Learn to Ride a Motorcycle with an English Accent

Some of the local constabulary in the English town of Hampshire have decided to do their bit by creating and uploading some instructional videos as they tootle around town. While the videos aren’t going to teach you too many tricks if you’re an experienced rider, they’re no doubt something that would appeal to newer motorcyclists.

It’s also wonderful to see local law enforcement taking a proactive role in motorcycle safety, rather than the usual reactive methods of fines and the like. At the moment there’s just two videos up – one titled Safe Urban Driving and the other Safe Urban Filtering. According to the channel, it features Police Motorcyclist Trainer, PC Roger Peskett, commenting on his route in an urban environment to identify hazards and give advice on filtering.

Road Safety Sergeant Chris Appleby said: “We have identified three high risk groups of motorcyclists. These are leisure riders, commuters, and young scooter riders. Our priority still remains with leisure riders using high powered motorcycles on rural roads; however there is an emerging risk for commuter riders or urban motorcyclists as they choose bikes as a preferred travelling option.

“We’ve therefore created a short video for safe urban riding from a police motorcycle trainer view and highlighted what hazards riders need to be aware of and how to reduce the risks associated with riding in urban areas.”

Source: Motorbike Times

Is it Ever Okay to Sit on Someone’s Motorcycle Without Asking?

Dear TheRideAdvice.com. Unfortunately, my father didn’t end up buying me a Ninja H2 for my first bike. He got hit with a lawsuit for embezzlement of pension funds and couldn’t afford it. So I’ve had to get a job and save up to buy a bike myself. Times certainly are tough.

Anyway, on the weekend I saw the bike I wanted – a GiXXer(sic) – parked on the street. I sat on it and took a selfie to post to all my female friends on Snapchat when the owner came over and totally went off his nut at me! What goes? I thought all motorcycle owners were bros?

Yours sincerely, Chaz McGuire.

Hi Chaz,

It’s good to hear from you again. Honestly, after your last email to us asking if the Ninja H2 would be a good first bike, we had low expectations on hearing from you again. Given your latest email that’s probably still the case but it’s nice to see you’ve managed to survive a little bit longer. Shame about your father, though.

As far as sitting on someone’s bike without asking is concerned, yes, that’s generally frowned upon. The reason behind this all comes back to this funny thing called private property and the use of it without permission. Odd, I know.

So, yes, the motorcycle community is a rather tight knit one where you can make friends by a shared interest in bikes – as long as you manage to respect social norms while doing so.

Let me give you an example. If you were to come across an unlocked sportscar would you open the door, sit in the driver’s seat and take a photo? No, probably not. Yet for some reason, because motorcycles are open and exposed some people think that gives them carte blanche to touch, sit on or even more them. This is not the case.

Most people will acknowledge that if a small child were sitting in a seat by themselves, they would not touch, sit on or move them. The same goes for people’s spouses – no touching unless you ask permission before hand.

A lot of this comes down to people’s perceptions of motorcycles. Many people think motorcycles are just a toy and hence not really important – they don’t realise that for motorcycle owner’s, their bikes are their pride and joy. The same people who sit on complete stranger’s bikes no doubt would scream blue murder if they came back to their car to find someone sitting on the hood.

So Chaz, no, it’s not okay to sit on someone’s bike without asking. Ever. Though I’m sure if you asked the owner they’d be more than happy to lit you take a photo to send to your harem.


BMW K1600 Bagger Closer To Release

First spotted back in July last year, latest spy shots show the K1600 derived machine is still being worked on by BMW Motorrad. For those unfamiliar with the style, Baggers are derived from a standard cruiser, stripped of as much of the fairings as practical and with hard and low-slung luggage attached to give the bike a low slung stance.

Baggers are big in the US market where Harley-Davidson dominates the segment and where Honda has tried its best to make inroads using the Gold Wing derived F6B.

The new spy shots show in great detail the slimmer fairings which exposes more of the inline 6 cylinder engine. It’s also more detailed and intricate than the made for aerodynamic fairings of the donor bike. The exhaust can is also heavily modified and much more cruiser like than before.

The seat has also been redesigned and incorporates back and side rests connected to the rear top box. Passenger foot pegs have also been moved forward for increased comfort. We’d expect rider foot pegs to move forward as well before release.

So when is this K1600 Bagger likely to be officially announced? Given that it will probably only be sold in the North American market, it would make since for BMW to do so soon given the riding season is beginning in many parts of the northern hemisphere.  Given how long it’s been in development and that there isn’t any major mechanical changes involved, that’s not too far fetched – at worst it will be available for sale at the end of 2016.


Kawasaki Ninja H2R To Lap Isle of Man TT Circuit

The Kawasaki Ninja H2R will make an appearance at this years Isle of Man TT according to a report today from MCN.  While sadly it won’t be racing, it will feature in a parade lap around the circuit and be ridden by four-time runner-up in the British Superbike Championship, Chris Walker.

The parade lap will feature various riders who raced wearing RST gear, with RST being the title sponsor of this years Isle of Man TT event. Alongside racers such as Steve Plater, Ian Simpson and Jamie Whittam, RST founder and former TT rider Johny Towers among others will participate.

