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No, not the film, but I am a little baffled, Just over two years ago, I passed my CBT and Theory, I managed one riding lesson and promptly had a seizure a day later, after several hospital visits to see specialists, I was promptly stopped from driving for a year. After getting my license back, I noticed there was no motorcycle entitled on it, after a call to Swansea, I was informed that I would have to wait a year after getting my car license back. then I could apply for the motorcycle provisional again. I now have it back, but understand that I will have to take the CBT again, I'm OK with that, but will I have to do the theory again?

Another issue, is I'm weaker on my right side than my left, I dare say, I could do what I did before, but the strength is not there, my own bike is a Bandit 600 that I intended to take the tests on, I've had it modified with a left hand thumb brake as I cannot use the foot brake on the right side and the riding school has nothing I could use. It is a bit tall and heavy and I'm wondering if a cruiser like the 650cc Yamaha Dragstar would be a better option, as it has forward controls, so easier for me to operate? I have a little bit of money put away and was looking forward to starting again in the spring.


Any suggestions and opinions would be gratefully recieved.


Alan.

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Hi Alan,

Sounds like you been through a rough run of things :(

As for the theory, the pass if valid for two years from the date you take it, so it sounds as if you will likely have to take it again.

Not sure about which bikes are easiest to modify, but a cruiser style bike - or any lower bike - is likely to be easier to handle.

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The bandit 600 is fairly tall and top heavy for what it is. Maybe an sv650 or something would be better? Hard to say. I do wish you the best of luck, sounds like a bloody rough run, but I get the impression you'll not let it get in the way.

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Thanks for replies, I considered the SV, but I have limited movement in my right leg, from straight, I can only bend it to about 80 degrees, so getting and keeping my foot on the footrest is impossible, which is why I thought about the Yamaha Dragstar 650. I looked at an XV535 a few years ago, but my mate tried and didn't like the way it handled, after looking at it from the rear, it was clear to see the frames was twisted and the wheels were out of line, so, it was left alone.


Alan.

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The turning circle is not limited to the lock on the bike - Leant well over, you will turn tighter than upright on full lock. Try it!


Best advice is to take a couple of test rides on 'small' cruisers - if you can turn it around in the width of two car spaces, you will pass easily.


good luck.


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My guy I know has an 05 Kawsaki Vulcan 750 with 30K miles on it. It has a full MOT, fairly new tyres and according to my mate, is good gondition, but obviously not mint. All of this lovliness for just over a grand, I've known him for several years and can honestly say, he is a decent chap, so I don't think he's the type to stiff me.


I've spoken to my instructor and he reckons that as I'm disabled, the test station might be lenient and give me a little leeway, as long as I'm in control and stable during the tests and can show that I am safe, I should have no issues.


What do you all think?

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My guy I know has an 05 Kawsaki Vulcan 750 with 30K miles on it. It has a full MOT, fairly new tyres and according to my mate, is good gondition, but obviously not mint. All of this lovliness for just over a grand, I've known him for several years and can honestly say, he is a decent chap, so I don't think he's the type to stiff me.


I've spoken to my instructor and he reckons that as I'm disabled, the test station might be lenient and give me a little leeway, as long as I'm in control and stable during the tests and can show that I am safe, I should have no issues.


What do you all think?

 

All sounds most promising :thumb:


I have some vague recollection of needing a letter from your GP or the like stating your difficulties although that maybe for something else. Best check that bit.


But then my instructor told the examiner about me being directionally challenged so they didn’t get too annoyed they were perfectly lovely about it and said they acknowledged I wouldn’t be doing it on purpose- apparently some people do it deliberately to avoid turns at difficult roundabouts and junctions.

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Once again, I thank you for your input, I checked on the GOV website earlier and it seems the Vulcan cannot be use for the test ofter January 1st 2019, so it seems that idea is out of the window. I'll have to keep looking.


Onwards and upwards.

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