In 2002 I became an Associate with LAM and passed my Observer test in 2004. Two years ago I became a National Observer.
My main reason in Observing for LAM is from my own experience of motorcycling and that it can be a dangerous pursuit. I get considerable satisfaction in coaching Associates to develop their own riding skills with a view to being a safer rider and to pass the advanced test with IAM.
Having completed the North Coast 500 recently, the scenery and the challenging roads on the west coast of Scotland was an experience not to miss.
I consider that the information stage of IPSGA is the key to advanced riding. The use of all our sensesprovides a rider with the ability to assess both actual and potential hazards and then apply the next stages of the 'system'.
Once your riding development has reached test standard, put in for the test. Make sure you put further practice miles in and ensure your knowledge of the Associates handbook and Highway Code is good. On the test ensure your ride is safe and lawful and don't feel pressured into making hasty overtakes.
My Sidi motorcycle boots. Nothing worse than wet feet.
My favourite bike is a Vincent Black Shadow, something I could never afford but a masterpiece of engine build and a classic.
Still remember the time on a LAM trip to North Wales. Riding a recently purchased KTM Adventure bike with side panniers. After a water hole stop I was unaware a pannier was not securely shut. I then rode along the road as lead but was depositing items of clothing and footwear as I went. Then
unaware that fellow 'LAMkins' were stopping to collect the stuff from the road behind me. Cost me drinks all round.
Why I no longer ride motorbikes that are too heavy and with a high seat height.
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