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The cover picture was taken by Mike Roberts while test riding Lings' Triumph Speed Triple RS reviewed in the magazine. The digital editing was done by Mike Roberts

This picture was sent in by David Rudland. It was taken using his invisible selfie stick, at Yaxham, as the Rudland Clan take part in the Chief's Challenge.

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Contents Chief's Challenge Committee Chairman’s Chat Latest Associates IAM Test Passes Local Observers Copdock Charity Run Ride Leader Training SAM Theory Evening Ireland Revisited SAM’s Breakfast Run Ride Co-Ordinator and leaders Thursday Chip ride Associate Only SAM Promotion dates Triumph Speed Triple RS Riding on Two Wheels Editorial Advertise Here Members Information SAM Dates for you Diary Pictures Our Venue

by Rudland Clan by Richard Ockelton

by Derek Barker by Phil Sayer by Dean Harris by Derek Barker By André Castle by Sara Hale by Dean Harris by Glyn Hill by Mike Roberts by Martin Champion by Editor by Committee by Mike Roberts by André Castle

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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:

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Chairman's Chat A very warm welcome to the June edition of the SAM Observer. Hope you are all making the best of the good riding conditions. Recently Linda Barker has decided that at this coming AGM in February 2020, after several years, she will not be continuing in her role as the membership secretary. The role is quite varied. It will require someone who has an understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel. We do have a full job description if anyone is interested in the role. If you are, please contact Linda or myself for further details. We are looking for someone who can shadow Linda over the coming months, so that Linda can pass on the knowledge gained over the years as the membership secretary. We are currently looking for an individual who may be able to assist Rob Baker on the events team. If you are interested please contact Rob or myself. If you have not yet registered or are considering, taking part in this year’s Chief’s Challenge it is still open. You may wish to do it as an individual as a pair, or even a small group. To enter is free; all you need to do is email After last year’s successful inaugural members only run, (NON SAM RIDE OUT). I am proposing to hold the first of three runs this year. The first of these being to Monsal Head Derbyshire on Saturday 13th July 2019, meet at Bury Tesco carpark 07:00 start hopefully return 19:45 approx. For further details please see forum for start place, and time. I am planning to have fuel stops and breaks along the way. Please ensure that you have the routes individually. I would like to Thank May’s guest speaker Dave Booker, for his talk on the new Suzuki GSXR 1000. June’s Guest speaker is David Halsaw Reiten Motorrad Suffolk BMW. Our editor Felix is always looking for new photographs and adventures that you may have been on recently for the magazine, thank you. Cheers


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

Susannah Taylor Daniel Marshall Alex Chapman Sam Small Andrew Jackson Clive Shepherd Pete Smith Sean Stringer Jack Wright Steve Wright Paulo Baltazar Steve Cook Paul Skinner Matthew Cockcroft Ken Bradbrook Steven Wilson Jon Hemsley Noam Lubell Frances Larke 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.

Alex Gleeson his Observer was Terry Fellowes Bob Rhodes his Observer was Geoff Scott Peter Ranson with a 1st his Observer was Richard Ockelton When you pass your advanced test please let Derek Baker or Susan Smith know.

Local Observers We have two new Local Observers in the SAM team: Graham Parker and Ian Bishop. They have both been recommended to the IMI for qualification by myself as Chief Observer, after completing all their classroom and on the road training. Congratulations to them both.

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COPDOCK CHARITY RUN JUNE 2019 Please pass on our thanks to everyone in SAM who helped make this run such a success. 282 bikes registered, raising over £1400. The Club has agreed to round it up to a donation of £1500 to SARS. We couldn’t do it without you! Phil Sayer Secretary Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club

