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The cover photo was submitted by Joe Swallow and was taken at The Devil’s Elbow in the Brecon Beacons National Park.. Mike Roberts did the digital editing.

Dean Harris manning the publicity stand Picture sent in by Roy Cribb The SAM Observer October 2019

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

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Contents Dean Harris Committee Chairman’s Chat Latest Associates IAM Test Passes Winter Associate only Ride Motorcycle Dexterity & Control SAM Theory Evening Membership Secretary SAM’s Breakfast Run Ride Co-Ordinator and leaders Saturday Jaunt The Triumph Factory Sam Shop Update Editorial Advertise Here Members Information SAM Dates for you Diary Pictures from Group night Our Venue

by Roy Cribb by Richard Ockelton

by Sara Hale by Derek Barker by Derek Barker by Derek Barker by Sara Hale by Dave Rayburgh by Mike Roberts by Editor by Committee by Mike Roberts

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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 October edition of the SAM Observer, so far the weather has been quite mild for the time of year. A message from the Ride Leader team for all Associates: If you are not aware, you are more than welcome to join us at any of the ride outs we run each month. These are aimed at assisting you to further develop and practice what your Observer has been helping you work on. There is an Associate group led by a Ride Leader to ensure you will not be pressured in any way. Information regarding the rides can be found in the SAM calendar, Forum and Magazine. If you are not sure then please feel free to speak to anyone on the Committee. This year's Chief's Challenge was a brilliant success. I hope all of you who participated fully enjoyed yourselves. The awards ceremony this year was held at the challenge sponsors, Lings motorcycles, a very good venue for the evening. Our Chief Observer, Derek Barker, hosted the draw to award the prizes with Mark Gardener, Lings' Manager, to the lucky winners. Again well done to everyone who participated. If you enjoyed it, tell your friends so they have a go next year. Also at this event, the Ride Coordinators and Leaders, were presented with their certificates on passing the assessment training recently. These were presented by the Chief Ride Leader Dean Harris. Well done to everyone involved. I would like to say BIG THANK YOU to all those volunteers who assisted at the Copdock Motorcycle Show on the 4th, 5th and 6th October. Our editor Felix is always looking for new photographs and adventures that you may have been on recently for the magazine, thank you. Cheers


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

Andrew Cartwright Richard Butler 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 The SAM Observer October 2019

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

Carolyn Farley Julie Offord Jacqui Burns Alex Chapman, 1st Simon Steggall Graham Fowler, 1st Rob Walters, 1st Andy Wray

her Observers were AndrĂŠ Castle & John Rudland her Observer was Rob Baker her Observer was Graham parker his Observer was Ian Bishop his Observer was Terry Fellowes his Observer was Ross Mckinlay his Observer was Mike Roberts his Observer was Richard Ockelton

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Winter Associate Only Ride This year an 'Associates Only' ride has been planned for Saturday 7th December 2019 meeting at Beacon hill services for a 9.30am 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 Sunday 1st December 2019 email Sara Hale to confirm. The SAM Observer October 2019

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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. The remaining dates this year are: Sunday

27th October

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. The SAM Observer October 2019

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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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membership secretary Dear Member, time to get involved! As you may all know Linda decided to step down as Membership Secretary at the end of this year. She has been in post for around seven years and in that time the role has changed a great deal. She did wonder when she started if she would cope with the computing side of things but with Derek’s help it’s worked well. She has really enjoyed the role meeting the new members and putting something back into the club. So if you are sitting there wondering why we’ve written this it’s because Linda wants to make sure this role is handed over to someone in good time before she retires. So what are the skills you need? You need a few hours a week and are happy talking to new and prospective members of the club, either on the phone or by email. Reasonable computing skills, updating the IAM database DTE, for the club and we maintain our own Excel spreadsheet of members and the magazine distribution. Linda currently manage the membership renewals but we are going to move that potentially to the treasurer role when she retires If you feel you may be able to help with this please talk to Linda at club night or give her a call, her numbers in the magazine. Susan Smith, Associate Co-ordinator has also decided to step down. Having done it for over 12 years, its time for someone else to have a go. Susan has given a lot into this role and loved doing it, she would very much like to hand over to someone that feels the same way. It’s a very important part of SAM, making sure associates are teamed up with a suitable observer as soon as we can. Computing skills are necessary and knowledge of Excel will certainly help.Susan would very happy to spend some time with anyone that’s interested to make sure the handover is as seamless as it can be. Her mobile number is in the magazine.

