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Mod 2 coming up - Basildon test centre..


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..any tips? I guess, for this centre and just in general?


My instructors have been great so far but I don't have any more training days before my Mod 2 in a couple of weeks. I'm riding 500 miles a week on a mixture of dual-carriageway and inner-city London roads, so getting a good range of experience on my 125.


Ideally throw your top 5 do's and don'ts for Mod 2 my way... I need to suck this advice up like a sponge! It'll be a sad xmas for me with a 'fail' on my mind!!


DL

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..any tips? I guess, for this centre and just in general?

DL

 

Treat it as just a normal ride, with a sat nav in your ear... and don't give up if you think you've done something wrong, chances are the examiner might not have seen it anyway!


All he's looking for is a rider that can handle his bike on the road without putting himself or any other road user in danger.


And remember, he wants to pass you... unless you give him a reason to fail you.


And above all, enjoy it!

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..any tips? I guess, for this centre and just in general?

DL

 

Treat it as just a normal ride, with a sat nav in your ear... and don't give up if you think you've done something wrong, chances are the examiner might not have seen it anyway!


All he's looking for is a rider that can handle his bike on the road without putting himself or any other road user in danger.


And remember, he wants to pass you... unless you give him a reason to fail you.


And above all, enjoy it!

 

Cheers - I'm hoping to keep these positive thoughts in my mind whilst doing it. I do enjoy riding, I don't enjoy an eagle-eye on me around cones in a playground... so that's a good start.


One thing I did wonder - is there any particular preference for stopping at junctions/lights. Sometimes I whack it in neutral and wait with both feet down, sometimes with a foot on the brake, sometimes with a hand on the brake, sometimes I stay in gear with the clutch in ready to move off... it sort of depends on the junction.


Is there a rule I should be sticking to?


I know this seems like a small issue, but I don't want something little and crap like this to be the thing to slip me up!!

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I did my test an awful long time ago, so my advice may not be the best.......... :wink: But Bogof's advice is very good. With regard to stopping at junctions.....if you're gonna be stopped for a bit then slip the bike into neutral......

and I think it's generally a good idea to cover the rear brake when pulling away. And don't forget your lifesavers.......

:wink:

Good luck mate...... 8-)

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One thing I did wonder - is there any particular preference for stopping at junctions/lights. Sometimes I whack it in neutral and wait with both feet down, sometimes with a foot on the brake, sometimes with a hand on the brake, sometimes I stay in gear with the clutch in ready to move off... it sort of depends on the junction.

 

Keep it in first gear so you're ready to pull away. Hold the bike steady and in the "safety position" with the rear brake applied to prevent any creeping, and so you're ready for pulling away. You shouldn't ever have both feet on the floor, unless you're likely to be stationary for a loooong time!

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You shouldn't ever have both feet on the floor, unless you're likely to be stationary for a loooong time!

 

..I do this fairly often in central London when I'm at junctions that take a minute or two to go green for me. Not a problem for me to cut this out, obviously - but out of interest, do you think this would be seen as a bad habit?

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At lights always keep a look around you and keep an eye on the phases of the lights. If you're in neutral and you see the other lights begin to change, get yourself into gear and ready to move off. They don't like you to be surprised by the lights changing so you should be anticipating it. By looking around it shows that you are alert and aware of other road users and watching for hazards. Lifesaver. Lifesaver. Lifesaver.

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