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Motorcycle Dexterity & Control 2019 Motorcycle Dexterity & Control Days (a.k.a. Slow Riding Days) The Observer team in 2019 will again be running Motorcycle Dexterity & Control Days just for associates (plus a training event for Observers). For every motorcycle spill that makes the local papers, there are many more which never get much publicity. How many of you in your time riding have never struggled to keep your bike upright while manoeuvring in a parking area, or had to take a big dab with either foot while negotiating queues of commuter traffic? Not many (if any). Very often in these situations the rider grabs a handful of front brake, shortly followed by the resulting sound of expensive plastic and metal making contact with the ground. Motorcycle Dexterity & Control Days give you the opportunity to practice the art of riding a motorcycle slowly, and to learn the techniques that will help you do it. This year the dates are: Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday

23rd June 20th July 18th August 14th September 27th October

Associates Only Associates Only Associates and Full Members Associates Only Associates Only

All events start at 09:00 SHARP and the venue will be the playground of Sidegate Primary School, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich. IP4 4JD It is strongly recommended before you attend one of SAM's Dexterity days, you inform your Insurance Company that you intend to practise slow speed machine control in a school playground off road on tarmac, ask them to confirm that you will have full cover for this activity. Numbers are limited to these events to 10 per session so please book early by Email to to guarantee a space. NB. Please bring a drink/snack with you as there are no refreshment facilities on site.

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Ride Coordinator & Ride Leader Training As you may be aware we have carried out some Ride Coordinator and Ride Leader Training over the past few years for people who help out on SAM social rides. SAM's aim is to continue providing them with yearly training as well as inviting new full members to join the team. There are a number of reasons for this, the obvious one is to make sure we all get there and no one gets lost, but in addition there are requirements to show that a Social Ride has been safely organised to satisfy certain obligations which I am sure most people outside the committee are not aware off. Ride Coordinator Key Tasks /responsibilities:To do the pre run briefing. To make sure people are divided into groups of up to 6 with a Ride Leader leading the group. To make sure there is a group for Associate members. To call the Café before the event to check it’s still open and on the day to let them know the numbers. Ride Leader Key Tasks/ Responsibilities:To lead their specific group to the destination safely. To be a good IAM test standard rider, (Full Member) who is able to navigate the planned route and deal with any changes that may be encountered on the day. If you are interested in training for the above two posts there are a choice of 2 training days, Saturday 13th July & Saturday 17th August 2019 starting at 09:00 and finishing 15:30 with this year’s venue being; The George Public House George Street Hintlesham Ipswich Suffolk IP8 3NH. The SAM Observer June 2019

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The morning will consist of a theory session followed by an on road practical assessment of your riding in the afternoon. There are 2 Routes which will be published on the forum, you must download both. Refreshments will be provided free of charge and it is open to all fully passed members of SAM. Our existing team will need to retrain remembering to bring their Ride Leader jackets & paper work if they wish to continue in their existing roles. The deadline for these roles is 1st July 2019 and all places need to be booked via Sara Hale Any questions regarding being a Ride Coordinator & Ride Leader ask Dean Harris

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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.

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SAM Chief Observer

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Ireland re-visited A couple of years ago I sneaked a few cheeky days riding in Northern Ireland having worked in Belfast to ride the Causeway route. So when the chance of another visit appeared I jumped at it, this time it’s serious….10 locations to visit and a chance to see some more of the Emerald Isle. A simple plan put together for a visit in March, with options built in to change plans if the weather was bad. As it happened I had 10 days on the bike and didn’t get wet until the way home! The Ferry was booked on a ‘flexi’ ticket just in case I needed to change it, ‘who’d go on a biking trip to Ireland in March’? I was so lucky, brilliant weather and hardly anyone else around on the tourist routes. I won’t detail the route, but basically I circled the coast clockwise from Belfast. This took in the Wild Atlantic Way up to Donegal, it’s a truly amazing roller coaster ride with stunning views of the remote and wild west coast, it’s difficult to stop to take pictures as you just want to keep riding! Some great towns/cities along the route my particular favourites being Galway and Ennis. Along the ride I made a few Observations about riding in Ireland:You need time, I rode every afternoon for 5 -6 hours Small bridges across rivers, always turn immediately right or left as you cross, it appears going straight is not an option! Take care of local drivers, particularly maroon coloured cars, I learnt quickly not to trust them. It would appear they are all allocated to a ‘particular’ type of driver. Traffic lights are used to stop the enable locals to catch up with all forms of social media. The lights going green is a warning to the drivers to select an appropriate emoji, before proceeding to the next light The SAM Observer June 2019

