This blog will be about the life and experiences of an active motorcycle courier in the UK who rides all over the UK and into western Europe. http://www.sdsamotorcyclecouriers.co.uk

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Belgium Courier delivery short notice

Last Thursday my wife had an appointment at hospital so I dropped her off and got some other jobs done then I parked outside to wait for her to call me to pick her up. At about 11am my phone rang, it was one of my clients wanting to know if I could make a delivery to Belgium today, I explained where I was and asked her to email the details across and when I got back I would send her a quote, but yes subject to being able to book the Eurotunnel crossings it could be done.

When we got home the email was waiting for me so I checked Eurotunnel first and then created the quote which I passed onto her over the phone, she had to get it authorized and said she would get back to me. About 30 minutes later I got the call that the quote was acceptable and that she would like to proceed.

It took a short while to prepare the paperwork, get the addresses into the GPS and make the Eurotunnel reservations and then I was on my way.

The package was collected at about 2:30pm, next stop Eurotunnel at Folkestone about 140 miles or so. I stopped at the services on the M20 which are about 2 miles before the Eurotunnel to top off the fuel and then headed to the terminal.

There were delays at the terminal because the check in booths had broken down so check in was being done manually, thought I was going to miss my crossing but they got me onto it and I arrived in France at about 6pm local time.

So I headed north towards Breda, the roads were pretty quiet at the time and the road works that had been there two weeks ago between Calais and Dunkirk were all finished, no more pot holes and no delays. The delivery was to a small village about 20 miles off the motorway roughly between Breda and Ghent and I must admit it was interesting actual finding the delivery address because there were road works in the village and some roads were closed but I found it.

On arrival there was no one there at the workshop, this was about 8:40pm but I had the recipient’s phone number so I called him and he arrived about 9pm, once he had signed for the package I was on my way again back to Calais.

The ride back was glorious, the roads were really quiet and for a good 45 minutes I was riding into a really beautiful sunset and for once it was really pleasant between Ostend and Calais. The ride back was going so well that I hoped I might be in time for an earlier crossing on Eurotunnel than the one I had booked. I was just too late for the 10:50 departure and there was no 11:20 crossing so I had over an hour to wait before the 11:50 crossing.

I arrived back in Folkestone at about 11:30pm local time and started to head home with a brief stop at Stansted services on the M11 for a cuppa. I think I arrived home at about 2:15am and then took the dogs for a short walk then fell into bed after a 555 mile trip.

Ride safe

Dave

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Just Had Another Good Run To Holland

I have just had another good run over to Holland, went on the 16th June and came back on 17th June, for once the weather was dry, although very windy between Calais and Ostend on the outbound trip, but once I started to turn inland after Brugge the wind died down a lot.

About 12 miles outside Tilburg on the motorway I got nicked by a car, I was in the inside lane and all of a sudden heard a crunch, a car had come onto my offside and clipped my left mirror pod with his/her wing mirror, my mirror pod lost the battle and got smashed on the tarmac, fortunately that was the only damage and I was able to stop safely on the hard shoulder to inspect the damage.

The trip back was uneventful and the delivery was made in good time.

For anyone going across to Europe in the next week or so and heading north, be aware there are a lot of road works between Calais and Dunkirk at the moment, worth keeping in mind if you are on a deadline!

I got a second hand mirror pod off Struan at A1 Honda in Stamford this morning and I am going to spray both mirror Pod’s matt black this weekend and then we will be ready for whatever next weeks brings.

All the best

Dave

Monday, 31 May 2010

ST1100 Heli Bars

Are you an ST1100 owner, do you struggle sometimes on longer trips, could you do with a more upright seating position to improve comfort?




The answer could be to fit a set of Heli Bars to your bike, I used these on my last ST and found a great improvement because you can raise the bars by up to 3 inches and can also set them back by as much as 3 inches.

I had them fitted to a non ABS bike so the hoses and cables were fine, not sure if the same hold true for the ANS model.

As far as I am aware, these bars are no longer manufactured by Heli Modified in the US and are becoming very rare indeed. Having said this I have just listed set on ebay.co.uk so if you want a set now is the time to go and grab them.

