Today RJH were thrilled to have John visit as he embarks on a new challenge in life in obtaining his motorbike liscence!
However, this isn’t your typical pupil. John is 85 years of age and there is no time like the presence is training and obtaining his licence We welcome John and we are very excited for his journey within RJH.
In this thread you can follow John’s progression and view his action pictures.
Keep a lookout as a series of YouTube videos are to follow!
The man himself John and Graham
John and Shahed
John and Rob
To date 7/11/2017 I feel time is not my friend.
My plan was to progress towards my full licence before the winter weather set in so that I could then start 2018 season on my refurbished Yamaha 250 Majesty. Right now it's November when the sun is low and glaring and more so if there's any wet spray covering my visor.
This kind of hazard concerns me if my Mod 1 & 2 tests have the same conditions to add to the already basic concerns. Cold fingers are also more likely to add to the concentration needed.
I'm finding that the gap between `training on the 600cc` is far too long. I need the lowered bike because of my short leg reach and there's only one of those in the fleet.......... This is used for the female trainees I'm told....... So if there's a female on site when I'm there I'm put on the Higher bike
which has been a problem for me from the very start. It seems that it's only me who understands the situation where when I'm sat on the bike with both feet `touching the ground ` either side, Then all is fine. But if the bike leans slightly off balance, either side, then the leg has to reach out that bit further which in turn shortens the leg length a couple of inches. This then causes the weight to be far to great for that leg to support and stabilise the eventual risk of dropping the bike.
So this added stress throughout the training is always in the mind which shouldn't be there. This problem is only when doing the very slow ride and U turn / Figure of eight. When doing any other manoeuvre this isn't a problem and when out on the road the problem is no longer present even in traffic, junctions, roundabouts etc. I'm in complete control.
The Mod 1 is the only problem here and it looks like this will always be the same. If, and when, I eventually get a `SLOT` I will still have this short leg reach hanging over my mind as soon as I enter the test gate.
You double posted John, so i deleted the 2nd one.
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As per last post from your lesson in which you left positive? Graham too was positive I asked you to get in touch to book another session. Not heard from you fella so come down in the morning and we can get you back in. Take care.
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Remembrance Poppy ride. 12.11.2017.
I was invited to take part in this fantastic turn out of thousands of Bikers to show their respect for our `fallen and maimed ` forces personnel. I was disappointed that I hadn't yet acquired my full licence which I had fully intended getting this year :O(
I'm still stuck with the 125 bike on L plates which, of course, counts me out from using a motorway.
My good mate Mike Craig volunteered to take me on this great day of respect as his pillion passenger.
Throughout the whole day I was proud to be amongst the fellow Veterans and to also see the many bikers who turned out all dressed in red and showing the Flag.
It was quite a squeeze for the organisers to have got all the bikes into the Birch Services `West bound` on the M62. My heart was overjoyed to see this volume of respect and gratitude.
When we all eventually left the Birch area and onto the circular road in the vast convoy it was more so emotional to hear many 4 wheeled vehicles blowing their horn and waving. Then it got even more emotional to see every bridge we passed under lined with pedestrians waving and applauding. Proud to be a part of this fantastic turn out, they even brought out their kids to show respect from the bridges, some waving the union jack.
“We Shall Not Forget “ !
To be in amongst these hundreds of bikes with such discipline was also very gratifying, even though there were a few who weren't fully aware that the indicators should be used sensibly and when used, they should remember to cancel them. This gave me some kind of pleasure to see as it gave me the self confidence that if these people are on very powerful Bikes, then I'm sure to pass my Mod 1 & 2 with no problem.
RJH is going to see that I fulfil my dream I'm sure, if they fail then I'll haunt them ! That’s a promise. 2017 is to end with me on my BIG bike as a Christmas present.
I've discovered today that these Motorcycle trousers are not designed for the smaller penis when it needs re leaving :O(. I'm about to contact NASA to ask if they have any astronaut trousers with an inside keg of 28 inches ?
Back on Johns journey. Great to see you again here at RJH. Very positive today with all slow speed exercises covered to a very good standard. Let's nail your high speed session on Saturday and get your DAS mod1 test booked. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Thanks again Graham for your expert guidance, it's all down to you mate as I progressed much further today. I feel I've got the beast trained now. This journey has certainly been a roller coaster :O)
I found it very pleasing to also be congratulated by Rob and Lisa on my progress too :O) I'm made to feel at home with them both, I hope my dry sense of humor isn't taken too seriously. The problem is with the `Generational` language with us 80 + year old's, we tell it as it is with tongue in cheek. Rather then being told " That's not PC ".
I owe more than I can put into words to the RJH team for helping me to be rid of the feeling that no body cares.My life has taken on yet another life changing experience that I would never have thought possible a few weeks ago. Thank you sincerely. A great choice of Fleet machines and well maintained to a high standard as is the instruction too.
Now all I need to do is find out if `JOHN` at Atherton is my friend too :O)