i2i Machine Control

July 2nd & 3rd: former RAF Coltishall was the venue for 2 days of advanced training with Tom Killeen of i2i Motorcycle Academy. This subsidised event saw 10 CambsIAM members work through Machine Control topics: bike stability, braking whilst cornering, body posture & much more

Tom explains the physics of machine control, then has participants prove & practise the theory for themselves on their bikes. The heat and high-grip runway surface made for optimal traction, and participants left Norfolk with new or improved skills. Read the British Motorcyclists Federation’s assessment of i2i’s Machine Control course here

TT legend John McGuinness supports TyreSafe’s Don’t chance it, change it motorcycle campaign

How often do you check your tyres – really?

Tyres are the only part of your motorcycle in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on this relatively small area of contact.

You can view the video of John McGuinness supporting TyreSafe’s Don’t chance it, change it campaign below.

 

Le Grand Weekend en France

Thanks to Matt Howes for this ode to a recent trip to Normandy with four other members of the group!

Le Grand Weekend en France
aka  Five go to Honfleur

Five guys met up to go to Normandie one fine summer’s morn
They left from Duxford to arrive in Honfleur
And had the full English as is de-rigueur
There was much seafood & steak bleu
Excellent bières to wash it all down and some vin rouge too
Moules frites with cider and expresso with Calvados
Ice cream and apple tart, but no Crème Anglaise

They stroked cats in cafés
Gate crashed divorce parties
Moved locals from tables
Fought petrol pumps that weren’t able
Watched police race from the scene

There was much complaining about mushrooms
Tyres, suspension and setups
Impromptu off-roading
Lanes with grass in the middle
Fish soup……

There was lots of jeshing & joking too
With tall stories all told as the evenings progressed
Oh and yes we did do some motorcycling too

2018 Tour to France

A very successful tour was completed last week with a 2k mile round trip to the French Alps via Switzerland and Italy. Some fantastic roads, great company and superb food. Please let our Secretary know if you have any ideas for next years Tour or would like to help organise it.

 

 

CambsIAM at the Meldreth Show

Seasoned motorcycle enthusiasts in the region know, there’s only one place to be on the third Wednesday in June –  the Eternit Club in Meldreth, the venue for the annual Royston & District Motorcycle Club show

All proceeds from this event go to good causes, and Cambridge Advanced Motorcyclists were once again delighted to support the show with volunteers manning our marquee throughout the evening. Our own star of the evening was the ’77 MkI Moto Guzzi Le Mans which Andy May rode to the show, and which still sees regular touring duty (most recently a weekend trip to Scotland)

Our thanks to all the show-goers who expressed interest in our club – we hope to see you soon on a Sunday ride, or indeed to welcome you as new associates

 

On the Humber Bridge

All-day ride to the Humber Bridge

The group’s first all-day ride of 2018 took place on 10th June. Husband & wife team Martin & Janet Pinion planned this ride, with Martin leading the small but happy group of riders on the 260-mile round trip to the Humber Bridge

Lunch was at Barton-upon-Humber’s best kept secret, the Café & Restaurant at the Old Tile Works

Still kicking yourself for missing this ride? Janet’s annual Jolly to Aldeburgh is an event you won’t want to miss – add an entry in your diary now!

First Ladies Ride of 2018

Our first Ladies Ride of the year took place on Sunday 22nd April

We left Tesco’s Milton just after 10:00am in bright warm sunshine. After a long, wet  & cold winter it was nice to leave the heated jackets still on their hangers and have the heated grips switched to off

Five of us in total – Jacqui Evans, Jo Denson, Georgina Norris, Megan Ellis tailing and myself (Janet Pinion) – set off. I led, making the route up as we went along: Catherine Ryan had organised the first ride of the year but was unable to lead at the last minute

We headed out towards Newmarket, through some of the villages on its outskirts and onto the A143. We took a left turn just before Bury St Edmunds to pick up the B1106, stopping at The Courtyard at Elveden for lunch. From there we carried on to Brandon, Stoke Ferry, Southery and Littleport, finally stopping at Ely to say our farewells. Almost 100 miles were covered in total

If there are any woman out there wanting to ride out without their husbands or partners this is a welcoming group to get your confidence with

Keep an eye on the Events Page for our next outing!

The late Steve Bradshaw

Thanks to those who attended funeral


Teresa would like to thank all who took part in the cortège on bikes for Steve’s funeral –

Martin Pinion
Graham Pryke
Matt Howes
Peter Burge
Brian Farrow
Chris Curryer
Julie D’Alessandro
Megan Ellis
And myself, Janet Pinion

Not to forget Graham Scott tailing in his car as his bike is poorly !

I must say how professional it looked in my mirror seeing the neat staggered formation of bikes behind me from Newport to Cam Valley Crematorium. Teresa told me she was quite moved to see all the bikes behind the hearse when we arrived at the house

The packed crematorium was bursting at the seams on this sunny sad day, and happy memories of Steve were shared at the ceremony

It was Steve’s wish to donate his organs. As a result of this selfless gesture, he has changed the lives of at least 4 people and their families

Thank You

Ladies Newsletter

During the summer of 2017 several female CAMBSIAM members got together for a ladies-only ride; this was soon followed up with two more rides in the autumn. To read an account of these successful outings and to find out about plans for 2018 please read the Ladies Newsletter

If you would like to take part in future ladies rides, please contact Catherine Ryan (see newsletter)

Motorists who kill could now face life sentence

Dangerous drivers who cause death while using their mobile phones or speeding will face life in prison, ministers have confirmed. The decision to go ahead with a major extension of sentences comes after a campaign by families and a cross-party group of MPs

The new measures mean such drivers could face the same length of sentence as those convicted of manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life.

Last year 157 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 32 convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.