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Here's January's magazine cover now in the IAM Roadsmart colours. The picture was submitted by Mike Roberts, taken after some Observing on dirty B roads. Mike also did the digital editing. A Lambretta 125 and a Vespa Piaggio Nina, both in lovely condition in Water Front CafĂŠ car park left David unsure whether to go home by scooter or bike

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

Richard Ockelton Martin Drury Les Steggles Bryan Duncan

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Derek Barker Brian Ellis Brian Ellis Rob Baker Glyn Hill Dean Harris Trevor Read Dean Harris Mike Roberts Les Smith Felix Oliver

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Committee Support Members Membership Secretary Dave Franklin Associate Co-ordinator Graham Parker Admin Support Sara Hale Buddy Co-ordinator Vicky Smith

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National Observers Mike Roberts 01473 718915 Kevin Brendish 07854 494041 Geoff Scott 07983 939998 Paul Newman 01473 620450 Paul Ballard 07850 715063

Richard Ockelton Matthew Barker AndrĂŠ Castle Ruth Acworth Tony Chyc

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Local Observers Steve Gocher Dean Harris Phil Sayer Terry Fellowes Ian Bishop Steve Bingham

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John Rudland Rob Baker Glyn Hill Graham Parker Nick Braley

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I.A.M. Examiner Ian Maxwell

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Neale McConnell

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Contents Confused Committee Chairman’s Chat SAM Membership Renewals Latest Associates IAM Test Passes SAM Committee Nominations The Promotion Team SAM Accounts SAM Theory Evening SAM AGM Minutes Do You Speak www SAM’s Breakfast Run Ride Co-Ordinator and leaders Saturday Jaunt Associate Only Ride Cover Pictures Tea Stops Editorial Advertise Here The Picos Members Information SAM Dates for you Diary Pictures and Mud Our Venue

by Richard Ockelton by Dave Franklin

by Glyn Hill by Bryan Duncan by Derek Barker by Les Steggles by Mike Roberts by Sara Hale by Paul Osborne by Mike Roberts by Mike Roberts by Editor by Committee by Phil Sawyer by Mike Roberts by Paul Osborne

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next Issue Closing date for copy – Monday 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 http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com SAM is a registered Charity ~ No. 1067800 All Official Correspondence to:

The Secretary, Les Steggles, 1 Apple Grove, Wetherden, Suffolk, IP14 3RB The SAM Observer January 2020

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Chairman’s Chat Happy New Year, and a very warm welcome to the January edition of the SAM Observer. When I say warm I mean it sincerely and as far as last month went, quite literally. I hope you've been taking advantage of the semi warm weather we have been experiencing and managed to get out on your motorbike. I still can't quite believe that I've been riding in average temperatures of 10°C in the last few weeks of December. As it's the start of a new year my thoughts have turned to planning my ride outs, holidays, trips etc. for the coming year. It still looks as though Europe is still open for business which is very good news indeed. We may have a few more hoops to jump through at customs. Whatever you manage to achieve this year in terms of ride outs and trips away please bear in mind an article, accompanied by a photo or two for this fantastic award-winning publication which our editor Felix Oliver would be more than happy to receive. As it's the New Year membership fees are due. Details of how to renew are available on page 6 of this edition. I'm sure you'll agree that the fees are more than reasonable and that you can recoup the cost easily over the course of the year, thanks to the SAM discount scheme. Details of the participating dealers are available in the Members Only topic of the SAM forum via this link: http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/disc Please take the time to complete a Gift Aid form, if you're in a position to, to allow the group to re-claim the taxable portion of your SAM membership. Membership renewal and the gift aid declaration forms are also available from the SAM website under 'JOIN US', 'Membership Renewal', directly via this link: http://www.suffolk-advanced-motocyclists.com/sam-membership-renewal.html

A gentle reminder for the New Year. The AGM is due to be held on Wednesday 19th February 2020. If you're considering a position on the committee and would like to know more about any available opportunities please feel free to get in touch with me or any other member of the committee and we'd be happy to discuss it further. Nominations for election to the committee at the AGM need to be presented to The SAM Observer January 2020

