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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
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 – (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) once loaned to my son until he passed his Advanced, now mothballed waiting to become a “Classic”. Moved on to a Triumph Tiger 800 XC (which is now on permanent loan to my son)) 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, Local Observer Assessor 2019.
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 & I really enjoy coaching others to gain their Advanced test.
I first rode a motorbike when I was 14 (a BSA 500 from memory) but it took me 46 years to get around to taking my test and to buying a bike. A week after my test I bought a Honda NC500X and a few days after that went on an organised motorcycle trip to Luxembourg. The Honda was a great first bike but the trip to Luxembourg was a salutatory experience. I was by far and away the least experienced rider and came back from the trip with the knowledge that if I was going to say safe I needed to improve my skills, hence my doing the advanced course. If I haven’t as yet come off, it is largely down to having done the advanced training, to my observation of other riders on NAM ride outs and to pointers for improvement I have received from other riders and which I have consistently tried to take on board. As with all reflective riders, I see the development of my riding skills as work in progress. I am far from being the finished article if such a thing exists.
The pandemic aside, there are few days that go by when I don’t go out on the bike which is now a Triumph Tiger 800. I use it for work (suit and shoes fit nicely in the top box) and for relaxation. I enjoy the longer rides but I often just go out for an hour or so and cruise around the Vale of Belvoir. I have lots of other interests, in particular reading and cycling, but there really is nothing quite like riding a motorbike.
One of the books that really got me interested in motorcycling was Ted Simon’s ‘Jupiter’s Travels’ in which he described his 4 year trip in the 70s around the world on a Triumph. A world trip may be beyond me but having now more time I am keen to do some longer trips, in particular around France and in Scandinavia. Bring it on!
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 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 13 years ago.
Current Bikes: Triumph Speed Triple, Triumph Tiger 1050 and BMW S1000XR.
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 and on the Blood Biker’s volunteer list on the South Coast.
Biking Regrets: Having to sell some of the great bikes I have had in the past, e.g. my beautiful red Honda 400 4 F2 back in the ’80s (now a classic) and that Silver VFR I took my iAM Test on.
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!
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.
My introduction to motorcycling was back in the ’70s when as a young lad I watching the classic bike film ‘On Any Sunday’, and that’s all it took. I knew from that day that biking was for me and that one day I was going to be flying around in the dirt on an ear-piercing, skin burning, ballbusting two-wheeled contraption that would have me grinning from ear to ear all day long.
At 16 I got my first moped, a Gilera 50 RS Trail, and it was a genuine moped as the footrests could be reconfigured so it could be pedal-powered should it need it, but to me, it wasn’t ‘On Any Sunday’, it was on every day of the week and I loved it.
At 17 years old in the good old days, you could progress from a 50cc moped to a 250cc motorbike (proper), so I upgraded the Gilera, complete with outrageous knobbly tyres, to a Yamaha DT250MX. At the time of collection, I booked it in for its 500-mile first service one week later as I knew it would be due by then and of course after that point, the running in was done and it could get into the dirt. After that I had various trail, touring and sports bikes mainly chosen to suit my riding requirements at the time, be that fun or commuting.
So my first spell of motorcycling drew to a close in the early noughties when I sold my BMW K100LT to fund myself at university but then in 2018 I kept hearing about these Blood Bikers from my wife, who called them into the hospital during the night to move blood samples and the like across Nottingham. How could she refuse I thought!
Enter my second spell of motorcycling for Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes and an advanced qualification, in my case the ERS and I was back up and running, or riding, again but I set myself the goal of passing my advanced riding test the following year with iAM RoadSmart and Nottingham Advanced Motorcyclists and here I am now and my current bike is the behemoth of all trail bikes. Of course, it’s the BMW R1200GS Adventure.
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, Yamaha Tracer 900GT and Yamaha Tenere 700.
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 Advenced Rider Course with a F1rst and Maters. I love everything about motorcycles.
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
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.
As a Teenager, I had a Suzuki AP50 – loved the freedom and visiting bike shops thinking “One day I’ll have big bike…”.
Fell off the moped a few times too many for Mum, so I was bought a car. In my early-Forties, I finally got to do a DAS week-long course to pass the big-bike test. After a couple of years, I decided to do the IAM Advanced Rider course, and realised how much there was still to learn!
Now I have 2 bikes – my Harley Electraglide tourer which is mainly for the frequent trips to Europe and holidays and occasional ride-outs, and my Honda CB1300 which I have for commuting to work and more general day-to-day use.
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.