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2017 is already coming to an end and it seems time flies by faster every year!

As always there have been plenty of adventures for B.I.K.E.R.S. Training throughout the year. We’re delighted our colleagues from the Police Service of Northern Ireland BikeSafe Team invited us to continue our attendance of the annual ‘Northern Ireland’s Motorcycle Festival’ on the outskirts of Lisburn. And so we kicked off the year with a new exhibition stand carrying the BikeSafe Team and FBoS Logos and Images, giving it a more professional look.

Thanks to our friends at The Irish Motorcyclists’ Association for inviting us to their stand at ‘The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show’ in the RDS in March. Overlanders & Adventure Motorcycles Ireland asked us to attend the open day at their premises in Gorey as well as their ‘Touratech Travel Event’ event at Glenmalure in the Wicklow Mountains. We also found ourselves unexpectedly invited to the Horizon’s Unlimited Travel Event outside of Enniskillen for a presentation on all things FBoS. People from all parts of the world attended both events and some interesting exchanges were made.

Events 2018

February 2nd – 4th                           Northern Irelands Motorcycle Festival, Lisburn

February 24th / 25th                                   Monster Motorcycle Show, Cork

While visiting the ‘TT’ in the Isle of Man, Rodge spread the word about FBoS. And during the summer months he took the FBoS Bike on a number of First Aid Duties supporting charity cycle races and marathons around the country. At the recent ‘Motorcycle Live’ exhibition in Birmingham, he also had the privilege of meeting the new head of the UK BikeSafe Team.

We still have our column in the Bike Buyers Guide and Principal Insurance continues to provide a discount to anyone who successfully passes FBoS. Earlier in the year they also ran a course for their staff and it was great meeting the whole team.

The newly formed community group at Bikers Shed in County Kildare has just organised our biggest FBoS course in Ireland to date. After a busy day we were surprised with a presentation of a beautiful plaque. Whether we provide courses for individuals or groups, it really is amazing how much voluntary work and fundraising is done by bikers!

Courses 2018

January 10th / 11th                            Abbeyfeale, Co. Kerry (fully booked)

January 28th                                      Ardee, Co. Louth

February 11th                                    Dublin

February 18th                                    Ennis, Co. Clare

March 10th                                         Kildangan, Co. Kildare

March 24th                                         Tralee, Co. Kerry

March 25th                                          Cork

April 14th                                             Gorey, Co. Wexford

April 15th                                                    Waterford

April 28th                                               UK

April 29th                                               UK (fully booked)

May 19th                                                Castlebar, Co. Mayo

May 20th                                                Galway

June 9th                                                 Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

June 10th                                                Antrim

June 23rd                                               Cavan

June 24th                                               Portlaoise, Co. Laois

While there seemed to be fewer FBoS members attending accidents this year, the number of fatalities and accidents has unfortunately stayed much the same. The majority of people giving feedback, find the skills to be the most useful and view expressed that the course should be compulsory for all bikers / road users. With this in mind we are heading into 2018 to continue teaching live saving skills and hopefully make a difference to someone.

Again Thank You for your support!

With best wishes for a quiet and safe Christmas and New Year,

Rodge, Nick and Berni