Saturday, 1 February 2020

Lego Technic RC weight steered Motorcycle

So I set Jayne a challenge, could she build a Lego Technics motorcycle that would demonstrate how motorcycle physics works and could be made to corner via weight transfer but also demonstrate stability. Well here it is. Note that the only steering effect is the transfer of weight. The self stability os maintained by the caster effect of the front wheel and forward momentum. The recording was done on the first attempt as we tried out the 4th prototype. No balancing skills, just physics. 

#motorcycle #motorcycles  #Physics #Trail #Lego  #Technics

Monday, 16 September 2019


A little lighthearted sidetrack for Star Wars fans. 
A repurposed model of Virgin Mother Mary, transformed into Ventress, one of the Nightsisters, aligned with the Sith.

The original model came with a tacky led plastic flickering nightlight, Jayne decided to do a little better, the video was to capture the flickering of the Sith holocron. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Single track to Cheddar

More boring footage of us not having accidents.

This time taking to the single track country lanes near where we live due to a road being blocked.

Includes us riding up Cheddar Gorge, a beautiful natural valley cut into the Mendip hills in South West England.

I use these clips when discussing training points, I welcome discussions on all the videos I share and leave little "breadcrumbs" in order to discuss finer points.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Some more local riding observations - Aug19

Impatience and rogue dogs, a few more local observations from my travels.

Yes I did say a naughty word and hindsight is great.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Just one ride Phuket to Khao Sok, Thailand

How do we measure what we do?

""Life is like a river flowing on and on, ever-changing. Sometimes it flows slowly, and sometimes swiftly. It is smooth and gentle in some places, but later snags and rocks crop out of nowhere. As soon as we think we are safe, something unexpected happens.”

– Buddha

They say that over 50% of accidents happen within 5 miles of home. Well this is all within 5 miles of my UK home. It's where people spend a lot of their time. Anybody into near miss reporting? there are many "Easter egg" moments in here for you. I welcome discussion on if you see things as I see them. Oh, and nothing really exciting happens, that's the trouble with reality, most of the time nothing does.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Just one ride Phuket to Khao Sok, Thailand

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” - Buddha

Trying to edit down 3 hours of footage into something of interest is always difficult.
In this re-edit of the ride we took 5 years ago,
from Phuket Town on Koh Phuket Island, to Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani,
I focus on the interactions between road users.

Some might call them "near misses". I have including footage that in hindsight, I should have done differently.
But Hindsight is always wonderful.
Some places I push limits and bend rules. Yet this was a successful mission. We did 180KM in under the time Google maps suggested and both arrived safe with Zero Accidents, while riding what has often been reported as the most dangerous roads to ride a motorcycle in the world. There is footage in here that some safety warriors will/have used to fault me. We chose to ignore the ATGATT advice and enjoy the relief the aircon gave us. Once on the open road that was.
Close quarter interactions on the island of Phuket required an extra level of caution. Not saying that our injuries would be less later on. But the chances of injury had depleted with the reduction in interactions.

Hope you enjoy the ride.

The route on Google Maps -
#roadsafety #thailand #asia #motorcycles