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The cover photo was taken at the popular destination of Finchingfield and was submitted by Paul Spalding. Mike Roberts did the cover picture editing and graphical work.

July 2015. The Rossfeldstrasse, Bavaria near to Berchestgaden. It's a toll road but what a great spend of 4 Euro! Liz got camera happy from the pillion seat.

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your Committee No Calls After 21:00 Please Officers Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary Treasurer

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Contents Germany Committee Chairman’s Chat New Associates News Flash SAM Cover Picture SAM Membership SAM Theory Evening How to avoid SAM’s Breakfast Run Tea Shops Ride Co-Ordinator and leaders Saturday Jaunt Gift Aid A Message from the Treasurer Editorial Advertise Here Members Information SAM Dates for you Diary Italy Our Venue

by John Jenkins by Steve Gocher by Trevor Read by Mike Roberts by Linda Barker by Karl Hale by Kevin Williams by Mike Roberts by Sara Hale by Bryan Duncan by Bryan Duncan by Editor by Committee by Mike Roberts by Ian Hardy

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next Issue Closing date for copy – Friday after club night. Send via e-mail or on a USB memory stick (which will be returned) or even hand-written, not a problem. The Editor reserves the right to edit, amend or omit as he feels fit.

WEBSITE ADDRESS SAM is a registered Charity ~ No. 1067800 All Official Correspondence to:

The Secretary, Les Steggles, 1 Apple Grove Wetherden, Suffolk IP14 3RB

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Chairman's Chat A very warm welcome to the February edition of the SAM Observer. I recently took my Triumph Tiger Sport in for a major service at Lings Suffolk Triumph. Whilst it was in the workshop I decided to take the new Tiger Explorer XRT out for a test ride. Keep an eye out for my review and comparison of the two Tigers going head-to-head in a future edition. The recent decision to change our Theory Evening location to The Boardroom at the Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre has been successful with the first session taking place last month and with future sessions being held their too. Follow the link in the SAM calendar for further details including the location of The Boardroom meeting room. The rolling set of four sessions on the main topics of Roadcraft & the System of Motorcycle Control come highly recommended, especially if you're an associate IAM Roadsmart member working towards the Advanced Rider standard. The theory sessions are also open to you as a full member, to brush up on your theory as well as to members of the public, friends, family members, work colleagues that you'd like to introduce to the benefits you've gained through adopting advanced riding. As well as paying your annual SAM membership and completing a Gift Aid form, so we can claim back your taxable portion of it from the Inland Revenue, another way for you to help generate precious income for the group and to allow us to continue to improve road safety throughout the region, is by signing up to The Giving Machine. It's a simply scheme which provides a donation to your cause, at no additional cost to you, when you shop on-line. For further details follow the link below: The SAM Observer February 2018

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Many thanks to Kevin Williams for his talk on the Science of Being Seen at last month's group night. The main points that stood out in my mind being that too many colours & patterns in your bike and combined protective clothing result in a disruptive, camouflage pattern, from the view point of another motorist, set against certain backgrounds. The other point being that two of the biggest risks to motorcyclists, statistically speaking, are a vehicle pulling out from a junction on the left and an oncoming turning right across your path. Of these two risks I shall be giving more regard to the possibility of an oncoming vehicle turning across my path and considering adopting the lateral movement technique when positioning to be seen. I raised this point with Kevin after his talk and he described the drivers hand movements across the top of the wheel, directly prior to the vehicle turning, being an indication of this situation unfolding. This month's group night is dedicated to the Annual General Meeting where the Officers and a proportion of the Committee will be elected for another years service to the group. Following the formalities of the AGM we'll be celebrating the group's as well as individual achievements and successes over the previous 12 months. I look forward to seeing you and our distinguished guests at the Fynn Valley restaurant on Tuesday 20th.



