In May of 1997 I did a "Direct Access" course
with CSM, thus fulfilling a lifelong ambition to learn to
ride a motorbike.
My first bike was a Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat.
An excellent bike, much underestimated.
In January of 1998 I passed my IAM test with
Essex Advanced Motorcycle Group (EAMG). I unreservedly advocate advanced training to everybody, it's not
all "Pipe and Slippers"! See also Rapid Training.
In July of 1998 I swapped the Thundercat for
a silver Suzuki TL1000S.
Very exciting bike to ride, but if not treated with great
respect it can bite, hard. This was well demonstrated when I highsided at Clearways, Brands Hatch.
This was fitted with a full Scorpion system, but it was really a bit too loud. Unfortunately some careless breaking led me to lock the front and drop the bike at about 60mph. I traded in what was left for a newer black TL, TLZEBUB. I spotted my silver TL resurrected in a Fastbikes article.
I then took my "Observer" test. This is a rigorous test of riding ability, with a particular emphasis on Roadcraft and the ability to pass these skills on to other riders.
Mechanical problems with TLZEBUB led me to put him to one side whilst I tried to fix them. So as not to be bikeless I purchased another TL, this time in red.
TLZEBUB is now fixed (took 3 different bike shops...) and I am in the process of "tarting" him up a bit. The body work has been resprayed where needed and I am awaiting engine and fairing bolt kits.
First attempt at some action photos.. You may rest assured my dreadful "push bike down into corner" technique has been dumped for something more effective.
Quick Quacks Pete the Free