About Us

About Harrogate Advanced Bikes…

Who are we? 

First and foremost, we are a bunch of motorcyclists / bikers (whichever you prefer) who love riding bikes. Our group is built on two basic principles:

  1. We are passionate about riding
  2. We are passionate about improving our riding

We are affiliated to IAMRoadSmart. Our IAM group number is 4246.

The first bit means that we love to ride.

If it has two wheels, we’ll have a go. Riding on the road is the essence of our riding and our training, as we are affiliated to the IAM. Many of us also do track days, off-roading, touring and race schools, in the knowledge that the skills learned can be transferred to the road. And because it’s fun, too.

We organise regular ride-outs, weekends away and even the odd foreign jaunt. Mostly we just want to enjoy riding bikes. So we do.

The second bit is about a process of continuous improvement.

None of us knows everything and we’re pretty sure the perfect rider hasn’t been born yet. So what we do is not just turn out Advanced Test passes, but Advanced Riders (which is not necessarily the same thing). An Advanced Rider to us is someone who has already reached a certain standard but who wants to move on and improve further. Take a look at our trainingpage to see how we support this.

If you’d like to get to know us a little better, then you’re welcome to come and meet us ordrop us a line

H.A.B. Members

Over 50 members make up H.A.B, from all age ranges. Bikes range from 125cc to 2300cc and with just about every different type of bike represented. Age or bike type (as long as it’s over 125cc) is no barrier to learning a Skill for Life!

H.A.B. Management Team

HAB is run by an elected Management Team, voted in each year during the AGM. These people give their time and energy for free, to ensure HAB continues to provide quality training in a professional manor.

Chief Observer- Bob Hill

Bob Hill, association chair in the chair, John Blanchfield is right behind the chair and Andy Pratt attends the chair.

Our Chief Observer is Bob Hill. He started bike riding on a scooter, a Vespa 125 age13.  He took his test in 1965 on another scooter (Lambretta LD150), graduated to a BSA Bantam and then a Triumph Bonneville which a was a dog. After numerous attempts to make it go faster he succeeded and it was written off. At that stage Bob was training to be an architect but gave it up for some fun in the Army. Bob left the Army 15 years ago and is now married, living in Harewood .

In 2002 he joined a biker group and was prompted to get some rider training. So in 2003 he joined the IAM and HAB. He particularly likes long distance and cross country riding. In the last few years he has had a Kawasaki GTR 1000, a Motor Morini Dart and now has a Ducati Multistrada, a BMW K1200RS and a Honda XR125 which is actually Kate’s but he rides it!

Bob enjoys tinkering with bikes and does all his own maintenance and repairs. When asked   what his dream bike would be and he found that difficult to answer as really any bike would do. However he would like a ride on the latest Ducati Panigale.

Vice Chair – John Blanchfield

Secretary -Paul Dresser

 Chair –Doug Masterton 

Doug Masterton treasurer confesses what he would like to spend the money on,

Doug confesses what he would perhaps like to spend his money on,

Doug Masterton is the Chair of HAB and lives in Harewood.

Now aged 72 and former Chief Observer, he has held a licence for a motorcycle since he was 16 with one 17 year gap in owning a machine. He rides a BMW K1600GT and a Kawasaki ER-6F and has previously owned a K1300 GT, a K1200GT, four Honda Blackbirds, a Suzuki Bandit and (when younger) a Norton Dominator 88. He loves touring Scotland and France and speaking French. Doug is retired but still works very occasionally as a school inspector.

Treasurer – Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt  is our Treasurer and lives in Otley.

Andrew passed his test in 1981, on a Honda Andrew250 Dream, good starter bike, not to be confused with the later, poorer Superdream. Then a succession of Jap mid weight fours, until he discovered the joys of shaft drive twins, which he has owned since 1998. Last year, reverted to chain drive with a baby GS, (BMW F700GS) lovely handling bike.

Andrew rides all year, and enjoys tours into Europe. In 2015 nine friends visited Bavaria & the Grossglockner – he was on his BMW R1200ST for that one. Andrew has observed for HAB since 2007, and is currently a Senior Observer.

Other Committee members

Tim Rycroft

John Grannan

John Watts