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the Secretary a month before the event. i.e. before or at January's group night at the latest. Nomination forms can be found on page 8 and on the SAM website, under 'Extras', 'Committee Nomination Forms' or directly via this link: http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/nom/ Cheers

Richard

SAM Membership Renewal Please be aware that payment for membership fees is now due. If you joined the group after 30 June 2019, there is no renewal fee due at this time. Please see the SAM website for details on how to pay. Look for ‘Join Us’ and ‘Membership Renewal’. The current cost is £22 for single membership and £25 for joint membership. If you have a Standing Order with your bank (preferred method) for the correct amount, you need do nothing further. If you wish to pay with cash or by cheque please fill in a SAM membership renewal form (available on the SAM website) 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. Please note that SAM will no longer issue a printed membership card. Any benefits, discount etc. should still be available on production, if required, of your IAM membership card (Please ensure you maintain your IAM membership). Your membership renewal will be confirmed via email. Thank you,

Dave Franklin

Membership Secretary

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

Des McHugh Steve Rumble Reg Brame Dean Chapple 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

IAM Test Passes Congratulations to the members who have passed their Advanced test this month.

James Hammond Andy Cletheroe Tom Steedman, F1rst

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Derek Barker Graham Parker Nick Braley

When you pass your advanced test please let Graham Parker know.

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SAM Committee Nominations AGM 19 February 2020. th

Would you like to help your club out ? Can you spare a few hours a month ? And make a huge difference on what happens within the club. Like all well-oiled machines it needs cogs. Become a cog and join the committee. Now is your chance. Fill in the form and send it to Les Steggles via post or email. Nominations have to be given in one month before the AGM. For more information and to download a nomination form visit http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/nom This Nomination Paper must be returned to the group Secretary at least one month before the election by Tuesday 15th January 2020 SAM Committee Nominations 2020 I nominate .................................................................................. For the post of .................................................... Proposed by: Name ............................................... Signed ............................... Date ………… Seconded by: Name .............................................. Signed ............................... Date ………… Nominee’s signature ............................................. Date ………… Please copy, scan or download this from the website. Saves ripping it out of the magazine.

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THE PROMOTIONS TEAM NEED YOUR HELP As you may or may not know the promo team are out and about pretty much all year round. The group has over 300 members with new members joining all the time which I think shows that what we do works. At two shows this year we were able to sign people up on the day using a direct link to the IAM, this resulted in us signing 20 new members in just two days, I’m not sure how many sign up after speaking to us at other shows because we don’t get that information but we know from speaking to new members that they do sign up after seeing us at one event or another. We have an excellent team of volunteers but we need more to cover all the events that we go to, the events start around March and finish in October, the events we cover are Police Safe Rider, Fire Service Biker Down, Demo Days at all local dealers, and various shows during the year including, Kesgrave Bell Bike Show in April, Hadleigh Show, Stonham Barns Bike Show in May, Wheels at Trinity Park in August (two day event) and of course The Copdock Bike Show in October plus other events during the year. We need help with manning the stand and getting the promotions gear to and from the venues, the gear consists of a gazeebo a couple of flags a couple of pullups a table and chairs, it sounds a lot but will easily fit into an average size car. So if you would like to help give me a call on 07986319163, or email glynhill93@gmail.com. It’s a fun day out with no training needed just telling people about SAM and your experiences is all you need to do, that usually does the trick.

Glyn Hill

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SUFFOLK ADVANCED MOTORCYCLISTS Registered Charity no. 1067800 Trustee’s Annual report for year ending 31st December 2019 Name:

Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM)

Registered No.:

1067800

Main Address:

16 Padstow Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1LJ

Committee members: The Group Committee shall constitute The trustees of the Charity. Committee members are elected by the members of the group at an Annual General Meeting. At 31st December 2019 the officers of the committee were:R. Ockelton L. Steggles Bankers:

