In this issue: Chairmans notes • A word from the editor • Meet the Training Team • Rideouts and Events • A trip to Ireland • The Workshop • and yes there's much more.
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TIME:- 11:00am to 15:00pm
MEETING POINT:- B & Q Car park
TIME:-BETWEEN 10:00 and 10:30am
DEPART FOR MUSEUM:-10:35’ish
Cheryl McCarrick [event organiser] has asked that we be at the museum for 10:45 latest this will allow us to be in the museum before the gates open to the public at 11:00am. and time for the organisers to get us sorted out.
There will be complimentary tickets to ride the trains for those who would like to do so. Also the possibility of refreshments too.
So come along and enjoy a great day out. If you have a vintage bike or even a one that’s old’ish bring it along. They have also invited Tyne Valley Classic Motorcycle Club to attend so that will be of some interest to us as bikers and probably bring back some memories of your early biking days.
We, as a club, have always been good at supporting other charities so here is an opportunity to do so again by giving them a great attendance. I look forward to see you all on the day,
David Henderson. Chairman.
Many of us who ride on the road never truly experience how capable and stable our machines are in braking and cornering. Indeed, as advanced riders we use IPSGA to avoid situations where we have to use the brakes 100% or turn the bike quickly to avoid a collision. Even if someone tells you how stable the bike is or what its capable of, you will not truly believe it until you have experienced it yourself. So if you want to know how quickly your bike can really stop? Want to practice steering techniques in a safe environment? Want to practice slow riding? Want to have an enjoyable experience and learn something about Bike Control?
Then come along to our Bike Control Skills sessions at
** Meet at the Robin Hood pub on the military road ready to leave at 11.45am prompt so that we all arrive at the Barrack's gate together which will assist security.
If you are interested please email the training team leader at
with your name and the date you wish to go. ( We need to supply the Barracks with details of people attending for security reasons).
Great news Blood bikes have been successful in wining a £25,000 grant. They plan to use this money to buy two new motorcyles.
Blood bikes wish to thank all NAM members who voted for them.
The attached pdf file will explain everything. Vote Blood Bikes
Northumbria Blood Bikes has applied to the Aviva Community Fund for support. There is a £25,000 prize to be given to one project which, obviously, we would like to be us.
Following the public vote, we have been confirmed as a finalist in our category.
Enormous Thanks to everyone who voted for us, especially our friends from Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists.
Watch this space for further news!
Michael got talking to a retired couple from Shiremoor in the café at Alnwick at the end of today's (excellent) ride out.
Mrs Alwyn Rennicke was very interested in the club's charitable activities and asked if she could make a donation of £10 towards our rider training work
We thank Alwyn very much for this, a very kind gesture.
We are now asking all of our members to pay their £15 subs by standing order.
This reduces the work load on our Treasurer and Membership Secretary and prompt payment makes it easier to plan the finances for the club.
Here is the standing order form - print it out, add your details and give it in to your bank. standing order.
If you are making a bank payment make sure you have a reference, your name will do, so we know who has paid. You can use the bank details on the standing order form.
You can still pay by cheque but this has to be made in the first two weeks of January. If paying by cheque put you NAM membership number on the back.
Thanks for prompt payment!
Some members have received emails supposedly from Roland McLeod asking for them to send Membership Money.
We never ask for Membership Money this way please ignore the Email as it’s a scam,
The rideouts page has now all the dates for next years rideouts.
How about leading your own rideout this year?
Ian Du Rose asks anyone who wishes to organise a rideout to contact him. Ian provides all the support you'll need, just bring your idea for a route and take it from there.
Chaz Davies is a world champion motorcycle racer. But, amazingly, only passed his road test this summer. Now he's going back to school for further training. See how he gets on this episode as he meets up with fellow bikers, and comedian Alan Davies, for their first riding assessment.
Have you ever considered further training?
See Chaz and Alan in training on youtube - Back to School
Thanks to Barry for this.
Loads more pictures on our Photo page
Please fill in this very short survey which will help the training team identify which would be popular events for NAM.
Kevin has pulled together a advanced biking quiz for you to try. biking quiz
We've created a new page to display the NAM and IAM items you can purchase.
Click on the link on the side bar or this link for more details Merchandising
NAM are offering the opportunity of a free rider assessment to all motorcyclists who are considering advanced training.
The rider assessment consists of an hour long (approx) rideout with one of our trained Observers, after which you'll get honest feedback about your abilities and what you should work on to improve your riding.
You must be in possession of a full motorcycle licence and your own taxed and insured motorcycle.
To find out more use our Contact Page to request further information.
The IAM skills for life package is the usual way of of joining the IAM and starting your motorcycle training. The IAM are now offering this at a discounted price.
To find out more click here Skills For Life Package
Remember to name Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists when you apply our IAM group number is 4245.
After 'the first on scene' talk we had in the February club meeting there have been a few useful ideas sent my way.
The first is a youtube video explaining how we can make best use of our mobile phones in an emergency. YouTube, Using your Mobile Phone in an Emergency
Thanks to Michael Wilkinson for this.
The second was suggested by a few club members notably Paul Connell and partner.
ICE (In Case of Emergency) are contacts you put in your mobile phone address book to help the emergency services find out who to contact if you are involved in an incident. This link to a BBC article explains it much better than I can.
Help the club when you buy goods online. It makes no difference to what you pay for your purchases but the club gets a donations - money for nothing!
If you need a hand signing up find me at a club night and I can help you sign up then and there.
DaveS - I'll be the one with the laptop pc usually helping with the projector.
Our very own Kevin Wellden and Louise Atkinson are now up and running with their holiday cottages in Brittany France and are ready to take bookings. They are, of course, biker friendly and welcome club members whether on their bikes or not!
Sunshine, glorious scenery, fabulous food, no traffic and no tolls!
Kevin and Louise are pleased to offer NAM members 20% off their published prices, email email@example.com or call 07960 913006 for more information
Now listed on Sawday's Special Places to Stay!
More details can be found on their website, click on the picture to open it.
There's an easy way you can help raise funds for NAM. Simply fill in a Gift Aid form and hand it to a committee member.
You have to be a full group member and a tax payer.
For more details and the forms to down load follow this link to the forum. Gift Aid
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