Good news, bad news

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by BGN, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. BGN

    BGN Guest

    Bad My IAM observer today came out with this to describe my
    riding style: "You're not a motorcyclist, you're a road user who
    reacts to others"

    Good B6 passed it's MOT

    Good My Flip Flap arrived

    All in all not such a good day.
    BGN, Jun 16, 2007
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  2. That's completely fucked up.
    Whinging Courier, Jun 16, 2007
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  3. Wtf is a Flip Flap? Fwiw, I parsed that as 'piss flap', which caused a
    moment of confusion.
    GS850x2 XS650 SE6a

    Teach a man to fish and he and his pikey mates will have the
    river cleaned out in a day.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jun 16, 2007
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    Cab Guest

    Might I venture to say that the observer is a ****? **** him.
    What's that then?
    I wouldn't worry.
    Cab, Jun 16, 2007
  5. BGN

    Pete Fisher Guest

    In communiqué <>, Grimly
    Obviously it should be akin to a Cat Flap but for a Flip.
    A quick google suggests it might be a solar powered plant which is
    supposed to be a 'stress relieving toy'[1]

    [1] Nothing to do with massage it appears BTW.

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    Pete Fisher, Jun 16, 2007
  6. BGN

    ts Guest

    I am sure he meant "Your riding style is that of a motorist that reacts
    to others", and perhaps " . . not (yet) that of an advanced

    He said that to make you think, and to help you define a new riding
    style. My experience with the IAM observers is that those who let you
    trundle along without any comments like that will never help you improve
    your riding style. Stick with that observer, listen to him and practice.

    My initial attitude to IAM and their observers was that these guys are
    of the "old and safe" school. But it changed.
    ts, Jun 16, 2007
  7. BGN

    BGN Guest

    My previous two observers have given postive reinforcement and
    constructive criticism as well as telling me if I've done something
    that concerned them. My assigned one appears to think that I've got a
    lot to get out of observed runs with him, and I'm certain that I will.
    However, if I was in his position I'd probably say his comment in a
    different way.
    On my shortlist of best things to have on your desk at work.


    £5 + £1 P&P from (Or £10 + Free P&P from

    There are some videos on Google Video/YouTube of them doing their
    thang. Mine's been sitting in not-so-light places around the home all
    day today and is quietly away to itself so it'll be good in an office
    environment. It's bigger than I expected.
    I went out shopping to try and make myself feel better and five hours
    later, after toddling around Canterbury, Ashford and Folkestone I
    didn't find anything worth buying apart from £15 of petrol for the
    BGN, Jun 16, 2007
  8. You mean he thinks you are up for paying him lots of money?

    AHA there's the answer :)
    eric the brave, Jun 16, 2007
  9. BGN

    BGN Guest

    The IAM seems to let the local groups run as a charity, with the
    Observers getting paid nothing for their work. Infact, our group says
    that we need to give our observer £10 cash to cover their expenses per
    day they're with us. As the runs last several hours, and I end up
    having to fill up the Bandit again at the end, I'm pretty confident
    that the observers actually make a loss on not just their own petrol
    and general use of their tyres/brakes etc, but also their time. All
    of my observers have even picked up the bill for drinks in the
    'de-brief' at the end of sessions.

    Being an Observer doesn't appear to be a great money-spinner so I
    think they deserve credit for wanting to help others who want to
    receive it. I'd not say that any of them were 'do-gooders' either.
    BGN, Jun 16, 2007
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    David Thomas Guest

    What a rip-off! Our observers only charge a fiver, you're being done ;-)

    David Thomas, Jun 16, 2007
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