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National Observer Tony Turner

LAM National Observer Tony Turner

When did you start riding?

My first bike was purchased in 1975 in order to commute to work, this being a Honda CB125. I did not particularly enjoy riding at this time as it was in all weathers and entirely urban riding. However things changed in 1980 when I became a professional motorcyclist in the form of a Traffic PC in the East End of London. Began riding Triumph 650 twins and then these were phased out for BMW800RT's. I sustained two serious accidents whilst riding Police bikes. The first was when a stolen car was driven at me and a colleague, hitting both our bikes. The second was in wet weather when a car skidded across the carriageway and collected me against the nearside kerb. Having lost confidence in riding I moved onto other duties but continued to commute on a bike.

 

How long have you been an Observer?

In 2002 I became an Associate with LAM and passed my Observer test in 2004. Two years ago I became a National Observer.


What does LAM mean to you?

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.

 
What is your favourite route?

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.


What is your number one safety tip?

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'.


What is your number one tip for passing the test?

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.


What is your favourite piece of riding kit?

My Sidi motorcycle boots. Nothing worse than wet feet.


What is your favourite bike?

My favourite bike is a Vincent Black Shadow, something I could never afford but a masterpiece of engine build and a classic.


What has been your best or funniest moment on a bike?

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.


Ask me about …..

Why I no longer ride motorbikes that are too heavy and with a high seat height.

 


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