Life on the road with DocBike

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The sixth and final part of the 2021 series is all about DocBike. It will feature a day in the life of a band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe - especially bikers. In this episode we speak exclusively to the founder of DocBike Dr Ian Mew who explains what the scheme is all about and why he feels it helps save bikers’ lives. See what challenges they face and how we can all help keep the roads safer for bikers.

The insightful video includes:

  • Riding with the DocBike team of top paramedics
  • Most common crashes explained to help you avoid getting into danger
  • The simple first aid course every biker should undertake
  • The £30,000 of emergency kit they carry in their panniers

BikerTek is fully behind DocBike

"Ian Mew has been a friend of BikerTek since we met at Silverstone during the MotoGP in our first year on the road. He is an experienced biker and through his medical work has a very clear insight into safety issues. That’s why we’re delighted to focus the finale of our series on the DocBike team and the work they do. You can see the whole series at Bikertekshop.co.uk – and don’t forget to look out for our pop-up shop back on the road later this summer." MIK BARTON, BIKERTEK MANAGER

Make sure you check out this latest series of insightful videos, created by MCN in conjunction with the BikerTek performance parts for bikers – www.bikertekshop.co.uk


 

More secrets of a road tester: Be the best all the time

First published 14 July 2021 by MCN

This week we see another excellent video from Michael Neeves, packed with all the riding tips you’ll need this summer. MCN’s chief road tester rounds up all of the key advice covered in the first four instalments of the new ‘More Secrets of a Road Tester’ series, featuring both new and experiences riders – proving no matter how long you’ve been riding motorcycles, there’s always room for improvement.

"We’ve really enjoyed working on the series with Neevesy and it’s been great to see so many positive comments too. Our team members Rich and Chris, both featured in the videos, can also be found in the online shop bikertekshop.co.uk giving you the lowdown on our very special performance parts for bikers. Do take a look." Mik Barton, Bikertek Manager

There will also be a bonus sixth video looking at how the DocBike project works (due to be released on July 21). It will feature a day in the life of a band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe, especially bikers and show what challenges they face. Make sure you check out this latest series of insightful videos, created by MCN in collaboration with the BikerTek shop.


 

More secrets of a road tester: Be the best all the time

First published 7 July 2021 by MCN

It’s summer now right! And that means sun-drenched roads, azure-blue skies and the smell of freshly cut grass and slowly melting Tarmac. Not if you live in the UK it doesn’t. Summer in the UK means a bit of that every now and then (if you’re lucky) interspersed with heavy downpours, wind-swept countryside and roads strewn with all kinds of debris from farmyard mud to spillages from grain trucks around harvest time.

MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves will be looking at how to cope with varying riding conditions in the latest in our More Secrets of a Road Tester video series.

This session is the fourth in a six-part new series which is now live on Bikertekshop.co.uk. Watch parts one (Cornering), two (State of Mind) and three (Speed Control) for FREE now, while Riding Well in all Conditions goes live today (July 7).

In this riding masterclass, Neevesy will help rider Gareth Evans cope with whatever the ever-changing conditions throw at him. Gareth’s been riding for a couple of years now and recently stepped up to Triumph’s Trident 660, but he openly admits he’s still got loads to learn.

Neeves, who has been road testing and racing for over 20 years, looks at how to prepare rider and machine so that riding in rain, wind, super-hot sun and darkness becomes a safe and satisfying experience.

Some of the key areas deal with grip, vision, being seen and being comfortable. Body position, braking and tyre advice are also tackled in this must-see video.

BikerTek riders learn loads, too

These are two more excellent videos from Michael Neeves packed with riding tips for your summer. We’ve really enjoyed working on the series with Neevesy and it’s been great to see so many positive comments too. Our team members Rich and Chris, both featured in the videos, can also be found in the online shop bikertekshop.co.uk giving you the lowdown on our very special performance parts for bikers. Do take a look.


 

More secrets of a road tester: How should you use your speed on the road?

First published 30 June 2021 by MCN

In this week’s episode of ‘More Secrets of a Road Tester’ Michael Neeves looks at how you should use your speed on the road.

The episode is all about being in charge of every situation; riding too slowly puts your destiny in someone else’s hands.

Stick to speed limits, but ride at a pace where you can take action where things are likely to happen: junctions, blind corners, farms etc.

Our man in the hot seat for this one is BikerTek’s Rich Spate. Despite being hugely experienced, he was amazed by how much he learnt from Neevesy.


 

Focus on new video series: MCN’s Chief Tester Michael Neeves spills the beans in a bid to help bikers improve their skills

First published 23 June 2021

There are lots of things that are brilliant about biking, but unless you’ve got your head in the right place all sorts of things can go wrong. That’s what MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves will be looking at in the second video in the new More Secrets of a Road Tester series.

And he should know what it takes to get your motorcycling mind right; he’s been road testing for over 20 years and racing for about the same amount of time. The latest instalment is live now on Bikertekshop.co.uk – where Neeves looks in depth at a rider’s state of mind. Still the most important subject overall, especially for a new or nervous rider, we’ll be able to see the rider’s state of mind before and during their ride and then give tips at the end of the assessment session on how to improve.