Chairman Secretary

M. Drury B. Duncan

Vice-Chairman Treasurer

Barclays, New Market Place, Beccles, NR34 9HD

Aims and Objectives The aim of the charity is to promote the improvement of riding standards and help new members pass the IAM advanced test. SAM promotes the club at SafeRider events, hosts publicity stands at shows such as the Hadleigh Show, Copdock Show, etc. It is affiliated with the Institute of Advanced Motorists and its members must also be members of the IAM. Main achievements during the year The club enjoyed a very successful year with membership now exceeding 300. Thanks for this must go to our Publicity Team, who were very active during 2019 attending various Manufacturers/Suppliers open evenings to promote SAM. Over £1,380 was expended in promotion at these events. SAM invested heavily in training throughout the year. Over £460 was spent in training for Associates and Observers. £650 was spent in the training of Ride Leaders and Ride Coordinators as well. To assist it tutoring, £1,429 was spent on equipment. This included Wi-Fi head-sets to supplement the older “wired” units. The “Young Riders” scheme continues to be well subscribed with 7 members currently on the program in 2019. This scheme will be continued in 2020. Despite zero revenue from Copdock, necessitating in the club having to cancel planned expenditure, 2019 was still a successful year for the club. The SAM Observer January 2020

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SUFFOLK ADVANCED MOTORCYCLISTS Registered Charity no. 1067800 Examiners report on accounts for year ending 31st December 2019 I report on the accounts of the Trust for the year ending 31st December 2019 Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts. The charity’s trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year (under section 144(2) of the Charities Act 2011) and that an independent examination is needed. It is my responsibility to: (i) Examine the accounts under section 145 of the 2011 Act (ii) To follow the procedures laid down in the general Directions given by the Charity Commission under section 145(5)b of the 2011 Act (iii) To state whether particular matters have come to my attention. Basis of examiner’s statement My examination was carried out in accordance with the general Directives given by the Charity Commission. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, seeking explanations from the trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a “true and fair view” and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below. Independent examiners qualified statement In connection with my examination, all matters arising were resolved satisfactorily. I therefore have no reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect, the requirements to keep accounting records in accordance with section 130 of the 2011Act; and to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and to comply with the accounting requirements of the 2011 Act, have not been met. Mary Lal-Sagar 3 Davey Lane Charsfield IP13 7QG

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INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31st DECEMBER 2019

Income

2019

2018

6878 1210 138 670 750 0 78 9,724

6035 983 182 847 675 3000 138 11,860

4630 0 460 1429 723 1379 109

5073 975 450 1838 493 1178 596

8,730

10,465

994

1,256

Notes Subscription Gift Aid Donations Income from Social Events Advertising Income Promotional Income Sundry Income

1

Expenditure Group Administration 2 Insurance Ride Leaders & Observers exp. Training manuals & books Social Events Promotion 1 Reimbursed IAM fee – “Young Riders”

Excess of Income over Expenditure

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STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES AS AT 31st DECEMBER 2019

Cash Assets Bank Account Outstanding cheques, etc. Net Assets

4

Represented by: Balance at 1st January 2019 Excess of income over expenditure

2019

2018

21,935 0 21,935

20,941 0 20,941

20,941 994 21,935

19,685 1,256 20,941

Notes to the Accounts Basis of accounts: These accounts have been prepared on a “receipts and payments basis” and in accordance with S42 (3) Charities Act 1993. 1. Promotion income: Promotional income is specifically given for promoting the objectives of the group. Due to the atrocious weather seriously affecting the Copdock Show, no promotional income was received in 2019. At 31st December the amount added to the fund was, therefore, zero. Income received Expenses

£ 0.0 (1,380) -1,380

2. Group administration costs:

Room hire Monthly magazine costs Postage & Stationery Professional fees Sundries The SAM Observer January 2020

2019 £ 1,361 2,566 375 80 248 4,630

2018 £ 2,146 2,439 308 80 100 5,073

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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 Cornering

Planning & Positioning 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.

