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I had the same. I really hate slow maneuvers. I have failed my MOD1 3 times but that was because I had no training at all and I used bike which I had not ridden before. But then I went for DAS and after 1 day training with instructor I passed it without any problems :D I still hate slow riding and I'm cr*p at U-turn but hey, you need to do it just once. Don't worry, you'll be just fine. You may also just had a not very good day today. Everyone have one of them from time to time. So be happy it was today and not on your actual test day :wink: You'll be all right :thumb:

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Hey kirsty.


Now you may or may not want to take my advice as i just passed yesterday!


Any way, my opinion would be to just try your best to chill out, and focus on learning the slow manoeuvres.


I thought i had my mod 1 on tuesday (it was actually wednesday), and i was BRICKING it, as i had barely practised the slow manouvers, and i wasnt very good at them!


How ever, i spent a good hour or so just focussing on them, and as soon as i got them, i stopped.


The next day i felt absolutely fine, if only slightly nervous.


I have rambled on a bit really, but just to reiterate, focus on what you are afraid of, or cant do very well, rather than going over and over the stuff you do know. (In my case road riding was fine, just slow manouvers sucked!)

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Dunno about place you live at, is it a big city or a small village?? I live in small village and I have right in front of my house 2 quite long streets without any houses on them. My gf was trying my big bike there and I we were learning slow maneuverers here. If you live somewhere like it you could just take your Fazer in front of your house and practice a bit :wink: Or if you have a local biker friend ask him to take you and your bike somewhere you could practice :thumb:

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It's a shame that the slow manouvers are such a big part of the test as we all know that if we go that slow we can put our foot down..:) Think the secret is to keep your revs up and control your speed with your clutch and your rear brake. Physcologically its easier to go slow if you can feel and hear the engine running a little faster.

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Hi Kirsty,


I did my Mod 1 back in November last year. I had to take the test twice because the first time I put my foot down during the U-turn...so I'm with you there, I find them quite difficult!!


However, what made my experience top-notch was the fact that my training school booked a couple of hours at the test centre, so we were able to try everything out on the actual test track before the real thing!


It might be worth asking your training school to see if that may be possible...?


Hope that helps.


Ken :-)

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Hi Kirsty :)


Sounds mainly like nerves to me, whenever i was practising for my mod 1 and I found myself nervous or stressed it made everything so much more difficult. Is using your own bike possibly making this a bit worse because you are more worried about it falling over than you would be it was a school bike? have you had many lessons *just* practising mod 1 stuff?


With the U-turn I was taught not to look at where I was going but to watch a spot in the middle of the U, this really worked for me and I never had any problems with it. Also make sure you don't go too slow, this will make it harder.


I agree about the slow ride, it is sooo much easier if you have a run up to it, but you do have a few metres form starting off before you start actually following the examiner to get your balance sorted. I did find that after a bit of practice the slow riding just clicked.

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Dont know if this will help but when i was having problems with the slow stuff i would sit further forward as close to the tank as i can get, this causes your elbows to bend more and stop the throttle shutting off like it does when you try it with straighter arms, also keep telling yourself to keep your head up and dont look 5 feet in front of you helps keep the balance from the start, good luck :)

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Dont worry about it, it's only going to last about 15min think how quick that goes by when your on your lessons. I've got my mod 1 on monday morning feeling ok about it just now bound to have some nerves on the day tho :lol:


positive attitude and you'll be fine :wink:

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Im going out tomorrow so i´ll let you know how i get on with the sitting position etc xx

 

You could always hire a 125 and go to a empty car park, and practice all the maneuvers. My local school has a practice area set out the same as mod 1. A few hours should be enough for you to master it.


Relax, and good luck!

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