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(in the Cities this will be less than 250m) so they can answer the previous text/message. Truly the use of phones in cars is appalling. When attempting to enter any major City/town accept that it will take twice as long as you thought. See the point above! In rural area’s if you see’s very quiet. Expect these cars to stop if another car approaches. This isn’t precautionary (well it is I suppose you wouldn’t want to have a ‘head on’ collision with a relative would you?). There’s a good chance they will stop for a chat, or wave frantically at each other as if it’s the first person they have seen in weeks! The driver also knows exactly where they are going so the use of indicators are completely unnecessary. My observations are simply my opinion, which will of course mean they are worthless to ‘some people’ needless to say I don’t really care. So in summary, I guess as with all biking trips the weather plays a big part in the trip, my highlights would be:Wicklow Mountains, just great roads and fantastic scenery. Riding on the sand beach at Magilligan Point (Derry) Sunset over Lower Loch Erne and riding the 1290 Adventure which is always a privilege! All in it was a great 10 days, I went on to visit Livingston in Scotland, then Bangor in North Wales and then home via Cardiff, 2,600 miles in total. 5 UK ‘countries’ in 6 days, 5 nights camping out.

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BREAKFAST RUN 7th July 2019 Pearces Farm Shop A10, Hamels Mead Buntingford Herts SG9 9NG Tel: 01920 821246 Meet in the car park behind B&M at Copdock IP8 3TT in good time for a 9:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator: Richard Ockleton Left turns out of Tescos to join the Ipswich bound carriageway of the A1214. Left again at the Holiday Inn lights and out through Hintlesham, past Hadleigh and turn right at the A134 into and through Sudbury on the A131. Fork right at Bulmer Tye, through the Hedinghams and on to Finchingfield. Over the bridge then turn right at The Fox onto the B1053 following it to Great Sampford. Turn left at the ‘T’ – B1051 into Thaxted and turn right onto the B184 to Howlett End then turn left to Newport. At the High Street turn right then shortly left on the B1038 towards Buntingford. Turn left at Hare Street then immediately right and into Buntingford. Turn left at the High Street to join the A10 southbound. The billboards for Pearces will appear after about three miles. Take the off-slip then immediately left into the car park – gravel.

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Ride Co-ordinators and Ride Leaders

Ride Co-ordinator and Ride Leader Chief Ride Leader Dean Harris David Wood Vini Evans Richard Ockelton

Brian Ellis Robert Baker Karl Grimwade

Glyn Hill Nick Braley

Ride Leaders Ken Beckinsale Mike Roberts Eric Aldridge Adrian Tadman

Tim Wash Trevor Read Alex Jones

Martin Drury Fred Sparrow Nigel Pye

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chip ride 25th July 2019 Yates Fish & Chips 15-21 Old Pier St Walton on the Naze CO14 8AH Tel: 01255 674303 Meet in car park behind B&M Home Store at Copdock, IP8 3TT in good time for 18:15 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator is Nick Braley. Leaving carpark at first 2 mini round-a-bout’s turn left. At main round-a-bout 1st exit Ipswich. Keeping left, at traffic lights turn left A1071 Hadleigh. At Hadleigh round-a-bout, continue towards Sudbury. Turn left into Hadleigh on B1070. At the end of the High Street (Give Way) go straight on. Continue on B1070 through Raydon, Holton St Mary, East Bergolt to Cattawade. At round-a-bout take 3rd exit A137 towards Manningtree. Under the railway bridge. At round-a-bout take 1st exit B1352 Manningtree. Continue on B1352 through Manningtree and Mistley to Bradfield. At Strangers Pub turn left (continuation of B1352). At Ramsey round-a-bout go straight, signposted B1352 Dovercourt. At the top of the hill by church, turn right into Mayes Lane. Follow lane to T Junction and turn right B1414. Follow B1414 through Little and Great Oakley and onward towards Thorpe-LeSoken. The SAM Observer June 2019

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Turn left, signposted Frinton/Walton B1034. In Walton at T Junction (Church) left turn. Bear right towards the seafront. Pass Yates (on your right) and turn left along the seafront. 2nd Left turn into Saville Street where there is a car park. Free of charge from 18:00 to 08:00 each day. NB. If you park at the top end you can walk to Yates via High Street and left turn into Newgate Street.