Derek Barker The SAM Observer January 2020

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SAM AGM Minutes 19th February 2019 Meeting began at 19:30 hrs with 57 members, 2 guests and 2 honorary members in attendance. The Chairman, Richard Ockelton, welcomed all members and guests. The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary stepped down from the meeting whilst Glyn Hill announced the following unopposed officer nominations. Election of Officers:Richard Ockelton for the post of Chairman. Proposed by Derek Barker. Seconded by Steve Cook. Martin Drury for the post of Vice Chairman. Proposed by Richard Ockelton. Seconded by Felix Oliver. Bryan Duncan for the post of Treasurer. Proposed by Brian Ellis. Seconded by Les Steggles. Les Steggles for the post of Secretary. Proposed by Trevor Read. Seconded by Richard Ockelton. No objections from the floor and therefore all elected. Annually one third of the Committee have to stand for re-election. Their written nominations were then read out:Mike Roberts (Webmaster). Proposed by Richard Ockelton. Seconded by Derek Barker. Felix Oliver (Magazine Editor). Proposed by Trevor Read. Seconded by Brian Ellis. Trevor Read (Publicity). Proposed by Les Steggles. Seconded by Rob Baker. Les Smith (IT Support) Proposed by Mike Roberts. Seconded by Martin Drury. There were no objections raised and all elected unopposed. The Chairman rejoined the meeting & asked if there were any objections or matters arising from the minutes of the 2018 AGM which had been published in The SAM Observer January 2020

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the Magazine. There were none and upon proposal by Geoff Scott and having been seconded by Bryan Duncan, they were accepted unopposed by the membership. Bryan Duncan gave a brief resume of the audited accounts (also published in the Magazine) and these were proposed by Trevor Read and having been seconded by Dean Harris, were accepted unopposed by the membership. The agenda showed a proposal by Bryan Duncan on Joint Membership which he had subsequently withdrawn since the publishing of said agenda. There was no other business except for a vote of thanks by Geoff Scott to the Committee. The meeting closed at 19:45 hrs. Following the formalities of the AGM the Chairman presented a review of the previous 12 months celebrating what has been achieved as a team as well as individually through presentation of awards of SAM trophies to their worthy recipients. Firstly, there were floral tributes given to the 3 members of the Committee Support namely Linda Barker, Susan Smith & Sara Hale (in absentia via Martin Drury) The Gosden Trophy is awarded to the associate who has shown sparkle and enthusiasm. Presented to Roy Cribb by Bob Gosden. The Maddock Trophy is awarded to the member who has made an outstanding contribution to the running of the group. Presented to Mike Roberts by Jenny Maddock. The Rob Day Trophy is awarded to the outstanding Observer who has qualified during the most recent observer training programme. Presented to Terry Fellowes by Rob Day. The David Arbon Ride Leader of the Year Award is awarded based on a secret ballot by the Ride Leader Team including Julian Harvey & Sara Hale. Presented to Vini Evans (in absentia via Dean Harris) by Gill Arbon (in absentia by Paul Newman) The Chairman's Trophy is awarded at the discretion of the Chairman in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the running of the group. Presented to Dean Harris by Richard Ockelton. The Chairman then presented his predecessor, Steve Gocher, with the sum of a collection by the membership with thanks for his three & a half years at the helm. Finally Mike Roberts was awarded Life Membership of SAM in recognition of The SAM Observer January 2020

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the outstanding effort he contributes to the Group year on year.

Les Steggles

DO YOU SPEAK WWW? Do the following words and acronyms mean something to you, or are they in a foreign language? HTML

CSS

JavaScript

SQL

PHP

Tag

MySQL

POP3

IMAP

TCPIP

Domain

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Metadata

Forum

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Do you know your <HEAD> from your <BODY> ? Do you worry about your <IMG> ? If some of the terms above mean something to you, and you’d like to help SAM go from strength to strength, then please have a chat with me at a Group Night, on a Social Ride, or drop me an email (contact details are on the SAM website. I’d be very pleased to hear from you.

Mike Roberts There are only 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those that don’t.

