July 5th – another 3 rideouts!

Our ride leaders & tailers have stepped forward once more, and we are able to offer 3 social rides on Sunday 5th July. As previously there will be a rideout from our regular departure points at Milton, Royston and Fourwentways. All rides will depart at 9:30am

Rides will last 2 to 2½ hours with no breakfast stop. See the Events Calendar for full details, especially if you are unfamiliar with Buddy System group riding

Observe social distancing
One bike per parking bay

Rides are limited to six bikes: first-come first served, but priority to those who did not ride in June

To request a slot email Catherine stating your choice of departure point

3 Rideouts on June 21st

On Sunday 21st June we will be running three social rides: one from each of our regular departure points at Milton, Royston and Fourwentways
Please note the 10:00am departure time of the Fourwentways ride

Rides will last 2 to 2½ hours with no breakfast stop. See the Events Calendar for full details, especially if you are unfamiliar with Buddy System group riding

Observe social distancing
One bike per parking bay

Rides are limited to six bikes: first-come first served, with priority to those who did not ride on June 7th

To request a slot email Catherine stating your choice of departure point

Updated: Sunday rides are back!

IAM RoadSmart announced that group rides could resume on 1st June in England, where six people are allowed to meet outdoors, as long as social distancing is observed

On Sunday 7th June we will be running four social rides: one from each of our regular departure points at Milton, Royston and Fourwentways, plus one from Trumpington Park & Ride

Observe social distancing
One bike per parking bay

Rides are strictly limited to six bikes and are now fully subscribed (places on the fourth ride were offered to those on the waiting list)

Rides will last 2 to 2½ hours with no breakfast stop. See the Events Calendar for full details, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Buddy System group riding

Please note the later departure time if you are on the Fourwentways ride

Q&A with Paul Nobbs

Are you just a little less mechanically knowledgeable than you would like to be? Here’s your opportunity to put your questions to a professional mechanic, such as:

• How difficult is it to change my brake pads?
• How do I set a torque wrench?
• What is the life of my battery?

Paul Nobbs Motorcycles in Sutton, near Ely, are hosting a free-of-charge Q&A session on Saturday 14th March, from 1 to 3pm for CambsIAM members. Paul will lead the event & answer all your maintenance queries. See the Events Calendar for full details

Paul has over 30 years experience as a mechanic, and maintains a number of CambsIAM bikes. He offers our members a servicing discount

All day ride with Triumph factory visit

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Keith Tremeer has organised and will lead this all-day ride to the Triumph factory on Sunday 31st May 2020. The day includes an exclusively CambsIAM Factory Tour lasting around 1½ hours
Update – this ride is now fully booked

Whilst the Factory Tour is the main attraction, this all-day ride will offer some enjoyable country riding (around 2 hours in each direction), and the opportunity for lunch in the company of friends. There will be time to visit the Triumph Motorcycle Exhibition to purchase clothing & memorabilia

© www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk

Important
Note that as this tour will take place on a Sunday participants must be aware that it is possible that part, or even all, of the production line might not be in operation. Please see the Events Calendar entry for a full explanation

Meet the Examiner evening

Hauxton Village Hall, Thursday 30th April. 7:30 to 9:30pm
Full details in the Events Calendar

Although the evening is primarily aimed at Associates working towards their Advanced Rider test, Meet the Examiner is always a very popular event and all Members are welcome

No two presentations by serving PC Simon Burgin (Forensic Collision Investigator & IAM Examiner) are the same, but he is sure to cover many aspects of motorcycle safety & roadcraft,
A very entertaining speaker, Simon will offer a talk which provides invaluable insights to those who are newer to motorcycling and is of great interest to those who’ve been riding longer

So we can be sure there is enough tea & biscuits, please email Catherine Ryan (sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk) to say you’ll be attending

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Associate Theory Evening

Thursday April 9th, 7:30-9:30pm, Orwell Pavilion. Full details in the Events Calendar

This interactive session will be led by National and Local Observer Chris Curryer

The evening is primarily aimed at Associates preparing for their Advanced Test, but full Members are also welcome for a refresher on the theory of advanced riding. Observers are also encouraged to attend for their valued insight and experience. Discussions are lively and new topics are always raised

Please email Catherine if you will be attending to ensure there are enough refreshments

Put your motorcycle theory to the test with this 10-question Police Foundation quiz

Biker Down dates 2020

Could this be the time to brush up your first-aid skills on a free course specifically for motorcyclists? Cambridge Fire & Rescue have just released the 2020 Biker Down dates, with a course every month from March to November

The hands-on events take place on a Sunday at St Ives Fire Station, presented by volunteer fire officers and Air Ambulance medics. Upon completion you receive a biker’s first aid kit to keep under your saddle. CambsIAM members who attended in 2019 praised the high quality of the course

To book a place email road.safety@cambsfire.gov.uk leaving your name, email address, contact telephone number, and home town or call  0800 917 9994

Talk on Autonomous Vehicles

Driving Autonomy & the System of Vehicle Control
David Hyman      Software Engineer  FiveAI
Hauxton Village Hall, 7:30-9:00pm Thursday 6th February

Familiar to many in his role as a CambsIAM Observer, David is also a Software Engineer at FiveAI the company which recently completed the UK’s most advanced demonstration of self-driving vehicles on mixed-use public roads. David helps create the software systems & tools which go into these vehicles, and is uniquely placed to provide an insight into the future of autonomous motoring

Full details of this free event in the Events Calendar. All welcome!

F1RST on the 2nd attempt

Congratulations to Andy Lee, one of our five Members who passed their Advanced Test with a F1RST in 2019

Referred to in Chief Observer Graham Scott’s recent round-up of last year’s test results, Andy failed the test on his first attempt, but brushed himself down and went on to achieve a F1RST on his second go the very next week

Andy has written an account of his rideouts with Observer Steve Rowdon, and the bumpy road to his eventual success in the test. Associates currently working towards their Advanced Test in particular are likely to find inspiration and practical advice in his account. Read Andy’s write-up here