Advanced Motorcycling

The following information refers to IAMs and RoSPA
Taking the advanced rider test: –

Institute of Advanced Motorcyclysts, local sub groups are

EDAM and


IAM:  You’ll meet up with your examiner at an agreed location. There are over 300 IAM examiners around the UK.

You take the test on your own motorcycle, which must be road legal.

A valid driving licence, insurance policy and MOT certificate (if required) must be presented before the test can begin.

The test takes about 90 minutes and covers 35 to 40 miles.

The route will encorporate all types of roads and conditions: Motorways (where possible) dual carriageways, country roads and urban streets.

You should ride the way you have been shown by your fleet trainer or volunteer observer.

You should always stick to the speed limits, whilst riding as progressively as conditions allow.

You may be asked to demonstrate some simple, slow speed manoeuvring skills.

At the end, the examiner – who will be a trained police motorcycle rider and advanced car driver – will tell you whether you will be recommended for full membership. If you are not recommended you can retake the test at a later date.

The test is presented in a friendly, non intimidating way.

A few minor faults don’t preclude you from becoming a full IAM member, but infringements of the law will not be condoned.

RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders

RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (RoADAR) aims to reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety and by improving driving standards, knowledge and skill. To accomplish this goal, RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders has more than 50 local groups that will provide free training to help you improve your driving skills and prepare you to take the ultimate Advanced Test.

Everyone thinks that advanced training is expensive, but joining a local training group can cost you as little as £20. You will meet other people, take part in social activities and work with a personal trainer to devise a training course in preparation for the Advanced Test.

For further information on advanced driving and riding and to join a local RoADAR group visit:

Based on the ‘System of motorcycle control’ (as detailed in Motorcyle Roadcraft – The Police Riders Handbook)

This four-day advanced motorcycle course prepares riders for RoSPA’s nationally recognised Advanced Riding Test

Following advanced motorbike training you will be better able to anticipate and control situations to reduce your accident risk

Riders can even take the RoSPA Advanced Test and achieve qualified advanced motorcycle status within a week!

Better at anticipating changes, more observant and with enhanced handling skills, advanced drivers have been proven to be less likely to be involved in a road traffic accident

Also available to download: Advanced Driving and Riding Course (PDF 93kb)