Associate Only Ride This year an 'Associates Only' ride has been planned for Saturday 27th July 2019 meeting at Beacon hill services for a 09:30 briefing. There will be an in depth briefing on how to mark junctions and ride within a group just in case you have not done this before so please be there in good time. The ride is for breakfast and will be heading to The Red Poll cafĂŠ in Darsham, Suffolk. Groups will change for the return journey which will be via a different route. You will be escorted back to Beacon Hill for about 2pm for a coffee and feedback. This ride is to encourage both new and old associates to join in a group ride which will run at a leisurely pace. There will be no pressure to keep up and no one will be watching your riding. The route will consist of A and B roads, nothing too complicated but it will give you an opportunity to practice your skills learnt during your observed rides and the chance to meet other associates. The ride will be guided by members of the ride leader team so no need to worry about how to get there and back. You will need to book your place before the event so we can ensure we have enough ride leaders to escort you round. The deadline is Friday 19th July 2019 email Sara Hale to confirm.

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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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SUFFOLK ADVANCED MOTORCYCLISTS PROMO DATES 2019 These are the dates your promotions team are attending this year, if you would like to help at any of these events contact Glyn Hill 07986319163. Come and join us for a day to see how we get people to sign up to SAM, it’s a good day out and great fun. I look forward to hearing from you. July


Safe Rider Police Headquarters



Wheels Event Trinity Park



Safe Rider



Wheels Event Trinity Par

September 7th

Safe Rider

September 14th

Orwells Demo Day



Safe Rider Police Headquarters



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TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE RS LINGS TRIUMPH DEMO DAY Those of you who come on the SAM social rides or frequent Facebook will know that I have changed bike earlier this year. The Kawasaki GTR1400 was just on the verge of 60,000 miles, and I decided after 5 years of ownership it was time for a change. The number of shaft drive sports tourers available has been severely culled over the last few years, as the manufacturers tell us we want adventure style bikes. My ‘must have’, of shaft drive, pointed me towards the Triumph Explorer 1200, and after a couple of test rides, and visits to view bikes for sale, I became the owner of an ex-demo, top of the range, XRT model. Where’s this all leading? Well I soon started clocking up the miles and the need for tyres became apparent. The Metzeler Tourance Next tyres were well past their best, though still legal! I booked the bike into Suffolk Triumph to have a pair of the Michelin Road 5 Trail tyres fitted, after enjoying many miles on Road Pilot 3 and 4 on the GTR. What to have as a courtesy bike for the afternoon? A few days earlier SAM had run the demo rides at Lings’ Triumph-fest Demo Day. These events allow members of the public to try out many of the bikes in the dealer’s range. A team of SAM Observers and Ride Leaders were on hand to take people out on a set route, giving them an opportunity to experience a different bike and also see some advanced riding in action. Where were you all?

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in the market for a new bike (though a demo ride may turn your head/wallet). It’s all good experience. Watch the SAM Calendar for more of these events at various dealers. Go on, you know you want a go.

Well, in the course of the demo day I rode most of the Triumph range, and the surprise bike for me to like was the Speed Triple RS. So much so, I asked if I could have it for the afternoon while my new tyres (and rear brake pads as it turned out!) were being fitted.

