I returned to Motorcycling in 2001 at the age of 46, not having ridden anything with two wheels and an engine since I was 16, when I owned a Vespa 150 Sportique!
On passing my test in 2001 my first motorcycle was a Honda VFR800FI, which I owned for five years, replacing it with a BMW K1200S in 2006. In 2008 I bought my first GS (R1200GS), which I replaced with a R1200GS Adventure in 2010. I’m now on my third GS Adventure.
I passed my IAM Advanced Test in 2005, then became an Observer for them in 2008.I have been a Senior/National Observer since 2010. I passed the IAM Masters Test in 2014, and the 5 yearly retest in 2019 with a distinction. I am registered as a Masters Mentor.
As I was spending time practising my riding skills and swotting up the theory for Senior Observer Test in 2010, I decided it would be a good time to apply for the RoSPA Test, which I passed with a Gold. I have retained the Gold on my 3 yearly retests since then.
I have been on MBEAM’s Committee since 2009, 10 years of which as the Membership Secretary. I am now the Chief Observer of the group for my sins!
I am also a rider and a rider assessor with North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes.