By participating in one of our Skills Days you will get one to one (normally) on-road coaching from an IAM qualified Observer and be able to practise slow riding, balance and machine control in a safe and contained environment. We start with a theory session presented by one of our senior trainers on cornering, braking and a planned system of riding. We even throw in lunch and refreshments!
You must hold a full motorcycle licence, ride a road legal motorcycle capable of the national speed limit and not be barred from riding.
The day starts with arrival at the venue between 9 -9.30 am and ends by 4.30pm.
We ask for a donation of £25 to help cover our costs for the day and as these courses fill up quickly you are recommended to book your place as soon as possible.
A cool but fine morning saw an equally fine turnout of around 25 riders at Exeter Moto Services for the Guy Fawkes Rookie Ride.
A Good Turnout
Ready 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.
Blue 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.
Rewe 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.
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.