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I’ll admit I had expected the Speed Triple to be a heads down, backside up, sports bike, which is the complete opposite of my riding style. I was surprised to find that the riding position is remarkably relaxed, with a comfortable seat thrown in as well. I met up with a few of my SAM riding buddies and we headed off to the Riverside Cafe at Orford Quay, via the lovely road through the forest and Butley village. Out on the road the Speed Triple is a joy to ride. The RS model has Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes, and the quality shows. It handles as if it is on rails. Just think about a corner and you are through it. If it was mine, I’d have to soften the rear a little, as it was a bit too firm for my taste. The bike comes with a lovely TFT screen and various rider modes. I left everything as standard, but I’m sure as an owner you’d soon tweak the settings to your taste (as I’ve done on my Explorer). Of course, it is not called a SPEED Triple for no reason. The engine puts out 148 BHP and the pickup is instant. The sound from the twin Arrow exhausts is addictive. They put out a lovely deep gruff sound, but it’s not the anti-social, ear bleeding, noise that many sports exhausts produce. I have to say that nearly every one of the Triumphs I rode had exceptionally nice throttle actions/responses. So many modern bikes are spoilt by their ‘fly by wire’ throttles, but that‘s not the case with the Triumphs I’ve ridden. Again, this is a bike for my fantasy garage. The lack of fairing and luggage would remove it as an everyday machine for me, though I know many people do use these types of bike all year round. I know at least one SAM member who’d blow a fuse if I had one and fitted a top box!  Thanks to Lings for the opportunity to ride so many bikes. Don’t forget to look out for future demo days and take the chance to ride something different. The SAM Observer June 2019

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Mike Roberts PS. You can see my new Triumph Explorer in action on my YouTube channel.

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would watch them working on them or would go riding, usually in a sidecar, but not always. The love of motorbikes never went away and over my growing up years there were several movies that stirred the feeling to keep it simmering away. Steve McQueen’s chase in The Great Escape with his famous jump over the barbed wire, although this was done by Bud Ekins as the studio refused to let Steve McQueen do it. Several books and movies later‌..then Easy Rider sealed the desire to make riding a bike a reality. The freedom, open road and everything else that came with it; but not the ending of the movie! When I was 18 I bought a 1962 (I think) BSA 250cc SS80 Sports. A joy to ride but quite a bit of time was spent repairing things on it to ensure I could keep riding. Before long I was getting married and it had to go as a home, family etc took over as priorities. Many years later and much water under the bridge, but the love of motorbikes was still there, the desire to ride two wheels again began to rise. As so much had changed since I used to ride, I decided if I was going to make it a reality again I would go back to the beginning. So in the Autumn of 2014 I took my CBT and started the lessons, using the winter to study for the Theory test and in August 2015 passed my part 2 to receive my full motorcycle licence. The door was now open, was I going to walk through it? In May 2016 I bought a Harley-Davidson Street Bob Special; the fulfilment of part of the dream and the start of a new journey. I started to appreciate the camaraderie of bikers, no matter what you rode, the friendship and joy of riding either solo or in a group. It wasn’t long before I knew I needed to take things further, as in reality I was still a new rider without the experience of many around me. I started to research what was available and would be the best thing for me. I decided that the best thing was going to be to join IAM and take the IAM Road Smart Advanced Rider Course. So in June 2018 I joined IAM and on 1 July 2018 went on my first observed ride. I had read through the course book before the first ride and tried to put everything I thought I had learned from the book into the ride. About 30 minutes later, or maybe less, we pulled over for a talk, go through how things had gone and start the process of ejecting the bad habits and building the requirements needed to be an advanced rider. When I look back now I can appreciate how committed and patient my Observer was, and still is. We have ridden in all weathers with the first being hot and sunny but during the The SAM Observer June 2019

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winter some cold and wet rides (and I mean rivers instead of roads). I have learned so much about my bike, myself, how to ride safely but making good progress as well as pre-empting what all the indjits out there are going to do. The journey has been truly amazing, enjoyable and rewarding in so many ways, then on 26th April I took and passed my Advanced Rider Test. Phew…what a relief. But unlike exams taken at school where what has been learned can sometimes be forgotten this is something to continue learning, developing and improving. Thank you to my Observer, Dean Harris, for his perseverance and faith in me that I would ‘get it’ and to all those at SAM. Everyone, whatever age, who rides a bike should do this course. Ride Safe.

