Marcus McCormick brings a lifetime of motorcycle riding experience to Video Biker. From his early Yamaha FS1E to the current BMW S100RR and with more than thirty five years on two wheels, Marcus has ridden everything in between. Professionally, Marcus recently retired from 30 years of police service – 24 years of which as a traffic motorcyclist and 10 years as a motorcycle instructor at the police driving school. Currently, Marcus is an examiner for both RoSPA and IAM, along with national BikeSafe responsibilities and continues to teach advanced riding skills as one of the UK’s most sought after freelance motorcycle instructors.
On the subject of biking, Marcus said, “Motorcycles are not inherently dangerous but are intolerant of ignorance and stupidity – resulting in them biting back! Used properly they are an exhilarating form of transport and you get to meet great folk along the way. One simple rule: never ride faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.”
Living & loving motorcycles
Marcus ‘lives and loves motorcycles. He expresses his annoyance at the ignorance surrounding motorcycling – of the horror stories and the under-skilled idiots showing off, with the resulting unnecessary statistics. He further expresses his concerns for parents who desperately don’t want their children to ride a motorcycle, without appreciating how the risks are drastically reduced through training and rider responsibility.
Marcus began his own biking career at the age of five, riding a monkey bike on Morecambe beach. From that moment Marcus was hooked and since, has never been without a bike. His road riding started in 1980, as a starry eyed 16 year old with an FS1E and as the law allowed, moving swiftly on to larger motorcycles. He comments, “remember back in those days you could ride a 250 on L plates and take passengers!”
On the subject of motorcycle ownership, he said, “I couldn’t possibly name all the bikes I’ve owned but they include: Honda 250 Superdream (yes it was me!), Honda 400/4, Kawasaki Z1000J, Yamaha 1000 Exup, Triumph T595 and a Yamaha R1 (x3). Along with my current BMW S1000RR (my second one) and I also own a Suzuki 650 Bandit S which I use for testing.”
Marcus has instructed on track for Kawasaki, at BMW rider skills days and also for the European Superbike School. He also raced a Honda CB500 in the Thundersport series for a couple of years before injury forced him out!
Articles & updates by Marcus McCormick
The most challenging road based motorcycle course! Without doubt the most challenging road based motorcycle course you can undertake is a police riding course. This article discusses the normal syllabus of police rider training – which may not be what you had expected. My force was West Midlands and we had a policy where your […]
When you film in Snowdonia in September you are truly in the hands of Zeus and given the rain that joined us these five days, we wondered if Poseidon had thrown in a bucket or two for good measure. Our mission in the Snowdonia National park was to film advanced motorcycle skills at the highest […]