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Membership

If you would like to join our club and train for the advanced test, please contact our membership secretary:

Felicity Fuller
4 Moorvale,
Green Lane,
Marsden HD7 6AG

Telephone:  01484 847918
Email

When you wish to start training, you will need to contact the training administrator to make an appointment for an initial assessment with a Senior Observer. Although it is not necessary for you to join the Group for this to be conducted, if, after your assessment ride, you would like an Observer allocated to you for further development and observed rides you will be asked to join.

You will then be an Associate Member of WYAMs, and an Observer will be allocated to you. When you have called our training administrator to activate your training, you should then phone the allocated Observer to make an appointment for your first observed ride. The number of rides you go on with your Observer will depend chiefly on the amount you need to learn until arriving at a standard where the Observer believes you will pass the IAM test. If you would like a different Observer at any time for any reason, just tell the Training Administrator who will arrange a different one.

Once your Observer believes you have reached the standard required by the IAM for Membership, they will tell their Senior Observer and between you you will arrange a Second Opinion ride. This, in effect, is a mock IAM test where, as the name suggests, you get a second opinion from a more qualified rider. If the Senior Observer agrees with the Observer that you are up to test standard he will give you an IAM test application form for you to fill in and send to the IAM (naturally, if you wish to apply for the IAM Test earlier, you are free to do so). If there are still a few points about your riding that he feels need to be polished he will let you know and you can either contact your Observer for more guidance or, if you feel confident that those faults pointed out are minor, practice a little more while your application is processed by the IAM. It is not necessary to be a member of a Group to take the test as it's open to anyone upon application to the IAM but the guidance given by Groups such as WYAMs is very helpful.

Once the IAM has processed your application, the Examiner will telephone you to arrange a date and time for the test which you will, if you are good enough on the day, pass. If you fail, it's not the end of the world and a re-test can be arranged after some more observed rides.

Once you have passed the test and been accepted into Full Membership of the IAM, your Associate Membership with WYAMs will become Full Membership. Once a Full Member of the Group you can go on to give a little of your time and experience by training to become an Observer. Although this is not necessary and you need do nothing if you don't want to, it's a way to give a little of your experience to fellow motorcyclists who, like yourself not long ago,want to improve their riding beyond it's current standard.

Among other methods of Observer training, special training days are conducted periodically where you will be guided not only on the practical aspects of motorcycling but in methods of observing and picking up on points about an Associate's riding. On these days, tests will also be carried out on those wishing to qualify as Observers and also on those whose qualification has lapsed. Unlike the IAM qualification, for which there is no mandatory re-qualification. Observers must re-qualify periodically if they wish to continue observing.

Benefits

Your riding will improve. After studying Motorcycle Roadcraft and applying its principles, after practising the lessons you have learned from your Observer and after becoming a rider competent enough to pass the IAM motorcycle test your riding will have undergone a transformation. As an Advanced Rider you will always be in the correct position, traveling at the correct speed in the correct gear to negotiate any hazard or obstacle you encounter. Your riding will be smooth and safe. You will gain that skill coveted in every discipline whereby you do a job with sparkle, panache and an apparent lack of effort.

Insurance companies will offer you discounts. Many insurance companies recognise the fact that an Advanced Rider is much less likely to have an accident than the average rider. They recognise the fact that in the unfortunate event of an accident that the Advanced Rider is less likely to be at fault and that they won't have to pay out, the other company will. It's cold comfort to be injured in an accident knowing that it's the other person's fault but the insurance companies also recognise the fact that an accident involving an Advanced Rider is likely to be less severe both in terms of injuries and physical damage to the machines involved. This leads many of them to offer discounts to Advanced Riders. The IAM now offers its own insurance via a brokerage firm and several leading insurers. This scheme can offer significant benefits.

Your riding will continue to improve. As a member of West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists you will have the opportunity to train as an Observer. You will continue to reassess your riding and be able to exchange ideas and riding tips with other like minded people. If there's something about your riding you feel could be developed further there is going to be somebody that you can talk to. They will be able to explain the way that they approach that aspect of riding and you can try other methods to see if they fit your individual riding style and bring your development in that sphere.

Your machine will last longer. The components of any machine are sensitive to undue stress. With your smooth riding style and improved use of gears, brakes and engine the consumable items such as brake pads, chains/sprockets and fuel will go further. Naturally, items such as oil, spark plugs and air filters have recommended replacement intervals and these will not change. Your engine will last longer due to having less stress placed on it by your smooth riding and motorcycle sympathy.

Pillion passengers will prefer riding with you. A pillion will always prefer a smooth, progressive ride to one that suffers jarring movements. Your pillion will notice the difference once you have learned to plan ahead and react in plenty of time to hazards that arise on your journey.

Where we meet

Club meetings are held at Birkenshaw Liberal Club on the second and last Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:00pm.

Committee meetings are now held at Birkenshaw Liberal Club on the first Wednesday of every month, all members are welcome to come along.

Directions to Birkenshaw Liberal Club

The venue is just off the A651, half a mile north of the roundabout on the A58 (signposted Bradford), and three quarters of a mile south of the traffic lights on the A650 (signposted Dewsbury).
Look out for a conspicuous pub called the George IV, and turn into Town Street, which is just right of the Pub. After 50 yds take the first right into Croft Street.

About Us

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists (WYAM's) are a friendly and very active club with membership currently standing at over 150 strong. WYAMs New Logo Our passion covers all things motorcycle related, with many of our people possessing a wealth of knowledge that is freely shared across the group - all in the name of increasing your motorcycling enjoyment.

Bikers wishing to join us do so through the IAM 'Skills for Life' programme. This gives them Associate status for one year, during which they are expected to train and take the Advanced Motorcycling Test. Once passed, this entitles them to full IAM membership for life, providing annual subs to IAM central and the chosen local club are maintained.

One of the IAM’s key goals is to help its Members and Associates develop the advanced skills that help make riding a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Being an advanced rider is a journey of continuous learning, and one of its key stages is the internationally recognised Advanced Test. Pioneered by the IAM, it is this for which we are perhaps best known.

We are a sociable club holding regular rides and social events.

Advanced Rider

Advanced Rider flyerPassing your driving test is just the start, but it doesn’t mean you’re the finished article. Whether you’re a riding enthusiast, someone who enjoys a challenge, or just aware that you have room to improve, if you want to fulfil your potential as a driver you’ve come to the right place.