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BREAKFAST RUN 3rd November 2019 The Water Front CafĂŠ Suffolk Water Park Bramford, IP8 4JS Tel: 01473 830414 Meet at Beacon Hill Services Lorry Park IP6 8LP in good time for a 09:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator: Glyn Hill Exit the services and join the A140 to the bottom of the dip at the Stonhams and turn right on the A1120, through Stonham Aspal to Pettaugh. Turn left, through Winston Green to Debenham. Turn left to join the B1077, through Rishangles and Eye to join the A140 once again to the right at Brome. Turn immediately left at the Devils Hand Basin garage towards Diss. Turn left at the roundabout onto the A143. Follow this to the roundabout at the bottom of the hill at Ixworth and turn left on the A1088 through Norton to the roundabout near junction 47 of the A14 at Woolpit. Turn left through Elmswell, Haughley New Street, Tot Hill (MotoTechniks) and into Stowmarket. Take the B1113 through Needham and into Claydon. Turn right at the T junction (who remembers the traffic lights when it was the old A45), under the A14 and exiting on Bramford Road, past the incinerator and rather large greenhouse. Turn left into Suffolk Water Park on crumbling tarmac and then gravel to the car park at the cafĂŠ. . The SAM Observer October 2019

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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 Mark Hird Alex Jones Nigel Pye Fred Sparrow Adrian Tadman Tim Wash

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Saturday Jaunt 16th November 2019 Farmers Kitchen Alburgh Harleston IP20 0EP Tel: 01986 718355 Meet at Stowmarket Tescos IP14 5BE in good time for a 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator Dean Harris. Exit Tescos to the left joining the A1120 through Stowupland to and across the A140 at Stonham. Keep on the A1120 to Yoxford – bearing in mind the strange priority junctions at Pettaugh and Earl Soham. Join the A12 to the left for about 2miles then turn left onto the A144 through Bramfield to Halesworth. Turn right at the Tjct, still following the A144 through the roundabouts, and up through Ilketshall to Bungay. Follow the one-way system through the town and join the A143 to the left at the roundabout. The Farmers Kitchen is about 4 miles along here, plumb on the junction with the right turn to Alburgh. Good parking on the frontage.

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The Triumph factory tour and how I came to do it! Every so often one of the lads will turn up to one of our weekend jaunts with a new bike – of course that prompts a gathering-around and loads of chat about the bike’s merits, things we’ve heard about them, and usually some ribbing too – especially if it’s a sensible bike. But a couple of years ago my mate Mark turned up to our run out to Snake Pass on a Triumph Thruxton. To me this was not just a beautiful motorcycle but a work of art... and even something more – everything a motorcycle should be, a biker’s bike, something Ogri would be happy to be seen on. I love my Fazer 1000, don’t get me wrong, it does everything I could ask – I can take it down the shops and it’s great for a two-up camping trip to the TT. The Fazer is a good-looking, reliable, practical bike with neutral handling, very smooth, progressive power delivery, a relaxed riding position and great luggage capacity. It even has a centre-stand. But the Thruxton... well, it’s just gorgeous. Never mind all those practical considerations – you just want one. Well, I did, anyway. And so it was that this year I acquired my very own Thruxton. Shortly after picking it up, I was on one of my regular circuits north up the great B1079 with its challenging twisties and east across the fantastic A1120 when I stopped at the Weavers Tea Room in Sibton to get a cup of tea... and admire the machine. And I got chatting to a cyclist. Now, I don’t generally make a habit of talking to cyclists but just recently, I have met two who have actually seemed really quite normal ;-) It turned out he owned a Triumph Tiger and he asked me if I knew who owned Triumph. Now, this was a question I had been studiously ignoring – I really did not want to hear that it was owned by GM, VW or, God forbid, Honda. And I wasn’t expecting it to be owned by a British firm. So it was a very pleasant surprise to hear about John Bloor, of Bloor Homes, buying the name and reviving the marque. He also recommended the Triumph factory tour - and so the scene was set for a visit. The UK factory is at Hinckley, nestled between the gems that are Birmingham and Leicester. The factory tour is about 90 minutes long and cost £20 a ticket. On-site there’s also a decent cafe and a museum (the ‘Visitor Experience’... it’s a museum), telling the Triumph story from 1902 to the present day. Accommodation... well, some of my friends are dead set against camping while others love it. I don’t mind a B&B or even a hotel but I also find camping by motorcycle makes a trip a fuller experience, somehow. Perhaps it’s the The SAM Observer October 2019

