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Who the hell is the Anonymous Rider?

Why is this book and course written by the Anonymous Rider? This question is answered in the first few pages of the book, so I won’t go into details here but you can read the first couple of chapters for free by clicking the link below.
Although what I will tell you about myself is that I started road riding in the early ’90s. My idea was to ride sunny Sundays only but it didn’t take long for bikes to consume my life. Since then, I have ridden for fun, I have commuted to work daily for most of that time, I’ve ridden dirt bikes, I’ve done long-distance holidays on bikes, I’ve road raced, I’ve ridden all types of bikes, fast, slow, big, small, new, old and plenty of scooters as well. I don’t care what it is, if it’s got two wheels and an engine, I’ll ride it!

Since getting out of corporate world in the early 2000s, I have since dedicated my life to being a full-time professional motorcycle trainer.

When I started training motorcyclists, I thought I knew a bit about bikes. I’d done all that riding. I thought I knew it all, but I knew nothing about the art of riding a motorcycle. What follows is what I have learnt since, by training I don’t know how many thousands of people to ride or be better riders and by watching literally thousands of people crash or talk about crashes, I think I have a pretty good idea what not to do and just why people are falling off bikes. So, armed with all this information and knowing the sort of misguided information I was given when I started riding and some of the techniques currently being taught, I started to work on some better ways to do simple skills like turning and braking.

I can certainly ride well but I’m humble enough to know that there are faster riders out there than me but what I have done is dedicated over 3 decades of my life to thinking about safe riding practices and I can tell you, you don’t need to an ultra-conservative rider to achieve this. You can still have fun riding your bike like it was designed to be ridden but do it safely. I’ve done literally hundreds of thousands of miles on bikes and touch wood I’ve never crashed one on the road, so it can be done! In saying that I have hit the ground on the track and on the dirt so I can tell you it hurts! That’s why I do my best to avoid it at all costs.

My 20 plus years as a professional motorcycle trainer has allowed me plenty of time to try different techniques for both riding skills and the explanation of these concepts. Therefore, I believe I can communicate these complex skills in an easy-to-understand format. So, what are you waiting for, you can have all these tips and tricks for less than a tank of gas! Click the link below and see for yourself. What have you got to lose?

What’s in the shed?

At the moment the bike tally is at nine. Mostly late 80’s and 90’s sports bikes starting with an 88 Suzuki GSXR-750 Slingshot that needs a full restoration. I have a 91 Honda VFR400 NC30 that was my old race bike but it’s still road registered. These little bikes are so much fun to ride and even better on the track. Next is its little brother a 94 RVF400 NC35. This is a low mile bike in original condition, that’s fun to get out on, ride hard and keep up with the big boys. There’s a 94 Honda VFR750J RC36 that’s a bit of a project in waiting but one day it will look like an RC30/NC30 but go like an RC36. I just need a few hundred hours spare to get it done!

I recently purchased a 99 Kawasaki ZZR1100 which I believe rates as probably the best bang for buck bike now but get in quick as good original ones are getting hard to find. I have a 05 BMW F650 CS Scarver that was the first joint asset my wife and I purchased together, so that will never be sold. It’s office furniture these days but I get it out every now and then for a quick spin, I do love a big single and what a work of art it is! I mostly commute on a 06 BMW F650 GS that’s done over 50,000kms. It’s boring and mundane but it’s perfect to commute on as it gives you a commanding view of the road, it’s so nimble through traffic, has ABS, it’s cheap to run and if it gets dirty or scratched, I don’t care at all. It’s also a great training bike as well, big enough but not too cumbersome.

I also can’t bring myself to part with my 94 Yamaha TTR-250 dirt bike, this was the first mass produced dirt bike with an electric leg and it changed the dirt bike world forever. It made life so much easier when you fell off halfway up that snotty, slippery hill. Maybe one day I’ll put some 17” wheels on it and ride it as a Supermotard?

And let’s not forget the little scooter that I purchased when I first started training riders, I was training scooter riders, so I thought I’d put myself in their shoes on the road, what a shock it was!

I guess I need to hit double figures so what’s next? Well, I probably need something more modern. I rode the latest Triumph 765 Speed Triple RS recently and fell in love with it. It did everything so well I could see myself using it daily, scratching in the hills and it would make an awesome track bike as well. You can see a few of these bikes on the YouTube Channel, just follow the links.

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