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Passed my bike test in January 1974 on my first bike a Yamaha 80. Moved onto a BSA Goldstar SS 250 for a while. Passed the car test in August 1974 and had a share in a car with my mum until she passed her test in 1976 after some of my coaching. Needed a car full time later in 76 so the bike was sold.
In 2006 I had a track day with Ron Haslam Race school enjoyed it so much that I got back to biking on a Yamaha Fazer 600. In 2010 the bike was changed for a Yamaha FJR which I kept until 2018 and swapped it for a lighter Honda Crossrunner. Hated the chain cleaning so that was exchanged in 2019 for my current Honda Crosstourer DCT. Have recently bought a Moto Guzzi v7 as a second bike.
In 2007 my son started on bikes so I have supported his progress through some interesting bikes. A Malaguti scooter, Derbi Terra, Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT03 (660), Yamaha Xv950, Harley 883 Sportster, Triumph America Bonneville. Of these, the best was the Mt03.
Have travelled the Uk on the FJR with the longest trip around the Scotland Northwest 500 with my Daughter and Grandaughter.
Since joining the Advanced group have enjoyed the riding with greater confidence.
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
I started riding a motorbike as recently as 2010. I’d never ridden a motorbike before. My previous encounter with two wheels was way back in 1973 at the age of sixteen when I was desperate to get to school on anything faster than a pushbike, so I entered the world of mopeds. My dad picked it; he assured me the Mobylette was the best there was at the time. At the ripe old age of seventeen and three accidents later, my attention was drawn to four wheels. It would be my safest and best option! My parents assured me, especially with my track record so far. And so the Suzuki GT550 in metallic blue I’d set my heart on, sadly was not to be.
In 2010 a work colleague reignited my desire for two wheels, so I completed a direct access course. I Passed my test within ten days and was able to ride anything my heart desired. I was soon the proud owner of a Suzuki GSX650F in burnt metallic orange. Still very much lacking in rider skills, I moved onto a HondaCBR650F. However, I was still not happy with my level of skill due; I suppose partly due to my lack of riding experience. In 2017 whilst in the Ducati dealership, I picked up a leaflet for the advanced rider scheme run through the IAM. I took the leaflet home and promptly signed up for a taster session with the NAM group. Since then, I can only say how very pleased I was that I made that decision. I don’t consider myself an expert rider, but at least I have learnt new skills, which will hopefully help keep me safer on the roads today. A couple of experiences I have encountered whilst out riding. When travelling along with the A1, a pigeon hit me in the chest and completely covered me in feathers. Not sure if the pigeon survived that one. More recently, luck was definitely on my side when a Stag ran across the A46 and hit the car travelling a few metres behind me. It definitely didn’t survive that encounter.
I passed my test in 1977 on a Suzuki 120 when all you needed to do was ride around the block and perform an emergency stop in front of the examiner who was on foot! I bought a Suzuki GS550 and in 1981 had a big SMIDSY which I, very fortunately, walked away from. Three weeks later I purchased a GS650GT that I rode all over Europe on but in 1992 it was sold. In 2003 I returned to biking and bought my first Ducati, a yellow 900SS.
My mum who had passed her advanced driving test bought me the RoadSmart package as soon as she realised I was about to set out on the road on my Ducati. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and passed my Advanced test in 2004. As the cliche goes “I wanted to give something back” and became an observer in 2005.
In 2009 a beautiful yellow Ducati 999 was added to the garage. I loved its looks and ride. I went touring on it, took it on the track and thoroughly enjoyed the full Ducati experience – yes I had a couple of electrical problems!!
In 2016 I struggled to remain in a crouched position for as long as the small 999 fuel tank allowed and both Ducati’s were sold to finance the purchase of a Ducati Multistrada. The Multistrada is a phenomenal bike as it’s happy on both road and track! I ride for pleasure on club ride-outs and on my own. I’ve been on several excellent European tours with club members.
Riding History: Started riding (legally) 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 now, joining IAMRS about 13+ years ago. Took my iAM RS test then after a year decided to try and become an Observer. I got my National Observer a few years after that, eventually becoming a Local Observer Assessor in the West Sussex iAMRS Group. I was Chief Observer in WSAM before we moved back to the East Midlands.