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BREAKFAST RUN 2nd February 2020 Cherry Lane, High Street Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9DH Tel: 01787 311889 Meet in Morrisons car park at Hadleigh IP7 6LB in good time for a 09:30 Briefing and subsequent departure. Nearest Filling Station is in Lady Lane. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator: Karl Grimwade. Take the first exit at the roundabout on leaving the car park and soon join the High Street to the left. At the end of the High Street the main route turns sharp left but instead cross cautiously over into Benton Street. Stay on this road through Raydon, Holton, East Bergholt and then turn right at the Brantham / Cattawade roundabout towards Manningtree. At the roundabout just after the railway line, turn right on to Coxs Hill. At the top of the hill by the petrol station, turn right on to the A137 towards Colchester. At Ardleigh Church turn right onto The Street/B1029 and continue to Dedham. Turn left at Dedham church into Stratford St Mary Pass under the A12 and turn right on to Higham. Turn left at the ‘T’ junction to Stoke by Nayland. Turn left at ‘The Crown’ and on to Nayland. Turn right onto the A134 to Sudbury but take the By-Pass by turning right at the first roundabout then over four more up through Rodbridge and into Long Melford. At the end of the High Street (it’s why they call it Long) pass the church on the green, and almost opposite the entrance to Kentwell Hall, turn right into Cherry Lane immediately before the Hare Inn. The SAM Observer January 2020

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Ride Co-ordinators and Ride Leaders

Ride Co-ordinator and Ride Leader Chief Ride Leader, Dean Harris Robert Baker Dave Frankin David Wood

Brian Ellis Glyn Hill

Vini Evans Karl Grimwade Richard Ockelton Trevor Read

Ride Leaders Eric Aldridge Martin Drury Mike Roberts

Ken Beckinsale Chris Bond Roy Cribb Alex Jones Nigel Pye Tim Wash Fred Sparrow Adrian Tadman

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. The SAM Observer January 2020

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Saturday Jaunt 15th February 2020 Red Poll Tearooms Emmerdale Farm Westleton Road Darsham IP17 3BP Tel: 01728 668648 Meet in the car park behind the Cock Horse in Lavenham CO10 9SA in good time for 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. Please note that there are no nearby filling stations, Hadleigh or Sudbury being the closest. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator Karl Grimwade. Leave the car park to the right, and at the bottom of the dip turn right into Water Street - A1141. Follow this road into Monks Eleigh where, at the end of The Street jink left then right when the main road turns sharp right. On to Bildeston, turning left then right on the B1078 to Needham Market. Cross the B1113, under the low bridge, and on to Beacon Hill roundabout. Take the A140 north to Stonham dip and turn right onto the A1120. Stay on this road all the way to Yoxford, bearing in mind the two ‘right at T’ junctions at Pettaugh and Earl Soham. Turn left on reaching the A12 then the second right less than half a mile up the road – Westleton Road. Emmerdale Farm is about three quarters of a mile on the right hand side.

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Associate only ride out 7th December 2019 Start at Beacon Hill services 09:30 – Destination Red Poll Tearoom at Darsham As a new associate member with only one observed ride under my belt, I am keen to get the most from my membership and meet new people and broaden my horizons. So the decision was made, I would treat my very clean Triumph Street Triple to a winters ride, the email was sent with a quick reply from Sarah confirming that I was on the list, I duly watched the weather all week and was pleased to see the forecast was bright and not raining, but a little cold. It was an early start on Saturday, usually I’d be doing the local parkrun. But now the open road beckoned, there were 3 observers and 3 associates, Observers:Vini Evans – Ride Leader Mike Roberts Glyn Hill Associates: Tony Coulson James Harper Paul Osborne After an initial brief from Vini covering ‘Elf and Safety and some details on social riding etiquette – we soon set off on the A140, then the A1120, destination breakfast at the very pleasant Red Poll Tearooms. I followed Vini and was pleased to feel as if my riding was flowing nicely with him ahead of me despite some wet and unclean road conditions, having a more experienced rider ahead certainly made me feel more confident, before long we arrived at our destination where we suitably refuelled on a small fry up and hot drinks, with an informal catch up on our journey so far, Vini then spoke more about marking junctions on social ride outs, after this break we set off each following an observer on a route that would include more junctions and twisty country roads, I let the side down a little by omitting to mark a junction, but after a little ballet we were all soon back in position where our riding flowed nicely The SAM Observer January 2020

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right back through to Beacon Hill, where we had a further coffee and de-brief from our observers. I would certainly recommend attending this type of ride as it opens up more knowledge and opportunity within SAM and can only benefit our riding skills. Upon return home I treated my bike to a chain clean and mini valet, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it had even been so dirty. Pictures on Page 35 Many Thanks

