The thing I find most disappointing about this series of comments is that the majority of those expressing opposition to advanced riding theories, courses, and riders, have obviously already made their minds up NOT to ever explore any advanced riding coaching.
This is particularly unfortunate, because a lot of the same naysayers are undoubtedly competent, and certainly passionate, riders. Equally, although their views are in some opposition to my own, they are evidently already “thinking” and most definitely “challenging” riders, and this is especially true in the case of James600zx.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with questioning an aspect or aspects of any philosophy you see no value in. The signalling question is a prime example. The fact of the matter is if you choose to signal out of habit the world will not come to a grinding halt; signalling routinely won’t even see you fail an advanced test. In and of itself it’s simply not that important. (By the way, it is important to note that a flashing indicator does not mean that the shields have been activated as some here seem to believe. A blinking lamp is simply that; it’s not a safety feature.) Anyway the point is, as has been said a number of times, the way in which signals are used is an outward demonstration of how and if the rider is considering his/her every move in relation to the on-going and developing situation. A “thinking rider” is just that, a rider who thinks; as far as possible nothing will be left to chance, everything possible will be considered in advance, and every metre travelled will be planned.
As for James600zx, I think you’d really enjoy a Skill for Life course with the right IAM affiliated group. I’d certainly welcome you on a course I was observing because, if experience has taught me one thing, it’s that riders like you, riders who care enough to challenge and question, quickly see the value and quickly develop into bloody good advanced riders. More often than not they also go on to make excellent observers. Try it, you might surprise yourself :O)