Welcome to NAM

We welcome all riders who have a full motorcycle licence and are interested in finding out what advanced motorcycling is all about.

We can help you with your advanced motorcycle training in the Newcastle and North East area.

Feel free to browse around our Website and Facebook page or come along to one of our Monthly Meetings and find out about us.

Click on this link for details on How to join NAM

We are also offering FREE TASTER SESSIONS so you can give our advanced training a try before commiting to join, see below for more information.

Our New Home.

After the success of our January meeting at West Denton Fire Station, we have decided to make this our home for our monthly meetings and other events.

The full address is:

West Denton Community Fire Station, W Denton Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2RB

Click 'View larger map' to see this in google maps and plan your route to our meeting.

Be assured there is ample car parking and plenty of room for us and guess what cheap beer so select your nominated driver now!

Fort William - one room available

One Twin room has become available for our Fort William weekend

The room can be either a scenic room priced at £274 or a normal twin at £236. It will sleep one or two people, but the cost is the same.

Contact John McCormack either by email on social@nam-online.org or by using the contact us page.

Please be qucik as the room will be cancelled on 31st March.

Motorcycle Skills Day at Croft Circuit

Mick Kinghorn has communicated the following.

This is just to let you all know of a Motorcycle Skills Day at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire, which has recently been released on the IAM RoadSmart website and is now available to book.

It is a full day on Wednesday 13th September 2017 and the cost is £135.

It is also open for non members to book so for those car group Secretaries who wondered why they have been copied in, it is not exclusively for members so any friends, family or acquaintances you know who may be interested may apply. Further details on the IAM RoadSmart website.

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

March/April Events

19 March Senior Ride Out,

The plan is to explore Swaledale. Roughly in the direction of Richmond, Reeth and Kirkby Stephen, returning via Middleton, Stanhope and Blanchland, finishing at Brockbushes on the A69.

Here is the March ride out route ( 38kb PDF)

Mick has included a gpx file for those using Sat Navs.. Sat Nav route

25 March (Saturday) 10am - For observers only: Roadsmart/Radio training

This is being held at the West Denton Community Centre for a 10:00 start.

02 April (Sunday) 10am - Associates Ride Out. lead by Michael Sutherland and is open to all members.

'Coast and Castles 112 miles'. A steady run up the Northumberland coastline, the Scottish borders and the Cheviots; all welcome, especially Associates, new members and guests.

April Associates route ( 100kb PDF)

09 April (Sunday) 10am - Rider and Pillion training - location to be advised.

Sharing ideas and experiences then a ride out to put the theory in to practice ending at a coffee shop of course!

11 April (Tuesday) 7pm - Monthly Meeting at West Denton Community Fire Station, W Denton Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2RB.

Our very own Gordon Wilson - watch for further details soon

16 April (Sunday) 10am - Senior Ride Out. lead by Dave Glennie

30 April (Sunday) 10am - Associates Ride Out. lead by Ashley Webster

This is open to all members.

Payment for the Fort William Trip - 26May2017

We are coming up to the time when full payment is needed the details are:

  1. Single Room , £119-00 plus supplement £ 15-00, total £ 134-00 less deposit £ 25-00, Balance £109-00
  2. Twin Room / Double Room £119-00 x 2 = £238-00 total less Deposit £ 50-00, Balance £188-00
  3. Double Scenic Room £119-00 x 2 = £238-00 plus Supplement £42-00 Total £280-00 less deposit £ 50-00, Balance £230-00

The Balance should be paid either by cheque or bank transfer.

Cheques should be made payable to Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists, and given to our treasurer Dr Simon Parry. Please add the members name as a reference.

Bank tranfers by internet or otherwise should be sent to the events account - Sort code: 20-58-17, Account number: 93220117, please add your name as a reference

We require payment by the Club Night of 14th of March 2017, any Balance payments not received by this time may result in the Members room being cancelled in accordance with the terms we have with the Hotel.

If you have any queries please contact John either at a meeting, by email on social@nam-online.org or by using the contact us page.

Remember we're going on the second May Bank Holiday which is 26May2017 to 29May2017.

We are getting a good deal with a Shearings hotel Caledonian Hotel

Annual Subs Payment - now £20

We are now asking all of our members to amend their standing order payment for their subs to £20.

