26th Oct, 2020

Warwickshire Police motorbike experts enhance riding skills of Norton test engineers

OFFICERS from Warwickshire Police’s BikeSafe team have been working with Norton Motorcycles to enhance the riding skills of their test engineers and improve their safety on the roads.

Seven test engineers from the iconic motorbike manufacturer have attended a BikeSafe workshop in recent weeks.

John Russell, Interim CEO at Norton Motorcycles, said: “The safety of riders is important to us, so we are delighted to partner with BikeSafe.

“The BikeSafe initiative can enhance the riding skills of any motorcycle enthusiast from beginner to advanced. Norton team members took part in workshops and on road assessed rides to assess their defensive road riding skills.

“Norton has ambitious plans to grow and to appeal to a broad range of customers who can benefit from the assessments BikeSafe make of rider skill and the advice they give on accredited training programmes.’’

Sgt Shaun Bridle from Warwickshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “Unfortunately it’s a fact that motorcyclists are at a higher risk of being seriously injured in any collision.

“Over recent years we have had a number of serious and fatal collisions involving motorcyclists on our roads and in several of these collisions it has been established that rider error was a significant contributing factor.

“I am confident that additional rider training, such as that offered on BikeSafe, equips riders to gain the skills and knowledge to be safer riders and shows the advantages of further training.”

BikeSafe is a national police-run motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with riders to raise awareness of the importance and value of progressing on to accredited post-test training.

Warwickshire BikeSafe workshops involve an observed ride with a police-graded motorcyclist, and aim to cover rider attitude, systematic methods, collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears.

The Warwickshire Police BikeSafe team is keen to work with all groups in the motorcycle industry to teach extra knowledge and skills, and reduce the risk of riders being involved in a collision.

Visit www.bikesafe.co.uk for more information.

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