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

Sorry – no spaces left on this ride !

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

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


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

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

The ‘Bored of Xmas’ Sunday ride

Matt Howes has a cunning plan for a rideout the last Sunday of 2019, and all members & associates are warmly invited to join him

Bored of sitting at home between Christmas & New Year… why not join me for a rideout on Sunday 29th, when temperatures looks to be in the range 10 to 12ºC

If you’d like to come along please be at Tesco ROYSTON at 9:20am for a briefing, with a departure at 9:30am. We’ll have breakfast Wings Café at North Wield Airfield, and the ride will finish at Whittlesford Train Station

The buddy system will be used if there’s a small turnout – if the ride proves popular I’ll ask for an experienced rider to take on tail-ending duties on the day. As there may not be much time for a reconnaissance run, this could be a great opportunity to practise your U-turns, slow riding, mud avoidance and map-reading skills 😜

I hope to see all you advanced & adventurous motorcyclists there !!

Best regards and a Merry Christmas to all

Please pass this message on to your friends in the group

A word from our Chief Observer

The club’s Chief Observer Graham Scott reviews a highly successful year with a few words of congratulations and thanks to the Associates, Members and Observers who make up Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists

My thanks to all Members & Associates for their contribution this year to growing the group and raising the standard of motorcycling in our region. But special mention has to go to all in the Observer Team for so generously volunteering their time and experience for the benefit of their fellow bikers. Their commitment shines through when I tally the 2019 test successes: 20 so far, with 4 more due before the year is out (weather permitting). I believe this to be the best year yet for Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists

All those who achieved the status of Member will have truly benefited from the mentoring of their Observers during their rideouts. This year’s record crop of F1RSTs (five awarded in 2019, compared to a respectable three in total in the three preceding years) underlines the quality of the riders we have in our Observer Team. On behalf of the club, I heartily thank them all

I have spoken at length with the two candidates who were not able to get through the test at their first go this year: in both cases they observed that ‘it went wrong on the day’. As a very happy postscript, one of these individuals went on the achieve a F1RST on re-test two days later!

Candidates who achieved the standard necessary to become full Members this year can view their achievement with pride. Likewise new Observers who joined the team in 2019: all have shown ‘they have what it takes’ and have committed to sharing their expertise with others. All this has made my job as Chief Observer easier, rewarding and worthwhile. And let’s not forget the Ride Leaders & Tail-enders who have supported and enhanced the Observer philosophy with group rides throughout the year

But let’s not sit back and congratulate ourselves too much: safer riding is always a work-in-progress, and with six new associates joining (having visited the NEC Motorcycle Show) recently there’s plenty more work to be done

I wish you all a great Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year and doing it all again. As I usually say before rideouts… stay between the hedges!

Sincerely yours. Graham

2020 Skills Days unveiled

Hot off the press: dates have been announced for the popular track-based IAM RoadSmart Skills Days. Fifteen of these one-day courses are on offer (including one reserved exclusively for female riders), with dates from April to September 2020. As in previous years, there are three venues to choose from: Thruxton, Croft and Mallory Park

For a member’s first-hand account detailing what to expect and why it’s worth the investment read Steven Libby’s account here

For more details: IAM RoadSmart Skills Days