From The Saddle (June 2020)

From The Saddle (June 2020)

Well, at least this month we can accurately call this piece ‘from the saddle’ once more. I hope that you’ve been able to take advantage of the relaxing of the lockdown guidelines to get out on your bike. We are continuing to advise that you build up to lengthy or...

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From The Garage (May 2020)

From The Garage (May 2020)

In the March edition of Slipstream I wrote “It’s always dangerous, ...to look forward to the start of the new riding season. The daffodils may be out but last year we had the ‘Beast from The East’ in March and we all sat in St Crispin’s that month watching the snow...

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From The Saddle (April 2020)

From The Saddle (April 2020)

Although this article from me every other month is titled ‘From the Saddle,’ it appears that it may be some time before we can get out on our bikes again. I was thinking back to February St Crispin’s when we took the unusual step of cancelling the observed rides and...

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From The Chair (March 2020)

From The Chair (March 2020)

It’s always dangerous, when writing for the March Slipstream edition, to look forward to the start of the new riding season. The daffodils may be out but last year we had the ‘Beast From The East’ in March and we all sat in St Crispin’s that month watching the snow...

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From The Saddle (February 2020)

From The Saddle (February 2020)

It’s only been a month since the Annual General Meeting in January. It was great to see so many of you there to support this and, for the first time, there was food left over! Although most of the time at the AGM was spent reviewing the last TVAM year, we also spent...

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From The Chair (January 2020)

From The Chair (January 2020)

Happy New Year everyone As I sit here writing this just before Christmas it’s tempting to look forward to the New Year and riding season with some excitement. The short, grey, wet days will be banished along with the Winter gloves and thermals. Already I’m hearing of...

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From The Saddle (November 2019)

From The Saddle (November 2019)

In my last “from the saddle” piece in September I mentioned that we were planning to trial a weekend of training for Associates. The weekend went ahead as planned on 12th and 13th October and each Associate that attended had four observed runs over the weekend, each...

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From The Chair (October 2019)

From The Chair (October 2019)

I’ve just got back from the last IAM Track Skills Day of the year which was held at Thruxton. It was a great day with most of the riders present being TVAM members taking the opportunity to brush-up their cornering skills on the lovely flowing, grippy track and to...

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From The Saddle (September 2019)

From The Saddle (September 2019)

Hi everyone One of the key activities of the club is the training we carry out to enable our Associates to put into practice a range of advanced riding skills and become ‘thinking riders’; truly Advanced Riders in every sense of that phrase. And to carry out that task...

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From The Chair (August 2019)

From The Chair (August 2019)

One of the most rewarding moments of being an Observer is when, at the end of a ride, your Associate pulls off their helmet, there’s a broad grin on their face, probably followed by, “Wow, I had no idea you could do that!” or something similar. It’s known as the ...

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From The Saddle (July 2019)

From The Saddle (July 2019)

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather and making the most of the runs and trips available. As I write this, we’re preparing for the Observer Weekend, which is an important event in the Observer and Training calendar. We will be taking some key themes from the...

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From The Chair (June 2019)

From The Chair (June 2019)

Riding our bikes has to be fun and exciting. After all it gives us a sense of freedom, power, and bonds us to mates who have shared the same experience: an experience you can only get if you’ve ridden a bike; gone to the same places; seen the same things; maybe ridden...

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From The Saddle (May 2019)

From The Saddle (May 2019)

Well, the weather is certainly improving, the run calendar is filling up and we’re all able to take advantage of the wide variety on offer. Getting out on social runs is really what the club is all about. Not only is it great fun to ride with like-minded, skilled...

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From The Chair (April 2019)

From The Chair (April 2019)

Last year the club ran the RideUP Scheme again. This is where we pay for young riders (under 30 years old) who have passed their test in the past two years to take the Advanced Riders Course including Test; give them free Look Lean & Roll and Advanced Braking...

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From The Saddle (March 2019)

From The Saddle (March 2019)

The record temperatures this February encouraged a lot of bikes out on to the road. At H Café on Sunday there were many bikes that appeared to have spent the previous months carefully cocooned in garages, having been lovingly cleaned before being put away. I imagine...

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From The Chair (February 2019)

From The Chair (February 2019)

Well it was January’s St Crispin’s and nearly 100 members had gathered in the lecture theatre for the Club’s AGM. For so many to give up their Sunday lunch for sandwiches and slides is either a sign of a revolution brewing or testimony to the support the Club has from...

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From the Saddle (January 2019)

From the Saddle (January 2019)

Happy New Year! It doesn’t seem as if it was a year ago that I was elected to the role of Chief Observer but with the AGM later this month it must be! The AGM is an important event in the TVAM calendar and provides you the opportunity to elect those who will run the...

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Are You Fit to Ride?

Are You Fit to Ride?

So when do motorcycle riders have to take an MOT ? Well never. Unless you reach a certain age or have a declared medical condition you probably have never had someone check out your suitability to go riding. Providing your license permits it you can merrily throw a...

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From the Chair (November 2018)

From the Chair (November 2018)

As we approach the end of the year I thought I’d take a moment to look back over the highlights of the TVAM season in 2018. My, and how the summer just went on, and on. Normally one would be stoking the log burner whilst writing the column for November but this year’s...

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From The Saddle (October 2018)

From The Saddle (October 2018)

I’m writing this having just returned from a weekend riding in Wales on the 7Ws trip. There’s something very different about riding in Wales; there’s no single thing, but the combination of (generally) good road surfaces, lower levels of traffic, great scenery and...

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