How to be a better rider
Taking the IAM advanced riding test You’ll meet up with the examiner at an agreed location. • There are over 300 IAM examiners around the UK. You take the test on your own motorcycle, which must • be road legal. A valid driving licence, insurance certificate and MOT • certificate (if required) must be presented before the test can begin.
The test takes about 90 minutes and covers 35 to • 40 miles. The route will incorporate all types of roads • and conditions: Motorways (where possible), dual carriageways, country roads and urban streets.
You should ride the way you have been shown by your • fleet trainer or volunteer observer. You must always stick to the speed limits, whilst riding • as progressively as conditions allow. You may be asked to demonstrate some simple, • slow-speed manoeuvring skills. At the end, the examiner – who will be a trained • police motorcycle rider and police advanced car driver –
will tell you whether you will be recommended for full membership. If you are not recommended you can retake the test at a later date.
•The test is presented in a friendly, non-intimidating way. A few minor faults don’t preclude you from becoming • a full IAM member, but infringements of the law will not be condoned.
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BRAKING DISTANCE Total stopping distance is worked out by adding ‘thinking distance’ and ‘braking distance’ together. The time it takes you to react is the main factor in 'thinking distance'. 'Braking distance' will vary according to your speed, the road surface, your machine’s weight and the condition of its suspension, brakes and especially its tyres. Remember, as your speed doubles, your braking distance will actually quadruple!
The fractions of a second that it takes to get your fingers on the brake lever could be crucial
Keep your foot over the rear brake pedal when there are developing hazards
"Remember, as your speed doubles, your braking distance will quadruple!"
OVERALL STOPPING DISTANCE (THINKING DISTANCE + BRAKING DISTANCE)
MPH 23 metres
MPH 53 metres
MPH 96 metres Braking distances increase significantly in the wet, especially at speed. One of the biggest factors in effective wet braking is the quality of your tyres.
You should always invest as much as you can afford to buy the best tyres possible. Also, always make sure you have plenty of even tread on your tyres. The legal minimum
is 1.0mm, but consider renewing your tyres well before they reach that low a level, as lack of tread and profile massively effects wet braking, steering response and handling.
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