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Riding bikes since I was at school. First bike Honda SS50 (£140) which didn’t last long as a car pulled out across me at a set of traffic lights, I hit it side on, a couple of spins through the air and one bounce but I was shaken not stirred, no broken bones, very lucky. Passed my test in the days when the examiner was on foot!
Lots of bikes followed including two strokes, Honda and Suzuki fours. More recently Ducati Multistrada, BMW GS and now KTM 1290 SA plus a 38 year old Honda CBX 1000, my dream bike when I was young.
Ride for pleasure. Enjoy motor bike trips especially Isle of Man TT, Europe, SE Asia, Himalayas…….
Joined Nottingham Advanced Motorcyclists 2007, became an Observer, then Ride Out Coordinator. Now National Observer and proud to be Chairman
Passed my test in 1977 on a Suzuki 120, bought a Suzuki GS550 two years on and a big SMIDSY accident and I purchased a GS650GT that was sold in 1992. 2003 I bought a yellow Ducati 900SS and returned to biking.
My mum bought me the Skills for Life package. I passed my Advanced test in 2004 and became an observer in 2005. A beautiful yellow Ducati 999 was added to the garage in 2009.
In 2016 the ability to remain in a crouched position for as long as the small fuel tanks allowed finally got to me and both Ducati’s were sold to finance the purchase of a Ducati Multistrada.
Riding History: Started riding at 16 with a Honda SS50 and had a range of bikes of increasing performance and capacity for 20 years. Took a break for a while and got back to biking some time ago, joining the IAM about 10 years ago.
Current Bikes: Triumph Speed Triple, Triumph Tiger Sport and BMW GSA.
Biking Activity: Local Observer Assessor, National Observer and currently a member of the Bike Safe course delivery team and on the Blood Biker’s volunteer list in the South.
Biking Regrets: Having to sell some of the great bikes I have had in the past, e.g. my beautiful red Honda 400 4F2 back in the 80’s (now a classic).
Took my test in 1971 on my Dad’s Honda 50 – one of the last at 16 years young! Borrowed his Honda 70 for a while then got a Reliant 3 wheeler Saloon – more upmarket than Trotter’s van – (PS There’s nothing that you can do with a car that you can’t with a Reliant Saloon!.) Later had a Triumph Tiger Cub Sports (200) but in 1978 traded in for a Mk 2 Escort.
Came back to biking 28 years later at Christmas 2006 on a Yamaha Fazer 600 (2003 Foxeye) now on permanent loan to my son. Moved on to a Triumph Tiger 800 XC (which is currently having open heart surgery to fix the effects of a failed regulator) but now have a Tiger 800 XCA and loving that even more.
My mum bought me the Advanced course after falling off going too slow on a ride with Paul Phillips! Took the Advanced Test 2013, Group Observer 2014, National Observer 2016.
I’m also a qualified Rugby coach and enjoy using the transferable skills to help my associates do well.
I ride for fun, exploring, touring & Blood Bikes.
This is me on my beautiful Aprilia.
My second, and more user friendly, bike is a Yamaha MT 09 Tracer.
Riding passions include Lake District, West Coast of Scotland and touring in Europe.
Passed bike test in 1995
Passed IAM Advanced test in 1996
Started Observing in 1996
Passed Senior Observer test in 1997
Passed National Observer test in 2014
Honda CBR 600, Honda Fireblade, Honda Blackbird, Yamaha R1, BMW K1300GT
I started riding bikes at 13 and have been riding ever since.
I joined the IAM in 2002 and have been a member of NAM, moving up through the ranks as an Observer, Senior Observer, National Observer and now Chief Observer.
I have held numerous positions on the committee including secretary, promotions and Chief Observer from 2009 until 2018.
I owned a DVSA Approved Training Body from 2008 until 2015 so qualified to deliver CBT, Direct Access and Enhanced Rider Scheme courses.
I have been involved in numerous motorcycle safety initiatives in partnership with the Fire Service, the Police and various local authorities. I also work closely with the British Superbike School at Blyton airfield.
