Advanced Motorcycle Training

There is nothing like the thrill of accelerating on a motorcycle. Or the satisfaction from taking the perfect line through a series of bends. Riding a motorbike is fun!

But there are risks.

Why learn Advanced riding skills?

We’ve all seen dash-cam footage showing how quickly and catastrophically things can go wrong in bends, at junctions and during overtakes.

Advanced riding gives us tools for managing these risks and for turning us into ’thinking riders’. These tools are based upon the system used by Police riders and which allow them to plan for and negotiate hazards, even at pursuit speeds.

Here to help at every turn

Nothumbria Advanced Motorcyclists’ Training Team are dedicated to helping riders develop and maintain advanced riding skills.

  • Enrolling for IAM Roadsmart

    Read our briefing for new Associates .

  • Advanced Motorcycle Training

    Motorcycle skills documents and videos compiled by members of the Training Team to complement your IAM Roadsmart training.

  • Preparing for your Advanced Test

    Read our tips and advice on preparing for your IAM Roadsmart test .

  • Taking your Advanced Test

    Read our answers to common questions about the IAM Roadsmart test .

    If you have any other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to discuss with your Observer or a member of the Training Team .

  • Maintaining and improving your Advanced Skills

    Training Events

    Every season the Training Team work to provide a full program of motorcycle skills days and workshops to supplement the IAM Roadsmart training.

    See our events calendar for details.

    Ride To The Next Level

    Find out more about our Ride To The Next Level offer, available to all members who have passed their IAM Roadsmart test .

  • F1RST and Masters mentoring

    Our Training Team have members who have achieved IAM Masters and ROSPA Gold, each referred to as the highest standards of civilian motorbike tests. We will mentor and advise any club member wanting to work towards this level of riding.

    Speak to a member of the Training Team for further information. You will be offered an opportunity to have an assessment of your skill level prior to making any commitment.

  • Observer Training

    Becoming an Observer is a great way to ensure that your skills and knowledge stay up to date.

    Find out how to become an IAM Observer .

Classroom sessions

In addition to ‘on the road’ advanced motorcycle training, every season the Training Team deliver classroom-based theory sessions. These focus on specific skills in line with the IAM Roadsmart Associates Handbook. The sessions explain the theory behind advanced riding and provide opportunities for discussion and sharing of experiences which can be particularly valuable.

Workshops cover:

  • cornering
  • overtaking
  • motorways and dual carriageways
  • human factors
  • winter riding
  • carrying a pillion
  • continental touring
  • shipping your bike abroad
  • the use of sat-navs and route plotting software
  • packing for a trip

For details of forthcoming sessions, see our motorcycle training events   page.

Our club members have a vast amount of experience of all kinds of riding on all types of bikes, in all manner of places and conditions. Learn from their mistakes, pick their brains and even join them on trips exclusively for those new to motorbike touring!

Page updated June 29, 2019