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Editorial Two Trips out this month. One to club night where there was a fascinating talk by Derek Brooker on Suzuki engines, Things have changed a lot over time with the pistons being almost flat with about ½” of free board. Makes my old girl a bit dinosuric. I’ve still got carburettors… 4 of them… I was ideally wondering… My daughter had a Nissan Micra as her first car, well like all things it failed its MOT and has been sitting in the garden for a few months, Anyway when I opened the bonnet the first time it looks like the same engine has been used on the GTR, the Micra is fuel injected, so I was wondering if I could convert the GTR using the fuel injection system. I think I’ll have to do some research. 28

My next outing was to Felixstowe to visit a house about some possible work, lovely evening so took the bike. While I was there I managed to get a Chief’s Challenge point ticked off. Suffolk Show has been and gone, I had my other hat on and was helping out in the beekeepers tent. It’s always a popular stop for visitors to look at the bees. Hand up if you got a sticker…. 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

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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: Derek Baker 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 The SAM Observer June 2019

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SAM Events for your Diary June 2019 Tuesday 18th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker, Dave Halsall from Reiten BMW. Greshams, 312 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich IP4 3QJ Bar serving all types of drinks including teas and coffees. 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 month’s topic: Gears & Acceleration Sunday 23rd M/C Dexterity & Control. Sidegate Primary School, 292 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich IP4 4JD. For more details see page 8 Thursday 27th Chip ride Waterbeach Fryer CB5 9PB, All riders must attend Briefing Saturday 29th Observer Team Ride Team building ride to ?????????. Contact: David Rudland and Kevin Brendish Saturday, 29th Mototechnics Yamaha Demo Day The SAM publicity team will be at this event. If you would like to help please contact: Dean Harris or Glyn Hill.

July 2019 Wednesday 3rd SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Friday 5th ~ Saturday 6th Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies. If you can help the Publicity Team on the Saturday of this event, please contact Glyn Hill on 07986-319163 Saturday, 6th Lings Honda Demo Day. The SAM publicity team will be at this event. If you would like to help please contact: Dean Harris or Glyn Hill. Sunday, 7th Breakfast Run, Pearces Farm Shop. SG9 9NG. Meet in the car park behind B&M at Copdock IP8 3TT in good time for a 09:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Saturday, 13th Ride Leader Training If you are interested in training the day starts at 09:00 and finishing 15:30; The deadline for these roles is 1st July and all places need to be booked via Sara Hale. email: Any questions regarding being a R/C or R/L ask Dean Harris The SAM Observer June 2019

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Tuesday 16th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker , and visit from the East Anglian Air Ambulance.. Greshams, 312 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich IP4 3QJ Bar serving all types of drinks including teas and coffees. Thursday 18th 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: Overtaking Saturday 20th M/C Dexterity & Control. Sidegate Primary School, 292 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich IP4 4JD. For more details see page 8 Thursday 25th Chip ride, Yates Fish & Chips, CO14 8AH Meet in car park behind B&M Home Store at Copdock, IP8 3TT in good time for 18:15 Briefing and subsequent departure All riders must attend Briefing Saturday, 27th Associate Only Ride You will need to book your place before the event so we can ensure we have enough ride leaders to escort you round. The July. Contact Sara Hale email: deadline is Friday 19th to confirm.

August 2019 Friday 5th ~ Saturday 6th Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies. If you can help the Publicity Team on the Saturday of this event, please contact Glyn Hill on 07986-319163 Sunday, 25th Copdock Show Charity Ride, To Thorpness, we would much appreciate SAM’s support in providing static marshals. Currently it looks like we will need 19 marshals. If you can help please see Rob Barker

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. The SAM Observer June 2019

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Profile for Suffolk-Advanced-Motorcyclists

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The June 2019 edition of "The SAM Observer"

The SAM Observer June 2019  

The June 2019 edition of "The SAM Observer"