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This month's cover picture The photo was submitted by Roger Payne and was taken at the Ffestiniog Railway. Mike Roberts did the cover picture editing and graphical work.

Story of a seat By Phil Acton

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If you would like to help out on the committee come along to a meeting and see what you can do to help out, after all many hands makes light work

Contents Story of a seat Committee Chairman’s Chat Associate Members IAM Passes Copdock Bike Show SARS SAM Theory Evening SAM’s Breakfast Run Ride Co-Ordinator and leaders Saturday Jaunt An Alpine Biking Experience Africa twin seat Editorial Advertise Here Members Information SAM Dates for you Diary WEEEEEEE!! Our Venue

by Phil Acton by Steve Gocher

by Nigel Chittock by Ben Hall by Karl Hale by Leia Dowsing by Graham Carey by Phil Acton by Editor by Committee by Mike Roberts by Graham Carey

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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: John Sillett 37 Bishops Hill, Ipswich, IP3 8EW. 01473 219488. 07801685362. The SAM Observer September 2015

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Chairman's Chat A very warm welcome to the September edition of the SAM Observer. Following my attendance of July's IAM circuit based skills day at Thruxton my tyres, Pirelli Angel ST's, were in need of replacing. I'd usually replace them with around 1.5mm of tread depth remaining, so with the front at 1.5mm and the rear at just over the 1mm minimum a new set were well overdue. Having had the new set fitted I was surprised to learn, based on the mileage recorded on the dealer invoices, that I'd managed to squeeze 8988 miles out of the old set! Our Editor, Felix, would like your help with content for this, the award winning SAM Observer magazine. If you can put a few words together by way of an article about a recent holiday or event, accompanied with a photo or two, you'll make him a happy man. It doesn't necessarily have to be motorcycle related. Here's a photo of me taken last month with 'Adam & Eve' at the summit of Tryfan, Snowdonia, for inspiration.

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With the evenings drawing in I hope you managed to make it to the last Chip Run of 2015 to Clacton at the end of last month. The first of the winter months Saturday Jaunts takes place on September 12th, heading to Holt. As you've learned to expect from SAM Social Rides there are several eating options available at the destination. Check out the SAM Calendar for more details of this and other SAM organised ride outs and events. Speaking of events the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club's (CCMC) 24th show takes place on Sunday 4th October. We'll have a presence at the show by way of the SAM Promotions Stand and through providing parking services for the visitors arriving by motorcycle. Can you spare a couple of hours on the day to help with the bike parking? Please see Nigel Chittock's amusing request on page 8 for more details. It's heartening to see the number of new members taking up a Skill for Life recently, as is presenting the test passes coming through as the year progresses. Whether you're a new member, are progressing towards a test-standard ride or have passed your test recently, congratulations from me. Many thanks to Pete Edwards, SAM member and paramedic for his Motorcycle First Aid talk at August's group night. The key points of his presentation I took away being the importance of further motorcycle training, the absolute need to wear adequate protective clothing whilst riding and that there is an interest within the group for another round of First Aid training. I'll be keeping a keen eye out for Pete whilst watching the highlights of the British Superbikes and the MotoGP events that he regularly attends. This month's guest speaker is Nik Powell from Powercases promoting their range of portable power solutions. If you have any ideas or suggestions for our monthly group night guest speakers our Events Team Committee Member, Trevor Read will also be pleased to hear from you. Cheers


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

Michael Ronchetti 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. Dave Corderoy Julian King Andrew Welham

his Observers were Steve Studd and Tony Chyc his Observer was Lee Gage his Observer was Karl Hale When you pass your advanced test please let Karl Hale or Susan Smith know.

