Wow, two updates in two days. What ever next? Maybe that Motorcycle Live review?? Anyway, I just added a little review of my 2012 and added some of my favourite pictures from 2012's trackdays. You can find it under 'Out there, riding'. I hope your 2012 was as good as you expected and I'll see you out on the roads in 2013. Merry New Year and all that
Well Christmas has been interfering with the amount of time Ive had free to update the site, which I feel a bit bad about. My wonderful girlfriend helped me take some photos last week allowing me to update the 'my kit' section, but now I'd just like to write a little something about my ride to work.
I, like most people, don't actually like my job. Yes there are elements to it that I like and when I'm there I make sure I do it right and to the best of my ability. Taking pride in what one does for a living is, I think very important. It shows a depth in character. There is one thing that I like about my job above all else and that is I have a real reason to ride my bike twice a day. I work in central London which delivers all manner of adventures. There are the Toyota Prius drivers supposedly saving the world, but making sure that they have their fog lights on guaranteeing that any extra energy the car has saved is wasted in light pollution. There are the mini-cab drivers who think its perfect acceptable to drive at night, in fog with only one single side light working. Cyclists wearing black, no lights, jumping reds. Pedestrians too stupid to understand, let alone have read the green cross code (do you see that crossing 30ft away? That's for your safety, not mine). Scooter riders who don't understand or don't care that a motorbike has to 'stand up' before it was be ridden away. To finally car drivers who see the streets of London as a battle zone where every inch of tarmac has to be fought for. Where driving whilst talking, texting or surfing the web on their mobiles is acceptable. Look, I'm not anti any group in London, or any city for that matter. What I am is anti idiot. The people who cant see past the end of their respective bonnets, who don't understand that everybody on the road is vulnerable in some way or another. We all what to get to where we're going safely and we all want to be able to kiss the ones we love when we get home. The Highway and Green Cross codes are there for a reason. They are there for safety. Despite all these hazards, idiots and hardships. Shouldn't I just drive to work, get public transport, cycle or walk? Why? I'm a motorcyclist and riding is what I do.
Just got back from Lids Direct in Watford with my now fixed and sorted Arai. Awesome stuff. Following this weeks cold snap, although its not really a snap it more a case of calling it winter, I have found my threshold for riding my bike. It turns out that I don't like riding in -4 and freezing fog, who would have thought it. Anyway on more interesting level, my new clutch has arrived. Basket, plates, springs the whole kit and kaboodle. All I have to do now it wait for a bit of a break in the weather and ride the Ducati the 2 miles up the road. It will give me the chance to brim the tank and add some fuel stabiliser so the bike will be ready first turn of the key in the spring. I'm already looking forward to it. I know I havent posted my report on Motorcycle live, unfortunately real life got in the way, but it should be up in a few days. Cross fingers
I've just broken the visor mechanism on my Arai. aaarrrggghhhh. Anybody know where there are any Arai 5 star dealers in North London?
Today I finished uploading my articles from the Chris Walker School and my day with Rapid training which can be found under the 'Out there riding page', so please have a read and I hope you enjoy them. I'll be working on my Motorcycle Live piece over the next few days so check back and i'll hopefully have finished that. I know there's still a lot to be done with the site, but work and the rest of my life keeps getting in the way.
Just a quite note about something that happened today on the way back from work. I got stuck behind a funeral procession today, which isnt that uncommon, but this one had a horse drawn hearse. Riding the bike at around 7mph is fairly tricky anyway and I was intentionally keeping my distance as a bright green sportsbike could upset the two horses up front. Anyway, some oldboy in his shitty C Class merc, the horrid three box version, decided that the space I had left in courtesy and respect was worth forcing me out of the way. I was shocked when he actually started to tailgate the hearse. I couldnt believe what I was seeing. For a brief moment he realised he was a bit close and I was able to pull up next to him to try catch his attention. He chose to ignore me and proceeded to force me out of the way for a second time and tailgate the hearse again. Realising that some people are just ignorant I left him alone. I'm sure that one day and in fact I hope that when his time finally comes, that somebody in an equally shitty rust bucket shows him the same disregard towards his passing.
Well Ive just got back from spending an extended weekend in Birmingham, which included a trip on Friday to Motorcycle Live. I'll be writing something on on the show in the next few days, but I just wanted to say thanks to all those on the Ducati and Kawasaki stands who were extremely helpful to a part time, amateur journalist. Thank you Chris Walker for putting up with me being a fan boy. A huge massive thanks to John McAvoy who was extremely generous with his time and his advice. Thanks to Charlie from Fast Bikes and I hope the coffees didn't get too cold and finally thanks to the guys at RandG and Calsport for the discounted stuff. I had a great time and for those who went I hope you got all that you wanted from the show
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.