Improve your riding skills with IAM

Published: 02 March 2017

Everyone thinks they're a great rider, but there's always room for improvement. By joining IAM RoadSmart there are several advantages. Not only will you increase your road awareness with the training given, but there's the social aspect too. Many IAM groups run a programme of regular meets and activities.

In this week's MCN, our writer Justin Hayzelden met-up with Northumberland Advanced Motorcyclists (NAM) who are a particularly active group where new members (or Associates as they are known pre-test) are encouraged to attend rideouts and classroom sessions as soon as they join. On-road training is carried out on a one-to-one basis with a dedicated observer and on average it takes six rides to reach the required standard.

There are weekly classroom sessions for fully-fledged members, and they cover subjects like winter riding, satnav skills, pillion riding as well as various advanced theory sessions. Socially there are two rideouts per month plus a weekend away at the start and end of the touring season. NAM have a close association with Northumberland Blood Bikes with many members going on to join their rank, so not only can you improve your own riding skills but you can help others too.


In 2016 NAM received the IAM RoadSmart Group Achievement Award, an accolade based on the quality of training given that makes them the top group in the country.

A year's membership to IAM RoadSmart costs £149, this includes all course materials, test fee, and at least a year's membership of a local group.

For more information contact - Don't forget, this is also a great way to rack-up some miles for our #ride500miles campaign.


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