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satisfaction of mastering the self-sufficiency required. Or maybe it’s the old cliché of being close to nature. Or maybe it’s because I don’t like spending money. To be honest, it’s all three, but Mark was dead keen on one last camping trip of the year and so that clinched it. But I quickly found that the area between Birmingham and Liecester isn’t saturated with top-notch luxury campsites with wonderful views of rolling countryside... long story short, we stayed at The Globe, Snaresbrook – a posh pub with ten pitches out back and a 15-minute ride to the factory. You also have the A444 on the doorstep – a great biking road. The A447 south of Nailstone is also very good. Although the pub is quite posh the quality of the camping facilities are ‘mixed’ – there’s a great out-house shower room, a single out-house toilet... and a small sink attached to an outside wall... with no shelter, no shelf, no hooks or any sort of mirror. Or hot water. Ha! You generally have to clear the leaves out of the plughole before you even think about the complexities of having a shave without a mirror. You can nip in to use the pub facilities when its doors are open though, which is most of the time. I would recommend staying at The Globe though, and if you do, it’s worth knowing about Measham, a 5-minute drive north, which has handy shops, fast-food outlets, etc. and the alpaca farm half a mile east of The Globe which has a very good cafe – good for a Full English when the after-effects of the night before are still in the blood-stream, precluding any driving!! The pub does great food but the kitchen doesn’t open til midday. So, having booked the accommodation, I then had to figure out how I was going to get all my camping gear over to Snarestone... Clearly, I should use the Fazer, right? But obviously, if I’m visiting the Triumph factory I’ll be taking the Triumph! Well, I didn’t buy the Triumph for its luggage-carrying ability... which is just as well because it’s terrible!!! Triumph do some fancy-looking nylon panniers... they do look nice but they’re just big enough to carry your toothbrush in one and the toothpaste in the other. Anyway, suitably pared-down to the bare essentials, I set off. With the roads busy on a typical Friday afternoon, the journey up to Snarestone was uneventful and, apart from the A6 from Kettering to Leicester, largely pleasure-free. Note to self: When will I learn to avoid the A14 north of Cambridge!?!? Flipping heck, the 40mph average speed zone is bad enough in the car with the cruise-control on but on the bike it’s painful. I’m a lazy bugger – I put on Waze, accept one of its recommended routes and go, mainly because it will find the quickest route and automatically re-route me round any congestion... but it never hesitates to throw me straight into the Cambridge zombie zone. The The SAM Observer October 2019

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last 3 miles from the village of Heather to The Globe were very fine biking roads though, at least!! And so we made it to the factory for our tour of the place where the magic happens. It turns out that behind the curtain it’s not very magical at all but very well-organised and technical, who’d-a-thunk-it? We donned our hi-viz jackets and radio ear-pieces and followed our guide, Bob, round the factory floor for two hours. I won’t go into too much detail as that would ruin it for those of you interested enough to go along. But a few things that surprised me: Not to get too political but we’ve probably all heard about just-in-time supply chains... Triumph doesn’t use them - they keep about three weeks’ worth of stock. They only make a handful of models at Hinckley but the same assembly line is used for all of them, with no batching by model or transmission type – they just work through the order book, bike by bike. After each bike is complete it is loaded with one litre of fuel and put on a rolling road for testing. It is then propped up vertically and left to run dry. I’d been told that allowing my bike to run dry would cause serious damage (the cat?)... I was also a little surprised that Triumph does most of its research in-house and that the department is sited in the factory. What’s not so surprising is that access to the research department is very carefully controlled – it wasn’t open to us visitors to nose around in. An example of the research department’s work explained to us was that several of the big twins would need massive (expensive, heavy) batteries to start them if they used standard exhaust valve-trains. Indeed they would – my Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 had not one but two regular motorcycle batteries joined in parallel for exactly that reason. Triumph research invented a clever mechanism that incorporates an automatic decompression mechanism in the exhaust camshaft to The SAM Observer October 2019

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avoid the need for the second battery (as well as heavier-duty wiring, solenoid and starter motor). A bit of an aside, perhaps, but in describing the company, Bob explained that it has very much a family-run feel to it and employees are genuinely valued and appreciated. As an example, he explained that every employee who reaches 25 years with the company is given a Rolex wristwatch. Isn’t that nice for them? Coincidentally, it was only May of this year that I marked 25 years employment with a well-known global telecoms company based in the UK... with R&D facilities at Martlesham... and a tower named after it in London... and I was awarded a paper certificate in a paper envelope. No, I’m not bitter, Bob, no. But that reminds me – must check the Triumph careers web-page again, it’s been a couple of hours now... ;-) Of course, I did volunteer my mate Geoff to try the manual dexterity test of assembling an engine top-end in under 3 seconds but he was having none of it. We ended our tour after two hours and I had a couple more questions still to ask but Bob seemed to think we’d had enough for our £20 and we were smoothly ejected into the cafe for coffee and a giant sausage roll followed by a wander around the Visitor Experience (museum) which has beautiful examples of many significant Triumph machines from 1902 to today. Apparently, some fella named David Beckham recently made a film in which he pretended to ride a Triumph or something... I thought he was known for playing football or selling perfume or something but anyway I was rushed out before I got to that bit as it was 5pm and I had spent so long drooling over the lovely TFC Thruxton, the 1915 Model H and the TT race bikes. It’s easy to accuse Triumph of sometimes going a bit too far with the sales gimmickry and so slightly losing connection with the riders’ values that it claims to hold so dear (“For the ride”) but maybe that’s just me being a grumpy old git (which I am). But if you can look past the worst of the gimmickry (Visitor Experience? It’s The SAM Observer October 2019

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a museum. Beckham? Yep, whatever.) there’s a lot to enjoy and take away from spending a couple of hours with Triumph at Hinckley. We’re planning another motorcycle camping trip in a couple of weeks but not at a pub this time... it turns out staying at a pub can be a bit too convenient, making Sunday morning a bit ‘difficult’. Oh, and to save you the disappointment, no, the alpaca farm cafe sausages aren’t made of alpaca, sorry.

