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Postby Kwacky » 23 Jan 2018, 15:22

I am joining their ranks.

So if you haven't already got me a birthday present I'll take a POLITE jacket in large please.

Clearly my next bike has to be a GS with full panniers and top box together with several LED lights on the front.

In all seriousness, as the standard of driving is going down the shitter I think it's important to get some training. IMO, you can't have enough skills when it comes to riding bikes and for £149 it's a no brainer if that gives me an advantage on the road.

Now then, where did I put my pipe?
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Re: IAM

Postby Blade » 23 Jan 2018, 15:37

Get a good group and I believe it can be very good.

Keep a blog of your progress as will be interesting (y)
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Re: IAM

Postby T.C. » 23 Jan 2018, 15:54

Go down the RoSPA route instead ;)

You never know, you may then get me as your examiner :)

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Re: IAM

Postby Kwacky » 23 Jan 2018, 15:58

Birmingham Advanced Motorcyclists.
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Re: IAM

Postby D6Nutz » 23 Jan 2018, 16:15

As you say, and kind of training is a plus. My riding (and driving for that matter) rely benefited from the IAM course I did.

As it was a few years ago now (I was on the D6) I would like to do a refresher. I keep thinking of RoSPA, but trying to find the time at the moment to even get out on the bike is hard enough.
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Re: IAM

Postby Cav » 23 Jan 2018, 16:20

Myself and Rossgo have done IAM; I personally find it a benefit though not quite as big as I was expecting.

The hardest part of the course is braking habits.. it was tough for me with 3 years commuting experience but for you in the (presumably) double digits experience this will be very difficult.

Enjoy the challenge though. P.S.. not all advanced riders are slow ;)
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Re: IAM

Postby D41 » 23 Jan 2018, 16:22

Kwacky wrote:Birmingham Advanced Motorcyclists.


A rider's group called BAM??

It doesn't bode well....
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Re: IAM

Postby Kwacky » 23 Jan 2018, 16:38

Cav wrote: The hardest part of the course is braking habits.. it was tough for me with 3 years commuting experience but for you in the (presumably) double digits experience this will be very difficult.



I take it you have to start all over again?


Cav wrote:
Enjoy the challenge though. P.S.. not all advanced riders are slow ;)


(lol) I would never say they are. I've seen too many fast blokes on big tourers sat bolt upright riding like they're on rails.
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Re: IAM

Postby D41 » 23 Jan 2018, 16:41

Ain't that the truth!
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Re: IAM

Postby Fireball » 23 Jan 2018, 16:52

That,s why I don,t just go any where to ride. I ride on a couple of roads near home and the 483 in Wales and Oulton Park. To me road riding is almost like a track riding. I get to know the road and all its character and issues and then stick to it and when I can go riding it until the cows go home. Hahaha
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Re: IAM

Postby Rossgo » 23 Jan 2018, 18:13

Great decision althiugh you are a very competent rider it's always nice to have a little extra knowledge. To be honest mate in IAM you will see all different bikes and different experiences although you are right, there are a few GS's about but doesn't mean they are slow, they are cautious but not slow. Been on many ride outs where the pace is pretty brisk but reasonably safe for the stretches of the road that are being ridden.

Wouldn't be too worried about your speed, they always ask you to ride how you would normally in your taster sessions 30s and 40s they won't go over, they will point it out but a safe ride, IPSGA and 'MAD' will be what they will be looking for, and also fun ride too!! Or st least it is with ours! I think it's very fun process

Good luck with it mate

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Re: IAM

Postby sir thomas blanchard » 23 Jan 2018, 18:44

re; standard of driving is terrible


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Re: IAM

Postby Kwacky » 23 Jan 2018, 19:04

sir thomas blanchard wrote:re; standard of driving is terrible


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Sadly too true.
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Re: IAM

Postby Scuff » 23 Jan 2018, 22:11

Nice one , Kwacky .... Cheap if it saves one accident or even one insurance claim.

After reading Rossgo's post on his EAR I considered some IAM course myself as I think my road riding skills need a brush up .. Might take another look at sorting it .
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Re: IAM

Postby T.C. » 23 Jan 2018, 22:57

Kwacky wrote:Birmingham Advanced Motorcyclists.


OK. Good group.

I have tested a few of their members in the past and I have been their gust speaker a few times at Tally Ho where they (I believe ) still meet.
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Re: IAM

Postby Kwacky » 23 Jan 2018, 23:19

They're at the National Motorcycle Museum now.
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Re: IAM

Postby T.C. » 23 Jan 2018, 23:32

Kwacky wrote:They're at the National Motorcycle Museum now.



Fair play (y) None the less, they are still a good group. A big group but a good group.

Last time I was a speaker the audience was about 400+ and that was a quiet meeting :|
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Re: IAM

Postby Cav » 24 Jan 2018, 08:22

Kwacky wrote:
Cav wrote: The hardest part of the course is braking habits.. it was tough for me with 3 years commuting experience but for you in the (presumably) double digits experience this will be very difficult.



I take it you have to start all over again?


Cav wrote:
Enjoy the challenge though. P.S.. not all advanced riders are slow ;)


(lol) I would never say they are. I've seen too many fast blokes on big tourers sat bolt upright riding like they're on rails.


There will be at least 2 things you will have to erase from your memory, you'll also be riding 'consciously' which is extremely tiring. 1 example that took all my conscious effort was riding to the "vanishing point". Give it a google and you'll see what I mean, you'll think you're doing it until someone shows you the correct way.

I really value the training though and a lot of it translates into car driving. My tutor really focused on IPSGA and that's all I hear when I'm on the bike (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration)
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Re: IAM

Postby Perkles » 24 Jan 2018, 10:51

Hells angels are better
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Re: IAM

Postby Blade » 24 Jan 2018, 13:41

The Mongols would disagree on that (giggle)
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