listen up numb nuts
I laughed out loud at you comment from the March 17th edition of MCN, No more new-test moaning,
where you point out that it would be scandalous if MCN hadn't reported the accidents during the mod1 test. see page 10
What I would like to ask you is why didn't you point out the dangers of the old practical test, off the top of my head I can think of a young lady who was killed a few years ago, I can even think of one of my students that met a lorry on test and suffered a compound fracture of his right forearm. Losing most of the nerves and feeling for good, the numerous people that fell of on road during the E-stop or U-turn and all the other mishaps, do you think what we do has no risk?. where were you eighteen months ago when a local school was on a CBT road ride and his student was killed, you should get a petition and ban it as its a danger to motorcyclist's.
If you think you are helping by pointing out the dangers of the new test then you are sadly mistaken, we are riding two wheels with an engine it is inherently dangerous what ever we do, Mod 1 is a dam site safer than the old way, trust me I have been doing this for twenty years and I have seen the benefits on road.
It works and is easy to teach, the only people who I have a problem with are the ones who believe the hype, they are psyched out before they even start, let alone all the people who don't call in because they cant be arsed because MCN all the other press and of course all the people out there who believe the hype and tell them its dangerous and some one is going to get killed. I seem to remember an editor of MCN riding into the back of a lorry on a fireblade he was killed, hell dare I say if he had done “The Swerve” he might have got away with it. Harsh comments yes but I feel like I am banging my head against a wall when I read the British bike press.
Every one has an opinion about this, but the only people that count are the ones on the front line.
Single handed MCN and the UK bike press are doing what Government's and the EU couldn't they are killing the bike industry.
You say you want to help us, then stop moaning, Mod1 is here there is no amount of moaning or getting MP's to sign a motion will change that all you are doing is laying waste to the industry.
Why don't you follow a novice from birth to biker get them to tell you the full story and make sure they don't cut corners yes it cost's a lot to train but its worth it. (sorry if you have done this already, I don't pick up MCN a lot as it makes my head hurt.)
Yours in anticipation