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New Associate Members A warm welcome is extended to our most recent Associate members:

Neil Bedford If anyone else has joined us and not had a mention yet, let the Editor know and he will put your name in the next Issue

News flash from the events team. Hello everyone just a quick catch up to a very successful quest speaker slot. For those of you who attended October’s group night this year you may recall Mick Croome from Speed Skills driving experience doing a talk on Escorting Royalty and other VIPs in London etc along with the training of others in the skills of defensive driving including J turns etc. He then went on to promote his driving experience courses he runs. On the night I had such a positive response that we are going to try and get a group of us together to travel into Hertfordshire and partake in one of the training days that he has to offer. The cost will be £189.00 per person It will be in the Summer of 2018 so if you are interested in this adventure please email me with your details so I can get an idea of numbers to see if it is a viable trip. My email address is as follows Watch this space as they say.

Trevor Read

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“The SAM Observer” Cover Photo Calling all of SAM’s photographers out there. Photos are required for ‘The SAM Observer’ cover, which I am sure you must have spotted is in full colour. So if you have a cracking shot that has one or more motorcycles in it, is all your own work, and you think it would look good on the cover, I’d be very pleased to see it. There is now a special topic on the SAM Forum where you can show small copies of potential magazine cover photos for all to see. (Just look in the Members Only section) Full instructions and requirements are listed there. I can’t promise to use all, some, or any of the photos posted, but you may get a call from me asking for the original file from your camera.

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SAM Theory Evenings As most of you know, on the Thursday evening, directly after Group Nights, SAM holds its monthly Theory Evening. Based on an ever revolving subject list of important rider skills these nights are an informal evening of facts and lively banter all aimed at improving your ride based on the information in the Advanced Rider Course Logbook. Each session covers one of the four main topic areas; Overtaking Planning & PositioningCornering Gears & Acceleration Mainly aimed at Associates going through the course, these evenings are also a good way for full members to brush up on their theory and add their experiences and questions to the session. The great benefit of attending these sessions in the classroom means it saves time on the road, covering theory and has the added advantage of an opportunity to discuss any issues you may have generally on your Advanced Rider Course.

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SAM MEMBERSHIP FEES SAM membership fees are due in January. The current cost is £22 for single membership and £25 for joint membership. If you have a current standing order with your bank for the correct amount, you need do nothing, your membership card will automatically be sent or can be collected at Januarys meeting. If you do not have a standing order but would like your subs to be payed this way, contact your bank online, or fill in the form (available on SAM’s website under Join Us) and send to your bank. If you wish to pay with cash or by cheque please fill in a SAM membership renewal form (available on the SAM website, under Join Us) and either send this via post to me, my address is on the bottom of the form, or I will be at January’s group night. Thank you

Linda Barker

Membership Secretary

New SAM Theory Evening Venue As of January 2018 SAM Theory Evenings shall be held at: The Boardroom, Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 1JF The Boardroom entrance is situated around to the right hand side of the Community Centre, from the view of the main entrance. The community centre is well sign posted, in both directions off of the A1214 main road between the A12 at Martlesham and the Heath Road Hospital roundabout, onto Bell Lane. Further details can be found via 'Contact', 'How to Find Us' from the link below:

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BREAKFAST RUN 2018 4th March 2018 Silverball Cafe London Road Royston SG8 8BD Tel: 01763 848200 Meet in car park behind B&M Home Store at Copdock IP8 3TT in good time for 9:30 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator: Nick Braley Turn left out of Tescos to join the Ipswich bound A1214. Turn left at the traffic lights at the Holiday Inn joining the A1071 to Boxford and owards towards the A134 At T Junction with A134 turn right towards Sudbury At the roundabout continue straight through the centre of Sudbury Leaving Sudbury, join A131 to Chelmsford. Continue for 3 miles Take right hand turn off A131 towards Castle Hedingham (Signposted Castle Hedingham) Continue 5.5 miles Arriving at T junction with A1017, take left (Signposted Braintree and first right (0.1 mile) into Rectory Road (Signposted Wethersfield) Continue 0.4 miles Take a left onto Wethersfield Road (Signposted Wethersfield / Finchingfield) Continue 5 miles In Wethersfield, carry onto B1053 towards Finchingfield Continue 2 miles In Finchingfield, after bridge, take right (Unsignposted) onto B1053 keeping the green on your left. Continue 3 miles At T junction, take left onto B1051 direction Thaxted Continue 3 miles At T junction with B184, take right towards Saffron Walden Continue 3 miles (This is signposted Saffron Walden 7. No mention of the road number) Take a left onto Water Lane (Signposted Debden / Newport) Continue 4 miles to Newport The SAM Observer February 2018

