Steve Tucker has been riding motor bikes for 40 years. As a UK Traffic Police Officer he was trained in advanced riding and driving skills. Riding a police motor bike in operational situations required a tremendous amount of expertise few riders can ever experience or achieve. Riding a motorbike for pleasure or commuting also requires an exceptional level of skill. Sadly, a large number of crash scenes he attended, where a biker was involved, were generally caused by rider error. When he retired from the Police he used his knowledge and expertise of advanced riding and driving techniques to operate his own business in the UK Driver Training Industry. He achieved an Approved Driving Instructor, Grade 6 (the highest qualification obtainable) and a BTEC Progressive Advanced Driving Instructor at a time when the Industry was only just recognising the need to ensure Instructors were suitably qualified to provide expert training. He now lives in Cyprus where the weather favours riders and provides them with mile after mile of great roads to ride. Riding motorbikes is a passion of Steve's and so is training. So it made a lot of sense to combine both passions and offer advanced rider training to the motorcyclists of Cyprus. Steve is an Advanced Riding Tutor and an Advanced Riding Examiner for (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) UK, and the training that he provides is based on Police Motor Cycle Roadcraft. Many riders including the Cyprus National Police and Sovereign Base Area Police Officers have benefited from advanced rider training with him. Advanced Rider Trainer is his first book on the subject. David Rainford is an Advanced Motorcycle Rider with both the Institute of Advanced Motorists qualification and a RoSPA Gold Award. He is also a RoSPA qualified Advanced Rider Tutor. Now living in Cyprus after a career in engineering design and consultancy, David holds a bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Company Direction. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Commercial Drone Pilot. However first and foremost he is a real world biker, with a few lessons he learned the hard way. From falling off his first bike, a Honda C50 step-through, after an Emerson Lake & Palmer concert in 1971 to abusing a Ducati 900SS to cut a deer in half in 2000, David has realized that motorcycle safety comes from proper training and not just the experiences which did not kill or incapacitate the rider. David brings to the book his knowledge of a systematic approach to engineering and management problem solving and considerable experience of staff appraisal, development and training.
Advanced Rider Training has achieved what I believe it set out to do; that is to compliment Motorcycle Roadcraft. It provides a comprehensive insight into how, when, what and why to teach and learn the "ART" of motorcycle riding. The authors Steve and David have said it how it is based on their love of and lives spent riding bikes. Whether an experienced trainer or rider or just starting out this comprehensive handbook oozes knowledge and best practice; Give it a read; there is much to learn, and who knows, it may help you when you most need it. Bob Smalley Former Chief Examiner of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders.