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Joining Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists and the IAM is easy.


To join Northumbria Advanced Motorycyclists, you must:

  • hold a full motorcycle licence
  • book an Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Roadsmart Course (£149*) or be a full IAM member.

The IAM Roadsmart package includes course material, test fee and first year memberships of both IAM and Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists.

Once enrolled, you will be allocated to a local Observer. Your Observer will provide 1:1 coaching until you are ready to take your Advanced road test. As your Observer is a volunteer, you are asked to contribute £15 per session towards fuel and ‘wear and tear’.

We offer free, no-obligation ‘taster’ rides. Contact us to book your assessment or join us at one of our monthly meetings to discuss further.

Joining Instructions

Joining Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists and the IAM is easy.

  1. Purchase the IAM Advanced Rider Course   . When prompted to select a preferred IAM group, enter Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists (group number 4245). 12-month membership of both IAM and Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists is included. An Advanced Rider Course handbook will be sent to you.
  2. Our Membership Secretary will contact you to welcome you to the club and to invite you to our social events.
  3. Our Training Team Administrator will contact you to discuss your riding history. He will assign you to one of our Observers so that progres towards your Advanced test can begin. In the meantime, read our Briefing Notes for New Associates.

Wish to rejoin?

You are welcome to rejoin at one of our monthly meetings. Alternatively, please complete an application form and email it to This is required so that we can notify IAM of your renewed membership.

Already an Advanced Rider and IAM member?

Please contact us!

Membership benefits

 Social MemberAssociate MemberFull Member
£Freeincluded with IAM Roadsmartonly £20
Monthly meetings
Weekend trips
Category 1 ride outs 
Category 2 ride outs  
Skills days 
Slow riding 
Classroom training & workshops 
Check rides
Eligible for Observer training
(conditions apply)


To make your membership go further, we have arranged some great deals with the following local businesses. Give them your support.

These offers are valid strictly on production of a current IAM membership card.



Custom Lids

Custom Lids   (Team Valley) are offering 10% discount to NAM members strictly on production of a current IAM membership card.

This offer excludes sale items.




Proto   (Westgate Road, Newcastle) are offering NAM members 10% discount on anything in the store.



Ultimate Moto

Ulimate Moto   (Boldon) are offering the following deals:

  • 10% off parts (tyres and labour costs excluded)
  • 10% off tyre fitting
  • £25 MOT

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions!

Advanced riding is not about riding slowly or ‘stunts’. It is about greater skill, control, forward planning and fun.

By taking an IAM Roadsmart Advanced test, you will learn to ride using the system taught to Police motorcyclists. You will raise your own riding standard and enjoyment and learn how to get the best from yourself and your machine:

  • total control, all of the time
  • confident cornering
  • quick, efficient and safe overtaking
  • anticipating other road users’ mistakes
  • progressive riding to the conditions

No. As long as you hold a full motorcycle licence, you may join NAM and start preparation for your IAM Roadsmart test at any time.

If you have passed your driving standards agency (DSA) test and are looking to continue your development to become a safer rider, the answer is yes!

It doesn’t matter if you passed your test years ago and have plenty of road experience, or if you are a relatively new to riding (and haven’t yet picked up bad habits!). Wherever you are on your journey, we will work with you, at your pace, to help you become a safer rider and to maximise your enjoyment of riding.

To pass your IAM Roadsmart test, you will need to make safe progress on all types of roads, including motorways and dual carriageways. The Highway Code prohibits riders of motorcycles under 50 cc from riding on motorways. In practice, you will need a road-legal motorcycle with an engine capacity above 250 cc. Members have passed their tests on cruisers, sports bikes, adventure bikes, tourers and scooters.

The Training Administrator will allocate you to an Observer who will accompany you on your journey to becoming an Advanced Rider. Training takes the form of one-to-one, observed rides. Your Observer will accompany you on several rides so that he or she can give you pointers and advice, building up your skills until you are ready to put yourself forward for the IAM Roadsmart test.

Your Observer will usually talk over an aspect of your IAM Roadsmart course handbook and will select routes which provide opportunities to practice the skills discussed. You will be invited to classroom sessions and bike skills sessions. You will also be able to join other members on our monthly, ‘Category 1’ ride-outs. These is an ideal opportunity to meet other members and to discuss aspects of advanced road riding.

Yes. A number of our members are former riders who still enjoy the social side of the club. We also have members who are partners or children of riders and who may ride pillion.