Skills for Life – Preparing for the IAM test with Harrogate Advanced Bikes

In anticipation of the new riding season, Harrogate Advanced Bikes is pleased to notify associates and members of the first theory and slow riding events that will be held in 2016. All associates are asked and expected to attend these events, even if similar sessions were attended last year. Please note these dates in your diary.

Theory 1              Monday 29th February 7:30pm to 9:00 pm.

Theory 2             Monday 7th March 7:30pm to 9:00 pm

Both these events will be held at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane, Harrogate HG1 3DQ

Slow Riding         Sunday 24th April 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

The venue is the car park at the Knaresborough Technology Park, Manse Lane, HG5 8LF

(This date and venue is subject to confirmation)

The theory sessions cover understanding of the core motorcycle roadcraft skills that underpin the test by the Institute of Advanced Motorists and complement the practical observed rides that associates undertake with their individual observers. The sessions have different content and associates are strongly advised to prioritise attendance at both. The slow riding event gives the opportunity for slow riding techniques to be practised in a secure and safe environment with the support of experienced and skilled riders on hand to help and advise.

There is an open invitation to all members of Harrogate Advanced Bikes to come along to any or all of these sessions to brush up skills and knowledge and to contribute to their effectiveness.

Harrogate Advanced Bikes extends a warm welcome to any riders in the region in the region who would like to undertake the Skills for Life programme of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Skills for Life must first of all be purchased from the IAM and riders may then choose the local group that is most convenient and suitable to help prepare them for the advanced test. For further details – Click here

Harrogate Advanced Bikes Chief Observer, Doug Masterton, would welcome expressions of interest from club members (who have already achieved Skills for Life) in becoming IAM observers. The IAM programme and associated club activities depend upon members not only growing their skills but being willing to share them with other riders in order to improve the safety and enjoyment of motor cycling. If this is something that interests you, please email Doug on

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