Making the payment by standing order 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 choose to set up a bank payment make sure you have a reference, your full name will do, so we know who has paid. The bank details for NAM sub payments are:

Account Name: Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists Social Fund

Account Number: 80931403

Sort Code: 20-58-17

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!

Sat Nav Event - Saturday 14th January

Informal event hosted by Michael Wilkinson - Recalculating - Sat Nav Skills - location to be advised but try this in Google maps or your sat nav - N54° 56.738' W1° 40.204

Click here ( 105kb PDF) for directions to the venue.

The Church hall is booked from 10:00am until 1:00pm

Terry Murphy has kindly provided a document he created explaining how to create and share a route in Base Camp (Garmin) Sharing GPS routes ( 500kb PDF)

Christmas Reading - Latest Newsletter Issue 4 2016

cover of 'Newsletter, Issue 4 2016

In this issue: Chairmans remarks • Notes from the editor • A bit of my bike history • Alderson Law • Magic boots • Not My Area of Specialism • and yes there's much more.

By clicking on the picture of the newsletter you can view it in pdf format, you'll need a plug-in to do this get the Adobe Reader plugin

AGM Highlights


New President - with the unanimous support of the Committee and Members, Ron Patrick was installed as the President of Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists. Ron is a long time member of the club and has served in a number of roles, most recently as Chair, and also as a senior observer. He was the first Associate to pass the Advanced Bike Test with the newly formed NAM. Ron remains as keen as ever, enjoying all aspects of club activities as well as touring extensively throughout Europe.

The Jack Lormor Award - instituted in memory of our late and much missed President, Jack Lormor, the award was presented by Jo Lormor to Geoff Spencer in recognition of the great contribution he has made to the success of the club and to road safety in our region. Geoff was a founder member of Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and subsequently a founder member of NAM. There isn’t much that Geoff doesn’t know about advanced riding and hasn’t done on a bike. He is still an active member of NAM, Rospa and Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Presentation - A cheque for £540 was presented by Jo Lormor to the Great North Air Ambulance, this being the money raised by those taking part in the Jack Lormor Memorial Ride held in September.

Increase in subscriptions - A resolution authorising the Committee to increase annual subscriptions from £15 to £20 received unanimous support. The increase will take immediate effect so if you haven’t already done so please amend your standing order instruction.

The IAM Group Achievement Award - presented by the IAM to the Motorbike Group which has had the most successful year across a range of performance indicators, the award brings with it a cheque for £1000. Commenting on the performance of NAM, Mick Kinghorn, IAM Area Service Delivery Manager described us a ‘flagship group’


Why not enjoy a free Taster Session with one of NAM's Observers.

Join us for a free observed ride of approximately one hour at a time to suit you.

The ride gives an introduction to Advanced Riding along with invaluable feedback.

Either follow the link to the IAM website Free Tasters - or go direct to NAM using our Contact us page.


Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists are delighted to announce the group has been awarded the prestigious Group Achievement Award by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Group Vice Chair Mel Leitch was presented with the award at the IAM National Conference held at Aston University in Birmingham.

The award, which takes into account the wide range of group activities, highlights the successful year enjoyed by NAM members.

In terms of recruitment, retention and test passes and a number of other performance measures NAM has come out on top.

Well done to all - we look forward to building on our success in the forthcoming year.

Pictures from the trip up to Pitlochry May 2016

01May15 Ride up to Pitlochry Thanks to Roland..

1-2-1 Training for NAM Full Members

Following the recent announcement at the club night we are now offering 1-2-1 training sessions with a member of the Training Team for all full members.

These can be arranged by contacting Eric using the email address training_admin@nam-online.org.

In a recent poll this was rated the second highest desired training members requested. So if you have been through your test some time ago, or just want a refresher then please get in touch.

You will be asked to contribute £15 to the observers costs.

Process for New Observers

The follow is a link to a document which describes the selection criteria for those wanting to become Observers.

It outlines how to prepare for the Observer role, the selection method, the training that will take place and the continued development Observers need to agree to.

It also outlines the progression through the various Observer positions i.e. National Observer, Training Team and Chief Observer.

The number of new Observers required will be determined annually, dependant upon expected demand and retirements.

If you require any further information, please contact any member of the Training Team.

The observer criteria can be found here - Observer Selection Criteria ( 31kb PDF)

Easyfundraising - make money for the club.

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.

Gift Aid

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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