Twist Grip – June 2016

To our readers

Welcome to the February issue of Twist Grip

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No sooner does the sun start rising before 8am and setting tantalizingly close to 5pm, than our friendly roving jetstream dishes up lean angles for riding in straight lines and major trials for modern waterproof gear. Still, even if I am not enamoured of battling against winds that are quicker than me, riding in the rain can have a revelatory, almost cozy quality – assuming of course that your waterproofs hold. I have a painful memory of an exceptionally wet ride in tandem with my brother, from Oxford to Lancashire one New Year's Eve in the early 1980s: stood at traffic lights in the centre of Manchester (he was still on L-plates, hence the non-motorway route), I could have sworn that someone had stuffed a garden hose down my kecks and opened the tap wide. Wet-weather riding isn't like that any more, thank goodness. Still, drier and warmer weather will make getting the bike out that bit more rewarding after much gritting of teeth over the winter. Until then, I hope that this edition of Twist Grip will brighten up your days, despite the paucity of Run Reports.

I should draw attention in particular to Sandy Dickson's piece on Bob Crawley's retirement from examining, a fitting tribute to the energy and commitment that Bob has brought to our and other groups over the years.

Don't forget to use the navigation bar at the top of the TwistGrip pages, not everything fits on the front page!

Keep the power on!

Bob Crawley has now stepped down from duties as an IAM examiner

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Keep the power on!

Some of you will recognise the old bloke in the photograph, Bob Crawley – IAM examiner and general biking enthusiast from Kelso. It was alleged by some that he retired a few years ago but in fact he came back to help all of us in the IAM out.

EDAM slo-mo and machine control day

The Slo-Mo day returns to East Fortune airfield this May

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Slo Mo Day is back - East Fortune Sunday 29th May 9:30–16:00.

Another chance to brush up your slo mo, and practise exercises from IAM's Full Control document.

A word from the Chair

Yes, we still have weather

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A word from the Chair

 Well, Christmas & New Year is but a dim and distant memory and we seem to be in an era of rainfall of Biblical proportions. The first photograph is from 5th November and is the weir in the park at the back of my office. The second is the same weir thirteen days later, it does not seem to have stopped raining since. Even the dog has stopped going outside unless dragged.

Biker Down course at Motherwell Fire Station

With views of a stunning Fire Service Fireblade

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Biker Down course at Motherwell Fire Station

I left Edinburgh on my Tiger 955i on a bright, sunny winter’s morning in January and arrived in Motherwell in a winter wonderland. When I arrived, Andy Kane, who was helping to run the course, pointed out that I was the only one of the 28 attendees crazy/stupid enough to rock up on a bike. I anticipate that once I have completed my training my forward planning will have improved – or at least Tom Charge will have taught me some tips on how to ride in snow!

Membership benefits

A reminder about the benefits of your EDAM membership

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This is just a reminder that your membership of EDAM confers on you benefits in addition to those that you have as a member of IAM.