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Touring Remo

2,763 posts

100 months

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Tuesday 12th May 2009 quote quote all
do you get one shot at everything? or can you have more than one attempt?

_Neal_

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1,278 posts

106 months

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Tuesday 12th May 2009 quote quote all
If you're below 50kph on either the swerve or emergency stop the examiner will tell you that were too slow (and some may give you an indication of how much slower you were).

The examiner will then ask you to repeat the manoeuvre/s. If you fail to get up to speed the second time you fail the whole test.



bass gt3

5,172 posts

120 months

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Tuesday 12th May 2009 quote quote all
Hyperion said:
Excellent review...I just thank god I got my license 22 years ago before all this nonsense came in smile
Amen to that!!

Touring Remo

2,763 posts

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Tuesday 12th May 2009 quote quote all
_Neal_ said:
If you're below 50kph on either the swerve or emergency stop the examiner will tell you that were too slow (and some may give you an indication of how much slower you were).

The examiner will then ask you to repeat the manoeuvre/s. If you fail to get up to speed the second time you fail the whole test.
Wicked frown

jonnychez

117 posts

151 months

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Friday 15th May 2009 quote quote all
Did my part one today and failed miserably. Put my footdown on the figure 8 maneuver frown. Feel a right nob. I must have practised it dozens of times with no issue and then bloxed it up on the day!

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Touring Remo

2,763 posts

100 months

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Friday 15th May 2009 quote quote all
Sorry to hear that mate. They really don't want any more of us on the road. How did you find the swerve test? When can you do your module 1 again. Best of luck.
Tim

jonnychez

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151 months

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Saturday 16th May 2009 quote quote all
Touring Remo said:
Sorry to hear that mate. They really don't want any more of us on the road. How did you find the swerve test? When can you do your module 1 again. Best of luck.
Tim
Well I actually clipped the cone on the swerve test too, I made sure I was fast enough though, 65kmph smile. At that point I didn't really care though as I already knew that I had failed it. The guy taking the test after me failed on the swerve and a guy the week before, failed because he hit a cone whilst doing the parking maneuver (the first task).

To be honest it's not as difficult as my failure appears to make it, the tarmac was really grippy, and the cones are widely spaced (a good couple of feet more than on the setup my instructor made me practise with). As long as you take your hand of throttle after you pass the speedtrap the swerve is pretty easy. At the end of the day all it takes is enough preparation, I let nerves and inexperience get to me on the day.

I plan on booking myself in for the next available, fingers crossed. Now I've been on a 'big' bike I can't wait to get a permanent fix smile

Steve Evil

9,290 posts

116 months

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Sunday 17th May 2009 quote quote all
Having done most of my CBT, I went back today with the intention of finishing my road ride which is all I had left to do, but ended up doing most of the stuff for the new module 1 test instead, was raining all day here in MK, so not the best weather to be doing it in, but good fun nonetheless and improved my bike control and confidence no end. Have already booked in another 3 hours with the instructor on Tuesday afternoon to finish off my 1 hour road ride and get 2 hours of instruction in on a bigger bike with an aim to doing my test at some point.

My experience of the 'swerve' test is that it's more a gentle jink to the left or right and is very easy to do, even in the wet. He offered some advice in that if you're swerving to the left, then approach the speed trap slightly off to the right hand side so that you're effectively lining yourself up before you go through.

I've definitely got the bug now and can't wait til Tuesday afternoon to get back on a bike.

Touring Remo

2,763 posts

100 months

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Monday 18th May 2009 quote quote all
My training starts on the 8th of june. I can't wait. Although the nerves always kick in hard when im on a bike. I really really hope i don't screw this up frown, Oh well, Bring it on smile

PaulW21781

136 posts

88 months

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Wednesday 20th May 2009 quote quote all
Did my part 1 today, quite an interesting experience...

Managed 51kph on the hazard avoidance section, 53kph on the emergency stop.

However, I did fluff up the U-turn... dumped the clutch and put my foot down for a split second, but recovered, didn't bin it, and stayed within the white lines.

That was the only fault I got, slow speed control was bang on, and general impression was good!

Passed though smile I guess this proves that some examiners can still judge for their selves and not just follow the rule books like a robot.

Edited by PaulW21781 on Wednesday 20th May 22:41

Touring Remo

2,763 posts

100 months

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Thursday 21st May 2009 quote quote all
Well done mate smile When is your module 2 booked for?

