How we do it- IPSGA?

IPSGA is a way of planning your riding that is methodical, safe and releases the potential of the motorcycle. IPSGA stands for Information, Positioning, Speed, Gear and Acceleration. These five phases are explained below:

If you come to one of the Sunday club meetings, we will offer an assessment ride with one of our observers. This takes the form of a pre-brief and chat about the club and the IAM, a short ride about thirty minutes and a de-brief.

When you join the club as an associate, we will allocate you to an observer who will arrange a number of observed rides.

The process during these observed rides is a pre-brief followed by a ride where the observer will follow and perhaps stop during the ride to talk about aspects of your riding. (See photo of de-brief on the left from “Was it that good?”) Some observers will use a radio connection with the associate to give feedback whilst on the ride. We keep this to an absolute minimum so as not distract the associate.

We follow the guidance produced by the IAM which is largely based on the police method of motorcycle training.

You will receive a portfolio which outlines all the expectations to become an advanced rider. As well as verbal de-briefs, you will find inside your portfolio record sheets that will outline your progress towards passing the IAM advanced riding test. These will be completed after each run by your observer.

All tests are carried out by qualified examiners usually current or ex-policemen who are class A riders. When your observer deems you to be ready, he/she will refer you to a National Observer (NO) will conduct a pre-test. If you are deemed to be at the required standard the NO will recommend you apply for the test

All our observers will have undergone training both theory and practical. They will have been examined by a local assessor, usually a National Observer. The qualification is recognised by the Institute of Motor Industries (IMI). This is similar to an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification).

All observers who use a radio link will have undergone training and will have had to pass three levels of examination.

These are observers who usually have the greatest experience and have undergone a rigorous test which is repeated every three years.