About Us

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists

Dedicated to safer riding

West Yorkshire Advanced Motorcyclists (WYAM) is an independent registered charity (no. 1071477) that provides public education and on-road guidance in advanced motorcycling skills. Our aims are to increase public awareness and understanding of motorcycling. We guide you in learning advanced riding knowledge and skills. We are an affiliate group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM RoadSmart (Group No. 4186). We also work closely with local statutory and non-statutory organisations. We provide public information and education on advanced  motorcycling to our community. WYAM’s volunteer motorcyclists train to national standards of advanced motorcycle riding. Our  Observers are nationally qualified and insured to give on-road guidance. This prepares bikers, just like you, for either an advanced motorcycling test or a ‘Group Sign-Off’. Both courses certify that, on completion, you will be an advanced rider. We work closely with other local charitable groups. We help support local public events and road safety activities. WYAM’s provides its members with a calendar of interesting and fun social events. We provide an essential public service  that encourages, promotes and markets improved safety in the UK public roads. Also, international road safety through IAM RoadSmart.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is well recognised by governments worldwide, motorcycle manufacturers, insurance companies, police forces, armed services, emergency services and road safety organisations, that passing your motorcycle test is simply the first step to becoming a knowledgeable and skilled rider. It wasn’t needed, none of these bodies would bother with more training for motorcyclists. Insurance companies wouldn’t give discounts on premiums if it didn’t benefit them! Research has consistently shown that bikers who do advanced rider training:

  • Have fewer accidents
  • Any accidents result in few injuries and lower insurance claims
  • Anticipate developing hazards better
  • Are much less likely to show off and take fewer risks than non-advanced riders
  • Are more likely to recognise the contribution of advanced motorcycling to safety on the road
  • Are more likely to help other riders recognise the value of advanced rider training
  • Are more likely to recognise and remedy their own riding errors
  • Are more like to want to continuously improving their riding to get more enjoyment out an activity they love doing
  • Are more likely to enjoy longer rides and the challenge of more difficult riding conditions
  • Are more likely to arrive home safely to family and friends

WYAM’s Observers will coach you so that you are in the right place, travelling at the right speed, in the right gear and with all the information that you need to plan your next move. Whether you are riding slowly or quickly, you will have the advanced skills needed to be in the right position, in the right gear, at the right speed, to progress smoothly and safely on whatever journey you make.

Advanced motorcycling is for all motorcycle/scooter owners whose machines are capable of maintaining the UK national speed limit of 70mph. Improving your riding is an investment in your safety and welfare. It brings you a lot more confidence that you will be able to cope with the hazards of riding and get a lot more enjoyment out from being on your bike, either on your own or with friends. 

There are IAM RoadSmart courses for both car drivers and motorcycle riders. They are available through the IAM RoadSmart website. The scheme costs £149.00 for up to 12 months of guidance. On paying this fee (see the IAM website for any discount offers) you can join a local group. The fee you have paid will entitle you to as much guidance as you need to prepare for the Advanced Test, for however long you remain a member. Included in the fee are all learning materials, your Advanced Test fee, 12 months membership of both the IAM and WYAM (normally £20/year). More information is available at the IAM RoadSmart website. After you pass your test, the annual fees are £37/year to continue as a member of IAM RoadSmart plus £20/year to continue as a member of WYAM.
However, you will be asked to make a contribution to the costs incurred by the trainer for each training session, this may be up to £10 per session but may vary from time to time as determined by the local Group.

There are so many benefits to you personally. You become a safer and more skilful rider. You can save substantially on your motorcycle insurance premiums. The younger you are, the more you are likely to save. This may help you in riding more powerful motorcycles sooner. Your advanced riding skills will keep you safer. They will help you get to your destination quicker. You also get better economy from your bike. After your advanced test, there is a pathway to helping other bikers become better riders. You can get discounted track days. We urge you to complete a ‘Biker Down Course’. You can improve their riding even further with short courses at specialist organisations.

Also, there is an entire world of friendship within our club. You can attend our monthly club nights, member-organised and club organised rides. The latter include day rides, weekend trips and longer tours. You can have a rich motorcycling social life. This helps you to keep up your advanced riding knowledge and skills. It also helps your local community improve its view of motorcycling and motorcyclists.

Yes, you can join the IAM. To take part in the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider course, wait until you have ridden for 3 months.

Yes, even though you are riding on a restricted licence you can take an IAM Advanced Rider Course. Your motorcycle must have an engine size of 125cc or more and can maintain the UK motorway speed limit of 70 mph.