Brief description:

Part number: MTS (95-02)
Condition: used

These Heli Bars come complete with the bar end thread inserts fitted, so you don’t have to go and source them or wreck your original bars trying to get them out. Have also included a pair of bar end weights and a RAM ball mount for a GPS in the sale.




You can find them here:
ST1100 Heli Bars on ebay.co.uk

Here is what they look like fitted:


These Heli Bars will be on ebay.co.uk for a week.

Best regards

Dave

Friday, 28 May 2010

SKDC B2B 2010

SDSA Motorcycle Couriers will be at the SKDC B2B event again this year to be held at the Mere’s Centre in Grantham on 9th June 2010 between 12 noon and 7PM.

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be a motorcycle courier or would simply like to learn more about the work and what it involves this is your chance to come and have a chat.

Do you use courier services for your important documents or consignment’s and would like to know what a dedicated same day courier service could do for your business, then this is your opportunity to come and talk to us.

SDSA Motorcycle Couriers specialise in the same day transportation of confidential material, delivering throughout the UK and into Western Europe.

The motorcycle will be on display and I will be manning the stall so I look forward to meeting you.

More information about the event can be found on SKDC’s website here.

Best regards

Dave

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Unleaded Price Shock

I was returning back from a job to central London about 8PM last evening and decided to stop at my favourite hot dog wagon for a bite and a cuppa, it's located at South Mimms services and offers what I think is the best road side food at the best prices.

Now in complete contrast, the BP garage about 100 meters away caught my eye with their fuel prices, I was astounded - £1.28-9 per liter. That's £5.86-49 per gallon ouch!

(apologies for the quality of the photo)

Is this the highest priced unleaded in the UK or have you seen it higher, at this rate prices here will soon be comparable to those in Europe?

Let everyone know here of you have seen it higher.

Cheers

Dave

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Repairs, New Boots and a Rant!

Well as you may have read recently I have been looking for a new collector box and down pipes for my ST1100 as it had been starting to sound a bit louder than normal, not unpleasant but the noise was indication of problems.

I had checked many web sites for a set of replacements and found prices ranging from about £400 to £209, also add to these prices the cost of fitting and it adds up. Because I rely on my bike for my work I always get major work done by the guys at A1 Honda in Stamford, maybe that’s why I have never experienced a breakdown.

However on this occasion I decided to have a closer inspection of the problem before I took the plunge and ordered the new items. I started the bike and then got underneath it to feel where the blowing was coming from by using my fingers to fee the exhaust gasses, once the blowing was located I gave the collector box a good clean off with a wire brush and found one small hole and a small spilt, about 2cm long, both in the same area near a weld. The rest of the collector box was sound although covered in a layer of rust.

Back to the interweb again to do some searching for a way to repair these holes and I came across this product:

Quiksteel Thermosteel Exhaust Repair kit

Which can be ordered here?

http://www.repairproducts.co.uk/page41.htm

I chose this because it stands very high temperatures and is sold for manifold repairs, it also comes with a small piece of fibreglass matting which is ideal for covering the split I had found. Fitting this repair was easy and once I was happy with it out came the hot air blower (Shalini’s hair dryer) to help the repair to start to set. Then I left it for a couple of hours and then went and started the bike because this stuff hardens with heat. I was happy to discover I had a very quiet bike again.

This repair will get a good test this weekend as I have some 720 miles to cover between Sunday and Monday.

I have decided to get some very high temperature paint from Halfords next week and then I will give the whole collector box a good clean off with the wire brush and then give it a couple of coats of paint, will also use this on the silencers as well after cleaning off the winter corrosion. As I always say” prevention is better than cure” and it also can save you a lot of money!

On a different subject, after 9 years a heaven knows how many miles in everything the British weather can throw at a motorcyclist my Frank Thomas boots finally gave up and started leaking, not nice when you are in Calais and still have 170 miles to go to get home. So off I went to Hein Gericke in Peterborough, I knew what I wanted, they had to be Gortex to allow for all year round use and I was pleasantly surprised to find a great pair, right size and all the features I was looking for, on offer at £99.00, reduced from £159.00, how lucky was that! Of course I snapped them up.