PaulW21781

136 posts

88 months

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Thursday 21st May 2009 quote quote all
June 4th at 8:40am, so 2 weeks from now smile

marctilling

393 posts

83 months

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Monday 1st June 2009 quote quote all
I've got my part 1 tommorow @ Silverstone... I've got a final hour training tonight with my instructor, so will hopefully go well and give me some confidence for tommorow.

Think I'm ready for it, but its like everything, doing it in practice is one thing... doing it on test day is another!

Steve Evil

9,290 posts

116 months

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Monday 1st June 2009 quote quote all
marctilling said:
I've got my part 1 tommorow @ Silverstone... I've got a final hour training tonight with my instructor, so will hopefully go well and give me some confidence for tommorow.

Think I'm ready for it, but its like everything, doing it in practice is one thing... doing it on test day is another!
Good luck with that, you'll have to let me know what you think as I'm due to do mine there next Tuesday.

Touring Remo

2,763 posts

100 months

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Monday 1st June 2009 quote quote all
i've got mine next wednesday (and bricking it)

marctilling

393 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 2nd June 2009 quote quote all
biggrin... passed with flying colours... not even a minor fault.

If anyone is doing it @ Silverstone there is a slight slope, so in certain places you need to keep the power going, as I had a few wobbles due to this!

Speeds were 52KPH for the Hazard Avoidance and 59KPH for the E-Stop... got them both 1st time biggrinbiggrinbiggrin... bring on part 2!!!!

Steve Evil

9,290 posts

116 months

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Tuesday 2nd June 2009 quote quote all
marctilling said:
biggrin... passed with flying colours... not even a minor fault.

If anyone is doing it @ Silverstone there is a slight slope, so in certain places you need to keep the power going, as I had a few wobbles due to this!

Speeds were 52KPH for the Hazard Avoidance and 59KPH for the E-Stop... got them both 1st time biggrinbiggrinbiggrin... bring on part 2!!!!
Well done.

So is the slope on the whole area? Just passed my theory over lunch, so got mine there next Tuesday, bit nervous already.

marctilling

393 posts

83 months

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Wednesday 3rd June 2009 quote quote all
There is a slight slope on the whole area, yes... nothing to worry about, just need to take it into account.

Can't do my part 2 until 25th due to availability.. am gutted as this means nearly another month wait!!!!.... HELP!

marctilling

393 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 9th June 2009 quote quote all
Steve... how did you get on!?

Steve Evil

9,290 posts

116 months

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Tuesday 9th June 2009 quote quote all
I passed!

We got there a bit early and my instructor went in and had a chat with the examiner, who said once he was finished with the 2 guys who were about to do the test we could have a practice on the circuit.

So we went and watched the first one from the fence, his first bit was fine, slalom etc. all looked good, then he went for the hazard avoidance, looked like he was going really slowly round it and took it more like a 50 pence piece, rather than a smooth arc, then he accelerated towards the speed trap, but instead of letting off I think he'd realised he was going too slow, so simply held onto the accelerator all the way through the swerve, made that OK, then realised he was going way too fast to stop in the box, grabbed the front brake whilst trying to turn towards it and flew off, dropping the bike which skidded along for about 20 metres (examiner pointed out the marks on my go later). Guy was totally fine, bike was OK after a new brake lever and taping the indicator up, but they abandoned his test.

Then they had another guy from the same instructor, again he seemed to take the radius more like a 50p and didn't look fast enough, but the rest of his manoeuvres seemed OK, until he did the emergency stop, where he locked the back brake and a load of smoke came off the rear tyre, as the examiner didn't ask him to repeat either manouevre we figured he must have failed too.

After that we had a bit of practice ourselves and went through everything to ensure we were ready, the U-turn space looks big enough to turn a bus in, so was nice and easy to do.

The other guy I was with was due to do his first, so we went into the hut to get everything sorted, which was where the examiner called me Simon and I panicked a bit that they'd booked in the wrong person, but he quickly changed that. The other guy managed to knock over a blue cone on the swerve, so failed his test and then it was my turn.

Moving my bike out of the bay I was having to really think about my breathing as I was a bit panicked and clearly pretty nervous, but once I started the cone slalom I calmed down a lot, had to repeat the emergency stop as the bike was a bit sluggish coming out of the radius and there was a strong headwind by that time, so I only got to 48kph the first time through, but I nailed it earlier on the next go and got up to 54.

He marked me down for not doing my observations as I pulled away at the end, I'm fairly certain I did whilst his back was turned, but I wasn't going to argue the point as I was just so relieved to have passed it.
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