Interview by Amanda Wright of ‘AMERICAN-V’ magazine
Q. How long have you ridden bikes for?
A. I’ve been riding bikes from a very young age. Became road legal in 1990 passing my full motorcycle test in February 1996.
Q. How long have you been a police motorcyclist?
A. I’ve been a Police motorcyclist since June 2003 riding to an advanced level on both road and off-road bikes.
Q. Do you ride your own bikes outside of Police duties?
A. Outside of work I ride a Triumph Daytona 955i and a Honda Varadero 1000v.
Q. When did you become involved with BikeSafe?
A. I became involved in BikeSafe in 2007 – presentations within the western area of the county to include ride outs, county-wide.
Q. What do you feel that BikeSafe can offer every rider, regardless their level of experience?
A. BikeSafe can offer unbiased rider development advice, based upon a proven riding system for full motorcycle licence holders regardless of experience post-test. It also provides the all important attitudinal side of crash avoidance and risk management on the road. All this at a reasonable cost which is important in these financially challenging times.
Q. What is the most important piece of advice you could give riders that you feel would make a difference to their overall riding experience and safety?
A. The most important piece of advice I could give riders would be to get yourself assessed, and then go on to undertake accredited training and re-training periodically into the future with trainers from the Register of Post Test Motorcycle Trainers (RPMT) who deliver Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS), IAM or RoSPA.
Q. Any truth in the rumours that you fancy a V-Rod, or a Night Rod Special?
A. The Night Rod seemed to ‘float my boat’