Its Monday, which means its time for another weekend roundup.

The less said about Saturday the better I think. I ended up being stuck in work and with the weather threatening rain the entire time I figured it was better to stay in the car. Being stuck at work did give me the opportunity to pick up a Theory Test app for my iPhone, so I can start practicing. After looking around the App Store, I finally settled on ‘Motorcycle Theory Test UK – Driving Test Success‘, by Focus Multimedia. I did a few practice questions and took two mock tests, both of which I managed to pass. I will hopefully be able to report back on the app in a few weeks of use and let you know what I think.

Sunday morning, I decided to get the car cleaned. As I was leaving the car wash, the engine warning light decided to come on and the car went into reduced performance mode. Spent most of the day getting it booked in for collection with Volvo, and getting a courtesy car sorted.

After it was all done, I finally managed to get out on the bike. Took the ‘long’ route out to Grazely to get petrol from the Sainsburys, which meant I got to finally ride Tunnel Hill. I’ve been wanting to ride that ever since I got my CBT.

For those of you who don’t know Tunnel Hill, it is a section or road that runs from Mytchett over to Brookwood. Its a beautiful section of twisty road that is often overlooked by the every-day commuter, but it offers an exciting if brief ride.

By the time I headed back it was 6pm, and twilight was definitely setting in. Over all it was a good ride that highlighted that I need to get more confident in cornering a bit faster, and I need to start to learn how to lean, even if it is only a little.

Later on that evening I decided to follow my girlfriend home for my first experience of night riding. Figured that I’d rather do it on a Sunday Night when it is quieter, and on a route that I know, rather than my first time being out of necessity. Once she parked up at home it was a good opportunity to practice low speed maneuvers and clutch control / breaking / throttle, and identify which ones I need to work on. Very low speed maneuvers still make me wobble a bit, so I’ll try to buy some cones and practice some moves in a carpark.

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Tristan Findley

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Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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