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Welcome to the first newsletter from the new BWAM committee.
We aim to carry on the good work that Jon Dunn and the team did over the last 3 years, and as you can see by the number of events and activities that have been going on the club has been pretty active over the summer months.
Myself, I went to Europe and covered France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy and covered 3500 miles in 14 days.
Not an epic "Long Way Round" or anything, but actually a fantastic time practising advanced riding techniques on roads that I was unfamiliar with, and that were great biking roads! I was riding with a number of others who weren't advanced riders and it showed, particularly when overtaking and cornering. And to me, that is why I am an advanced rider; enjoying the thrill of biking on unfamiliar roads, safely, and whilst making 'good progress'.
So why are you an advanced rider? Let me know as I want to start to put our stories on the website to encourage more of Dorset's motorbiking community to join us!
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been six test passes since the last newsletter, one of which had been a long-term associate. Thanks to John Spinks for his persistence. Unfortunately Clive Hale was unable to continue with his observer training due to a change in his personal circumstances. Steve Sergeant and Brian Hallett are currently undergoing observer training. Congratulations to Jez Graves who has successfully passed his qualified observer test. Stirling Keens is currently being trained by Mark Bezzant to become a national observer. Currently there is only one associate identified as having the ability to pass their test within 10 rides. Nigel Jenkins has just been allocated to Gary Watton. This list of associates invited to the OAR’s and ACHS stands at 14, which, are well received. The Observer weekend in Wales was well received by all observers despite the inclement weather. This did not dampen the observer’s determination to have a constructive and enjoyable weekend.Thanks the team leaders who helped over the weekend being: Steve Palmer, Paul Gardiner and our examiner, Chris Smith.
There is always a need to recruit additional observers, any qualified members who wish to be considered in this regard please contact me.
The website is probably due a bit of a revamp, so over the winter expect to see some key changes. One is to hopefully make it a bit quicker and stop the events page crashing every 5 minutes. The second is to make it more mobile friendly. A lot of visitors use smart phones, so I am going to make it more readable and useable from a phone or tablet. I will probably change the forum too, as it is not really used by members apart form looking at notices and announcements so I will keep that side of it. So keep visiting, but expect to see some changes over the next 6 months.
Since the last newsletter we have had a variety of topics and events on club nights starting with Kevin Partridge of the driver training unit in the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Kevin gave an excellent presentation and a very detailed insight into the training of the tender drivers, the law relating to their exemptions and then the way that they should drive given these exemptions and their own risk assessments.
For members who attended we now know why the fire engines turn sirens off when in areas of solid white lines and at roundabouts and traffic lights!
Next up was an evening of ‘Meet the Examiner’ with Chris Smith which as ever was an excellent event.
It was not only directed at and useful for associates but also for members who had a chance to ask Chris about his opinions on certain road situations and first register and masters training.
Several members attended two track days organised by the IAM at Thruxton and coordinated by the club as spaces were very hard to come by. Everyone who attended thoroughly recommended the days to other members who might be considering it for 2015, especially as the Hopp Training Days have come to an end.
The club attends the Poole Bike Night on Poole Quay on the first Tuesday of each month and has secured use of the IAM mobile unit which we have been fortunate enough to site alongside our examiner who has been promoting Bikesafe. We have had several new members sign up for BWAM on the night so efforts of several members have been very worthwhile.
We have recently had a club night at Henstridge Airfield where we were treated to a BBQ type evening after our ride out and many family and friends as pillion or by car joined us to number over 50 people in total.
Henstridge staff organised a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance for 4 members to have a short ride in an aircraft around Dorset on the night before we were all given the opportunity to ‘race’ down the runway at the end of the evening. It was such a good evening that we will no doubt consider doing the same again next summer, hopefully the weather will be picture perfect then as well. In the coming months we have a BWAM away weekend to Tiverton and several rooms have been reserved which are still available to be booked on the evenings of 19 and 20 September. Members are invited to attend on either or both evenings and to ride on the Saturday and Sunday. It is an informal event but a great chance to ride new unfamiliar roads in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and pillions are welcome. The venue for those who are interested is the Tiverton Best Western Hotel.
Club nights before Christmas will include Smart Riders, our friends at Bournemouth Borough Council, the history of Poole Bike Night and of course the Chairman’s Christmas Quiz. If you wish to get in touch about any of the above or anything else please contact me via email at email@example.com
Enjoy your riding until next time
Summer is here, busy time for all of us, what happened to June and July? The wettest winter in memory has been followed by glorious motorcycling weather over the whole of Europe and many miles have been ridden by members at home and away. All ride reports welcome for the next Newsletter
The new 2014 committee has met for the first time since their election.
Tony Martin, Nigel Williams and Brian Hallett assisted by Andrew Carr and Jason Townsend are steering the club forward, aiming to consolidate and improve the training and social activities of BWAM. Dave Orvin and his team of observers are also hard at work behind the scenes improving the standard of riding for associates and members.
Jon Dunn is looking after newcomers to the club as associate liaison and is offering introductory rides throughout the year.
Over the summer months opportunities to promote the club have been taken wherever possible. The newly developed and designed Business cards are now in wide circulation popping up in dealer and accessory outlets and on advertising space throughout the County. If anyone knows of a relevant outlet we can place a card, then please let me know. BWAM were represented again this year at the J.P. Morgan Transportation Festival at their Castle Lane site. Many employees visited our stand and we were able to discuss what BWAM do from both the advanced skills and safer riding perspective.
BWAM was also represented on the first Tuesday of June, July and August at the Road Safety evening at Poole Quay. Again we teamed up with Solent Advanced Motorcyclists, using their Display Trailer, this time positioning it in a more prominent position alongside the Bike Safe unit on the Quayside. On all three evenings we attracted a good deal of interest, speaking to a number of people who were genuinely interested and have subsequently signed up for the “Skills for Life” package and have now joined us. From both the organisers and our prospective, the events was deemed to be a success and we hope to return next year.
In July, BWAM were invited to attend the SmartRiders special weekend event, which was held to celebrate their 10th year of supplying motorcycling clothing and equipment. The event was well attended and created a great deal of interest attracting many visitors over the two day event. BWAM attended on both days and were pleased to speak with a number of interested people whom we hope may join in the future.
If anyone knows of any events where we would benefit from attending then please do not hesitate to contact me.