i am a 55 year old woman who has just passed her module one test first time. I cannot see what all the fuss is about. What's more, on the day of my test it was wet and windy. Stop moaning, you wimpy blokes! sue, davebiker s partner
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Congrats on your pass but try telling that to the poor girl who ended up with 3 crushed ribs and a puntured lung and the other 30 odd at least who crashed
... Dave the Storeman.
I realise students are crashing and ending up with injuries; is this due to lack of proper training, I have to ask? My advice is to take the swerve in second gear at full revs (on a 125cc) . this takes the bike through the timing light at 55kph approx therefore no need to check speedo. keep off front brake until you have passed the swerve cone. my training school didnt tell me this - I worked this out, with the aid of my biking partner, on an industrial estate!
post is genuine, sue is my partner she had never been on a bike till feb 08 ,
No training school is going to take a student in for the mod 1 test unless they know they can achieve it 100%.
they dont want an injured candidate and a smashed up bike thats for sure.
As I've said in previous posts its down to nerves on the day and weather conditions.
I've seen grown men turn to jelly on test day and ride perfectly the day before. Ask any driving instructor / bike trainer. nerves is the killer.
i passed the Mod 1 on thursday,3rd attempt due to
1.lack of training on new circuit
changed riding school to another who took the time to lay out an approximate Mod 1 course and explained things NOT to do i.e.looking at speedo!
Mod 2 on Friday!!.
I agree that more has been made of the swerve than is really relevant. I passed on my 2nd attempt on thursday having let nerves get the better of me and dropping the bike while doing a figure 8 at the first attempt. The swerve really isn't that difficult and the people who have injured themselves have done so through rider error. If you grab a big hand full of front brake whilst trying to perform any manoeuver you're destined to hit the deck.
I found that the best advice came from a forum on here saying to just roll off the throttle, get through the swerve then start braking.
I can see the problem for 125cc bikes as it must be very difficult to get them up to speed in the allowed space.