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At T junction in Newport, take right onto B1383 (Signposted Saffron Walden) then (0.1 mile) take a left onto B1038 (signposted Clavering / Buntingford) continue 7 miles At St Mary's church, follow B1038 to Buntingford (taking a left turn) continue 3 miles At T junction. take right onto B1368 continue for 4 miles In Bankway village, (On a right hand bend) take a left into Royston Road (Signposted Reed / Royston) Carry on 1 miles to A10 junction. Turn left on A10, Super Sausage cafe is 100 yards on the right.

Tea Stops & CafÉs Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambs Every motorcyclist has their favourite tea stops. Over on the SAM Forum I am collating a list of the recommended cafÊs, greasy spoons, tea shops, etc. with maps and pictures so we can all benefit from the collective knowledge of SAM. If you have favourite stopping place in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire then why not pop over to the SAM Forum and let other members know of your recommendations, or drop me an email with enough details so that I can find the place on Google Maps / Streetview. Mike Roberts Website Administrator

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Ride Co-ordinators and Ride Leaders Ride Leaders and Ride Coordinators are the full SAM members that facilitate SAM social rides. In order to maintain and hopefully increase the club social rides, the club needs sufficient numbers to allow our much-loved breakfast, Summer Chip and Winter Saturday Jaunts to continue. If you are interested in helping the club, and helping yourself by becoming a Ride Co-ordinator and ride Leader, please contact Sara Hale to find out more information about one or both of these roles

Ride Co-ordinator and Ride Leader

David Wood Dean Harris Richard Ockelton

Chris Nunn Vini Evans Nick Braley

Glyn Hill Robert Baker Brian Ellis

Ride Leaders

Ken Beckinsale

Tim Wash

Martin Drury

Please check the SAM Calendar and SAM Forum on-line for last minute changes/cancellations. On the Forum you will also find the routes as text, route cards, and on Google Maps / Streetview, along with a photo of the destination, so you can familiarise yourself with the route before the day.

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Saturday Jaunt 17th March 2018 Greenstead Family Barns Cafe Greenstead Green nr Halstead CO9 1QY Tel: 01787 472807 Meet at Beacon Hill, IP6 8LP in good time for 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator Chris Nunn. Take 3rd exit on RAB, B1078 Needham Mkt Turn Left under the bridge continue over staggered crossroads to resume B1078, Barking Bildeston At T Junction turn Left B1115 1st right Chelsworth Right Monks Eleigh to Lavenham A1141 At T Junction in Lavenham Left B1071/B1115 to Sudbury Continue through Sudbury town centre on B1115 and onto A131 towards Bulmer Tye Right at Bulmer Tye signposted Castle Hedingham Left at T Junction A1017 Sible Headingham Left towards Halstead A1124 In Halstead quick left/right on A131 to A1124 towards Colchester Just after leaving 30mph limit turn right through Greenstead Green Cafe on right

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Gift aid it! Treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made

If you are a UK taxpayer, your membership fee is worth an extra 25% to the club if you Gift Aid it – all at no extra cost to you!

Please tick all the boxes you wish to apply This year

In the past four years

In the future

I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. Title……..……. Initials….…………Surname…………………………… Address………………………………………………………………..………… …………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………… Signed…………………………………….…….. Date……………...………………… Please notify any member of the committee if you wish to cancel, change your details or if you no longer pay tax on your income If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can claim further tax relief in your Self-assessment tax form Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists Registered Charity Number: 1067800 Affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists IAM Group Number 7219 The SAM Observer February 2018

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A message from the

Treasurer How would you like to help SAM financially without it costing you a bean! Well, now you can! There is a scheme whereby you can help your Club (we are a Charity after all) and it costs you nothing. This scheme is called Gift Aid. Now I know that some of you will have heard me singing the praises of Gift Aid before, but it really is that simple; If you pay at least £7 in income tax in the entire year, the Club can make a claim for Gift Aid which will be of immense help to the club. It does not matter if you are in full-time or part-time employment, or if you are retired with an occupational pension on top of your government pension – provided you pay at least £7 tax a year, the Club can claim! Simply fill in and return the form opposite to the address below, or Scan it into your computer and email it to me, or Complete the form and hand it in at club night and your £22.00 membership fee suddenly becomes worth a whopping great £27.50……………..!!!

