Durham Advanced Motorcyclists (DAM) is the largest advanced riding group in our area. We have about 250 members and about 18 qualified observers, many of whom are currently training to achieve the new IMI National Observer Qualification. Our main aim is to train riders to the IAM advanced standard. In addition, we also have regular group rides, monthly social meetings and skills days.images2


We have over 20 years of experience in training to the IAM standard and have had over 900 images1passes. Riding your bike is one of life’s great pleasures. However, regardless of whether you’re new to biking, returning after a break or have many years experience, our advanced riding courses can make you a better rider and bring you even greater enjoyment and confidence to your riding. Whether it’s about improving your own standards or reassuring a loved one who struggles to share your enthusiasm, our Skill for Life programme can make you a better and safer rider.


The programme teaches the five phases of advanced riding, known as IPSGA; Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration. Regardless of whether you’re riding in country lanes, busy roads, or tackling the challenging British weather, you will have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control. Safety is a big part of the advanced riding programme, but it also encourages you to feel confident on the road, to make good progress and to get even greater enjoyment from the experience.


whatwe4Advanced motorcycling is the ability to control the position and speed of your bike safely, systematically and smoothly, using all road information to make good progress with skill and responsibility. This requires a positive but polite attitude and a high standard of riding competence based on effective all round observation, anticipation and planning. All this must be done with good handling skills. The bike will always be in the right place on the road, traveling at the right speed, in the correct gear and with the ability to stop safely within the distance that can be seen to be clear.

Reasons for taking the advanced test.

IAM surveyed its members, 3338 of them replied and listed the following top five reasons for taking the test were:-

To improve my general standard of riding – 86.4%
To become a safer rider – 82.7%
To reduce the risk of being involved in an accident – 71.7%
To become a more confident rider ---59.2%
For the achievement/ challenge—55.8%

Other reasons were:-

45% of riders under 30 wanted to eradicate bad habits.
74% of women and 59% of men said they took the test to improve their confidence.
44% of men and 28% of women wanted to eradicate bad riding habits and refresh their riding skills, to demonstrate to others that their riding is of a high standard and to influence other damhomepage20cm1peoples riding.

Less popular reasons were gaining insurance discounts – 21%:-

Improving fuel efficiency—6%
For my job – 6%

Police contributory factors data suggest that errors and mistakes by rider’s cause 46% of crashes.

The benefits of taking the advanced test.

IAM surveyed its members and the results were extremely positive:-

99% of riders said the advanced test had a permanent positive effect as a rider.
97% of riders said the training had increased their enjoyment from riding.

The test affected different aspects of rider behaviour and attitude, the biggest changes were:-

Safety, confidence, attentiveness and decisiveness.

Lasting impacts from taking skill for life were:-

Improved planning and anticipation, awareness of hazards and conditions. 94% reported Improved use of road space. 94% said their riding was smoother and they made better progress. 90% said their riding was more conscious and less automatic.
61% said that taking the test had helped them avoid a specific accident or incident.

So there is a clear need to help riders fix bad habits and improve their skills. IAM’s Advanced Riders Course teaches the principles of safe control, observation and anticipation. Whatever your reason is, DAM is ready to deliver high quality training to match your needs.

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