Tales from my
HERALD CLASSIC 125
My Herald 125 Classic
A retrospective look at the motorcycle MOD 1 Test 2020
BGT's magician/stuntman semi-finalist Matthew Stirling talks about his experience taking the MOD 1 test, earlier that day. Also since the sun was shining, it seemed the perfect opportunity to pull out the DJI and capture some drone footage of our motorcycles. Turned out to be Matt’s last ride on his Mutt Fat Sabbath before picking up his Triumph Bobber Black!
Welcome to The Biking Actor
Here’s a quick introduction to who I am and what my channel is about. If you’re new to biking, like myself, I hope you’ll enjoy the motorcycle videos and find them useful. If you’re interested in getting into showbiz, then maybe my Audition Tapes will help add some light on the industry and maybe also provide some needed light entertainment.
Herald Classic 125 - Issues I've Had
I've owned my Herald Classic 125 for over 3 years now, and fortunately I've only ever had 3 issues with the bike. The main one's being when the bike stalled on the A41 mid ride, (a tad scary!) and the other when the bike wouldn't start at all; no power to the bike despite a brand new battery. I love this motorcycle, and if you're a new rider and thinking of getting one of these, then maybe this will be useful. Get out there and have fun!
S*** keeps falling off my bike! Tales of my Herald 125 Classic
Adventures on my Herald 125 Classic. I've been using my little 125 a bit more recently now that lockdown has eased, and I've discovered some bolts and screws on the bike don't like the vibrations, and have decided to jump ship! Stuff keeps falling off my bike!!! Plus I take a quick look at cameras for motorcycle blogging. Do you need to spend the big money on a GoPro?
Make sure your CBT documents are completed correctly.
Matt recalls his disappointment when he found out that the company he had used to take his CBT, had failed to complete his CBT documents to the correct and professional standard. This resulted in him being unable to take his MOD 1 when it was initially booked. So please make sure your check your documents when you pass your CBT as they need to complete all the information required. Thankfully, Matt passed when he returned!
Motorcycle Mounting Positions using a GoPro and Delkin Fat Gecko
I've been meaning to do this for a while. I'd like to film more motorcycle videos, but what are the best mounting positions to capture your motorcycle by yourself? That was my challenge! Sure, with a friend you can film some amazing shots whilst you ride around. But how can you do this on your own, since you can't always involve others every time you want to make a video. Here I used a GoPro Hero 5, using it's inbuilt stabilization, mounted to a tripod that was in turn mounted to a Delkin Fat Gecko. The Gecko is attached via 3 suction pads to the tank, so pretty secure. The tripod is needed to extend the camera further away from the motorcycle. Unfortunately, the shots are still too shaky for my liking; so I will do the same again, only next time I'll use a gimbal and see how that helps with the shaking. It was a useful experiment. Some shots I like, others not so much, but the one used as the Video still is exactly what I was after! Just need it to be more stable!