I'm having withdrawal symptoms. Not only am I'm missing my bike(s) but its also the summer break for both F1 and MotoGP. Yes there is still a bit of BSB and WSBK action to be found, but I'm finding myself having to get my biking/racing fix by playing my new Xbox game and watching season reviews of the MotoGP from the last few years. It's almost pathetic how much I'm pining for two wheels at the moment. I am however, getting some satisfaction through helping a few people that I know who have expressed an interest in riding, mostly as an easy way to commute to work in the mornings. I've sourced a few links for some websites that have some really good content for new riders such as www.nlmct.co.uk which is the site for a great training centre in North London and the new riders section of the MCN webpage www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/NewRider. If you're thinking about riding you should. Yes there are dangers, as a motorcyclist/scooter rider you far more vulnerable that if you were in a car or on the bus, but with good training and a good sense of your own self preservation, its a highly rewarding pastime or indeed lifestyle.
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.