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COPDOCK BIKE SHOW MOTORCYCLE PARKING HELPERS NEEDED Sunday 4th October As you may be aware, for the last few years SAM has been organising the motorcycle parking at the Copdock Bike Show and marshalling their fun runs for which SAM has received several generous donations totalling many thousands of pounds from the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club. These donations have been used to promote road safety for motorcyclists in our area. We already have a few offers of help on the day but we are in need of some more to ensure that the many bikes that turn up are all parked safely and as efficiently as possible. If you can spare an hour or two on the day could you please either contact Chairman: Steve Gocher on 01473 430643 or email Or Nigel Chittock on 01473 737356 or The only requirements are an ability to direct bikes to where we want them to park and not where they think they would like to park and to be able to offer a friendly word of encouragement to those that don't quite comply with our wishes. If you can juggle a bottle of water, a ham roll, hold an arrow and talk to someone wearing ear plugs then you are definitely the person we are looking for. However, training will be given on the day. One thing to remember..all bikers are like sheep, and I don't mean they're just nice and cuddly. They both tend to lose the ability to act logically when confronted with any semblance of an open space. Once they see a gap they will head straight for it, quickly followed by the next six daft buggers that are following behind. It is our job to ensure this doesn't happen. It's as simple as that. You may also allow yourself time to admire the multitude and diversity of bikes and bikers as they magically form themselves into nice straight rows before your eyes. To assist you I have thoughtfully compiled the SAM I-SPY guide to Bikers. The SAM Observer September 2015

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The Learner; Lots of revving, wonky L-plates and no gloves. Quite entertaining to watch. The Sports Bike Rider; Illegal exhaust, ill-fitting leathers and uncomfortable looking boots. Often make a funny squeaking noise as they walk. Becoming an endangered species. The Adventure Biker; Rides something expensive, heavy and with every conceivable accessory bolted to it, none of which are ever used. Often seen riding across the bike park with both feet dragging on the ground, 'cos it's really scary riding on grass. Very common nowadays. The Hooligan: Anyone who turns up on a Street Triple. Errr...ok. Let's move on, shall we? The Budget Biker; Rides something old, unfashionable with astronomical mileage, held together with duct tape and wire. A real Biker. Total respect due here. The MZ Rider; A rare beast but they're still out there. Normally heads straight for the auto-jumble to try and find replacement parts for all those that have fallen off since last year’s show. How I love the smell of two-stroke first thing in the morning. The Sensible Biker; Hi-vis/textile wearing individual who could turn up on anything. A decent rider who knows they could be a better rider with some training. Future SAM member if Martin and Glyn can get hold of them. Jolly decent type of person. The Cruiser; Hairy, scary, heavily tattooed with multiple piercings. The male variety are often even worse. Always lots of chrome on show combined with lots of noise. Tend to arrive in groups. Specialise in looking mean, but they're not really. (See sheep above). The Car Driver; Idiot who's turned up in the wrong place. Re-direct to car park for the RoSPA lot to sort out. So, now you know what to expect please contact either Chairman Steve or myself and don't forget that refreshments and entertainment(?) will be provided on the day.

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An Ipswich mum-of-two had an emotional reunion with the “hero” volunteer paramedics who saved her life – after her heart stopped five times. Samantha Turner, 45, of Kestrel Road, collapsed at home after suffering a cardiac arrest following a day out shopping in Bury St Edmunds. Her husband Adrian called for paramedics and administered first-aid before they arrived. A clot in an artery supplying her heart needed to be removed but the nearest specialist cardiac centre was more than 50 miles away in Basildon. On the way, her heart stopped another four times. But a specialist critical care team of volunteers from emergency medical charity Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) restarted her heart each time in the ambulance. And now she is hoping to make a full recovery after receiving hospital treatment. “I am in no doubt that the emergency services’ quick response and The SAM Observer September 2015

