October 27th, 2013
As I write this, Southern England is taking a battering from some serious (well serious for my little island) winds. The wind started to pick up last night and into this morning and those lovely chaps down at the Met Office are warning the worst is to come tomorrow. Now as you all know, I love my bikes and love riding them, but as the saying goes, 'discretion is the better part of valour', so with that in mind, my Ducati is staying locked up in the garage tomorrow. Now I can take 80mph winds just as long as they are dead straight and being generated by me on the bike. That's not a problem, but when there's the very strong possibility of being hit by 80mph side winds, well, for me, that is far too dangerous. If you're in the South of the UK and you're out on your bike over the next few days, please take care. It's going to be tricky.
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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.