Twist Grip – June 2016

Advanced Test Failed

In July I sat my Advanced Test. I failed. Here’s my report and why I won’t be re-sitting it.

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Advanced Test Failed

Putting in for your test starts by phoning the IAM to request an Advanced Test date.  The IAM got in touch with a local Examiner who contacted me to arrange a mutually suitable date and meeting location. 

Congrats & Welcome

Six new members and four test passes. Another great month for EDAM

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Congrats & Welcome

In the pictue above Agis Soulas receiving his IAM certificate & Ms Laidlaw refund cheque from Carina Cairns, EDAM Group Ambassador. Read on to hear more success stories and see more new faces.

Riding Tip #12

Two short videos that demonstrate observation opportunities

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Riding Tip #12
When we discuss observation links, usually the conversation tends to focus on the obvious ones - following a bus (it will stop)  or following a vehicle with foreign number plates ( prepare for anything).

East Lothian Tour

A less adventurous run Sunday 2nd August or the East Lothian pretty villages tour

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East Lothian Tour
As Fraser had cancelled his “Argyle Adventure” due to being between bikes, I had planned a replacement run to Loch Earn & the Dukes Pass, but the weather forecast for the west of Scotland was grim.

Fighting your corner

Overtaking features in the 5 most common motorcycle accidents we encounter.

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Fighting your corner

Overtaking is a basic skill and requires the ability to judge speed and distance and know the capability of your own motorcycle. Motorcyclists are at particular risk when overtaking a line of traffic, as the case law below will demonstrate. 

Ingliston Skills Day

Keeping the skills of IAM members at the fore of safety riding in Scotland

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Ingliston Skills Day

A bright and sunny day beconed on Saturday 15th August this year – as rare as good days get in Scotland, all of the IAM Car and Bike groups in Scotland came together and brought a huge wealth of talent and resources together under one roof.  

Run to the seaside

Sunday 23 August. North Berwick, on one of the warmest days of the year. What's not to like?

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Run to the seaside

It was nice to see Bob Crawley as I pulled into the Steading car park. I thought I'd get there early, but Bob had beat me to it. I was all fuelled up and ready to go on what would be my first ride in nearly a month.

TG Survey Results

In August we ran a short survey. 85 members took the opportunity to have their say.

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TG Survey Results

I was overwhelmed by the number of Members that took the time to feedback on the content and format of TwistGrip. The results and comments have been insightful and improvements are already in hand.

Road to Happy Bottom

Warning: if you have led a sheltered life, this article might not be for you.

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Road to Happy Bottom

For years I have wanted to do a bike run to places with rude names. There are plenty, but few in Scotland, and those we have are either in towns (like Bladda in Paisley) or too far away (like Twatt in Orkney). 

The Lone Ranger

Titled the 5 Lakeland Passes with a group of potentially 15 riders with 11 on the day.

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The Lone Ranger
Leaving Dreghorn at 8.30am cloudy skies and some drizzle with the promise from Fraser of clearer skies on route South and West.  A pre run briefing highlighting the main points of the route and we were off.

Croft Report

Roadcroft: Getting my road riding skills back ‘on track’ Croft Circuit Monday 17th August 2015

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Croft Report

Well so far it’s been a relatively poor summer weather-wise in Scotland. That coupled with the fact I spend a lot of time commuting from Edinburgh to a job in Glasgow means that there hasn’t been much time or inclination to get the bike out this season. 

A Word from Chair

I have attended two IAM events this month one at Ingliston and one at the Croft racing circuit.

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A Word from Chair

Two very different types of riding and training were involved. There is always something to learn from trying something different. You will all understand the phrase ‘acceleration sense’ meaning the ability to control the speed of the bike with the throttle such that the use of brakes is limited or not required at all.