Most IAM members are older than 21. Helping young people develop their advanced riding skills needs riding experience. Including the experience of riding in different weather and traffic conditions.  They guide bikers of ALL ages to become successful advanced motorcyclists. With practice young riders’ advanced riding skills develop quickly . They learn faster because our older advanced riders have the riding experience to guide them. Our older riders really enjoy the process guiding an Associate in developing their own skills. Your advanced riding course helps you make better judgements about road conditions. Your riding plan is better. You ride safer in the variety of traffic conditions we cope with today. Our guidance follows the Police Riders/Driving Manual ‘Roadcraft’. British Police forces and many other emergency services also use this book. You learn faster and stay safer because of how our riding experience will guide you.

Each person that starts an IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider course must hold a full motorcycle licence. Your motorcycle or scooter must have at least a 125cc engine (UK motorway regulations). It must also be able to reach and maintain the national speed limits. For scooters under 125cc a special scheme called ‘Road Rider Plus’ is available. Full details are on the IAM website.

Providing that you are not disqualified you can start an IAM Rider Course.

On joining WYAM you are assigned an Observer. An Observer is an advanced rider who has done more training. All training is nationally recognised and quality assured. Your Observer guides you through the stages to a successful test. On your first ride with your Observer decides how your riding can improve.
 
You learn the advanced skills you need to develop and how to practice them. Your Observer will show you the observations, skills and riding decisions to make. Everything you learn is in the books ‘How to be a Better Rider’, ‘Roadcraft’ and ‘Highway Code’. You should read all three books and learn how to apply their content to your riding. Your Observers will check your knowledge and understanding of their content.
 
The number of personal coaching sessions you get will depend on your progress. You will have all the coaching that you need. Your Observer will tell you when you are ‘Ready-for-Test’. They will organise a pre-test assessment with a National Observer. This will show that your riding is now up to the standard needed. This ride gives you experience of the actual test ride with an examiner. You can be confident that you are able to pass the advanced test.

Your Observer will ensure that when you ride with an IAM examiner, you can pass your test. Your success is our success!

This varies a lot. Some people need very little extra preparation. Others may learn at a slower pace. Time contstraints or a short-term lack of experience can also slow progress. Also, not everyone likes to learn in the same way. Our Observers have seen every kind of rider you can imagine. They are able to find the method(s) that are best suited to each individual. You might think that you are an exception… strangely, we have found that most people are… so fear not..! Your training is completely bespoke to YOU and the way that you learn. The intention is that you enjoy the process as you progress towards your test.

If you would like to continue as a member of the WYAMs Club, please come down to Skelton Lakes Services, off M1 J45 on a Sunday morning (Covid permitting). You may decide that you want to take further training to become an Observer. You can then giving others the benefit of your experience.
 
There are some informal riding arrangements on other days (Tuesdays for instance). All rides will be advertised in the Newsletter/Facebook Page/Web site. Talk it over with your
Observer. They can make some introductions to enable you to further your involvement. Take a while to gain experience with your advanced riding skills (following your test). Then you can apply to do the Observer training. You should approach the Chief Observer or one of our Local Observer Assessors.
 
To become a National Observer involves more training and the sitting of a separate test. You are examined by one of the IAM’s Staff Examiners. It involves the observation of an Associate’s ride. You then give a debrief to the examiner. Finally, you complete a demonstration ride at National Observer level.

Get your Observer to give you some advice about riding in groups. WYAM group rides use a ‘marking’ system (in larger groups this tries to make sure nobody gets lost en route). As ride outs can sometimes be demanding. Ask your Observer to introduce you to the members leading ride. Also, ask your Observer to go with you a couple of times to help you find your feet. After your test we do all we can to help you get involved with the WYAM Club. All you need to do is make yourself known to existing members.
“Refer to IAM Guidance and WYAMs Social Ride Outs (Refer to Observer Page under the Your Club Tab).”

Yes, there are some informal riding arrangements on other days (Thursdays for instance). Talk it over with your Observer. They can make some introductions to enable you to further your involvement.

Take a while to gain experience with your advanced riding skills (following your test). Then you can apply to do the Observer training. 
 
To become a National Observer involves more training and the sitting of a separate test. You are examined by one of the IAM’s Staff Examiners. It involves the observation of an Associate’s ride. You then give a debrief to the examiner. Finally, you complete a demonstration ride at National Observer level.
If you believe you have the expertise to become an Observer please refer to YOUR CLUB / Observers Page / How to become an Observer.