Welcome to NAM

We welcome all riders who have a full motorcycle licence and are interested in finding out what advanced motorcycling is all about.

We can help you with your advanced motorcycle training in the Newcastle and North East area.

Feel free to browse around our Website and Facebook page or come along to one of our Monthly Meetings and find out about us.

Click on this link for details on How to join NAM

We are also offering FREE TASTER SESSIONS so you can give our advanced training a try before commiting to join, see below for more information.

Our New Home.

After the success of our January meeting at West Denton Fire Station, we have decided to make this our home for our monthly meetings and other events.

The full address is:

West Denton Community Fire Station, W Denton Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2RB

Click 'View larger map' to see this in google maps and plan your route to our meeting.

Be assured there is ample car parking and plenty of room for us and guess what cheap beer so select your nominated driver now!

Could you be our new Treasurer?

As announced at the September meeting, the position of NAM treasurer will become vacant at this year's AGM. Simon Parry, our current treasurer, is stepping down after 3 years in the role.

We are therefore inviting interested persons to put their name forward for election. The role involves the following responsibilities:

The position is one of the key trustee positions of the club. The treasurer is therefore expected to attend all committee meetings and participate in the strategic planning and development of club activities. In addition, the treasurer is responsible for:

  • Managing the club's finances
  • Keeping the committee informed of the club's financial position
  • Keeping accounting records and preparing annual accounts for presentation to members at the AGM
  • Collecting members' subscriptions and payments for trips and other events.
  • Banking any cash receipts
  • Managing and paying expense claims and other payables
  • Submitting the club's annual Gift Aid claim.

Although this may sound daunting, if you can manage your own household finances, the club accounts are no more complex. Simon is happy to have a chat with anyone who is potentially interested in the role. He has developed a very simple accounting system that is easy and efficient to use and is happy to provide training and ongoing assistance to anyone who takes on the role. You don't need previous accounting experience!

Booking for the Fort William Trip - 25May2018

We are planning our next Scotland trip, we'll be going to the same hotel as last year getting the same good deal.

Bookings and deposit payemt should be made on the October club night, the following are the full costs and the deposit required:

  1. Single Room , £119-00 plus supplement £ 15-00, total £ 134-00. Deposit £25-00 with a balance of £109-00
  2. Twin Room / Double Room £119-00 x 2 = £238-00. Deposit £50-00 with a balance of £188-00

The deposit should be paid either by cheque or bank transfer.

Cheques should be made payable to Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists, and given to our treasurer Dr Simon Parry. Please add the members name as a reference.

Bank tranfers by internet or otherwise should be sent to the events account - Sort code: 20-58-17, Account number: 93220117, please add your name as a reference

We require the booking and deposit on the Club Night of 10th of October 2017 so we can get all the deposits to Shearings by 31Oct2017.

If you have any queries please contact John either at a meeting, by email on social@nam-online.org or by using the contact us page.

Remember we're going on the second May Bank Holiday which is 25May2018 to 27May2018.

More information about the hotel can be found here Caledonian Hotel

Bluetooth Communications for Observers.

NAM has recently purchased Bluetooth Communications equipment for individual issue to the observer team and the roll out of this, and the associated training is underway.

Would all observers please see the Guide to Communications which has been posted both on the 'NAM Observers' Facebook page and in the Observers Pages of the Training section of this website.

This initiative has been partly funded by the cash prize awarded to NAM for being the 2016 winners of the IAM Group Award

Please contact Michael Wilkinson - secretary@nam-online.org - for further information

September/October Events

12 September (Tuesday) 7:00pm

West Denton Community Fire Station, W Denton Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2RB.<

Monthly Meeting.


Many members have previously benefited from training with the chaps at Ridewell and were sad to see that the operation had ceased.

Good news! Steve Darby, Nick Walker and Dick McCreddie are back and offering rider training and biker first aid training.

The team is joining us to talk about their new courses. Don't miss it!

17 September (Sunday) 10am

Senior Ride Out led by Danny Holmes

A classic trip to St Mary's Loch.

The route is here ( 160kb PDF)

The route as a sat nav gpx file (for Garmin) here

The route as a sat nav itn file (for Tom Tom) here

01 October (Sunday) 10am

Associates Ride Out led by Michael Wilkinson

10 October (Tuesday) 7pm

West Denton Community Fire Station, W Denton Way, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 2RB.<

Monthly Meeting.

Colin Irvine will talk about driving a VW Kombi overland to India and 15 years biking round Europe

15 October (Sunday) 10am

Senior Ride Out led by Brian Douds

Club Weekend to Harrogate - some details

April has organised this and the deposits for those going have been paid. The balance will need to be paid by the start of next month (August) that's £240 for doubles and £195 for singles.

We'll spend the weekend of 6-8th October at a hotel in Skipton, the Rendezvous@Skipton. The hotel is a mile outside of the town which can be reached by a walk along the canal tow path.

The hotel has a swimming pool and leisure facilities, bar and restaurant.

April has put more details on the facebook members page

New Link for accomodation in the Pyrenees

I've added a link to our links page for some interesting bike friendly accomodation in the French Pyrenees courtesy of April.

Lae de Haut

We have lots of links to bike related topics there, why not have a look at the Links page.