Finally I have new back tyre going on next week as it's almost worn out, will be fitting a Bridgestone BT021 again, brilliant all weather tyre which has given me just over 10,000 miles. So it will be of to A1 Honda to have this fitted by the guys, mustn't forget the doughnuts!

Now I am going to get on my soap box and I am not going to apologise for it, with the better weather arriving again a lot of bikes are coming out of hibernation as the fair weather riders hit the streets again. Now I have no problem with this at all, if you choose only to ride in good weather that’s fine, it’s your right. What I do have a problem with is the idiot’s who choose to use the roads in the built up areas as drag strips, I hear them screaming up and down Edinburgh road here in Stamford, why god only knows as they are only about a mile away from the A1. If you are one of these “screamers” reading this, tell me one thing:

If you are travelling at 50mph plus and a child, OAP, dog, cat or whatever decides to step out in front of you what are you going to do – most likely injure them or even kill them, the speed limit is 30mph for a reason, stay below it and save your speed for either a track or major road!

Nuff said

Ride safe

Dave

Friday, 2 April 2010

Taking Your Bike to Europe on Eurotunnel

I though it might be useful to pass on a few tips that I have learnt over the last few years when taking the bike across to Europe on the Eurotunnel.

Well why choose Eurotunnel over the many ferry services available, for me speed of crossing is paramount so there is just no comparison with the other services. Another problem you have if go by sea is that your bike could be damaged as a result of rough sea, not good. You don’t get this problem on a train going under the sea, the only movement you will feel is when the train gets about half way and crosses over a junction in the tracks – no bother!

With a crossing time of approximately 35 minutes, there is just enough time to reset your watch, clock on the bike, have a sandwich and stroll round and have a stretch and then you are on your way again.

I always book on line as it’s quick and easy and your confirmation arrives in minutes by e-mail. However, make sure you take the card you used to make the online booking with you when you go to the Eurotunnel.

If you are approaching along the M20, I would advise you turn off at the Ashford turn and follow the signs for the Superstore and fill up your tank there, fuel over here is a hell of a lot cheaper here than on mainland Europe.

When you leave the Superstore, get yourself back on the M20 and you only have about 10 miles to go before you turn off for the Eurotunnel.

Unless you have booked a Flexi pass head for one of the check in terminals with a green cross above it, all you need now is the card you used to make your reservation with, the automatic check in procedure is pretty painless, just follow the on screen prompts, insert your car and put it back in your wallet when its spat back out.

If you have arrived earlier than your reserved crossing, nine times out of ten you will be offered an earlier crossing at no charge, the same goes if you arrive late, in my experience there is a two hour window in operation, so you can either be up to 2 hours early or 2 hours late. I do not say this is standard Eurotunnel practice and should not be taken as gospel.

At the end of the check in process the machine will spit a Hanger (ticket) out for you, it will have a latter on it, remember this letter you will need it later, and then stuff the hanger in your pocket.

Your next stop will be the UK Border control, have your passport handy, makes life easier, once through there you will hit the French Border control, passport time again and then you are on your way. Keep an eye on the overhead signs and follow the motorcycle symbol. Eventually you will arrive at another checkpoint and they will ask you for your hanger letter, if you have remembered it so much the better as you won’t have to through your pockets to find it. You will then be told which lane to go and park in until called forward.

Now if it’s sunny, sit back on the grass and enjoy it, if it’s raining sit back and suffer it, you will soon be in the warm and dry of the train.

If you notice cars staring to move off from other lanes don’t worry, bikes are always loaded last.

Once you get called forward just follow the directions and green arrows and you won’t get lost, you will find yourself going down a steep ramp to the train, at this point you may be asked to wait to one side while they continue to load more cars, then you eventually you will be called forward.

If it’s wet take it easy as you ride onto the train, you are riding onto a metal ramp and it is slippery sometimes. You may also be asked to ride on either the left or right side of the train by the operative, head what he/she tells you.

While riding through the train keep your feet up as there are metal fixings sticking up that make your toes hurt of you smack into one, I know I did it on first trip – ouch!

When you get to your allotted space, usually the last one in a carriage you will either be asked to park at 45 degrees across the carriage with your front wheel against the kerb and in 1st gear, or you will be brought so you are parallel with the kerb and then asked to turn the wheel into the kerb and 1st gear again, personally I prefer the first method, leaves more room for your side stand and seems more secure when the train goes over the junction half way through the crossing.


