Update: Motorcycle Live 2021

Monday 17 October: several members have expressed interest in a weekday group ride to Motorcycle Live 2021. Wavering full members can contact Keith Tremeer by the newly extended 24th October deadline to find out more!

Motorcycle Live 2021 4 – 12 December NEC, Birmingham

Tentative planning is underway for a CambsIAM group ride from Cambridge area to this year’s show. This will likely involve a breakfast stop en route, with arrival at the NEC just before midday. Participants will then be free to browse the show at their leisure. A group return will leave the NEC at around 4pm, but with participants at liberty to make their own way back

Advance tickets are £19.50 (plus a £1.50 fee per booking). For a group of 10 or more, the price falls to £17.55. Ticket protection insurance is available (this covers, among other things, adverse weather conditions) for £2.65 per ticket. Tickets purchased on the day cost £25. Motorcycle parking in a covered area at the NEC is free. Pricing & conditions

Interested in coming along? E-mail Keith Tremeer indicating if you would be able to participate on a weekday, or could only take part on a Saturday or Sunday. Please contact Keith no later than Sunday 24th October. Keith will keep in touch regarding next steps

Admittedly, not everyone rides through the winter months, and a coach trip might make for a more comfortable outing. But we are, after all, advanced motorcyclists and should be able to cope with cold weather, a little drizzle and, if necessary, riding after sunset. With tickets valid for any day of the show, we could have the flexibility of choosing, closer to the event, the best day in terms of weather. Alternatively, by purchasing ticket protection insurance, you will be protected under all scenarios

Sunday ride, 3rd October

Tom Jacobs leads with Steve Alsop tail-ending on our next Sunday ride, departing Tesco Milton at 9.30amIf you can get fuel, please arrive with a full tank in good time for the 9.20am briefing

Tom has devised a clockwise loop which takes in both Norfolk & Suffolk, with a breakfast stop at Krazy Horse, Bury St Edmunds, where Harley-Davidson enthusiasts can enjoy a Fat Boy Burger. The journey will end just to the east of Cambridge, at a layby on the old Newmarket Road near Quy. Total distance covered: ~80 miles

Email Tom directly to book a place. Tom’s work schedule may mean he’s not able to respond promptly, but he will get back to you! This outing is limited to 12 riders. Full details in the Events Calendar

Maintenance Day is back!

Saturday 16 October. Hinchingbrooke Police Headquarters. £10
See the Events Calendar for further details

Maintenance Day: the ideal opportunity to refresh your knowledge of – or gain invaluable insight into – a selection of basic maintenance tasks for your bike. Demonstrations by some of our club’s most experienced members look into maintaining your chain, electrics & brakes, and how to adjust and personalise the controls of your bike. There is also a practical demonstration on how to give your bike a thorough clean to keep it looking good

The event will start at 9.45 am with tea, coffee,biscuits & an introduction. Demonstrations will commence at 10.00am, with the day finishing at around 1.00pm. In addition to presentations by our own members,  accident investigator James from Cambridgeshire Constabulary will give a talk on the forensic investigations which follow serious accidents

Meet the Examiner

Hauxton Centre, Thursday 14th October, 7:30 to 9:30pm
Email Catherine to request a place. Details in the Events Calendar

The ever-popular Meet the Examiner evening is back! For those working towards their Advanced Test this is opportunity to meet our IAM Examiner PC Simon Burgin and to ask questions about what he is expecting, and therefore priority will be given to Associates as places are limited. However, Simon’s talks are always insightful and entertaining, whether you’re a seasoned rider or a more recent one, and we’ll fit in as many full members as space allows

Request a place now to avoid disappointment!

Sunday ride, September 5th

Ian Dunckley leads this rideout, with Paul Ylioja in the tail position, leaving from Tesco Royston at 9.30am

After the short ride to Hitchin, it’s into the countryside of South Bedfordshire and the Chilterns forest and breakfast near the Bridgewater Monument in Ashridge Park. The return journey passes Ivinghoe Beacon & the chalk lion at Whipsnade, offers dramatic views of gliders and scenery at Dunstable Downs then a flowing ride through the rural landscape of mid-Bedfordshire before finishing at BP Arrington

This ride is limited to 12 bikes. Email Ian Dunckley now to book your place!

