From the Saddle (Slipstream April 2014)

Hi everyone. First off, I’d like to thank all those who attended this year’s AGM, and for giving me the opportunity to remain as Chief Observer for another 12 months, which look to be as busy and challenging as ever. This will be my 5th year as Chief Observer and...

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From the Chair (Slipstream March 2014)

Welcome to March! Hopefully we’ve finished with the flooding, and you and yours haven’t suffered too much. Now we can get on with a fun-packed year of events from Slipstream, and your local group’s activities. The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) campaigns to protect and...

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From the Saddle (Slipstream February 2014)

Hi everyone. Where is the time going? Already we are into February and it only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas and the New Year. TVAM is a great club, with lots of members covering a large geographical area, so one of the challenges is...

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From the Chair (Slipstream January 2014)

Happy New Year to all our club members. The majority of club members join TVAM with the aim of learning new skills, gaining confidence and finding some like-minded people to go riding with. Having attained their initial goal, many have stayed on to help others and to...

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From the Saddle (Slipstream December 2013)

Hi everyone. At a recent St. Crispin's Sunday, I talked about the IAM’s F1RST grade and the standard required to achieve that. The F1RST was introduced in March 2011, and there was a retrospective qualifying period of 2 years. That means that anyone who had ridden at...

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From the Chair (Slipstream November 2013)

Hi everyone, time for our latest update. Our key objective is maintaining our club; listening to all the stories, seeing the testimonials on the website, and looking at the statistics shows that we are doing just fine. But what else is happening? External awareness...

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From the Saddle (Slipstream October 2013)

Hi everyone, just a short piece from me this time as I’m busy trying to get ready for a trip to Germany and Austria with some of TVAM’s more ‘mature’ members. I like to think of this as my contribution to Care in the Community (good job they won’t get to read this...

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TOb Blog #5: The Final Chapter

I was happy to be back from my job abroad, with the prospect of improving weather and at least the next six months working in the UK, so it was time to get back in to my Observer training. So far, I’d completed all the key stages and progressed onwards to my first...

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From the Chair (Slipstream September 2013)

If anyone is having trouble trying to persuade their mates, colleagues and random motorcyclists in the street to get a bit of coaching and learn about this advanced motorcycling thing, and perhaps even join TVAM, try this; 97% of motorcyclists who passed an IAM test...

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What Not To Wear

Hot summer days; I love them.  It must be five years since we had some repeatable dry, warm weather when we actually wonder whether we may be too warm with all this biking kit on. But in the last three weeks I must have seen well over twenty riders with no gloves.  I...

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From the Saddle (Slipstream August 2013)

Hi everyone. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the lovely weather we’ve been having lately. These longer days and warm evenings are a fantastic opportunity to get out, explore new roads and see new places. I joined the Slough team on their monthly ride out recently and...

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TOb Blog #4: The 2nd Stooge Ride

New for 2013 is a second ‘stooge’ ride. It’s the last stage in our Pre-TOb training. I met up with Senior Observer Nigel Taylor, who’d be playing the part of my Associate, at Oxford Services. Service stations are a good meeting place, because they’re a safe and...

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From the Chair (Slipstream July 2013)

So two months into my role as your Chair, what’s happening? It’s the time of the year when many of us are able to spend some time, or even more time riding our bikes. Some of our TVAM courses run throughout the year, some are seasonal, but all are key to delivering...

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TOb Blog #3: TOb Induction

Long gone are the days when you could pass your IAM test one day, and be out as an Observer, with your very own shiny, new Associate, a couple of weeks later. So, as it can’t all be fresh air and motorcycle riding, we were back to the classroom for the next stage of...

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TOb Blog #2: The Riding Skills Check

Having passed through all those theory tests, quizzes and questionnaires, it was now time to get back out on the road. My group of six hopefuls from the October intake had become PTObs (Pre-Trainee Observers). Next on our journey towards becoming a full TOb (Trainee...

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TOb Blog #1: So, What’s Next?

I recently returned to biking after a twenty-five year break, and I can’t begin to say how glad I am to be riding again. I joined TVAM in April 2012, and have loved every step of my progress, from becoming an Associate, through my observed rides and coaching with...

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