Welcome to the March issue of Twist Grip
As the reality of a new season of biking begins to dawn on us, we can bring you news of events in March to whet the appetite (though please note that the talk by the Collision Investigation Oversight Unit has been moved to the 29th March), perhaps even to get the bike out before the temperatures hit double figures. There is of course a paucity of run reports in this issue, somehow spraying cold (not hot!) water over one's beloved to remove the salt, for what seems the same length of time as one was out on the road, takes some of the fun out of it. Still, we have had a few very decent days recently and I know that a number of us have been out and about, though mainly on solo trips or just a couple of bikes. However, there's already a number of group trips planned – keep your eyes peeled for details.
Thanks to all who contributed this month, April's issue is already looking much fatter!
Advanced training and advancing monkeys
Every month I am tasked with producing a few words for Twistgrip and for regular readers you will know by now that my theme each month varies and not necessarily to everyone’s taste.
I have been struggling for a while over a topic that I think is important and that many of you may also consider important. That topic is training, as you can see; whilst it is true that you can teach a monkey to ride a motorbike, it is perhaps best not to ride a motorbike like a monkey. Given that we are a road safety charity and promote advanced riding, you might think it easy to talk about training.
As the new season kicks off, it's time to get involved
Your attention is drawn to a couple of events this month. Details are to be found under the Events tab on these pages as well as on Facebook for those who subscribe. Do make every effort to attend: the Sick Kids run is in aid of a very noble cause and the talk by the Collision Investigation Oversight Unit (note: now on the 29th) will be very informative.
Wilson Hutchison shared his experiences of a trip through the Americas
On the 29th February we had the pleasure of a presentation by Wilson Hutchison, who, along with two companions, rode the Pan-American Highway the “Long way up”. The event, held at the Steading, was well attended and Wilson gave us not only the pleasure of sharing his experiences but also his insights and advice for anyone who might be planning a similar trip.
RIP HTBABR: the new Handbook/Logbook combo was rolled out in Galashiels on 1st March
HTBABR – one of those acronyms that is more difficult to pronounce than the original full title – is due to be superseded with an Observer's Handbook and an Associate's Logbook. The A5 binders were rolled out to assorted car and bike Observers in an event at the Borders College in Galashiels, led by Amanda Smith (IAM Staff Examiner & Quality Process Manager at Chiswick) and Mick Kinghorn.