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Combining Motorbike Touring with Training


February 2019

Driving in Europe after Brexit – March 29th

Crikey! Bit of a minefield this one. All depends on whether we leave with a deal or not it seems. Lots of “maybe” but nothing definite, other than that there will be no change in driving license or insurance requirements for EU nationals coming to the UK for a holiday.

From the above link, if the UK leaves without a deal, then we may have to obtain the following:

  • IDP – International Driver’s Permit – used to be £5 from the Post Office when I last got one for driving in Africa. Not needed in Ireland though – must organise a tour there – Stuart, another one for you to look at!
  • Green card – this proves you have valid insurance – may come with your policy or not, but worth checking a month before travel.
  • In case of an accident, claims have to be brought in the country of incident and in their language.
  • GB sticker – yep, back to the old style one! Which, by the way, we still had to have if driving in Switzerland.

The old rules of carrying the vehicle’s V5 document still applies as does travel insurance. EHIC cards could still be valid under a new agreement – but worth keeping an eye on this link:

Passports There was talk of a 7Euro charge for a three year travel authorisation, ETIAS, into the Schengen zone.  Not heard much about this; if its similar to the ESTA for the USA, then it should take a few minutes  on-line to obtain – but, we’ll see.

Luckily nothing to onerous, but worth bearing in mind when touring into Europe after Brexit, deal or no deal.


The biker’s 5-a-day diet

I can talk about riding and all that it entails all day long! But, as a bit of fun I thought I would share the biker’s Five-a-day diet:

1. Coffee or Tea (you can have more than one of these a day, though it can only be counted once according to dietary experts!)

3. Bacon or sausage sarnie

3. Cake

4. Fish’n’chips

5. Chocolate bar – I prefer Mars bars for the energy!

This is actually quite useful to know. Riding takes a lot more effort and concentration than driving so our energy levels need to be topped up on a regular basis. Consider the acronym IAMSAFE from Roadcraft:








All factors towards safer riding.

Right, now after all that, off to the gym!

Meeting MCN #Ride5000 members at the H cafe

What a day today turned into. Brilliant sunshine and so warm for February.

So, we left the Burford Road services heading to Bibury, Burford, Witney, Standlake, Abingdon and then to the H Cafe at Berinsfield.

Route home via Wantage and the Uffington White Horse Hill stopping for some photos on way!

H cafe was rammed!

Looking forward to the next one!

Riding Tips – What is Advanced Riding?

Nothing to be scared of that’s for sure. Its the application of a simple and flexible system enabling safe and efficient progress. The system is adopted by the UK Police and is the basis of Roadcraft – the Police Rider’s Handbook.  It can also be defined as “no surprises”!

The System looks at road conditions, traffic, road positioning, your machine and you! Advanced Riding is all about making good progress, safely. It’s not about slowing you down.

The System – IPSGA – as taken from the Roadcraft book

Information – use the information to decide on your position – ever changing

Position – be in the right position to make the best use of the road

Speed – be at the right speed for the situation

Gear – be in the appropriate gear for the speed you are doing

Acceleration – maintain positive throttle as that is when you are in control of the machine.


The System can be used for either side of the road so even when touring on the continent, or in the UK, the System can be taught.

On the radio!

That was an interesting morning. Only 15 minutes or so in the end. Think we mentioned New Horizons Motorcycle Training and Touring enough times. We manged to mention RoSPA, IAM and the #Ride5000 Facebook page also.

Stuart chatting into the microphone!
Shirley and Stuart at Swindon 105.5







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