Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists
Promoting motorcycle road safety in Northumberland, Newcastle and the North East since 2002.
IAM Roadsmart Coaching
Preparing riders to pass their advanced motorcycle road test.
91% Pass Rate
Continuous training of Observers to maintain high standard of IAM Roadsmart test passes.
Motorcycle Skills Days
Providing safe environments in which to practice essential motorcycle skills and slow riding.
Bi-monthly ride-outs for Members and Associates from March to October.
Providing opportunities for riders to share experiences through monthly meetings and weekend breaks.
Winner: best UK motorcycle group 2016 (Institute of Advanced Motorists).
Our aim is to help motorcyclists ride to the highest standards by providing on-going support and advice. Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists' qualified, volunteer Observers prepare riders to pass their Advanced and Masters road tests.
With over 200 club members of all ages, male and female, every type of bike is represented. Motorcyclists join NAM for many different reasons. These include:
- seeking further development after passing the DSA test
- looking for safer and more enjoyable riding
- looking for other bikers to ride with
- wanting to join Blood Bikes and needing an advanced riding qualification
- fear of leaning and braking on bends
- fear of riding on busy roads and filtering
- fear of riding in the wet
- fear of getting back on the bike after an 'off'
Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists is affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists and is a registered charity (1099238).
Why we do what we do
I can't believe the progress I've made in a relatively short period of time
I came to biking via the direct access route in August 2016 and was looking for further training to make me a better, safer rider. I came across the IAM website and liked what I read.
Joining was very easy along and I was soon made welcome at an evening meeting of my local group, Northumbria Advanced Motorcylists
My expectations have been well and truly surpassed. I had been concerned that, because I choose to ride a mid-capacity (650cc ) bike, I would be out of my depth. No such thing!
I was very quickly assigned to my Observer and we arranged a ride to enable him to assess my riding. We developed an action plan, then built on that over a series of rides which I thoroughly enjoyed. My Observer gradually took me through "the system", building foundation skills, leading to me passing my advanced test.
I can't believe the progress I've made in a relatively short period of time. Learning how to become an advanced rider is a course of action I would recommend to anyone who rides on public roads, irrespective of age, sex or ability.
It's great to sort problem(s) that have been bugging you, to ride with confidence and get more enjoyment from riding your bike.
Alex Morrison, Pass 2018 (Kawasaki Versys 650)
I thought the advanced test was the end goal but it turns out, it’s just the beginning!
I came across NAM and IAM through an internet search. I was hoping to find a way to make my riding a bit smoother and to meet people who shared my love of biking.
The signing up process was quick and easy and I was assigned an Observer who was in touch within a few days. I was also put in touch with the Membership Secretary who introduced me to the NAM ladies. Everyone was lovely and, despite being worried that I would get lost on ride-outs, the drop-off system kept me with the group.
My Observer was crucial in the development of my understanding of ‘the system’ and helped transform my riding through a combination of observation, demonstration, diagrams, reading materials and many discussions over a cuppa. I also attended a slow riding session and picked up some great tips which have massively increased my confidence when filtering and manoeuvring at slow speeds.
I have just passed my test and am looking forward to finding new ways to improve my riding as part of NAM. I thought the advanced test was the end goal but it turns out, it’s just the beginning!
Donna Leiserach, Pass 2018 (Suzuki Gladius)
... an absolute lifesaver (literally)
'After passing my DSA test earlier this year, the techniques and skills I’ve learnt so far with NAM have been an absolute lifesaver (literally) and I’ve not yet passed my IAM test yet'
Barry Sayer (Triumph Tiger XC)
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Meet the team
Meet the riders who are involved in the day-to-day running of Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists.
Better still, why not come along to one of our club nights? Whether you're a rider or a pillion, you're guaranteed a friendly welcome!