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Failed Mod 1 - AGAIN!


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So....


SO!


I had my bike brought to the test centre by my mate Rhys (in his trailor) the night before, as he was workin today.


ot to the centre, chap comes out at 930 into the little waitin room


"I cant let you take the test on that bike"


"why not?!"


"its too powerful, you would have to have it restricted."


I was under the impression that as lon as the bike was 500cc then I would have a restricted a2 license! He sai my bike is 60hp and the "rules" say only 47 allowed!


So i had a chat to the instructor who was waiting outside with his dude, they said I can use there bike - great!


It was a kawasaki 600 something? Nice bike, back brake was much sharper than my old bike and I locked up the back wheel in the emergancy stop - blew it.


it was only locked for a half second I letgo as soon as it locked!


I have been in a crash, and I can tell you, everyone locks up! Its involuntary! Thats why there are ALWAYS skid marks left for the police to see what went on!


FFFUUUUUUUUUUU


Im out of money now...

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Unlucky mate


To do the test the rules say "Must be a solo motorcycle with a capacity of at least 395cc with a power output between 33bhp and 46.6bhp" so yeah, afraid the guy was correct.


Yes, people lock up in moments of panic but you don't slow down as quickly if the wheel's locked and you're more likely to come off the bike, that's why they want you to be able to brake on the limit or recognise when it's going and what to do about it. If you're locking up in the controlled test environment then in that moment of panic you're likely to be worse, that's their thinking.


How did you do on the rest of it? If the rest's fine then you know you can do it, just got to not wind yourself up about it :)

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thanks guys,


i just get down and think why am i such a f*ck up? My mate passed first time :/


Im going to try get it re booked.


I think maybe not being used to the bike and also I think I pulled the clutch in too quick made it lock up

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Dont beat yourself uyp, took me three attempts, I even dropped the bike on the U turn the second time. I was a bloody wreck, so nervous.


You'll get there in the end, and itll be all the sweeter.


Also, quite often (or so Im told) you find some people are great at MOD1, some are great at MOD2. Its each to their own strengths.


As my mate said to me (he also failed twice, then failed his MOD 2 once for good measure) better to balls it up now while you're under safe conditions, than be out alone on the road and do it.

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Once I pass ill be using my ninja 500. Which is too powerful for the 500cc test. So I had to take it on a kawasaki 600 - which is what I'll be practising on with my new instructor.


Going to the actual yard for mod 1 practice saturday.


I shouldnt have even bothered with the back brake like you said!

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Once I pass ill be using my ninja 500. Which is too powerful for the 500cc test. So I had to take it on a kawasaki 600 - which is what I'll be practising on with my new instructor.


Going to the actual yard for mod 1 practice saturday.


I shouldnt have even bothered with the back brake like you said!

Back brake isn't there for decoration! Its there for a very good reason and learning to use it safely is essential for safe riding.

Very bad habit to get into ignoring the back brake..

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Bad luck mate.


Yeah, it's all to do with weight transfer. If you just apply the front, all the weight of the bike and you are pushed forward, so it leaves the back end too light, and you risk losing control. The back brake balances this out.

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I failed mod one twice, first time was for a foot down in the u turn and second for not using the back brake on the emergency stop. Third time round nailed it and was told, 'you stopped far shorter than everyone else does, you don't need to stop that fast' ??? Then failed mod 2 once.


As said before, better to mess up in controlled conditions than out alone! It's all experience.


As others have said cover the rear brake as a safety, can't fail you then. If you want to and I would, use it, but lightly.


Good luck mate

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OK, so went to the test site with my new instructor today, had about 40 mins on the circuit. Started out a bit wobly but by the end I had four good emergency stops in a row at 55/57/59/63KPH so should nail it.


I was pulling my clutch in too soon hence the back locking up.


The swerve was easyer than I though it would be. Just have to remember my shoulder checks at the end.


The slalom seemed really tight today - I'm sure it wasnt that tight before!!


Hes going to book my mod 1 and 2 for last week of april

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