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the critical care from the specialist volunteer SARS team saved my life,” she said. “I can’t believe that these dedicated people are willing to give up so much of their time for free to help others and save lives. Thanks to these heroes I can now look forward to the rest of mine.” The former Chantry High School (now Suffolk New Academy) pupil described the reunion with the paramedics at Ipswich Hospital yesterday as “very emotional”, adding: “It was very nice to finally meet them again. I’m so grateful.” SARS critical care paramedic Jemma Varela said: “Mrs Turner was very lucky. We had decided to start our shift earlier than normal and we received the call almost immediately after we had logged on.” The incident on May 1 even coincided with the 43rd birthday of SARS. Dr Neil Berry, a consultant anaesthetist for SARS, said: “We had to make several advanced pre-hospital interventions during the journey to ensure that Samantha remained stable. “Basildon’s response was amazing and she received top quality treatment there and fantastic care at Ipswich Hospital. “However, the main praise should go to her husband Adie for his quickthinking in delivering CPR which meant that all the different services could come together to ensure Samantha can continue to live a happy life with her family.” Mr Turner, 46, said: “It seemed like fate. I had only just refreshed my first aid at a course at work. I remember putting at the bottom of the form where they ask for feedback that I would try to give it a go.” Mrs Turner, a learning support assistant at The Oaks Primary School in Ipswich, is mother to Steven, 23, and George, 18. East of England Ambulance Service paramedics Colin Treece, Bridget Read and James Mullett, along with Stuart Evans and Joshua Anstey from the St John Ambulance, also helped save her life. The SAM Observer September 2015

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The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is an emergency medical charity established in 1972. SARS provides specially trained doctors and critical care paramedics to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents – both accidents and medical illnesses. All the work undertaken by SARS doctors and paramedics is provided voluntarily without any cost to the patient, ambulance service or taxpayer. All their activity is funded by voluntary donations and they receive no government funding. People can make donations via the website or through their new 999 appeal page which is for donors who would like to make a regular donation of £9.99 a month to help support SARS

Ben Hall

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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 “How to be a better rider�. Each session covers one of the four main topic areas; Overtaking Cornering

Planning & Positioning Gears & Acceleration

Mainly aimed at Associates going through the Skill for Life 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 Skill for Life Course.

Karl Hale, The SAM Observer September 2015

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BREAKFAST RUN 2015 11th October The Red Lion, Market Place Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AL Tel:01842 757210 Meet in the car park at Tesco Martlesham, IP5 3RU in good tme for 09:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator is Trevor Adams. From Car Park head on to A12 North bound, After Melton roundabout take left turn to Bredfield. Turn left at T Junction with B1078, At end of road turn right onto B1079 towards Otley At end of road bear right onto B1077 At T Junction turn left onto A1120 then bear right onto B1077, At Junction with A140 turn right then bear left B1077 Stuston Lane Straight over roundabout, 2nd exit Bear left onto A1066, Straight over mini roundabout and next roundabout Turn right at roundabout, 2nd exit, B1077 Denmark St. to Shelfanger and on to Attleborough. Join the one way system, keep in right hand lane, turn right at lights Bear Left Watton B1077, At Junction with B1108 turn left to Watton At Traffic Lights turn left A1075 to Thetford, At roundabout with A11 straight over 2nd exit to Thetford B1075, At second roundabout take 1st exit A1066 At roundabout take 3rd exit castle Street to town centre Straight over mini roundabout 2nd exit. At mini roundabout take 1st exit Car park and Red Lion pub on the right. The SAM Observer September 2015

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

Ride Co-ordinator and Ride Leader David Wood, Chris Nunn, Phil Sayer, Glyn Hill,

Trevor Adams, Martin Drury,

John Jenkins, Bob Page.

Ride Leaders Paul Jocelyn-Brown,

Brian Ellis,

Ken Beckinsale,

Sara Hale.

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

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Saturday Jaunt 17th October Southwold Pier Promenade CafĂŠ The Pier Southwold IP18 6BN Tel: 01502 722105 Meet at Beacon Hill services IP6 8LP in good time for 13:15 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Ride Co-ordinator is Martin Drury. Leave Services and take 1st exit onto A140 then bear right to take B1078 to Coddenham At Ashbocking Green turn left at Xroad onto B1077 to Helmingham At T Juction with A1120 turn right through Earl Soham to Dennington At Dennington take the left turn onto B1116 to Laxfield On sweeping left hand take 1st right turn signposted Laxfield, Halesworth B1117 Thorugh Laxfield, Heveningham to Halesworth take 3rd exit on Roundabout Straight over Roundabout 2nd exit then 3rd exit on next Roundabout B1123 At T Junction turn right onto A145 Turn left onto the A12 then right again onto the A1095 to Southwold. Turn left at the mini roundabout to the pier. The SAM Observer September 2015

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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.