If it’s been wet I put my helmet over the blowers at the side, you can see it in the picture and it helps to dry out those parts that have got wet.

Now you have some time to do whatever you want, there are toilets on the train in every third carriage. As I said earlier I use this time to have a bite to eat and a drink, change my clocks and GPS data card over.

When you get the other end get your gear back on and be ready because they don’t take their time when unloading, and don’t forget to engage NEUTRAL!! And very important, ride on the wrong side of the road, when overtaking check your left mirror! I find that drivers over there are very good at pulling back in after overtaking on the motorways, you won’t see a lot of outside lane hogging over there.

Coming back is a reverse of the process, but I have found of late the French Border Controls are paying particular attention to bikes for some reason, out of the last 3 trips I have been pulled over and searched twice.


Waiting to board on the French side, yes it had been raining!

Once you arrive back in the UK there is a petrol station on your right as you come down the ramp towards the M20.

So there you go it’s easy and quick and really is a good gateway to Europe.

Couple of other things: always carry your licence, insurance and log book with you and have a wadge of Euro’s in case you meet those nice police men.

Just came across this video of bikes goning on and off the Eurotunnel on Youtube posted by Advancedbiker back in 2008 - enjoy



Ride safe

Dave

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

One Hour Notice Same Day Delivery to Antwerp

Yes this is what occurred yesterday, at around 9:30 AM we received a request from a new client in east London who required a same day delivery to central Antwerp.

First step was to book the Eurotunnel crossings then get the paperwork done, within less than an hour I was on the road, didn’t think I would be using Eurotunnel’s services quite so soon after the last trip, last Friday!

Arrived at the clients address and got loaded up, a top box and one panniers worth, then I was on my way to Folkestone, about 30 miles out from Folkstone the heavens opened, seems to be a normal pattern for that part of the country! As always I turned off at Ashford to top the tank up at Sainsbury’s as the fuel is a lot cheaper over here – honest.

Arrived at the Eurotunnel terminal and enjoyed the rain (almost broke into a song - singing in the rain) as I stood there waiting to board. After a short while we boarded the train and off we went, but stopped after about half a mile for about ten minutes, why I don’t know, but eventually we got underway.

Disembarked at Calais at around 5pm European time and headed off towards Dunkirk, Gent and then Antwerp, turned off the E17 just after leaving the Kennedy Tunnel and soon found myself in down town Antwerp, good time for tram dodging!

I must admit, I did make a couple of wrong turns but eventually found the drop off address, buried in what can only be described as a rabbit warren but the delivery was made so job done.

Now to get myself out of Antwerp and back into familiar territory, the E17 approaching the Kennedy Tunnel.

The weather when I arrived earlier at Calais can only be described as perfect, nice and mild, dry and light wind, would this last, I know not! About 30 miles out of Calais the temperature dropped noticeably, and then came the familiar patter of light rain on the visor, soon to be replaced by the hammering of a horrendous downpour. Usually these downpours last for a few miles then tend to peter out, not this one, at least 25 miles of severe rain and very high wind, visibility severely impaired by the volume of water running off the visor. Hey I even got wet feet, I know my boots don’t leak, what had happened that the rain had risen up inside my waterproof suit trousers and then run down inside the boots – yuk.

Eventually I made the Eurotunnel at Calais after what I have to admit were some of the scariest riding conditions I have ever experienced.

On arrival at check in at Eurotunnel I was in no mood for anything going wrong but it did, the check in machine wouldn’t accept my debit card or my booking reference so I called for assistance, only to be informed that I had arrived a full 24 hours early for my reservation, what a plonker, in the rush in the morning to make the reservations I had accepted the default date for the return journey which is always the day after departure. I explained this to the voice on the help line and they laughed and amended my reservation free of charge, so thank you for that.

Now it was time for more standing in the rain waiting to board, after about 20 minutes we did board and this time had an uneventful crossing. So now the last leg of the journey, about 160 miles to go, with a planned stop at Stansted services on the M11 for a cuppa, which turned out to be hot soup and bacon toastie, yummy.

