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Ready for my close up... Filming with Teapot One


Tense like a coiled spring... Funny how being filmed can make you nervous!

I keep checking my mirrors. I'm not feeling relaxed on the bike at all, trying to keep everything neat and flowing… by trying so hard it feels forced and artificial. No, I'm not doing another advanced riding exam - this is far more nerve-wracking. I'm being filmed by the rider behind me.


Back when I was on RiDE, we were contacted by a Met policeman who was going off to ride around the world... on a Suzuki GSX-R1000. Of course, we followed his progress. Fast-forward a few years and now Bruce Smart – aka Teapot One – is out of the police, working full-time as a motorcycle vlogger, podcaster and – coming soon – a TV presenter. And today, he's making a vlog... with me.


I meet Bruce in a petrol station. It's all glamour

We meet at a petrol station in Sudbury. We're here to ride – and film – one of the routes for the book I'm working on – the next Bikers' Britain-themed route book (due in the spring of 2022). This is the whole idea of the book: meet your mates and go for a rideout; all the routes start from petrol stations as convenient rendez-vous points, and so you can fill up before setting off. I’ve tested the route… for me. Now I’m testing it with another rider. Let’s hope Bruce likes it.


I've dabbled a bit with making videos and, frankly, it's hard work. I only have one GoPro, so if I want lots of shots, I have to keep stopping and moving it around. Then there’s the editing, which is sooooo time consuming – I just don’t have the patience for it.


Bruce Smart – aka Teapot One. Out, standing in his field

I’m blown away by Bruce’s kit. There are cameras everywhere. I have mine, mounted on the crash bars on my Honda Crosstourer, but Bruce has one on his helmet, one pointing at him from the bars of his BMW R1250GS, one pointing ahead of the bike and one pointing backwards. We pair our Bluetooth headsets so we can talk, but there are separate sound recorders to capture our conversation. This is complicated stuff.


The riding is more straightforward. We’re doing the Sudbury Loop (you can find it in the Southern England section of the Daytrips page). Cross town, with a bit of traffic all the way to Long Melford… and then we’re off, rattling through Clare and Lidgate and Moulton all the way to Newmarket.



Bruce does the flying while I get ready to do the riding

Well, I say “rattling” but we stop to do a bit of drone filming: Bruce standing by the roadside, flying the mini-helicopter camera device while I ride up and down. It’s not much different to a magazine photoshoot, though this is more about riding a nice stretch of road artificially slowly (the drone has a top speed of about 40mph so I can’t outpace it) whereas stills photography is about riding individual corners artificially quickly, to get more lean angle and make it look more exciting.


The A11/A14 seems to have been shut, with a million cars diverted through Newmarket – I’d hoped we might catch the racehorses crossing the road, which isn’t something you see anywhere else in the world – but instead it’s just a bit congested. So we stop for a coffee and cake before pressing on.


Outside Newmarket, the return leg to Sudbury is even quieter than the run up had been – there’s one short villagey stretch, another bit of road has been freshly stone-chipped, but it’s still a good ride. We do a bit more droneing, take a few more pictures. I’ve settled down and relaxed so

There's great riding in East Anglia, if you know where to look. This is my Sudbury Loop - filmed by Bruce's drone

I’m riding more naturally. It’s great to be out sharing the route with another rider, especially chatting as we go – something I don’t normally do (except to give directions or encouragement when I’m instructing).


Yes, two middle-aged men with adventure bikes...

We get back to the Sudbury petrol station and finish off the filming. “That’s a cracking ride,” says Bruce. “Some lovely stretches of road.” He gathers up the memory cards for all the cameras. I don’t envy him: the real work starts now, stitching it all together…


And now it’s done. “It was a beast to edit,” Bruce admits. But I think it’s worth it. Have a look for yourself – and let us know which routes you’d like to see us film next in the comments.




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11 févr. 2022

You both made it look so easy !

I enjoy both of your own content , informative fun and enjoyable

kindest regards

J'aime

Loved it. Its really nice to see roads I ride often being filmed by you two. Great job. You should have took Bruce to Krazy Horse whilst in the area. Cant wait for the next one.

J'aime

I watched it this morning and it was a great piece, I enjoyed it a lot. Hope you do more of them. I look forward to buying the new book.

J'aime

Nice rural route Simon, with a great supporting video from Bruce. One thing that struck me straight away was how little traffic you encountered.

I am not really into all this tech stuff myself but, the mix of on board and overhead views with enthusiastic supporting commentary is a very entertaining watch, I saw it all the way through.

Looking forward to the new Bikers Britain book, is it possible that could be spiral bound ?

Have you two thought about combining the upcoming book with a DVD of the routes similar to what you have done here, or is that just too time consuming and costly to be worthwhile?

J'aime

Was an absolute pleasure to ride with you bud, I’m really looking forward to developing this segment of my channel as we commit your routes to film.

Apologies for the level of ‘faffery’ involved, I hope you’re happy with the final edit 👍

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