I’m a big fan of advanced rider training for motorcyclists. Mainly because we can all benefit from a bit of outside instruction and advice. And the fact it’s undoubtedly saved my backside on more than one occasion. So it’s nice to report on some manufacturer support, as Ducati loans BikeSafe UK a new police livery Ducati Panigale V4.
The Panigale looks quite cool in the police paintscheme. And more importantly it’ll be used to promote and help the BikeSafe project. The bike was handed over at an annual Ducati UK track day at Silverstone, giving members of the BikeSafe team the chance to try out the new bike on track. One of the attendees was Nick Adderley, the Assistant Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police, and National Lead for BikeSafe.
Nick Adderley – Assistant Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police and National Lead for BikeSafe UK
“We are absolutely delighted with the relationship we have with Ducati, what’s really important is our mission as part of BikeSafe is to help bikers to become safer on the roads and better road users. The fact that we have a relationship with Ducati means that we have that engagement opportunity with bikers, because the V4 really peaks people’s interest. They want to come over to us and enjoy the bike with us and it gives us the opportunity to really speak to them and educate them about safe riding.”
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BikeSafe is run by most police forces throughout the UK, with the main aim of reducing the number of motorcyclists being injured on the roads. Which means a mixture of theory presentations and observed rides at a relatively low cost. So you know what you are good at, and where your riding might also need work.
The cost is normally only around £50 or so for one or two days, and if you regularly have a pillion passenger, BikeSafe will often let you bring them on the observed ride to make it more relevant to you. Plus a course and certificate can sometimes get you an insurance discount as well as a saving if you then want to train with the Institute of Advanced Motorists. You can find out more at the BikeSafe website.
So good work Ducati UK for loaning out the £19,250 Panigale. With a MotoGP-derived 1,103cc V4 engine, a claimed 214hp, and a host of performance parts, the bike should definitely help attract more people to find out about BikeSafe and hopefully book a course to improve their riding.