Eventually arrived home at about 1AM after having covered 602 miles, for some reason my bed felt especially good when I crawled into it.

All the best and safe riding

Dave

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Total Turn Indicator Failure

Do you believe in a coincidence?

On my recent trip to Holland I stopped just after I had crossed the French – Belgium border to use the loo at a service area. When I came back to the bike I noticed the right mirror pod was hanging by its retention strap, someone must have knocked it off!

On the ST1100 the mirror pod also houses the turn indicator and wiring, when the pod had been knocked off the wires had come our of the indicator bulb socket, so I reconnected them and refitted the POD and then tried the indicators, sadly no go.

I decided to proceed on my way to Tilburg in Holland and on arrival at the hotel gain access to the fuse box to see if the indicator circuit fuse had blown, hoping that the fuses were clearly marked.

The journey up to Tilburg went fine using hand signals, fortunately it was dry and on arrival at the hotel I was able to park directly under a light. So I checked in made my self a cuppa and then went back down to the bike to have a look at the fuse.

On the ST1100 to access the fuse box you need to remove the left pannier and seat and then remove the left side panel which isn’t too much of a problem as long as you have tools, fortunately I always carry a tool kit and I was soon looking at the fuse box, just next to the battery.

It was clearly marked on the fuse box lid that the stop light and indicators shared the same 10amp fuse, so I switched on the ignition and depressed the foot brake, the stop lamp lit up which proved that the fuse was ok, at this point something inside told me to physically check the fuse anyway just in case some previous owner had reconfigured the wiring, a last ditch hope really – the fuse was fine. So I reassembled everything and gave up and resigned myself to the fact that the return journey next morning to UK would be done with hand signals.

Later I spoke to my wife, Shalini on the phone and explained what had happened and that I though the flasher unit had most probably given up, but what a coincidence that it should give up the ghost at the same time as the mirror pod was knocked off.

The trip back to UK, some 360 miles or so was uneventful, although my left shoulder was really painful after putting my arm out into the air flow to make turn signals (remember I broke my left collar bone last year), but main things was we got home safe and sound.

If I say it was like riding naked not having indicators I am sure you will know what I mean.

Later that afternoon I rang A1 Honda in Stamford, my local Honda dealer and explained what had occurred and they requested me to take the bike into them first thing Saturday morning which I did.

It turns out the fault was a broken wire, this wire was on the left side of the bike and not physically connected to the mirror pod, so the fact that the mirror pod was knocked off could not had had any effect on the wire, so there is the coincidence, but now the indicators are fully functional again and riding is a whole lot safer.

At this point I would like to express my special thanks to the team at A1 Honda, on numerous occasions now they have fitted the bike in for repair at very short notice and have always done an excellent job at a very reasonable price, in fact this is twice this year they have done short notice repairs for me, the first incidence was about a month ago when I realised that my fork seals had popped, think this must have occurred as a result of a meeting with a pot hole in the road.

The guys at A1 Honda fully understand how crucial it is to have the bike in tip top order when you are a courier and having their backup is real a real comfort.

If you live in the South Lincolnshire area I would really recommend you either talk or go and visit the team at A1 Honda for all things to do with Honda motorcycles, you can find them on Broad Street in Stamford or on the web at:

http://www.a1honda.co.uk/

All the best and safe riding

Dave

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Will be returning from the Wirral to Stamford

I will be in the Heswall area of the Wirral tomorrow 22 March around 2:30pm and could offer a delivery along my return route to Stamford. My primary return route is marked in blue however, I could divert via Wolverhampton or Birmingham on my way back if required or alternatively take the M62 which would take me through the Manchester and Leeds areas along the route.

I have placed a route map below, if I can help you can contact me through the details shown on my web site: http://www.sdsamotorcyclecouriers.co.uk




Best regards

Dave

Holland again next week

I will be riding over to Tilburg in Holland again this week on the 25th March 2010, I will be empty and could carry out a delivery if anyone requires at any of the major towns along the route between Calais and Tilburg, Calais, Dunkirk, Brugge, Gent, Antwerp, Breda or Tilburg. Alternatively a deliivery could be made anywhere between Peterborough and Folkstone as long as the delivery allows me to make my crossing on Eurotunnel at 14:20.