Bryan Duncan 3 Stone Cottages, Chases Lane, Saxmundham, IP17 1PJ If you are unsure as to whether to have already submitted a form, simply email me at me and I can tell you immediately. The SAM Observer February 2018

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Social Rides Please note that it is you, the rider, who is deemed to be in control of the vehicle at all times during an Observed Run and during all other Group activities and that the Committee of Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists cannot and do not accept any liability whatsoever for any injury to person or damage to vehicle occurring in the course of any rally or other event organised by the Group. Any member attending such an event does so entirely at his or her own risk and must maintain their own insurance to cover any said injury to person or damage to vehicle and must be riding a road legal vehicle, having valid road tax, insurance and MOT certificate (if applicable). Participants on S.A.M social rides are advised of the Events Committee’s guidelines as follows: You will be expected to provide a suitable means of carrying a map of the route If possible, have breakdown cover for your machine. Be responsible for your own safety Rides will commence promptly at the published departure time. Have a FULL tank of fuel No more than 5 in a group. Please watch our light hearted video with a serious message explaining all of the above.

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Editorial As you’re sitting on the pot reading this you would have got to this page wondering what’s happened to this month’s magazine….. Well because you, yes you, haven’t written anything to put in our fantastic magazine there is nothing to read, so look in the mirror and blame the person in the reflection…. We have more than 250 members in the club, so if everyone writes one article a year… yes just one… we would have a bumper magazine every month, then you can thank that person in the mirror for doing a great job. I know what it’s like, time just whizzes past at a rate of knots, unlike my poor bike at the moment. After all, our magazine is an important tool in attracting new members. Remember when you join what was the one thing that drew you in? Apart from the training and the professional Observers, bet it was the magazine, so let’s keep up the good work. And Thank you. GTR news. After Christmas I took the thing to bits, removed all the fairings to reveal her naked body. Removed the radiator, looking on-line a brand new Kawasaki one was £750. Gulp, I spoke to a chap in Ipswich who repairs radiators he just laughed and said it was far too broken to repair, however he could get

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another chap to rebuild it at a modest £350… So I was left with the auction sites. Never been a big fan of them as I have had my fingers burn before with people selling rubbish and advertising it as best ever. However my back was against the wall. There where numerous on line but the pictures looked just like mine, after a few day one popped up in Germany and it looks almost new, so I bought this one and it arrived a few days later. Last MOT I was advised that my rear shock absorber was worn so as I had the bike in bits I thought I better change this as well, found a good looking one in France, that winged its way over as well Mr Google is brilliant, one by one the dash board lights have been blowing, and yes you’ve got it… the bulbs are push in 12v 1.3w, never seen anything this small, with a quick search, Apparently used a lot in motorcycle dash boards, order a few, the blue headlight warning bulb I have always found far too bright so changed this as well to a 1.3w which is much better. So the issue with my radiator was that the front wheel pings up stone and sh..rubbish from the road so while the bike was in bits I built a fender extender. I have a few plastic guttering bits left over from a job I did, got the heat gun out and melted it into place. Lets see if this works. Only I have to find an excuse now to test it out…. Breakfast ride out… ☺ Safe Riding