Current Bikes: Triumph Speed Triple, BMW S1000XR SE and BMW GS 750 SE.
Current Biking Activity: Chief Observer NAM, Local Observer Assessor, National Observer for both NAM and WSAM and currently a member of the Bike Safe course delivery team Surrey and Sussex.
I passed my test in the early 80’s so I could commute to work before I could afford to buy a car. But as soon as I was out and about on 2 wheels, I realised this was for me. My first bike was a Honda CB125S and I now have the same model for the occasional runout and about on. I soon progressed to a Yamaha 250XS which kept me on the road for the next years, but I did eventually switch to 4 wheels.
I rejoined the wonderful world of 2 wheels in the mid-’90s when I bought a Triumph Daytona and toured extensively around the UK on this. I did have a GS for a couple of years, but switched to my current Triumph Tiger 1050 in 2011 and have since retired, joined NAM, passed my IAM advanced qualification and now observe and manage the Group’s associates.
I also volunteer with Nottingham Blood Bikes. I am thoroughly enjoying life on 2 wheels these days, riding throughout the year and have expanded my touring horizons to visit Europe when we are allowed to.
I have also added a couple of older bikes to my garage recently, getting a Triumph Speed Triple from 1994 and a 1930 Sunbeam Model 1, both of which are eligible to ride in VMCC ride-outs. See you out there – stay shiny side up!
After a few years of riding smaller bikes in my teens, and then a hiatus. I took my full Motorbike licence in 2015. I then went on to pass my IAM advanced motorcyclist course in 2019. As a commuter and former blood biker, I cover quite a lot of miles on two wheels and ride all year round. This means I put the skills I have learnt on the course to use on a daily basis. I’m also a petrol head and amateur mechanic, and I love cars and bikes. Sadly I only have one bike in my stable currently, a Kawasaki Versys 650 which I enjoy Riding, servicing and occasionally even cleaning.
Bike history: I was bought a CBT as a birthday present in 2006 and hated it. Whilst I was happy to ride as a pillion, I simply did not feel I could get to grips with gears and what felt like the million and one other things I needed to be focusing on. Roll on 8 years later and I decided to have another go, starting with riding a 125cc scooter, I quickly built up confidence and was ready to tackle my “big bike” test, which I passed in January 2015. Having been bitten by the biking bug, I then went on to pass my IAM advanced test in September 2015. I have since become a Fellow of IAM, which means I have committed to retaking my advanced test every three years.
Female bikers: Motorcycling is a predominantly male hobby and whilst increasing numbers of females are taking to two wheels, we are still a minority. I’d like to encourage more female riders to take on advanced training and show the men how it’s done!
Current bike: Ducati SuperSport. Previous bikes include Honda CB500F, Kawasaki ER6F and a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
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I have been riding motorbikes since I was 14 or so and passed my full motorbike test in the winter of ’96. Over the years I have owned many bikes from small Honda’s through to the ridiculously fast GSXR1300 and like many, I passed my test and learned my craft out on the road. In 2018 I discovered the IAM and from that NAM and over the last 3 years I have learned so much more about riding a motorbike than I ever did out on my own.
I have always been a passionate motorcyclist and love everything about the sport, doing regular track days watching the racing whether that be MotoGP (VR46 fan), IOM TT or grassroots club racing. I try to mix my riding experiences as much as possible these days by enrolling in as many courses as possible with MX being on the list for 2022.
I am lucky enough to own a few different motorbikes at the minute one of which is an old Norton 250 that has blessed my garage floor with every drop of oil…….
Having started at the age of 12, I progressed from trials riding to roads at 17. My first road-going machine was a Yamaha RS125, and over the years I have had many bikes with the highlights being a Norton 650SS, Suzuki RGV250VJ21, Buell XB9R Firebolt. My current runarounds include a Moto Marini 350GT and Suzuki DL1050XT V-Strom.
As a passionate rider, I commute, socialise, observe and blood bike on two wheels, clocking up approximately 30,000 miles per year. I successfully completed the IAM Advanced Rider Course with a F1rst and Masters. I love everything about motorcycles.
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.