Collection could be made along the route between Peterborough and Folkstone on my way to the Channel Tunnel.

I can carry small packages, documents or anything else that can fit on a motorcycle, for details of dimensions please follow this link:

Package dimensions

I have placed a route map below:



Best regards

Dave

Can anyone help?

Hi,

the collector box on my ST1100 is just showing signs of sarting to expire on me, this is a known fault on the ST1100 as it's made of mild steel and is very exposed to the elements.

So before it goes it would be good to source a good used set of (perferably Motad) down pipes with collector box in stainless steel.

So if anyone has or knows of any in a good used condition I would be very keen to hear from them in the near future.

This one of the few known guranteed failures on the ST1100, the others are the silencers will rot and so does the rear swing arm, sadly Mr Honda decided to make them out of mild steel.

I my humble opinion it would be great if Mr Honda would start production of this great motorcycle again, who knows we can live in hope!

All the best and safe riding

Dave

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Fuel Prices in Holland

We moan and complain about our fuel prices over here in the UK, well spare a thought for those in Holland. I was over there last week and had to fill up in Tilburg ready for the trip back to the UK the next morning, I was astounded, the unleaded over there worked out to £1.41 per litre, scary!

I need a bigger fuel tank on the Pan which will give me a range of about 400 miles, trouble is I don't know where it would fit on the bike.

There is one upside to prices over the other side of the channel though, the tobacco is nice and cheap, 49 Euro for 10 50 gram Samson about half price compared to here.

All the best and ride safe

Dave

Saturday, 13 February 2010

2012 Olympic Games – Courier Services

Yes, the UK are hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and in preparation for this there is much activity going on in the background right now. The business opportunities are vast for both large and small businesses, there are countless numbers of buyers seeking service providers, contractors and all manner of different types of suppliers.

Virtually all of these contracts that are being awarded for services all require tenders to be submitted, this is where SDSA Motorcycle Couriers can help you, we will take your tenders to the awarding authorities within the deadlines, thus helping you to be with a real chance of securing the contract you are seeking.

We can also deliver or collect any documents you need, deliver proofs, parts, name badges, in fact anything that will safely fit in our motorcycle luggage.

During on site construction things can and do go wrong and therefore spare parts or replacements are need quickly before work can recommence, we can deliver those parts in a fast and safe manner for you.

SDSA Motorcycle Couriers services cover the Greater Peterborough and East Midlands area but are happy to travel further afield if required.

Don't lose out on the huge opportunites associated with this event, use the services of a dedicated same day motorcycle courier.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Your Tender Document – What’s it worth to you?

So what is your tender document worth to you in terms of cost so far and potential earnings for your business? A valid question, especially when you are thinking about the cost of sending it to whoever you are tendering with.

Let’s take a step back in time, you or one of your team have identified a project that could bring your business more work along with huge potential earnings now and into the future securing the long term future for your firm and your employees.

Right so the project has been identified and you really want to win that contract for the reasons mentioned above. So now the tendering process starts, you set a team to work, investigating all the data, facts and figures that are needed for compilation into the final tender document that will finally be submitted to the organisation inviting tenders for the contract.

It’s not unusual for many weeks or even months of man hours to be expended in preparing tender documents; this in itself represents a huge cost that has to be recouped, hopefully by you winning that contract.

There will be a deadline for submission of tenders for the contract, so now you have to decide how you will get the tender to the recipient, there are many choices including the standard mail system, next day couriers but these have potential flaws, your document could be delayed or even lost by either of these methods for any of a multitude of reasons including lightning strikes by postal workers.

You could of course take the tender in person but again this would be costing time and money, while you or your employee is spending time delivering the tender, they will not be doing the task you actually pay them to do.

This is were our dedicated motorcycle courier service steps in to help, we are fully aware of the meaning of deadlines and the potential losses that could be incurred if they are not met.

From you initially contacting us for your no obligation quote we start planning the delivery, we need to ensure there is sufficient time allowed for meeting the deadline and will advise you of this, we will take into account any major road works along the route or any other problems that could cause delays and find ways of avoiding them.

