Ladies-only rideout

Calling all female members & associates! Please join us for the first ladies-only ride of the year on Sunday 28th April

We will depart from the car park at Tesco in Milton: please arrive fully fuelled for a short briefing at 9:20am. We’ll aim to end the ride by 1:30pm

The ride will be book-ended by Janet PinionCatherine Ryan. We hope to see you there! Please email Janet to confirm your attendance

See the Events Calendar to add this date to your diary

Meet the Examiner evening


2nd April, Hauxton Village Hall. Full details in the Events Calendar

Although primarily aimed at Associates progressing towards the Advanced Rider test, Meet the Examiner is always popular and Members are also most welcome. The evening is led by Forensic Collision Investigator and IAM examiner Simon Burgin, and gives Associates the opportunity to hear what he is expecting during an IAM test

Simon offers unique insights into motorcycle safety & roadcraft, and his talks are always informative and entertaining. The evening is sure to be of interest to riders at whatever stage they are in their biking!

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

Read the truth about Simon & Cambridgeshire traffic police at MoreBikes

Training session for new ride leaders & tailers

We are looking to increase our pool of riders who lead & tail Sunday rideouts – this training session is offered to full members who would like join the team. Observers and seasoned ride leaders will be on hand to share their experience of planning & safely running a successful rideout. Training will be held at Orwell Pavillion on Thursday 7th March at 7:30pm: see the Events Calendar for full details

Please note that you must be an up-to-date member of both IAM and CambsIAM to join the team. If interested, please contact Events Coordinator Catherine Ryan (sunday-rides@cambsiam.org.uk) beforehand

Cold Weather Warriors

While the current wintry weather means an enforced lay-up for many of us, the hardiest of types still make it to Sunday ride-outs. Given that one biker recorded -5°C as he set out to join the ride on 20th January, lead Chris Curryer and tail Paul Norman must have been pleased with the turn-out

Attendees reported an attractive route, ridden at the cautious pace as dictated by low temperatures. Brown’s Café had set aside a large table – so the breakfast stop was perhaps more sociable than on a busy Sunday ride, as all bikers were able to sit together. Warmed and fed, the ride continued to its conclusion, at a balmy 4°C, in Swaffham Bulbeck

Call that cold? Image © Paul Norman

Especially during winter, always refer to the Events Calendar before setting out in case a ride is cancelled

Biker Down

Would you know how best to manage the scene of an accident involving a fellow biker? Could your first aid skills benefit from a refresher course? Cambridge Fire & Rescue are offering free Biker Down courses throughout 2019, with one each month from March through to November

Courses take place on a Sunday at St Ives Fire Station, presented by volunteer fire officers and MAGPAS Air Ambulance medics. Three main topics are covered:

  • Managing the scene of an accident
  • First aid for motorcyclists
  • The science of being seen

Upon completion of the course, you’re presented with a certificate and a biker’s first aid kit

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

i2i Motorcycle Academy June 2019

News just in!

i2i Motorycle Academy have offered us the possibility to secure up to 12 places for their 2-day Machine Control courses MC1 & MC2 on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of June 2019 at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertforsdhire, HP1 2RR

Ordinarily this course costs £300 per person for both days. In order to qualify for a 10% discount we need to book a minimum of 10 places, bringing the price to £270. In addition, the club committee has agreed to subsidize the course by £30 for each member attending, bringing the price to £240 per person

The response from our attendees on this course in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive, with universal agreement that it represented an excellent investment in the acquisition of motorcycling skills. This training is both original and fun with explanations of the physics of motorcycling, practical demonstrations and of course plenty of opportunities to have a go yourself

In order to secure these dates we need your response by Thursday 18th October. So if you would like to attend please email our events coordinator Catherine Ryan ASAP (cm.ryan@tiscali.co.uk). Places are strictly limited to 12 and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that full payment of £270 will be required by i2i academy upon booking: the club’s treasurer will refund the £30 subsidy to attendees at a later date

