ABOUT IAN SPEIGHT
In 1979 at the tender age of 16 I had my first (very unreliable) moped. At 17 I had a Honda CB250 Superdream and once I had gained my full licence I moved onto Honda CB900's and GPZ Kawasakis. In the 90's it was mainly FireBlades and GSXRs and from about 2005 it's been more sports-touring orientated bikes that eased my ageing body and allowed me to sit up and take in the views more easily !
I have toured mainland Europe almost every year since 1993 and have ridden most of the bucket list passes and gorges and completed the odd lap of the Nurburgring.
I've been a Police motorcyclist and I am currently a bike Examiner and Masters Mentor for the IAM and a bike Examiner and Advanced Tutor for RoSPA.
All in all I ride approximately 20,000 miles a year and my riding and experiences have been published in MCN and RiDE Magazine, although I must stress these were 'readers' articles and I'm not claiming to be a motorcycle journalist!
In 2017 and 2018 I worked on the BMW stand at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in my capacity as a Tour Leader for Motorrad Tours.
I currently own a 2018 BMW R1200GS Adventure.
I spent 30 years as a Police Officer with Humberside Police, retiring in December 2016.
During my service I had 5 fantastic years with the dedicated Motorcycle Section where I completed my advanced bike and car courses, obtaining a Class 1 qualification in both disciplines as well as completing a number of related courses such as High Speed Pursuit, VIP Escort and I even managed an off road riding course with the Army ! I also spent many hours and miles escorting weird and wonderful abnormal loads around the county's roads.
I first started delivering advanced rider training with BikeSafe in 1999 whilst serving with Humberside Police Motorcycle Section. When I left the Motorcycle Section I continued to assist with BikeSafe and even though I'm now retired, it is something I still do today in my capacity as a RoSPA/IAM Examiner.
RoSPA Examiner/Advanced Tutor/Motorcycle Training Officer
I first became involved in advanced riding in 1998 when I took part in a 3 day course delivered through Honda, called the Motorcycle Appreciation Course (MAC). My instructor turned out to be a RoSPA Examiner, so after passing my MAC course, I took and passed my first RoSPA bike test, obtaining a Gold in the process.
In 2013 I became a RoSPA Motorcycle Examiner and also joined a local RoSPA group where I am now an Advanced Tutor and the Training Officer, responsible for training the Tutors as well as overseeing the associates training.
I last re-tested in 2016 and re-qualified at Gold.
In December 2017 I obtained a Gold pass for the RoSPA Advanced Car test.
IAM Examiner and Masters Mentor.
In March 2017 I took the IAM Masters Test and passed with a Distinction. As a result of this I was invited to become a Motorcycle Examiner and a Masters Mentor for them.
Motorcycle Tour Leader
In 2016 I began working as a Tour Leader for Motorrad Tours. As the job title suggests I lead groups of motorcyclists around Europe on motorcycle tours. It's a great job and brings me into contact with a vast array of people and personalities from all walks of life.
Miles Kingsport Honda
In January 2018 Miles Kingsport Motorcycles agreed
to allow me to work in association with them to deliver my training to their customers.
(See Blog entry dated 1/2/2018)
Barrie Robson BMW
In February 2018 Barrie Robson BMW Motorcycles also agreed to allow me to work in association with them to deliver my training to their customers.
(See Blog entry dated 15/2/2018
Diamond Elite Motorcycle test / Trainer
On 6th November 2018 I took the Diamond Elite Motorcycle test. This is a relatively new test and separates itself from the likes of the IAM and RoSPA by requiring the rider to give a verbal commentary during the ride. I decided to take up the challenge and passed the test successfully. As a result of passing I am now on the Diamond Register for Motorcycle Trainers and have been invited to become a Diamond motorcycle Examiner.
(see Blog entry dated 6/11/18)
40 years of motorcycling
In September 2019 I celebrated 40 years of motorcycling, please see my blog, dated 9/9/19