If the deadline is first thing in the morning we would advise that we collect the documents the night before the deadline, it’s not unusual for us to be on the road at 5AM to meet a 9AM deadline in Newcastle, whatever it takes we will do to ensure the deadline is met and your tender is safely delivered.

For your peace of mind, as soon as the document has been signed for by the recipient we will call you to let you know that the job has been completed.

We would urge you when getting courier quotes for delivery of you tender that you first of all only use a dedicated courier and do not get overly concerned by the cost, yes it may be a few hundred pounds depending on the distances involved, but when you weigh it up against the cost of producing the document and the potential loss if it doesn’t get delivered, then the courier costs pales into insignificance and finally, remember, you are using the services of a dedicated courier which means that it’s almost certain that he will be returning empty after making your delivery.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

What Is a Dedicated Courier Service?

Imagine having a courier that provides his services exclusively to you for the amount of time that you need. During this time he does not work for any other entity, his time and effort are all yours and yours alone. Whilst he is on the road making your deliveries he will be carrying only your documents or items, he will not be carrying work for anyone else. In fact you could rightly consider a dedicated courier as an on call partner, there when you need him to provide a crucial service that could make the difference between meeting deadlines or securing high value contracts for your business or losing them.

This is precisely the service that SDSA Motorcycle Couriers provides to their clients, we work on this dedicated basis, we do not carry packages or items for many clients at the same time, we only carry yours. You may be thinking why do we work like this, since our formation back in August 2006 we recognised that there was a need for a dedicated motorcycle courier service that could deliver highly sensitive documents or data media in a fast and secure manner.

By working in this dedicated way we can 100% assure our clients that their vital documents or packages can never get lost, misplaced or delayed for any reason. This is primarily because our clients items are always delivered by the same courier that collects them, we do not have depots dotted around the country where items are transferred from vehicle to vehicle for onward transmission. Our service is truly point to point by the fastest route possible. Also keep in mind, that by only carrying your items there can be no temptation to deviate from the route to deliver another client's items along the route which of course could cause delays or even a wrong document could be delivered to the wrong recipient.

Security is also of paramount importance when carrying sensitive items such as data media, tenders or anything else that is of a highly confidential nature. This is precisely why we do not take the opportunity of advertising while we are working by having livery or logo's on our motorcycles so as not to attract attention to our activities. If you saw one of our motorcycles on the road, you would not know that it was a courier going about his business, he is just another motorcyclist as far as the public are concerned. Our motorcycles are also fitted with secure and lockable luggage, not the strapped on type of luggage, our luggage is purpose made and becomes an integral part of the motorcycle which offers the highest levels of security and weather protection for your items.

Communication is also an extremely important part of our service which is why all of our riders are equipped with hands free answering facilities in their helmets allowing them to take your call whilst on the road. You may be calling to check on progress or for any other reason, but we do know that this offers additional peace of mind to our clients.

I hope this has explained what a dedicated motorcycle courier is all about, if you have any questions or would like to discuss having a work done for you do not hesitate to get in touch.

Best regards

Dave

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

First Motorcycle Courier Job Since The Snow Cleared

After just over a month off the bike because of the Christmas and New Year Break and of course the snow that covered most of the country we have finally completed the first job in just over a month.

It was good to get back on the road after so long and I am pleased to say the bike performed perfectly.

The first leg was quite miserable owing to the rain which was almost constant for the first 260 miles which involved deliveries in Birmingham and Abingdon. It was nice to arrive at the Days Inn at junction 8A on the M40 around 10PM for an overnight stop.

First job, get the heating on in the room and pile up the damp stuff for drying overnight and then a nice long hot shower.

Got up in the morning and was relieved to see there was no rain, all the kit was dry on the heater so went and had a unhurried breakfast, got some fuel and set out on the second leg of this job, deliveries in Southampton and the City of London.

You know it's amazing how fuel prices vary around the country, at our local Morrissons it's 110.9p a liter, at the Oxford services when I filled up it was 118.9p (BP), then at the Stansted services just off the M11 it was 117.9p (Shell) per liter.

Traffic was slow in London as I got nearer to the Thames because Hammersmith Bridge was closed and it was causing traffic to back up a bit.



Well another job completed, a happy client and another 522 miles on the bike.

Safe riding

Dave