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DAM Skills Days 2018

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Rookie Ride 05-11-2016


A cool but fine morning saw an equally fine turnout of around 25 riders at Exeter Moto Services for the Guy Fawkes Rookie Ride.

DSCN6655A Good Turnout


DSCN6674Ready for the Off

Heading north up the Exe Valley to Watchet we were treated to some gorgeous autumnal scenes with all the leaves having finally turned golden and cascading from the trees like snow. However we all remembered to treat the fallen leaves on damp road surfaces with due respect, especially in the twisties.

Having reached the north coast of Somerset we hung a left and parked up on the sea front at Blue Anchor for a refreshment stop at the Driftwood Cafe. Once again we were treated to a spectacular scenery with a view across a calm blue sea clear across to Wales.

Rookie Ride Nov 16 003aBlue Anchor Bay

On leaving the Driftwood we continued west for a short distance and then turned back inland towards Dunster and across Exmoor on the A396. With few other vehicles about we were able to enjoy the twisty bits at our own comfortable speed without having to continually brake into bends due to ditherers in 4-wheeled metal cages. We rejoined our outward bound route just south of Bampton and continued south along the Exe valley to Rewe where we paused and had a natter and said our goodbyes before splitting for home.

Rookie Ride Nov 16 013aRewe Parish Hall Car Park

To quote Wallace and Gromit, it was a grand day out. Very many thanks to the two Davids Mudge and Tripp for expertly shepherding us and ordering a sunny day from the fine weather fairies. Let's hope they are as obliging for Betty on the Memorial Ride.

Rookie Ride Nov-16 001aThanks to our Sweeper & Pilot

Nick T.      Photos courtesy Helen Beer & Betty Nott


Congratulations David Cooper

Congratulations to David Cooper for passing his

NATIONAL OBSERVER qualification on the 27th February



Congratulations David Page


david page

On the 7th October 2015 David Page above became DAM’s sixth IMI National Observer, after undertaking in-house IMI National Observer training. He is the first of DAM’s Observers to have gained his IMI National qualification starting from being a pre-IMI era Qualified Observer. Our sincerest congratulations, and thanks for all his hard work and dedication to the group.

Colin Opie (Chief Observer)



A very interesting article from the IAM and the Norsk Motorcycle Union on effective and precise riding techniques and understanding the essential physics of your motorcycle...


Road Survival Guide

A fresh look at SMIDSY
What a Fighter Pilot can teach us about being safe on the roads

HERE is an interesting article written by John Sullivan, a fighter pilot and crash investigator concerning Change Blindness.


Lights, Camera, Action....

An in depth review on the Hero GoPro camera

written by Robin Foster

The article can be viewed online HERE


Bikers warned of DVT risk

Bikers warned of DVT risk

Half of all UK motorcyclists risk leg problems and in worst cases deep vein thrombosis due to riding long distances without rest breaks, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).



BSA - The Glory Years and Beyond

BSA - The Glory Years and Beyond

by a DAM member who worked for BSA 


African Stories

African Stories