Autumn BBQ, 11th Sept

Book this week for a place on our Autumn BBQ… our first social event since the lockdown release!

When              3:00-6:00pm, Saturday 11th September
Where             Footprints Café, Sawston

Footprints is part of Sawston Free Church, situated on the High Street with ample parking to the rear. If the weather cooperates we can enjoy the BBQ outside, but we have a function room at our disposal. There will be a choice of meats, a vegetarian alternative, salads & drinks

Cost                Each member & optional guest pay just £5 per head
Booking          Book by Saturday 28 August in two simple steps –

1. Download the booking form, complete and email on to Catherine
2. Make your payment direct to the CambsIAM bank account

All-day ride to Kent on Sept 12

Barry D describes his forthcoming all-day ride, which is open to full members (and their pillions) only…

We’ll set out at 8:30am from Cambridge Services – you’ll need a full tank as it is about 150 miles each way! Last year we picked up a couple of riders en-route (at the M11 Duxford roundabout & the planned stop at Oakdene). Give me a call if you’d like to discuss this option

It’s down the M11 and over the Dartford bridge to the Oakdene truck stop, then across the garden of England to Hythe, Dover & St Margaret’s Bay for lunch. On a clear day the French coast is visible

After lunch we’ll head north to Kingsdown & Deal Castle, then west to Canterbury, Chartham & the Hook & Hatchet for a quick stop before heading for the A229, A2, Dartford Tunnel, M25, M11 & home. Those who have made the trip previously will notice some changes after the Hook & Hatchet to include more green lanes

There is the option to avoid all major roads on the return journey depending on time, weather and forcefulness of the riders! Depending on the length of our stops, expect to be back between 7:00pm & 7:30pm

To reserve a place please contact Barry (konac@waitrose.com or 07733 388712). Full details in the Events Calendar

Places available on Triumph factory tour

Postponed twice because of lockdown restrictions, Keith Tremeer has just confirmed that his all-day ride to the Triumph factory in Leicestershire is set for Sunday 26th September
With some of those who originally signed up not able to make the new date, there are now three spaces available on this great day out

First-come, first served       Click here to email Keith for further details

Secure your place by sending £20 tour fee to Keith
who will refund the original participants

The 90-minute factory tour is the main attraction, but there is also around 2 hours of countryside riding in each direction and the opportunity for lunch in the company of friends… plus plenty of time to visit the Triumph Motorcycle Exhibition and purchase clothing & memorabilia

August 15th – ride to Monks Eleigh

With sunny, calm weather in prospect there’s every reason to join ride leader Janet Pinion and tailer Terry Jacobs for this Sunday’s rideout, which sets off from Tesco Ely at 9:15am. This earlier-than-usual departure should ensure riders meet the 11:00am breakfast deadline

The breakfast stop, Bridge Farm Barns Tea Room at Monks Eleigh, has limited space and therefore places on this ride are limited. Email Catherine now to reserve your spot. Please indicate in your email if you intend to bring a pillion

If you’ve ever joined Janet’s annual ride to Aldeburgh you’ll recognise some familiar roads! The total mileage for this outing should be a little over 100 miles. Hope to see you there!

Full details in the Events Calendar

August 1st – Sunday ride into Norfolk

Patrick Ryan leads & Catherine Ryan tails this outing from BP Newmarket Road, Cambridge to a rustic breakfast stop on a farm near Watton. Hosts Alex & Clare will cook locally-sourced bacon on the BBQ and serve tea & coffee upon our arrival (sorry, no other options available)

Riders will be asked to transfer £5 to the ride leader in advance to secure their place & guarantee breakfast. The ride will end back at BP petrol station in Cambridge at around 1:30pm, having covered ~100 miles

Contact Patrick directly to book your place. Pillions welcome
Full details in the Events Calendar