Just a quick note, I haven’t given up with this blog or anything. Between busy work schedules and trying to get my head back around game design, I’ve left myself with little time to do much else.
Now that’s out of the way, I’ll soon be undergoing my full motorcycle test. In addition to being able to finally get rid of those pesky ‘L’ plates, it will allow me ride larger bikes, as well as carry a passenger along for the ride (much to their dismay). However, the powers that be see fit to make these tests as difficult as possible supposedly in a bid to keep motorcyclists off the road, or so I’ve heard.
If this is true, then there’s something very wrong there. If anything, motorcycles are the way forward. They can skip out traffic meaning they flow a lot better, they’re cheaper, easier to park and just generally more convenient for city life. On a similar yet redundant note, they are also way cooler than cars. All of them (excluding the crappy ones which sound like a chicken trapped in a lawnmower of course). Just sayin’.
I find this notion especially weird considering David Cameron himself once owned a scooter to jet him to an fro; surely he understands, then, that the rumours and urban legends about how dangerous they are aren’t really very well founded? I mean yes, relatively speaking they are involved in more accidents than cars, but then again simply nudging a motorcycle to the ground with minimal force and damage sustained (the sort of thing which would barely affect a car at all) is considered an accident simply because it hit the ground. If you consider that along with the multitude of effective safety precautions in place, bikes are safe as houses. Surveys and market research don’t allow for minor niggles like that.
Regardless of how odd it may seem however, the evidence that the government want to gradually shoo away the motorcycle is there in the test. Not only is it ridiculously expensive (some places charge around £400 for two lessons and both test modules), but the test itself is meticulous, unforgiving and utterly relentless. The first module (Mod 1, the off-road test) is a very precise, gruelling test of bike control at low speed, braking and safety manoeuvres. The second (Mod 2, the on-road test) is a zero-tolerance road-sense test. simple, basic mistakes even experienced riders make every once in a while can lead to an instant fail, and I’ll be honest, it sounds very daunting to me. A full in-depth explanation of the processes can be found here.
So between work and game design, I’ve got to cram some practice in to ensure I don’t mess this up. I have plenty of time of course, first I have to book and pass my theory test. Given my current track record with written exams (mediocre, to say the least), I’m also going to have to find some time to thoroughly revise for that, too.
Basically, I’m screwed.