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I’m sitting here all wrapped up like Boris Karloff in an Egyptian tomb trying desperately to stay warm and yet sunlight is streaming through the window from a picture-postcard blue sky and I hear the sound of bikes roaring past my window. Lots of bikes. It’s all a bit disconcerting to be honest. My body’s telling me it’s freezing and yet my eyes and ears tell me it’s a lovely sunny day…

It’s the sound of motorbikes which confuses me the most. Though it really shouldn’t. I’ve never been one to leave my bike in the garage just because it’s a bit chilly, heck I’ve ridden to work in the snow only to stop and find I couldn’t walk across the car park it was so icy and another time I caught hypothermia and almost died trying to visit my Mum in the middle of winter. In Yorkshire. So why does it surprise me to hear bikers riding past my window?

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Because the majority of us think of winter as the domain of the car. We wrap our pride and joy up in the garage, plug in the Optimate and dream of the summer. And why do we do this? Because winter means cold. Winter buy discount cialis means snow. And Winter means salty, wet roads. The bikes which do venture out are often cheap winter hacks. Old ‘crossers, ratty 400’s or hard core mopeds, and it changes the sound of the traffic.

In the last few weeks however I’ve been hearing the return of the four cylinder roar and the bark of the throaty twins. Take a look around you if you’re stuck on a bus in the morning or caught up in traffic in your warm little tin box. There’s more and more of us taking to the roads and it bodes well for the Summer. It seems some of us feel that the Winter has already past and well, what can I say? Here comes the Spring!

As bikers it’s occasionally necessary for us to park up our motorcycles and make use of four wheeled transport. Arguably not such a bad thing in mid-winter when it’s raining. As we are all painfully aware, a motorcycle offers absolutely no protection from the bitterly cold British rain drops which seem to soak straight through any Gortex or similar brand clothing that’s more than about a week old and seep right into our bones. We also sacrifice our freedom to weave steadily (or recklessly) through the wallowing herds of commuter-beasts and end up jammed in amongst the throng plodding our laborious way toward the metaphorical watering hole. Well, in the evening at least. It also gives us a chance to view some spectacularly stupid driving at first hand.

Last night for instance I was driving home and heard an ambulance behind me. Now if I’m riding my bike this doesn’t generally present much of an issue as I can easily just slip out of the way should the eager paramedic succeed in catching me up.. However as I was in my van I had to give the situation a little bit more thought, so taking in my surroundings as quickly as possible  I soon realised that the volume of traffic in my lane was far less than in the inside lane. So I indicated and pulled in between a couple of accommodating cars to my left, as did the cars directly in front and behind of me. So far so good, nice big empty lane for the ambulance to travel down… Or generic cialis online this would have been the case except that one enterprising ‘hole decided it would be best if he simply pulled over an inch or two toward the central barrier and stop. Just stop. Successfully blocking the entire – otherwise empty – lane!!??

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Let me just say something straight out to avoid any confusion. If there’s an emergency vehicle with it’s blue lights on and siren wailing coming up behind you KEEP GOING!! For goodness sake! Drive until you can find somewhere that is OUT OF THE WAY of the traffic – and indeed the ambulance – which is behind you. Why oh why do these morons which I am forced to share my valuable space and time with think that blue flashing lights mean stop? They don’t you imbeciles, they mean GET OUT OF THE WAY! Yes, that includes jumping red lights, mounting the pavement, pulling across and almost blocking a side road etc etc but it certainly *doesn’t* mean you should slam your bloody brakes on and block up the entire carriageway!! Nor does it mean you should half-heartedly pull onto the verge directly in front of other vehicles leaving them no space to get around you. Honestly. You people make my blood boil.

Now you can get your motorcycle MOT for free at Fasttrack Motorcycles and all you have to do is introduce your friends to us!
It’s simple. If you introduce one new paying MOT customer to us both of you get your MOT for just £15. If you introduce two, or the first friend pays for a service, you get your next MOT completely free!

And it doesn’t stop there…

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The more bike-riding friends you introduce the more discounts you’ll receive. Introduce enough bikers and you could find yourself getting free labour canadian pharmacy viagra costs on repairs, servicing, tyre fitting, the works! The world’s your oyster, go open it 🙂