Chris walker stated that “It’s a big thing for RST, and a big thing for me to be asked to join in their legends parade lap. I’m a huge fan of the TT, and I have a huge amount of respect for the guys who race that discipline; I try to get over to spectate every couple of years or so, and was over last year for the Senior. That makes being asked to take part in the lap even more special.”

He continued: “As for the bike; it’s going to be just what I need for my first lap of the TT on closed roads – what could possibly go wrong with 329 brake horsepower?! It’ll be very nice to unleash the 130db of noise though, even though it might fade into nothing compared to bikes like the Honda Six that have raced there in the past!

“I haven’t thought about speeds, because I’m planning on taking it really easy , but with all that power I probably won’t be taking my hands off the bars too much!

Chris Walker Ninja H2R

Honda CRF250 Rally Concept

Honda is getting serious about the adventure and enduro space with the unveiling of a new CRF450 rally race bike inspired concept, the Honda CRF250 Rally. While basically a CRF250L in different clothing and some potentially minor mechanical differences, it looks the goods.

Differences between the actual CRF250L and this concept include the tall windscreen with headlight protection, hand guards and improved sump and exhaust protection – something endurance riders pay close attention to. The concept also includes a Gathers M GPS navigation system with integrated handlebar controls.

The CRF250L currently uses a 249cc single cylinder engine which it would appear that this concept borrows from. It’s relatively light at 145 kg and the only potential performance difference between it and this CRF250 Rally concept is that the Rally appears to have a slightly larger fuel tank.

Between this and the return of the Africa Twin, Honda appears to be making great efforts to retake some of the gains made by KTM and the like with regards to enduro sales. Given that Honda has a production bike in the form of the CRF250L that can be so easly transformed into this CRF250 rally concept, it’s quite likely that this is a bike that will see production at some point in the near future.


Honda Unveils SFA Concept, Again

Is Honda seriously considering bringing their SFA concept to the market, or is it just trying to fill a gap at this weekend’s Osaka Motorcycle Show? We sincerely hope it’s the former because the Honda SFA is a gorgeous looking machine that reminds us of a slighly larger though more rowdy looking Grom.

The Honda SFA concept was first unveiled last October in Indonesia and hasn’t been seen or heard of since then. In its current concept form, it features what appears to be a 150cc single cylinder engine mounted on a trellis frame, most likely from the CBR150R which is popular in South East Asia. Other features include an exhaust that’s partially hidden under the seat and a single-sided swingarm.

While those last to features probably wouldn’t make it to market, if the overall style remains we think it would be a huge success. If there’s also potential to bump the capacity up to around 250cc then Honda would surely have a hit not only in South East Asia, but in western markets as well. The Honda Grom for example has been a big hit for Honda in the US and I’m sure many doubted that would be the case.

After the Osaka Motorcycle Show, the Honda SFA concept will also make its way the Tokyo Motorcycle Show – one of the biggest events for the year. Also on display will be another new bike, the Honda CRF250 Rally concept as well as another showing of the True Adventure and the RC213V-S concept bikes.


Final Production Design of MV Agusta F4 RC Revealed

The MV Agusta F4 RC, now the world’s most official unofficially announced motorcycle has been spotted at a bike show in Madrid, Spain. It looks pretty much exactly how it has in previously leaked pictures but now comes with the same decals and graphics as the WSBK bike it’s derived from, including AMG logos. Of note is that in some of the pictures, the rear passenger pegs have been removed (possibly the most frivolous use of rear pegs we’ve seen in a while).

The MV Agusta F4 RC (Reparto Corse, which means Racing Department in English) is the homologation of the company’s entrant into World Superbikes and other domestic series, though it’s supposed $46,000 price tag will mean it’s limited production run won’t be oversold. From previous rumors and reports, the bike’s specifications will be as follows:

  • Dry Weight at 175 kg
  • Titanium exhaust
  • Carbon fibre rear seat cover
  • Aluminium mirror caps kit
  • Lighter crankshaft
  • Redesigned cylinder head
  • Magnesium covers
  • Titanium screws
  • Carbon fiber fairings
  • Forged wheels
  • Ohlins suspensions
  • Li-on battery

Performance specifications from the four-cylinder 998 cc engine are reported to be 212 horsepower at 13,600 rpm (best in class for the street) and an arm wrenching 111 Nm torque at 9,600 rpm. Yummy.

The release date for the F4 RC is expected around June this year.

Introducing TheRideAdvice.com Video Reviews

Today marks a further progression in the growth of TheRideAdvice.com with the release of our first motorcycle video review of the Kawasaki Vulcan S. Our aim with our video reviews is like all other aspects of this website – to offer something slightly different to the normal and to do so in an interesting and informative way.

Our goal with our video reviews is to be the following:

  • Be funny
  • Be quirky
  • Show the bike
  • Talk about how the bike actually is, not its specifications on a piece of paper
  • Never, ever have some middle aged bloke standing beside the bike and talking about it to the camera

Our first review of the Vulcan S has guess appearances from Rick Rocker, a stereotypical Harley-Davidson enthusiast. Subsequent reviews will also feature special guests or other interesting and different features to keep things fresh.

We hope you enjoy it and we’d welcome any feedback.