Nick Sanders is best known for his extreme motorcycle journeys, having ridden around the world seven times including two record breaking circumnavigations of the globe
In this first volume of his no-holds-barred autobiography, Sanders starts to take us on the journey of his life. He recounts the story of his boyhood and formative years through to his cycling career and the beginning of his love of motorcycles. Journeys never before told, reveal the inspiration for his record-breaking journeys and the inner conviction that motivated and drove him on to become a modern-day adventurer.
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The law is clear – it is an offence not to stop when instructed to do so by the police or a traffic officer. But, from ongoing incidents reported in the press, we know that criminals are aware of this rule too, resulting in the bad guys posing as law enforcement officers and using blue lights (and other equipment) to commit crime. It’s worrying that with 250 such incidents under investigation, no formal procedures for either the public or the law enforcement fraternity have been put in place to follow. To remedy this, the Road Traffic Management Corporation and Justice Project South Africa have jointly developed a protocol, which we at Motoring reckon you should keep on your fridge as a reminder of what to do when accosted by flashing blue lights. According to these bodies, if you follow the instructions below, there should be no reason for you to feel endangered by either legitimate or bogus police officers. – Stay calm. – Slow down and turn your hazard lights on. – Extend your right arm out of the window, and with an outspread hand extended into the air, gesture for them to follow you (by moving your forearm forward and back). Repeat this action several times to ensure they get the message. – Drive at no more than 40km/h and proceed directly to the closest police station or public place with CCTV (like a service station forecourt). – Do not drive to your own or a friend’s home, as this could endanger a larger circle of people. – Call 10111 and report being followed. Ask the operator where the nearest police station is if you are unsure. – If possible, provide the registration number of the vehicle that is following you to the 10111 operator, so it may be established if it is a legitimate police vehicle or not. – Should you reach the police station and find no visible policing, hoot for as long as it takes for someone to come out. Remain in your vehicle with the engine running, in gear and your windows wound up until such time as officers from the police station come out to you. – Co-operate fully with the police from that police station and the officers from the vehicle that followed you, and explain that you felt intimidated and therefore followed the step you did. – Should you go to a service station, drive on to the forecourt, ensuring you are in full view of the CCTV cameras. – Co-operate fully with the officers from the vehicle that followed you and explain that you felt intimidated and, therefore, proceeded directly to the service station. – No matter what, if you are shouted at, do not respond by shouting back. Also be careful not to respond to potentially violent acts by resisting in any way or becoming violent yourself. Remain calm and respectful and explain that the reason you did not stop immediately was because you were not comfortable that they were genuine police. According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation and Justice Project South Africa, there is a big difference between evading, or fleeing from police, versus having them follow you to a place of safety. Both the public and genuine police officers should feel comfortable with this protocol, as it offers protection from attack in an isolated place by moving the stop to a public place where witnesses and assistance should be available. Should you follow these steps and the people pursuing you start firing at you, do all you can to evade them. Obviously, try to call the police as soon as you can. however if on a bike throttle the gas and get out of there cause u are screwed when a bike is stopped failing everything else, just pay the bribe – after all you are in africa you know
BIKER Dave Vout has spent more than £100,000 inventing a Terminator-style helmet camera – which shows the dashboard display in the rider’s visor. The 52-year-old has developed the Bike HUD (Heads-up-display), which is similar to the Google Glass technology currently being tested for pedestrians. The HUD is attached to a helmet and displays the speedometer, gear, rev counter, indicator and time in the rider’s eyesight – meaning they never have to take their eyes off the road. Mr Vout has been developing the revolutionary product since 2010 and plans to launch it next month. It will cost around £350 to buy.
A 73-year-old man from Nebraska, has been reunited with his 1953 Triumph motorcycle, 46 years after he reported it stolen. En route for Japan, the motorcycle was intercepted by Los Angeles custom officials who made the discovery after running a check on the vehicle. Upon receiving the news Donald DeVault, who had long since given up hope of ever seeing his bike again, initially believed he was being scammed. Now reunited, Donald plans to restore it to its former glory by re-adding the since removed inscription “Li’l Blue B****”, and adding “46 years later” to the side. The bike which was valued at $300 (£188) when stolen, is now believed to be worth in the region of $9,000. That said however, Donald has no plans to part with the motorcycle again and is even considering encasing it in glass within his house. Speaking to KTV, he said: “I really want to protect it this time. I’m sure there’s people out there that would want to take it away”.