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An Alpine Biking Experience In August we took a trip to Europe; a 2200mile motorbike trip which took us as far South as the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy. Who were the ‘we’. Six enthusiastic bikers , four from Suffolk and two from Surrey. The weather makes a huge difference to any trip and we were lucky (or unlucky ) to The ‘team’ : Graham, Martin, Nick, Robert, Peter & Clive have our fair share of rain and cold. On one day we had a temperature range from 5C to 27C – this is August remember, and try to sort out the right clothing to wear for such a range. But bad weather brings its benefits- we honed our road positioning and our lines, and skills for hairpins rose by several notches. This wet weather ‘lesson’ in concentration highlighted hazard awareness, throttle control and braking but put us in great stead for the good days ahead. Clive our ‘tour organiser’ had a superb itinerary with Km after Km of brilliant roads just rolling forth. There were too many Alpine passes to mention but notable are the Grimsel, Furka, Nufene, and Simplon passes. Switzerland is just awash with these fantastic roads, making our Suffolk roads look so tame.

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The Swiss just know how to make good biking roads

Every trip has its memorable moment; Peter grinning like a Cheshire cat after his first mountain pass, and our early morning ride through the ancient city of Langres (not sure we should have ridden through the centre on the cobbled streets, but our ignorance and poor command of the language has its benefits). Then there was the old St Gotthard pass which has to take pride of place with its very narrow road made of cobbled stones. No smooth tarmac and substantial crash barriers here. There

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Of course we had many great meals out such as lunch at Indemini on the way to Lake Maggiore, plus there were some funny moments too.

Many will have experienced long rides out which need to be peppered with the occasional comfort break. But suitable places

Graham powering up the Old Gotthard cobbles are not always that easy to find especially on those mountain passes. Sheep are a common sight and poor Nick was approached ‘mid flow’ by what seems like an amorous flock. He has never moved so fast and his Dick Emery waddle is a memory to behold. The bikes; three BMW K1300, Kawasaki Z1000 , Honda VFR 800 and our sturdy ‘camel’ the BMW R1200GS all performed brilliantly with a couple of dry chains after the heavy rains for the non-driveshaft variants and small oil top ups across the board was all that was required; a testaments to modern engineering. The SAM Observer September 2015

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Are we planning next year’s trip? – you bet we are!

Graham Carey

Hidden Valley near Gondo on Swiss border

Africa Twin Seat Modification I have a Honda Africa Twin, with a very uncomfortable seat both for me and my wife. So I thought I would write a bit about what we did to overcome it. The seat was also quite short so I decided to extend it by about 70 mm first. I made up a template from cardboard and cut it to a shape that could be riveted to the underside of the seat base and fit when fitted to the bike. The extended part will rest on part of the rack support. I then made the real part from The SAM Observer September 2015

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stainless steel and after lots of bending/bashing made it fit. This was then riveted in place with mastic in between to take up any gaps. Unfortunately, after moving the clasp on the underneath of the seat to centralise it better on the bike, the threaded inserts that were fitted into the seat when it was made came loose! I couldn’t repair them properly so had to remove them leaving two holes. I then made a cardboard template for two new plates, one fitted inside and one outside that would be clamped together when the clasp was fitted. This is hard to describe but the finished job was a much stronger seat clasp. My wife and I did some research on seat manufacturers and found that some companies could not re-cover our seat because it was an after market one with a hard fibreglass base. This is apparently harder to staple than plastic. Eventually we found a company called P&P Seating Ltd in Birmingham. After a few e-mails with photos and sketches of what we wanted we decided that they would be the ones to re-mould our seat. Importantly, rather than use upholstery foam, they produce their own foam moulds and sculpture them to fit different seats bases, whatever their size. This should make the seat much more comfortable. We took the extended seat to P&P and discussed what we wanted. We saw many finished and saw one design that we particularly liked that could be fitted to our seat base. We were able to choose the material, which could be embossed if we wanted. P&P then sent some e-mails showing photos of the rough mould fitted to our seat base. We tweaked the length of the rider and pillion seating areas until we were satisfied. P&P finished the moulding and then covered it, adding ‘Honda’ embossed on it in black. The finished seat was returned to us and what a great job they made of it. The whole modification from P&P cost approx. £180.00. We could have added gel pads at an extra cost but decided against this. I fitted the modified seat to the bike and it has made a huge difference, immediately feeling much more comfortable. It looks good too. My wife has more room and her area was stepped so she was sitting on a flat seat rather than a sloping one. A great result and it shows what can be done.

