ABOUT IAN SPEIGHT
In 1979 at the tender age of 16 I had my first (very unreliable) moped. At 17 I had a Honda 250 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 Fire Blades and GSXRs before moving onto more sports-touring orientated bikes that eased my ageing body and allowed me to sit up and take in the views more easily. I currently own a 2018 BMW R1200GS Adventure.
I have toured mainland Europe almost every year since 1993 and have ridden most of the bucket list passes and gorges and also 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, Diploma holder, training officer and Tutor for RoSPA.
All in all I ride approximately 20,000 miles a year and my riding and experiences have been published in magazines such as Motor Cycle News, RiDE Magazine, The Journal (BMW magazine) and Care On The Road (RoSPA). 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 spent almost 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 as part of my role as a Police motorcyclist. When I left the Motorcycle Section I continued to assist with BikeSafe and although now retired from the Police, it is something I still do today in my capacity as a RoSPA/IAM Examiner.
Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) Trainer
In March 2020 I qualified to become an ERS trainer. ERS is a government led scheme backed and accredited by the DVSA to encourage newly qualified and back to biking riders to take some post test training. Because it is monitored and overseen by the DVSA, all candidates who complete the necessary training to the desired level receive a certificate that can help them to get motorcycle insurance discounts.
RoSPA Examiner/Advanced Tutor/Motorcycle Training Officer
I first became involved with RoSPA in 1998. I had completed a 3 day advanced course delivered through Honda, called the Honda Motorcycle Appreciation Course (Honda MAC) and it turned out my instructor for that was also 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 a Tutor and the Training Officer, responsible for training the Tutors as well as overseeing the associates training.
I last re-tested in February 2020 as part of the RoSPA Diploma Course (see below)
RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Motorcycle Instructor Training
In February 2020 I completed and successfully passed the RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Motorcycle Instructor Training. (see blog dated 8/2/2020
RoSPA car qualified
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, passing with a Distinction. As a result of this I was invited to become a Motorcycle Examiner and a Masters Mentor for them.
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.
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
40 years of motorcycling
In September 2019 I celebrated 40 years of motorcycling. (Blog 9/9/19)
Reviewed by RiDE Magazine
In January 2020 I spent a day with RiDE Magazine journalist Jon Urry and photographer Jason Critchell. This was for an article called 'Riding School Rated'. The idea being that Jon would be my customer for the day and he would report on this experience. The article featured in the April 2020 edition of the magazine. (Blog 15/2/2020)