I have a passion for classic bikes owning a 1961 BSA, 1968 Yamaha 180 Electric, a Suzuki B120 and 2 Garelli mopeds. More modern machines include a ZZR1200 and an FZ6.
Been biking since 1981.
I regularly tour the UK and love riding through the West Coast of Scotland. I’ve recently started to explore in Europe too.
Joined NAM in spring 2017 to improve my riding skills and have enjoyed all the rides I’ve been on.
Currently ride a Triumph Tiger 1050. Before that there was a BMW GS1200, Triumph Daytona, Yamaha XS250 and Honda CB125 – I tend to keep them a long time!
I woke up one day in autumn 2013 and without any warning or previous thoughts I said to myself, ‘it’s motorbiking for me’, so I booked my first lesson that day, and over the next few months I did my CBT, passed my theory, hazard perception and DAS test and bought a nearly new Tiger 800 ABS.
After riding a while I knew there was a lot more to learn so I started and passed the IAM test and I’ve been on a few trips to France, Belgium, Ireland and Southern England.
I still feel I’m learning every ride and I have a long way to go but as long as I stay safe it will be an enjoyable journey.
Passed my test in 1993. Owned a variety of motorcycles over the years but have now settled with the BMW brand and in particular the GS motorcycles.
I ride around 16k miles per year, mainly for pleasure rides, club runs and european holidays to the Alps.
Passed my IAM Roadsmart Test in early 2017 and I am looking to take the IAM Masters and become an observer in 2018.
I always wanted to get my full bike licence, I just never had the time to do it. I rode scramblers and dirt bikes when I was 13/14 and that was it. Fast forward 37 years and in July 2015 I am doing a CBT with my son and a few of my staff. I passed everything very quickly (it did not help when my son passed his bike test before me) and in December 2015 I bought my first big bike, a Triumph Tiger 800 XR.
I got so much confidence from this group from training, ride-outs and watching how they all ride I went out and bought a ‘bendy over’ bike as I call them, another Triumph, a 1050 ST Sprint and then, wait for it, even a Suzuki 750 GSXR.
Came back to biking to spice up my life after taking early retirement from a very exciting engineering career travelling worldwide.
150,000 miles on and I’m now at my happiest when I am touring Central and Eastern Europe but still relish the challenge of Observing and the satisfaction of seeing my Associates gaining a test ‘Pass’
Started riding in the mid 80’s. Took DSA test in 1990. Gave up riding in 1993 due to children. Returned to bikes 2004. IAM pass 2006, on committee ever since.
Honda C90, Honda CB250, Suzuki GT380, Borrowed Yamaha 125, Suzuki GSX400, Honda XBR500, Honda Revere, Kawasaki GTR1000, Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, Yamaha FZ750, Triumph Trident 750, Suzuki GSX1400, Honda CBF1000
+ a couple of others I have forgotten about
Passed my bike test when I was 16. Used to have a Lambretta scooter SX 150 when I started to ride, then a Honda 50 and 90.
Started to ride again in 2004 on the BMW R1200c Montauk above which I still have. It’s now 13 years old.
I also have a 2009 Triumph Rocket classic which I mostly ride now. Passed the IAM advanced test 3 years ago and now ride with the Nottingham Blood Bikes
Currently on Honda VFR 1296 Cross Tourer (Highlander)
Passed Advanced Test in 2008
Became an Observer in 2009
Then Senior Observer in 2012
My first Bike was a Raleigh Runabout moped (two stroke of course), a long time ago – I don’t easily admit to that, but it did get me to work as a 16 year old and it had proper pedals!!
Then a Yamaha FS1E 50 cc sports moped (happy memories), which was also a two stroke but it had a proper motorcycle gearbox (and pedals to get round the legislation at time).
Then a Kawasaki 175cc (massive power!).
Then as a 17 year old the bike of my dreams a 1976 Honda 250 Super Dream. In those days it did 100 mph (just and oh on private land of course) but it didn’t half go well up the A612 from Burton Joyce to Lowdham.