Dave Roxburgh

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. The SAM Observer October 2019

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SAM SHOP UPDATE NEW DESIGNS AND PRODUCTS The SAM shirt shop has had an overhaul with new products/designs being added matching the IAM Roadsmart colour scheme. Some have a large SAM logo, others a smaller SAM logo with the IAM RS logo below. Finally, there is the Tag Cloud design made of words from advanced riding.

Please note that all the products are now digitally printed for you and dispatched when you order, so do check the sizing charts carefully. The shirts labelled as Ladies have a close cut fit. Those marked as Mens can be considered as Unisex.

The shop’s website address is

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Editorial Well after the chiefs challenge it’s all gone a bit flat.. Bike has sat in the garden looking a bit forlorn. I’ve been working down in Tiptree last week and yesterday 1st October on the way home the heavens just opened, Now I’ve seen rain but this was at another level… it was more like a wave, each drip splatted on the windscreen was about the size of a 50p piece. The road speed on the A12 was about 30, water was splashing up as if we were driving though a river. I’m glad I was in the van and not on the bike… that would have tested the suit… Now we coming up to the cold dark night it’s going to give everyone chance to write a story or two about their adventures over the summer. Most are happy posting stuff on Facebook or other social media sites so surely you could cobble a few words to send to me… please Unfortunately I’m not going to be around for the Copdock Bike show next weekend, (last weekend if you’re reading this….) Thank you for all who helped with the parking, it can get quite exciting at times. When helping out you’re also given a free entry ticket to the show. For our help at and with the show Copdock Bike club donate a huge sum of money to our club to assist with training, So please ear mark this event for next year. Safe Riding



Bowman’s Barn, Back Street, Gislingham, Suffolk. IP23 8JH. Tel: 07712649860 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

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: 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 October 2019

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SAM Events for your Diary October 2019 Wednesday 16th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker, Sidecar racer, Mick Wynn Venue Stowmarket Rugby Club, Chilton Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SZ Thursday 17th 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 Saturday 19th Saturday Jaunt, Cherry Lane CO10 9DH Meet in the car park behind the Cock Horse in Lavenham CO10 9SA in good time for a 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing Tuesday 22nd Observer Team Meeting Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Meeting for all Observers to review the year past and plan for the year coming. Contact: Derek Barker Saturday 26th Team building ride for SAM Observer Team Ride only. Contact: Steve Gocher and Phil Sayer Sunday 27th M/C Dexterity & Control. Sidegate Primary School, 292 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich IP4 4JD. Observers: Glyn Hill, Rob Baker

November 2019 Sunday, 3th Breakfast Run, The Water Front CafĂŠ. IP8 4JS Meet at Beacon Hill Services Lorry Park (IP6 8LP) in good time for a 09:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing Wednesday 6th SAM Committee meeting 19:30. Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Saturday 16th Saturday Jaunt, Farmers Kitchen. IP20 0EP Meet at Stowmarket Tescos IP14 5BE in good time for a 13:00 Briefing and subsequent departure All riders must attend Briefing Wednesday 20th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Guest Speaker, John Southgate from Suffolk Fire Bike. Venue Stowmarket Rugby Club, Chilton Way, Stowmarket IP14 1SZ

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Thursday 21st 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

December 2019 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 Saturday 7th Associate Only Ride 09:30 ~ 14:00 This ride is for Associates only.For more details please Contact: Sara Hale to book your place Monday 16th SAM Christmas Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by, Quiz run by Les Steggles. Venue Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 1JF Saturday 21st

Saturday Jaunt, TBA. All riders must attend Briefing

Wednesday 25th


January 2020 Sunday, 5th

Breakfast Run, TBA All riders must attend Briefing

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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Group night at Lings Ipswich

New and existing Ride Co-ordinators and Ride Leaders with their certificates

All the Smurfs who completed the Chief’s Challenge Sorry the lights didn’t do the pictures justice

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Profile for Suffolk-Advanced-Motorcyclists

The SAM Observer  

The October 2019 edition of "The SAM Observer"

The SAM Observer  

The October 2019 edition of "The SAM Observer"