So I did my first free assessment today for IAM, it was postponed from last week as storm Dennis was breathing down our necks.
Doing the first one free also gives £20 off membership.
Here is a picture of my instructor.
Who only fitted 2 of the list from beans, highlighted in bold; "bald boring bearded men
riding BMW motorcycles who are insufferably smug. "
He was a real gent who voluntarily gave up a few hours to help someone else ride more safely and would not accept payment or fuel money, but did let me buy him a cup of tea both ends of the ride and a bacon roll. He has 17 bikes, none of them a BMW, one a VFR 1000 TT replica, and another a BSA Goldstar that he has raced.
We had a good ride which included some of the coast road being buffeted by gusts of 50+mph coming straight off the sea.
I had no trouble with taking direction signals from looking in my mirrors as it fitted well with general all round awareness and slowing down towards junctions.
At the end he pointed out 3 things that needed development: pre-ride checks, a rolling brake test and knowledge of IPSGA, which seemed a bit tight as they hadnt been mentioned at the start, and I had more or less applied them but without knowing thats what it was called. It was good to have the chance to talk through practicalities of checking tyres without getting paddock stands out every time you ride, and to remind myself to actually do it and not just jump on and go.
He picked up 3 things to practice: confidence into corners, gear selection in corners, and general smoothness. Which is a fair point and something I am aware of and working on. Its all tied together and partly due to not riding often enough especially this time of year, the sudden mud, sh#t, gravel and overflowing drains on the roads round here and the windy weather today.
Apart from that he was pleased with my riding and said it was well up to the standard to get a "first" on an IAM test with a bit of polishing.
Which ironically makes me feel like maybe I dont need to spend £130 (with the discount) to get a bit of paper that says that, especially if insurance benefits are uncertain......
Maybe I just need to ride more, and keep on honing my road craft.