Life on a bike

IAM a Rider

What is the Skill for Life course and is it for me?
The Skill for Life course is about challenging your own standards and becoming the best rider you can be. The programme teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, so regardless of whether you're navigating country lanes, busy roads, or tackling British weather, you have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control.

The course takes a typical rider about eight sessions to prepare for the 90 minute test and as long as you hold a full motorcycle licence at A, A1 or A2 and have a bike that is capable of sustaining the national speed limit then you can sign up.

All our riders have different motivations for taking the course. Some want to challenge themselves, others want to break those bad habits they’ve picked up over the years whilst others simply want to improve their confidence on the road as a new rider or after a break in the riding seat. Whatever your motivation, there’s always a new skill for everyone to learn and develop to help you become a safer rider and maximise the thrills you get from riding a motorcycle.

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How much does it cost?
The course costs £139 and includes all practical and observed rides, your test fee, and one year’s membership to the IAM and your local IAM group. Every rider also receives a copy of our rider handbook that offers hints and tips on riding techniques to help you stay safe on the road. New IAM members will also receive free RAC Roadside and Recovery cover for their first year.

I’m not sure I want to do an advanced test, is there anything else I can do to improve my riding skills?
Not everyone wants to be an advanced rider, sometimes people just want to be better riders. RideCheck is a great way for riders to get a 'taster' of what IAM training is all about without taking an advanced test. It’s a one hour session at a date and location to suit you. An IAM instructor will review your general riding and identify any bad habits you have, and what you do well. The approach is friendly, and designed to give you some insightful feedback on your general riding performance.

Skills Days are really exciting and stimulating riding experiences at prominent racing circuits around the UK. You’ll receive six separate on-track sessions focusing on anticipation, cornering, planning, smoothness and understanding how your bike performs in different situations. There are two levels: beginners (who may not have ever taken part in a track day before) and intermediate (those who are taking part on their second or third track day).

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What are local groups and how can I find out more about them?
We have over 200 local IAM groups. They’re a great way to meet other biking enthusiasts and share riding knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for the Advanced Riding Test.  You can find your closest group at new wind  or by calling us on 0300 303 1134 for more information.

The IAM are offering a £14 discount off the Skill for Life course. The offer is valid until 23:59 on 31st July 2015. Book online and quote THINK in the discount box.
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