October ladies-only ride

Calling all female members & associates! Please do come along to join us for a ladies-only ride on Sunday 28th October. The departure point will be the car park of Tesco’s in Milton. Please arrive by 9:20am with a full tank: we’ll set off at 9:30am

The ride will be book-ended by Janet PinionCatherine Ryan. We hope to see you there! Please email Janet to confirm your attendance
Click the Events Calendar to add this date to your diary

Following the original Hell’s Angels

Inspired by this Suzuki article, club secretary Paul Lester mapped the coordinates of ten memorials to USAAF squadrons based in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire during WWII. The majority stand in dignified solitude on quiet country lanes, while a couple stand proud by busier roads. One is just inside a serving RAF base. And one more lies within the perimeter of a enterprise park where the airbase formerly stood (with luck the security personnel will allow you entry). All are a stone’s throw from the airfields which were home to the aircraft and crews

SatNavs set to curvy roads, Paul and co-pilot Patrick rode a 99-mile loop through some of the most attractive villages and best biking roads of the two counties. A stop at each memorial allowed a moment to contemplate the service personnel who helped achieve Allied victory in the war in Europe. The well-maintained memorials proudly bear the mottos and patches of the squadrons which they commemorate

Interested in riding this route? Download this Open Office document (Word compatible) for brief notes and the lat & long of each memorial, and/or this .gpx file

Ode towards Wales

Our own bard-of-the-bike Matt Howes penned this homage to the recent Weekend to Wales, which he rode on his Pan-European. Thanks, Matt, for sharing your contemplations on the ride to Snowdonia

Ode towards Wales

Full tanks of fuel and we’re off
Well, maybe not….
A run across the forecourt
Oil smeared from the back tyre
And this time we’re gone
West towards Brum
… and fun

Winding roads, open skies
Noisy exhausts
Tractors & trailers, mud on the road
Keep Left signs, roundabouts
Slow down, speed up
Roll on, roll off
Out & round, out & round

West Midlands a hard slog
Road works, traffic lights
Garage food, garage loos
A detour or two
The SatNav defects and U-turns required
But we are all smiles
As today, no work is required

We are moving again…
As the Borders approach
Sunshine and dry roads
Twisties; what a delight
But then the rains come
and the SatNav recoils
Wet leathers, no view…..

We stop for a drink
And siphon the python
Or water the plants in a field by the road
We reprogram the SatNav
Back on the bikes we get separated
2 to the left, 2 to the right
Oh well, only 20 miles to go

Fueled once again with petrol & coke
Caked in road spray
We get to the village &…..
Surprise; 2 come from the left
We meet once again for the final 2 miles
Dolgellau here we are
Park up, clean up, the proprietor says Hi

Hang up the gear it’s time for a drink
Leathers in the drying room causing a stink
But who else is here ?
3 bikes came before us
2 arrived in a car
2 bikes come later
11 beers please, ‘Iechyd Da’ !

19:30 arrives & time for the meal
We sit at the table, but….. hang on
One person is AWOL
He never arrived
As he fell from a ladder
and injured his pride
A toast to our fallen comrade !

Tomorrow we ride into the mist
That’s another story…
For now you get the gist
Roll on, roll off
Peg down to the left, peg down to the right
Overtake that big lorry
Drink coffee and peeeeee !!

Aldeburgh – a rider’s account

8:30am and the temperature was climbing nicely for the ten riders gathered in Ely. Janet Pinion had devised a meandering backroads route through beautiful Suffolk countryside to picturesque Aldeburgh, where the pebbles on the beach shimmered and the sea had taken on Mediterranean hues. Although we arrived in time for an early lunch, an impressive queue had already formed at the fish’n’chip shop

As Janet’s program did not allow for a siesta we climbed back on the bikes, heavier but happy, to start the journey home. We lingered over drinks at our refreshment break in Stonham Barns, feeling the heat even under the parasols. The trip continued without incident, for a while following the fast A143, before a final regrouping at Mildenhall. Three riders peeled off here, whilst the rest of the pack rode together to Fordham where they finally parted company. A great ride & a great day: thank you Janet!