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post #1 of 5 Old 10-10-2019, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Motor Cycle Training courtesy of the British Army

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This would be the White Helmets (British Army M/C display team now disbanded) training, or more likely, selecting their new recruits to see if they'd got the bottle to join the display team.

They are using mostly Canam Bombardiers which are 250CC 2 stroke single cylinder bikes, and some BSA B40's probably some time in the 80's.

Bear in mind that most of the White Helmet recruits had never ridden a bike before, apparently it was easier to train non-motorcyclists to do tricks, so it's likely you are looking at a lot of people's first ride on a motorbike.

My TA unit borrowed these very bikes for some adventure training, and I spent a happy couple of weeks building good ones out of broken ones. The Canam was the first bike I ever rode, in a similar environment. When I passed my test, being skint, young and stupid, I picked one up at the auctions for almost nothing and rode it to Austria for a holiday.

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A few of those bikes look like they pull to the left!!

Thanks for posting that. No. 5 and No. 23 have my sympathies.

Have to say the White Helmets displays were great fun when they were around.

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That was awesome. You'd think they'd have given these guys some direction as to how to ride, but it appears not. Fun to watch.

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You'd think they'd have given these guys some direction as to how to ride
I'm sure they did:

"Ever ridden a motorbike before son?"

"no"

"Ok, here's yer clutch, throttle and brake, gear lever under your left foot unless you ride the the Beeza, then it's under your right foot and works in the opposite direction, clear? good! - on you go lad, fill yer boots and don't effing bend it"
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I'm sure they did:

"Ever ridden a motorbike before son?"

"no"

"Ok, here's yer clutch, throttle and brake, gear lever under your left foot unless you ride the the Beeza, then it's under your right foot and works in the opposite direction, clear? good! - on you go lad, fill yer boots and don't effing bend it"
You think they got the extended lesson then?
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