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2012 update - Now filming with three cameras

A new innovation for Advanced Motorcycle Training. Com  was the introduction in 2002 of on board video.  Just think of the possibilities, having your riding recorded on video.  Have it discussed whilst out on the road, then keep a copy to show your mates, if you dare.

Copies made in the DVD format is the most popular and on a day course you will receive 3 DVD's. You never known you may appear on Youtube.......
On Board Video System

In 2010 I sold my old trusty VFR 800 and bought myself a BMW R1200GS.

The challenge - To reinstall the video cameras and recording equipment. Well despite all the issues raised on forums about the BM's Canbus it went very well and I ended up with the present set up.

  The front mounted camera is mounted on a Ram mount and is presently a 600 TVL Bullet camera which was sourced from R F Concepts.

The rear camera is a bullet camera, again secured with a Ram Mount.

A third camera is mounted on my helmet.

The cameras are powered from the BMW's electrical system via a voltage regulator. This has been mounted in an equipment box, which replaces the BMW's rear pillion seat. The box also doubles up as a radio box.

It works well, but I am thinking of getting a Pelicase to replace the present box.


Just updated -Still using a Sony camcorder mini dv - My HC 96 broke so it has been replaced with a PC 9E

The history of the on board motorcycle video system - The Story so far.......

The first video recorder was a new Sony Video GVD 800 Digital video Walkman, which was fixed in a tank bag, with instant playback through the 4" screen.  The system is working well and after a few pitfalls, i.e. battery failure things have now improved.  I have wired up all the systems to the bike battery.  All courses run by our Instructor/consultant are now videoed and your recorded footage from the day is then transferred to DVD or VHS. 

As I said earlier the use of this equipment is still under development, but the potential of such a valuable training aid has already been realised.  I have updated my camera purchased from R.F.Concepts www.rfconcepts.co.uk and the camera has now been mounted on the motorcycle. I am already in the process of looking towards updating the equipment and looking forward to 2010 as a further development year.  I have purchased a helmet camera mount fron a Canadian company, www.onboard.tv and will looking at new video techniques combining the front and helmet camera

UPDATE : Three cameras now fitted, one with a rear view, care of www.cameras4sports.co.uk .  When I first started using the video, there was limited information available of the subject.   I have purchased some lanc controllers, leads and the 2 way switch, off him and it has transformed the way I can now video the clients.

I am always looking on internet sites for various accessories and I came across this site the other day, Dogcamsports at www.dogcamsport.co.uk   I found it to be one of the most user friendly and most of all informative sites around, check it out. 

The Walkman is now connected to my Autocom, so you will get instant commentary and feed back whilst on the move.   This is then available whilst debriefing later when we stop and also when the footage is transferred to either DVD or VHS.


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Andy Morley - August 2008

Hi Nigel,

Firstly can I say thank you for your generosity in sending me the DVD.
I have watched it now twice (I will watch many more yet)...
Each time I have developed a little more in my techniques for riding.
I now fully use the bend lines and structures used for maintaining a clear
route through the bends. A correct and when suitable progressive speed
in the bends and above all much much safer in the process.

A few days ago I was riding around the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding
areas and made use of the techniques for overtaking. Whilst I believe I was
a suitably safe over taker favouring safety for a risky or questionable -
manoeuvre I have to accept I was not reading the road as well as I needed to
so, once again thank you.

I shall watch the DVD many times so every aspect of your training becomes
second nature I will (as you have already agreed) pass the DVD onto some friends
who I know will benefit as I have from the wisdom contained within.

I will close by once again thanking you, your You Tube videos and the DVD have
become a valuable tool in making me, and I hope many others safer and better riders.




I've just watched your DVD. You must be extremely pleased with it. It looks very professional. I liked the use of the sub-titles during the early rider examples, they really get the viewer evolved and watching for hazards and features  instead of just blankly staring at the screen and listening to the instructor tell everyone how great he is. I've seen a couple like that!

Rob Embleton (13.1.2008)

Hello Nigel,

DVD first class.  I really enjoyed the content and presentation of this video.  The expression "A picture paints a thousand words" is apt in situations where the nominal road position/speed is affected by early anticipation of hazards or to promote an early view when it is safe to do so. Here must be the ideal learning ground where situations can be analysed repeatedly without the student being exposed to actual physical harm........

If I were to adopt the position of a Non Advanced Rider/Driver, I would find the DVD inspirational and want to know more about the subject.  One of the most obvious features was the commentary.  It was precise, timely and most importantly, enthusiastic.
The section where there was a before and after examination of a rider's technique had relevance.  The courtesy aspect, so sadly lacking on our roads, although unseen, was mentioned after your overtake of the saloon and in my opinion adds the finishing touch. In short, I like it.

Kindest regards,
Michael ( March 2005 )


Hi Nigel,

Many thanks for the report I agree with all that you've described and that means we can have a really constructive day 2!
It was illuminating to watch me on DVD. I realise now the comment about making the tea. I was unsure at the time but figured I must have made a mistake, and then of course its clear on the footage how much I encroached the white line system when at the time I thought I'd missed it ever so neatly. I remember the moment but was misled to a degree by the break in the white line after the short resurface. Next time I should anticipate the warning arrows much better. Overall I was happy that I never encountered a bad moment in the whole day. But also overall I see from the DVD how very ‘jagged' the riding style is, and yes I can see this is all because of my one-bend-after-another method so I never really see a constructive and efficient line through the whole hazard set. That's what I'd like to work on next time, especially the confidence to take a strong road position and justify to myself why I'm doing it. Although I tend to be highly safely conscious am I sometimes over cautious in what can be a more progressive moment? I certainly noted the ‘don't cut in' moments on the bends and these all work into my fifty-pence piece style of cornering. And certainly the idea of concentrating on progressing not ever letting up is something that I need practice to achieve. So...lots and lots to improve on how to move from “good” Gold standard to “Very good” Gold standard? The new Pan is splendid so I'm looking to a fun day next time.
Cheers, Tom.

April 2005

Extract from Webbikeworld - United States  
  Actually, the practice of narrating the ride is also used by police automobile pursuit drivers.  It's a good practice, and I've been fortunate enough to witness how it works in real life, during a visit to the U.K.  If you'd like to see it for yourself, you can take the Advanced Motorcycle Training course from Nigel Bowers, an Advanced Skills Instructor based in Staffordshire.

And no, you don't have to be a resident to take the course - anyone is welcome, including us right-hand-side Yanks!  But if you can't make the trip, you can order one of Nigel's DVD's.  Every rider assessment is filmed, and it's used to point out corrections to the trainee.  Nigel sent a couple of DVD's over and I must say, they are a thrill to watch -- and I actually learned a thing or two!  The voice-over narration points out threats, approaches, strategies and tips.  It it once more drove home the importance of lane positioning for setting up the best sight lines to ensure the maximum awareness possible.  Many riders do not understand or use proper lane positioning to see around the bends, and the DVD illustrates how important this is.

July 2005



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