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Editorial Someone put out a vicious rumour that it’s summer, after a few days of sun, the rain has returned. I see the club is getting to grips with the Chief’s Challenge. I was sitting at my parents’ house which happens to be beside one of the village signs, when a bike came up, stopped, engine off, after about 5 minutes fires up and roars off. As for my own challenge, I had managed to get most of them, but with work family and summer.. er I mean winter, I hadn’t had a chance to get round all of them, and had been to one site but couldn’t find the sign. Last Saturday I had a small window, Mrs Editor was north with her parents, Both the Editorlets where out doing stuff. So after finishing the day’s work I togged up and left at 18:00ish Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances ( a small miss calculation ) I had to dash from one corner of the county to the other side. This is one of the village signs I managed to take… ended up getting home at 22:30 Hope everyone had a good time on the Chief’s Challenge and I would like to thank the Chief for arranging this. Must have taken a few minutes to set up 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….  The SAM Observer September 2015

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Closing date for copy Friday after club night

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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 The SAM Observer September 2015

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MEMBER INFORMATION A lot of useful information about SAM and its activities is available on our website. Below are some key links members will find useful. CONTACTS Contact details of SAM’s Committee & Observers, complete with photographs so you can recognise everyone. CALENDAR Our online calendar with relevant links which can also be linked to your smartphone. Contact: Mike Roberts OBSERVER ASSOCIATE CHARTER What is expected of the Observer and Associate while preparing for the IAM motorcycle test. Contact: Karl Hale CARING SAM Our customer service & complaints procedures. Contact: Brian Ellis DISCOUNT SCHEME Proof of identity will be required to be shown. (e.g. Current IAM/SAM membership cards). Save your membership fee, and more, by using these retailers who give a discount to SAM members. Contact: David Arbon 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 September 2015

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SAM Events for your Diary September 2015 Saturday 12th Saturday Jaunt to Holt. Meet at Stowmarket Tescos IP14 5BE in good time for 13:30 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Tuesday 15th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by Guest Speaker, Nik from PowerCases ( and restaurant serving all types of food/drinks including teas and coffees. Thursday 17th Theory Evening. Fynn Valley Golf Club. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This month’s topic: Cornering Fri 25th ~ Sat 26th Safe Rider. If you can help the Publicity Team on the Saturday of this event, please contact Martin Drury on 07595277831

October 2015 Sunday 4th Copdock Bike Show. As usual SAM will be helping the parking of motorcycles to go smoothly. If you can help please let Nigel Chittock know. Wednesday 7th Club.19:30







Sunday 11th Breakfast Run, The Red Lion, Market Place, Thetford, IP24 2AL Meet in the car park at Tesco Martlesham, IP5 3RU in good tme for 09:00 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Saturday 17th Saturday Jaunt,. The Pier, Southwold, IP18 6BN Meet at Beacon Hill services, IP6 8LP in good time for 13:15 Briefing and subsequent departure. All riders must attend Briefing. Tuesday 20th SAM Group Night. Announcements at 19:30 followed by Guest Speaker, Kate from Hideout Leather Bar and restaurant serving all types of food/drinks including teas and coffees. Thursday 22nd Theory Evening. Fynn Valley Golf Club. Come along and learn more about Roadcraft. 19:30. This month’s topic: Gears & Acceleration The SAM Observer September 2015

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

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

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

Rob Chandler, Alex Mason,

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The September 2015 edition of "The SAM Observer"