareness perception course" circa 9 years ago after causing a particularly nasty accident near Kettering where I t-boned someone at 60mph.
I got bonus points on an exercise to watch a video and point out the hazards, simply by pointing out that everything is a hazard or an accident waiting to happen.
And re the zebra crossing comments : yes indeed, they only have right of way once they step onto the road, which is exactly the same if they're not at a zebra crossing. The crossing is just a visual marker. It annoys me how few people seem to be unaware of that as they wander straight over, phone clamped to one ear and staring at their mate on the other side of the road.
I was in the first batch to take the written test and for it to be used as part of passing your test (previous civilian tests were not used as the wrong papers were sent out). We didn't have a hazard perception test then so once we had passed the practical we then spent 2 weeks of driver training to take us to advanced level. Vocalising every single hazard, justifying your every decision, then discussing what you would do to take out other vehicles is an eye opener. If people have never taken a hazard perception test (done 2 volountarily in recent years) then I would say it is a must.
Things will still go wrong ... people will still hit into one another ... and sometimes there is no fault which can be put on one side or another. A blown out tyre, a patch of oil, a collapsed culvert ... awareness of possible hazards can and does make your reaction to these more likely to reduce the chances of serious injury or worse. Most people look at speed restrictions purely as a way of stopping collisions ... as mentioned on other similar threads, it is also designed to reduce how badly things can go.
Let's not forget, though, that confidence is a significant factor in how well people react to hazards. There is no denying that Mattx has confidence, as do many bikers / drivers / cyclists / etc ... but there is such a thing as too much confidence ... and that is also dangerous.
I just tried these but I am not going to tell you my scores in case I am accused of being holier than thou or offered a job driving the PopeTheory test - £31 Click for practice tests. 46 and 50 out of 50 with no reading up
Think Bike, Think Biker..... I love them goals on the road.. .12 bikers killed in the past 2 years.
There is no point in being a biker if you don't. I understand where the limits are of my bike and riding skills are which is important - I've been doing it for almost 25 years now.There is no denying that Mattx has confidence
I say to any of you who don't like my style of riding - NOT MY PROBLEM. Go and be a Monaco steward, you will fit in perfectly there......
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