The Introduction to Advanced Motorcycling (ITAM) consists of a Saturday morning classroom session on the theory of advanced riding. This takes places at Challock Village Hall, Blind Lane, Challock, off the A251 between Faversham and Ashford.
The afternoon is spent out on the road with an Observer who will comment on your riding. This is followed by a Saturday morning updating slow-speed machine control skills and then two consecutive Saturday morning observed runs where you will meet other trainees and Observers and meets at The Gate Services on the A2 (London-bound side). Your third observed run is (usually) conducted by your allocated Observer who should remain as your mentor until you take the advanced test - and often beyond.
Class of May 2009
An observed run covers about 45 miles or 90 minutes plus debriefing, depending on the nature of the selected route, traffic conditions, and stops for comments and suggestions. You will be followed by an Observer, trainee Observer, or perhaps both. You may even have a Senior Observer along assessing your Observer! Observers may make use of radios for guidance and feedback and also high definition video to record and review your progress. Any video recording will be solely used for training purposes though you may request a copy of the file(s) from the Observer for your own personal use.
From this point on there is no fixed schedule of observed runs. You decide between you where and when to meet. The number of observed runs needed to achieve the required standard will vary from person to person, but whatever it takes the end result is worth the effort. The Observers give their time and experience freely.
When your Observer thinks you are up to standard, a Senior Observer will give you a check run, and if all is well you can apply for the test.
Other assistance can be gained from the Club meetings, where there will be talks on advanced ridings skills, and from attending Club runs which give you the opportunity to learn from others.