Our volunteer rider for this video is Gareth Evans who is building up his experience after gaining his full licence just over a year ago and is loving life on a Triumph Trident 660. He gets vital advice on how to ensure your brain is helping get the most out of every ride and how you can train it to stay sharp and safe.

Neevesy rides a BMW S1000R on the road

The State of Mind video goes live on June 23 and three more episodes will follow on a weekly basis. Speed Control, due to be released on June 30 is all about being in charge of every situation. Riding too slowly puts your destiny in someone else’s hands.

Stick to speed limits, but ride at a pace where you can take action where things are likely to happen: junctions, blind corners, farms etc. Our man in the hot seat for this one is BikerTek’s Rich Spate. Despite being hugely experienced, he was amazed by how much he learnt from Neevesy.

The week after that (July 7), there’s a guide to mastering all types of conditions and then a summing up session will be released on July 14. There will also be a bonus sixth video looking at how the DocBike project works (July 21).

It will feature a day in the life of a band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe, and especially bikers. See what challenges they face. Make sure you check out this latest series of insightful videos, created by MCN in conjunction with the BikerTek shop.


Sharpen up your riding skills in our new video series

First published on 15 June 2021 by MCN

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves is back again this year with a new video series that’s about to be launched on Bikertekshop.co.uk.  

The weekly video series has been produced in association with BikerTek. "Our range of performance parts for bikers goes hand in hand with a belief in promoting advanced rider techniques," says BikerTek manager Mik Barton. "It’s been great to work with Michael and he’s put together a great series to cover both the thrill and the skill of riding." 

There are five videos in the new More Secrets of a Road Tester series in total with the first: Cornering Better – going live this week, and more episodes will then be released weekly on Bikertekshop.co.uk. 

Neevesy on a Fireblade

There’s also a sixth, bonus episode where we spend a day with the DocBike team who are talking to riders every day out on the road in a bid to keep them shiny side up. The series is aimed at helping everyone get back on the road safely after more than a year of Covid restrictions. 

With some motorcyclists having spent months sitting at home staring at their pride and joy, now’s the time to get back in the saddle. And, as well as many rusty motorcyclists, there are a lot more even rustier drivers, so we need to have our wits about us. 

This time around Neevesy has even managed to rope in a few volunteers to help show how easy it is to improve – whether you’re relatively new to riding or an experienced rider of many years (see separate biographies).

Neevesy cornering at speed

The videos will cover

1. Corner better - Even experienced riders will often need help with road and body position, vision, braking, steering and throttle control. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to getting around a bend on a bike and Chris Pecorella benefits from this cornering masterclass. 

2. State of mind - Still the most important subject overall, especially for a new or nervous rider. We’ll be able to see the rider’s state of mind before and during their ride and then give tips at the end of the assessment session on how to improve. Our volunteer rider for this video is Gareth Evans who is building up his experience after gaining his full licence just over a year ago and is currently loving life on a Triumph Trident 660.

3. Speed control - This episode is all about being in control of every situation. Riding too slowly puts your destiny in someone else’s hands. Stick to speed limits, but ride at a pace where you can take action where things are likely to happen: junctions, blind corners, farms, deers jumping out of tree-lined roads etc… Our man in the hot seat for this one is BikerTek’s Rich Spate. Despite being hugely experienced, he was amazed by how much he learnt from Neeves.

4. Master all conditions - Riding well and safely is all about visibility and searching for grip, which all change in the rain, dry, hot, cold, dark, over white lines and on different road surfaces. Gareth is back in action to experience how changing conditions can effect how you ride. He learns loads.

5. Summing-up - An overviews of the key lessons learned throughout the BikerTek video series. 6DocBike A day in the life of this band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe, especially bikers.


The Riders

Rich Spate

Rich Spate

Rich has been riding since the age of four and has had a road licence since he was 17. He’s ridden all sorts of bikes and been on many touring trips. But after a massive crash he needed a visit to the BikerTek shop to fix all sorts of busted-up stuff!

Christopher Pecorella

Christopher Pecorella

Chris is also an experienced rider and currently has a Harley-Davidson Road King. He has ridden all over Europe, Asia and Africa. But one day it all went wrong when he hit a pothole after being a bit offline. After hitting a lamppost, a visit to BikerTek’s parts shop was much needed!

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Gareth has been riding for two years, and half of that was during the Covid pandemic. He’s now on his second big bike, a Triumph Trident 660, and looking to expand his riding horizons past summer weekend blasts. He’s learning fast, but wants to build confidence steadily.


BikerTek team joins MCN’s riding expert

"It quite literally was a breath of fresh air to be out filming with Michael Neeves and meeting face to face with the BikerTek team, instead of on a video call. And we’re not the only ones to taste the delights of being back on the road, that’s for sure.

“In the meantime, do check out bikertekshop. co.uk for the story behind our performance parts for bikers.

"Whatever we might wish for, this summer is still not going to be normal. With continuing uncertainty over foreign travel, we can expect more holiday traffic on the roads. Congestion, frustration, tiredness all lead to mistakes – and that’s just the car drivers! 

"Neevesy has some great tips for all kinds of riding situations." MIK BARTON, BIKERTEK CAMPAIGN MANAGER

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