The first Newsletter for 2017

cover of 'Newsletter, Issue 1 2017

In this issue: Chairmans remarks • Notes from the editor • Training Team • Some bikes wot I've owned • Magic boots • Special Moments • and yes there's much more.

By clicking on the picture of the newsletter you can view it in pdf format, you'll need a plug-in to do this get the Adobe Reader plugin

Process for New Observers

The follow is a link to a document which describes the selection criteria for those wanting to become Observers.

It outlines how to prepare for the Observer role, the selection method, the training that will take place and the continued development Observers need to agree to.

It also outlines the progression through the various Observer positions i.e. National Observer, Training Team and Chief Observer.

The number of new Observers required will be determined annually, dependant upon expected demand and retirements.

If you require any further information, please contact any member of the Training Team.

The observer criteria can be found here - Observer Selection Criteria ( 31kb PDF)

Motorcycle Skills Day at Croft Circuit

Mick Kinghorn has communicated the following.

This is just to let you all know of a Motorcycle Skills Day at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire, which has recently been released on the IAM RoadSmart website and is now available to book.

It is a full day on Wednesday 13th September 2017 and the cost is £135.

It is also open for non members to book, it is not exclusively for members so any friends, family or acquaintances you know who may be interested may apply. Further details on the IAM RoadSmart website.

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Annual Subs Payment - now £20

We are now asking all of our members to amend their standing order payment for their subs to £20.

Making the payment by standing order reduces the work load on our Treasurer and Membership Secretary and prompt payment makes it easier to plan the finances for the club.

Here is the standing order form - print it out, add your details and give it in to your bank. standing order.

If you choose to set up a bank payment make sure you have a reference, your full name will do, so we know who has paid. The bank details for NAM sub payments are:

Account Name: Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists Social Fund

Account Number: 80931403

Sort Code: 20-58-17

You can still pay by cheque but this has to be made in the first two weeks of January. If paying by cheque put you NAM membership number on the back.

Thanks for prompt payment!

AGM Highlights


New President - with the unanimous support of the Committee and Members, Ron Patrick was installed as the President of Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists. Ron is a long time member of the club and has served in a number of roles, most recently as Chair, and also as a senior observer. He was the first Associate to pass the Advanced Bike Test with the newly formed NAM. Ron remains as keen as ever, enjoying all aspects of club activities as well as touring extensively throughout Europe.

The Jack Lormor Award - instituted in memory of our late and much missed President, Jack Lormor, the award was presented by Jo Lormor to Geoff Spencer in recognition of the great contribution he has made to the success of the club and to road safety in our region. Geoff was a founder member of Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and subsequently a founder member of NAM. There isn’t much that Geoff doesn’t know about advanced riding and hasn’t done on a bike. He is still an active member of NAM, Rospa and Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Presentation - A cheque for £540 was presented by Jo Lormor to the Great North Air Ambulance, this being the money raised by those taking part in the Jack Lormor Memorial Ride held in September.

Increase in subscriptions - A resolution authorising the Committee to increase annual subscriptions from £15 to £20 received unanimous support. The increase will take immediate effect so if you haven’t already done so please amend your standing order instruction.

The IAM Group Achievement Award - presented by the IAM to the Motorbike Group which has had the most successful year across a range of performance indicators, the award brings with it a cheque for £1000. Commenting on the performance of NAM, Mick Kinghorn, IAM Area Service Delivery Manager described us a ‘flagship group’


Why not enjoy a free Taster Session with one of NAM's Observers.

Join us for a free observed ride of approximately one hour at a time to suit you.

The ride gives an introduction to Advanced Riding along with invaluable feedback.

Either follow the link to the IAM website Free Tasters - or go direct to NAM using our Contact us page.


Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists are delighted to announce the group has been awarded the prestigious Group Achievement Award by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Group Vice Chair Mel Leitch was presented with the award at the IAM National Conference held at Aston University in Birmingham.

The award, which takes into account the wide range of group activities, highlights the successful year enjoyed by NAM members.

In terms of recruitment, retention and test passes and a number of other performance measures NAM has come out on top.

Well done to all - we look forward to building on our success in the forthcoming year.

Pictures from the trip up to Pitlochry May 2016

01May15 Ride up to Pitlochry Thanks to Roland..

1-2-1 Training for NAM Full Members

Following the recent announcement at the club night we are now offering 1-2-1 training sessions with a member of the Training Team for all full members.

These can be arranged by contacting Eric using the email address training_admin@nam-online.org.

In a recent poll this was rated the second highest desired training members requested. So if you have been through your test some time ago, or just want a refresher then please get in touch.

You will be asked to contribute £15 to the observers costs.

Easyfundraising - make money for the club.

Help the club when you buy goods online. It makes no difference to what you pay for your purchases but the club gets a donations - money for nothing!

If you need a hand signing up find me at a club night and I can help you sign up then and there.

DaveS - I'll be the one with the laptop pc usually helping with the projector.

Gift Aid

There's an easy way you can help raise funds for NAM. Simply fill in a Gift Aid form and hand it to a committee member.

You have to be a full group member and a tax payer.

For more details and the forms to down load follow this link to the forum. Gift Aid

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