Welcome to the Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists web site. We are an officially recognised motorcycle group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which aims to promote road safety.
Browse the tabs below for all you need to understand about becoming a member and how it will benefit you.
The freedom of riding your bike is one of life’s great pleasures and is something to be encouraged. Regardless of your experience, our Advanced Rider Course can make you a better rider and bring even greater enjoyment to your ride.
You join us initially as an associate member. We then guide you through the Advanced Rider Course to the successful completion of the IAM’s Advanced Motorcycle Test. This will give you full membership of our group and the IAM.
If you want to have a good reason to get the bike out at least once a week and improve your riding, please get in touch.
This is where anyone interested in finding out more about RAM and the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course can have an informal chat with members. It is also our starting point for guidance sessions for associate members, and for group ride out for full members.
David Purchon is our Guidance Secretary. He will arrange for you to be paired up with an observer who will guide you towards your Advanced Riding Test. If you have any issues regarding your guidance, talk to David.
For a FREE one-hour no-obligation taste of a Advanced Rider Course, just turn up with your bike on any Saturday between 0830 and 0930 at McDonald’s Bramley in Rotherham.
On the Advanced Rider Course, our qualified observers will prepare you for the Advanced Riding Test. Almost all of our sessions take place on Saturday mornings, but if you can’t make this, we have some limited opportunities for you to be offered a weekday ride out.
For residents of South Yorkshire and others who often use South Yorkshire’s roads, Advanced Rider Course costs effectively only £99. You pay £149 to the IAM RoadSmart, and we then claim a subsidy of £50 through the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and pass it on to you. This offer is valid until further notice.
* Additional reductions may apply, please contact the Club for details.
Our observers may ask for a contribution towards their petrol costs.
Application forms for the Advanced Rider Course are available on Saturdays between 0830 and 0930 at McDonald’s Bramley in Rotherham. Just turn up and ask for David Purchon, our Guidance Secretary.
You may also join us through the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course web page, where you should nominate Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists as your preferred group. The IAM will take care of the rest and we will contact you when your registration is sent to us.
Our observers and other full members will make you very welcome on Saturdays 0830 – 0930 at McDonalds Bramley, Rotherham, jctn1 m18, where we have a chat over coffee, before you and your observer set off on your guidance session, and our full members go on a group ride out. On the last Saturday of each month, we run a ride out for all members, details of which are posted on this website and on our RAM riders Facebook page. Many of our full members also go on a ride out on Wednesday evenings during the summer.
We value the social aspect of riding with fellow bikers on often unfamiliar roads, stopping at interesting cafes for a chat, a drink and maybe a meal. Full members have found that our ride out help them to improve their riding skills even further. Some also train to be an observer and help others to improve their riding.
We let all our members know about planned events through this website, emails and our RAMriders Facebook page. We hold occasional group nights with invited speakers, and arrange a traditional Christmas dinner for members and their families. So, if you’re looking to make new friends, get in touch or just come and meet us!
We also welcome applications for membership of RAM from existing full members of the IAM.
Membership of RAM for your first year is free with the Advanced Rider package, and currently only £10 per year thereafter. You must be a member of the IAM to be a member of RAM. To find out more about membership of the IAM, go to the IAM RoadSmart Membership web page.
If you would like further information about the IAM, RAM or the Advanced Rider package, please use the link below to email our Guidance Secretary David Purchon.