Paul Osborne

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 Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRMd-dQHzWg The SAM Observer January 2020

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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. http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/magcovers

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 cafés, greasy spoons, tea shops, etc. with maps and pictures so we can all benefit from the collective knowledge of SAM. http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/tea 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 mike.j.roberts@btinternet.com Website Administrator The SAM Observer January 2020

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Editorial A very happy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a relaxing time over Christmas with family and friends. Mine was interesting, family round over Christmas then the hedge has been getting out of control so spent 3 days cutting that back, having a bonfire to get rid of all the brambles and ivy which has got out of hand. I think one of the best feeling is sitting round a fire watching it burn, dark with Orions belt and the big bear ( Ursa Minor) twinkling overhead with no lights on just magical. Meanwhile my poor bike is sitting in the garden hoping for good weather. She had a little ride out to club night with Les Steggles’s brilliant quiz. With the winners getting a bottle of wine each. I will raise a glass to the club when we enjoy our glass or two  So now Spring is round the corner, plans are being drawn up for holidays, so think of the rest of the club who can re-live your trip by reading all about it in our magazine. After all “Sharing is caring” 

Safe Riding

Felix...

Editor

Bowman’s Barn, Back Street, Gislingham, Suffolk. IP23 8JH. Tel: 07712649860 editor@suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com Thank you To all the members who have contributed to this month’s magazine.  But….. what about the rest of you…. 

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Closing date for copy Monday 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

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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. http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/com http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/obs CALENDAR Our online calendar with relevant links which can also be linked to your smartphone. Contact: Mike Roberts http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/cal OBSERVER ASSOCIATE CHARTER What is expected of the Observer and Associate while preparing for the IAM motorcycle test. Contact: Derek Baker http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/chart CARING SAM Our customer service & complaints procedures. Contact: Brian Ellis http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/care 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 http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/disc ADVERTS Got something to sell? Want to see what other members are selling? See our online adverts section. Contact: Mike Roberts http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/ads SHOPS T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, hats, and more are available from SAM’s two online shops. Contact: Mike Roberts http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/shop 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 http://www.suffolk-advanced-motorcyclists.com/forum The SAM Observer January 2020

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SAM Events for your Diary January 2020 Wednesday 15th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker, Pete Doherty, the IAM Roadsmart Area Service Delivery Manager. Venue Stowmarket Rugby Club, Chilton Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SZ Thursday 16th Theory Evening. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic: Planning & Positioning Saturday 18th Saturday Jaunt, Friday Street IP17 1JX Meeting in car park behind B&M IP8 3TT in good time for 13:00 briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing

February 2020 Sunday, 2nd Breakfast Run, Cherry Lane - Long Melford All riders must attend Briefing, Meet in Morrisons car park at Hadleigh IP7 6LB in good time for a 09:30 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing Monday, 3rd New Observer Training Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, IP5 1JF Classroom session for new trainee Observers. Contact: Derek Barker Wednesday 5th SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Saturday 15th Saturday Jaunt, Red Poll Tearooms IP17 3BP Meet in the car park behind the Cock Horse in Lavenham CO10 9SA in good time for 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing Wednesday 19th SAM AGM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 Venue Stowmarket Rugby Club, Chilton Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SZ Thursday 20th Theory Evening. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic: Cornering

March 2020 Sunday, 1st

Breakfast Run, TBA. All riders must attend Briefing

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Wednesday 4th SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Sunday, 15th M/C Dexterity & Control 09:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13:00 Sidegate Primary School, 292 Sidegate Ln, Ipswich IP4, UK Observers: Derek Barker, Mike Roberts Wednesday 18th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 Venue Stowmarket Rugby Club, Chilton Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SZ 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 monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topic: Gears & Acceleration Saturday 21st

Saturday Jaunt, TBA All riders must attend Briefing

Friday 27th ~ Saturday 28th Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies which aims to reduce motorcycle casualties. If you can help the Publicity Team on the Saturday of this event, please contact Glyn Hill on 07986-319163

Note from Editor Please check the SAM Calendar, Forum & Facebook page 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. Any comments please email the editor.

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