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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Castle Coombe Track Days

First off, apologies for the lack of posting recently. I've been ... er ... busy. More on that in another post. But for now, I have a small treat for my readers:

Recently, I was contacted on behalf of MotorCycle Direct, a bike insurance company, with a request to publicise some of their promotions. Now, this is a strictly non-commercial blog, and I have never taken a penny from anyone in relation to anything I have posted. And I have had some crazy approaches! 'Genuine' Rolex replicas, betting scams, dainty Italian footwear, generic Viagra, you name it. And yet the things that MotorCycle Direct is promoting seem to be a good fit with the general tone of this blog, and may be genuinely of interest to my readership, so I agreed to host a couple of promotional pieces. I told them I would flag the material as 'third-party content' and they were OK with that. No money has changed hands, but I have been promised a 'motorcycle safety kit' as recompense, which I am allowed to keep or use as competition prizes. When I see what is in the package I will decide on that one (heh), but I have the germ of an idea ...

Here is the promotion:

Motorcycle Rider Safety Days supported by MotorCycle Direct

This year, MotorCycle Direct is giving their support to the Rider Performance Safety Days by offering their customers and anyone who has completed a bike quote from their site, a 10% discount on two dates later this year.

The courses, which are held at the Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire, have been specially designed to allow motorcyclists to become more ‘road aware’ and therefore less likely to be involved in a motorcycle related accident.

The safety days are taught by a team of expert instructors and are open to all bikers, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice, experienced or born again biker. The team of instructors will be able to guide you through various workshops that will include:
  • Positioning
  • Observation
  • Causes of Collision
  • Attitude
  • Cornering
  • Braking
  • Overtaking
  • Motorcycle Maintenance
There are two dates planned for 2012, which are on Wednesday 30th May and Wednesday 5th September. Any bikers who would like to take advantage of MotorCycle Directs 10% discount offer should call the Castle Combe Circuit on 01249 782 417 or email: sales@castlecombecircuit.co.uk and quote the code ‘MDI 2012’ along with your MotorCycle Direct quote or policy number.

It seems like a reasonable offer, and if you were thinking of renewing your insurance any time soon (or just wanted a quote to check prices), you could do worse than give it a go.

N.B. There was an illustration to go with this material, of a biker on a track next to a man in hi-viz, a sort of generic 'training' image. Unfortunately, it was embedded in a Word document and even with the help of Photoshop I was unable to get a decent quality image out of it. I shall ask them to send the image and text separately next time.


  1. "I have been promised a 'motorcycle safety kit' "

    What's your memory like, Richard?

  2. Heh, good spot, Joe. I was hoping for a Snap-On underseat titanium and diamond tool kit, but a tractor inner tube would be OK, I suppose.

  3. Betcha it's a hi-vis vest, a set of bolt-on leg protectors and a restrictor kit to limit you to 100bhp or 30mph, whichever is lower (this may well be the former in the case of Harleys). All you need to be safe on a motorcycle, for those who remember the late, unlamented Herr Martin Bangemann and Gauleiter Richard Brunstrom.

    The "germ of an idea" wouldn't be a competition, perchance? Fresh from taking a coveted third place in the worldwide end-of-2011 contest at doom-metal.com, I'd quite fancy my chances in such an equally prestigious event...

    1. Yes, I was thinking of a competition of sorts. I've organised a couple of quizzes for the Triumph club whoch have gone down quite well, and I wondered if something to get the bloggerati thinking would be amusing. We shall see ...


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