Originally Posted by jimjam66
Hi guys - I have not joined any Advanced groups yet. I've been back in biking for a couple of years after a long lay-off enforced by a Significant Other. When we got divorced - the bike was back in the garage!
So to my question - Why IAM? Why not RoSPA? Or BikeSafe? I'm not stirring ...
First I agree with Rennie's good post about the differences between the three options you suggested. As I see from your profile you are in Basingstoke I have a little more local knowledge about the options.
IAM - TVAM
Of course I'd promote that.
We are your local group. As Rennie says it's £85 which breaks down to £22/y for us, £13/y for IAM and £50 for the test. You do get a copy of the IAM's own version of Motorcycle Roadcraft as well, though getting the real thing (pub HMSO) is also a good idea whatever route you take. Why not come along on any 3rd Sunday of the month to St Crispin's School and try us out for free. You get a short observed ride and can see if you like it. With us, once signed up, all the Observed runs on either the 3rd Sunday or with your Observer are free, and you can take as long as you like about reaching test standard.
The local contact is Panos something or other. He is/was a TVAM member and is a good trainer. The down side is he rides a R????GS.
He lives somewhere near Alton so you might see him at the local dealer, SPC. The grading on ROSPA is Bronze, Silver (about the same as the pass level for IAM), and Gold. You have to do a re-test every 3 years, but if going from Gold to Gold I think it's free. Check out the ROSPA or SPC websites. I think that with ROSPA the charges may be higher, and there may be a time limit. Check
I believe that Hampshire does have a Bike Safe scheme. Might be called The Edge. Worth finding out about, but you don't get any insurance reduction, I think, compared with the other two above.
BTW, I wasn't at Thruxton, but glad you had a good chat with other members.