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Closing date for copy Friday after club night If you’d like to help save the Group on the printing and postage costs of your monthly ‘hard copy’ of the ‘SAM Observer’ by opting to receive an email notification instead, then please give me your email details on Group Night or send me an email. I hope that you have been enjoying the reports that members who go on ride outs have written, and as you can see, it doesn’t have to be a wordy passage, so feel free to scribble a few words down, a few pictures and next month you will have another great magazine to read Don’t forget to take your cameras and a notebook to record your trip then you can write a nice article about it for your favourite magazine. I have a word template if anyone would like it, email me and I’ll send you a copy which has all the formatting re-set on it. Please remember that we use Times New Roman as the main font for the magazine at a size 16 so that when the printer converts the A4 pages down to A5 the font looks like a 12. I like pictures to be separate to your articles because I can make them bigger or small to fill the page

Advertise in our magazine Annual Advertising Rates: Advertise on the SAM website for an additional £25. Contact Felix for more details 07712649860 £50 for ½ page

£75 for full page

Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclists 3rd Monday of the month, 19:30, at Dunston Hall, A140, Norwich, NR14 8PQ Chairman, Secretary,

Rob Chandler, Alex Mason,

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MEMBER INFORMATION A lot of useful information about SAM and its activities is available on our website. Below are some key links members will find useful. CONTACTS Contact details of SAM’s Committee & Observers, complete with photographs so you can recognise everyone. CALENDAR Our online calendar with relevant links which can also be linked to your smartphone. Contact: Mike Roberts OBSERVER ASSOCIATE CHARTER What is expected of the Observer and Associate while preparing for the IAM motorcycle test. Contact: Karl Hale CARING SAM Our customer service & complaints procedures. Contact: Brian Ellis DISCOUNT SCHEME Proof of identity will be required to be shown. (e.g. Current IAM/SAM membership cards). Save your membership fee, and more, by using these retailers who give a discount to SAM members. Contact: Dean Harris ADVERTS Got something to sell? Want to see what other members are selling? See our online adverts section. Contact: Mike Roberts SHOPS T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, hats, and more are available from SAM’s two online shops. Contact: Mike Roberts FORUM All the latest news and discussion on all things SAM and motorcycle related. Have a read, and then register to join in. Contact: Mike Roberts

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SAM Events for your Diary February 2018 Saturday 17th Saturday Jaunt Friday Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1JX, Meet at Beacon Hill IP6 8LP in good time for 13:00. All riders must attend the Briefing Tuesday 20th SAM AGM Group Night. AGM at 19:30 followed by, Announcements, Bar and restaurant serving all types of food/drinks including teas and coffees. Your club, Help make a difference. Thursday 22nd Theory Evening. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This month’s topic: Overtaking

March 2018 Sunday 4th Breakfast Run, Silverball Café, SG8 8BD Meet in car park behind B&M Home Store at Copdock IP8 3TT in good time for 9:30 Briefing and subsequent departure All riders must attend the Briefing. Wednesday 7th SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Saturday 17th Saturday Jaunt Greenstead Family Barns Cafe, CO9 1QY Meet at Beacon Hill, IP6 8LP in good time for 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure All riders must attend the Briefing Tuesday 20th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by Guest Speaker, Mr Fahmy, Consultant ENT Surgeon talking about the effects of motorcycling on hearing loss, Bar and restaurant serving all types of food/drinks including teas and coffees. Thursday 22nd Theory Evening. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This month’s topic: Planning & Positioning

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April 2018 Sunday 1st

Breakfast Run, TBA All riders must attend Briefing.

Wednesday 4th SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Friday 6th ~ Saturday 7th Safe Rider motorcycle workshop. Held at Suffolk Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich. If you can help the Publicity Team on the Saturday of this event, please contact Glyn Hill on 07986-319163 Tuesday 17th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker, Bar and restaurant serving all types of food/drinks including teas and coffees. Thursday 19th Theory Evening. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This month’s topic: Cornering Thursday, 26th First Chip Ride TBA

Note from Editor Please check the SAM Calendar & Forum for further details and for any changes after going to press. Especially in winter months when the weather can be unpredictable

Disclaimer The articles published herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Institute of Advanced Motorists or the Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclist Group. They are the opinions of individual contributors and are published with a view that free expression promotes discussion and interests.

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Here’s a picture of my bike on tour in Italy this year. We always travel light prefer hotels to tents

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The February 2018 edition of "The SAM Observer"

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The February 2018 edition of "The SAM Observer"