Without doubt, the worst thing you can do whilst riding, is to ride angry. Feeling aggressive, I mean really aggressive, can lead to disaster. Leaving London today, it seemed everybody and everything was really annoying me. I didn't have a great day at work, too many people taking too many liberties in my opinion, which meant I was stressed even before I had to fight my way through traffic. I really need to realise just how dangerous it is. The silly thing is I know EXACTLY how dangerous it is. I have to report on accidents and the death of motorcyclists on a daily basis. I was a statistic myself back in 2011, but what I really need to do is distance my riding with any lingering anger.
I don't really know what it is at the moment. Maybe its feeling utterly unappreciated in the work place, the recent theft of my Ninja, the crash in June, my living arrangements and subsequently spending so much time away from the woman I love. Its probably all of the above, but I need, no in fact must learn to suppress my feelings when I put my helmet on and click down the visor. I've been a statistic once, I don't want to be another.
My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.