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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

IPSGA – So what is that all about?

One of the underlying factors of the Police and IAM methodology is the concept of IPSGA. The principle is that Advanced Motorists “make progress” whilst ensuring the safety of themselves and those around them. This does not mean tearing around as fast as you can, but rather maintaining speed limits, where safe to do so. […]

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How to run a dog over

One of the things that I have always dreaded, when riding about, is an animal running out in front of the bike, and what the hell I would do. Well, last Sunday I had a chance to answer that question. I was out on the Hardly enjoying the sun and a nice straight country road. […]

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IAM Observer – Ride 2

Another stonkingly beautiful day, the sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky. A perfect day for ride. The problem was, I had pretty well maxed out on Advanced Riding and the techniques and system and the last thing I felt like doing was some advanced riding. I would have much […]

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The Portsmouth Riviera

Various parts of the south coast claim to be the “English Riviera”. Well, I think part of it is around Portsmouth, and it extends as far north as Queen Elizabeth Country Park Today was one of those occasions when I awoke to beautiful sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. I have been banned […]

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Where did all the bikes come from?

Last night I decided to ride back home along my old commuting route. This was Farnham, down to Bordon, and then on to the A3 and home. I had stopped running this route as it is really boring as there is invariably a queue of traffic going in to Bordon, and then all the traffic […]

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First ride with the IAM Observer

I was not sure what to expect, though given what I was told about my observer, John, I was not expecting a “pipe smoking” rider, of which I had come across a few at my local IAM days. I was surprised to see that there were going to be two of us riding with John, […]

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I have been assigned an Observer

I have been a Associate member of the Institute of Advance Motorists, having brought a “Skills for life” package last year. I was assigned an Observer last year, but had some bike issues and lost my slot. Eight months later and I have been assigned a different observer. This one is a serving Police Rider. […]

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I spent last weekend getting the TDM ready for commuting back to work on Monday. Took it out for a test ride on the Sunday and it ran fine. It did start raining, heavily, about 3 miles down the road, but the bike ran fine. Then the GF reminded me that I was taking her […]

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