May We All Crash So Gracefully!

The first thing that springs to mind is Jackie Chan has executed another of his awesome insane and death defying stunts.  However the video below is just a regular biker going about his business, until he crashes SPECTACULARLY!

It’s uncertain if the rider actually has super powers or is just a Batman level athlete, either way he has at speed cartwheeled through the air, according to witnesses landed on his feet, and as you can see swiftly comes back to survey his destroyed bike.  Not too sure how you’d practice ‘crash maneuvers’ such as this, RTWW would like to state, don’t try this at home 🙂

This story first appeared on Gizmodo

New ‘Write to Ride’ Article – Think – Named Riders Campaign

Our partners over at Write to Ride have a new article up featuring the UK Government’s new ‘Named Riders’ campaign, part of its ‘THINK!’ road safety strategy.

The new £3.5 million campaign marks a radical departure for THINK! after research showed drivers are more likely to notice motorcyclists on the roads if they personally know them.

The Think! adverts put motorcyclists at the centre of the new campaign in a bid to encourage all drivers to see the person behind the helmet.

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird says, “This is another well thought out advert from the DfT and we hope that it gets aired here in Northern Ireland, rather than the blood guts and gore campaign ads we suffer here in Northern Ireland, that in our opinion push the viewer away from road safety, instead of pulling them in”.

Head over to Write to Ride for more on this story.

The 40 second version of the THINK! advert is below and on-line at our YouTube Channel RideTheWildWindTV ;

Our New Partners Write To Ride & Ride It Right..

RTWW has made some new friends in the last few days, riders rights site, Write To Ride,

and motorcycle safety organisation Ride It Right.

Both are based in Northern Ireland and speak a lot of sense on both subjects.  RTWW fully supports the aspirations for motorcycling both organisations are working towards.  We are sharing  our other partner, Steve Baker Motorcycles and his maintenance tips videos found on our YouTube channel, RideTheWildWindTV with Ride It Right to help inform as many riders as possible of the basic safety checks they should be carrying out regularly to get the best from their bike.  Be sure to visit both of our new partners sites and help make a strong lobbying voice for NI bikers.  You can also keep up with events and news from Write to Ride via their RSS feed in our RSS News column on the right.

Motorcycle Safety Survey for Northern Ireland

It's not very often that Government actually asks Motorcyclists for their opinion so seize this chance while you can.

Bikers are being asked to take part in a survey to hopefully help
make NI roads safer.  The fantastic weekend weather here in Northern Ireland had dozens of bikes out on the roads, and unfortunately a series of accidents occurred with two bikers killed and a third critically injured.

The Department of Environment wants Motorcyclists to give their views about why crashes happen and how they can be stopped which is great and we'd encourage all riders in NI to fill in the survey.

In 2007, 153 bikers were killed or seriously injured on NI roads, and any attempt by the government to reach out to the biking community for ways to help prevent that should be welcomed.

Motorcyclist's views will feed into a new road safety strategy which aims to cut road
deaths by a third each year and reduce children's deaths and injuries
by half on the 1996 – 2000 average.

So please visit www.motorcyclecasualtiesni.com to complete a short survey which looks
at rider attitudes, experience and behaviour on the roads.

Stay safe out there!

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