I returned to Motorcycling in 2001 at the age of 46, not having ridden anything with two wheels and an engine since I was 16, when I owned a Vespa 150 Sportique!
On passing my test in 2001 my first motorcycle was a Honda VFR800FI, which I owned for five years, replacing it with a BMW K1200S in 2006. In 2008 I bought my first GS (R1200GS), which I replaced with a R1200GS Adventure in 2010. I’m now on my third GS Adventure.
I passed my IAM Advanced Test in 2005, then became an Observer for them in 2008.
I have been a Senior/National Observer since 2010.
I passed the IAM Masters Test in 2014, and the 5 yearly retest in 2019 with a distinction. I am registered as a Masters Mentor.
As I was spending time practising my riding skills and swotting up the theory for Senior Observer Test in 2010, I decided it would be a good time to apply for the RoSPA Test, which I passed with a Gold. I have retained the Gold on my 3 yearly retests since then.
I have been on MBEAM’s Committee since 2009, 10 years of which as the Membership Secretary. I am now the Chief Observer of the group for my sins!
I am also a rider and a rider assessor with North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes.
Observer, Secretary & Webmaster
I rode bikes from 16 to my mid-thirties and then had a gap until a few years ago. I passed my test on a Suzuki TS125X and also rode among others a Honda CB250RS, a Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo and a Yamaha FZ600. The most unusual I bike rode was a Honda CBR400RR that had been fitted with a CBR600F engine by a mate who was a mechanic for Honda Racing. I came back to biking a few years ago and bought a BMW R1200RS and I now ride a KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.
I passed my IAM Advanced Rider with a F1rst in 2017 and became an Observer in 2019. In 2017 I also started riding for North West Blood Bikes, Lakes and Lancs.
As things have been slow this year due to Covid-19 I have also decided to take the RoSPA test.
I have also recently taken on the role of Secretary and Webmaster for MBEAM.
Being a fairly late-comer to motorcycling as in eight years ago, I have to make up for lost time! Blood-biking was the catalyst to become an associate member of IAM Roadsmart and I started observing in 2017 or thereabouts, and love the process of passing on ideas, and continuously learning at the same time…
2 Wheels have always been within my soul, initially as a cyclist, then found they come with an engine. After completing University, I bought my first big bike, an ER5. 10 Years later, I passed the ROSPA Programme for Advanced Motorcycling and latterly came to IAM some 23 years after passing my test. I have achieved Firsts for the IAM motorcycle and car courses and joined the MBEAM Observer Team in 2018. Currently, I have a garage of 1290 KTM’s and you can find me on our skills days as the ‘one over there’ going round and round in tight circles. Just don’t ask about Motogymkhana – can spend hours talking about it!
I live in Kendal, a stone’s throw from where I was brought up, on a farm in Old Hutton.
As soon as I was 16 yrs old, I stopped riding in the fields and got a 50cc motorcycle. I later moved onto numerous larger motorcycles, too many to recall! I’m currently riding a Suzuki Intruder 1800cc.
In 2000, I was impressed when Cumbria Police started the original ‘Bike Safe 2000’, so gathered a number of groups and took them to the sessions for support. Although my riding skills improved, my naive youthful attitude didn’t. In 2009, riding around too fast, I hit a car head-on, nearly losing my leg. This was the catalyst for me to join IAM; I gained a F1RST, and then a National Observers’ qualification. I am also Deputy Area Manager for North West Blood Bikes, where I meet many MBEAM members.
I love bikes, bike rallies, and biker people. If I’m not riding a bike, I’m doing one of two things…getting on, or getting off!
I came to MBEAM and Advanced Motorcycle training via the Bikesafe initiative. Enjoying the learning process, the confidence and safety that the system offered as well as seeing how much my riding was improving I became an observer as a way to give something back and to encourage other riders to discover the same. Often seen on my Ducati Multistrada, I own several bikes and enjoy their maintenance and restoration.
I’ve been riding since I was sixteen, many years ago! My first bike was a 125cc BSA Bantam followed by a 350cc Matchless both bought out of a necessity for some form of transport. Riding these gave me a taste for a and a love of biking which remains with me to this day. I took a short break from bikes when I discovered cars and women which, of course, lead to marriage and children both activities requiring my time and money for several years. I got back into biking in 1988 and have had many bikes since then – if it’s got an engine and two wheels I’ll probably want it until another one comes along. My current bikes are a 2014 Suzuki V Strom for day to day riding and a 1995 Triumph Thunderbird for dry days and special occasions.
My route into advanced motorcycling was via blood bikes – membership of which required me to take an observed ride to assess my competence. This lead me to the IAM Roadsmart course (because I wanted to not as a requirement!) which I found very helpful and which definitely improved my riding skills. When I found myself with more time on my hands I trained as an observer and have been very pleased to assist a number of associates to gain their advanced riding qualifications.