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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:51 pm

I'm not too cross this time tbh, as it was fair enough. I was bloody livid with myself after the Mod 1, but this time I'm alright as I know I made a 'proper' mistake.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:17 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:Gah! Failed on a serious fault. Too close behind the car ahead when I did an overtake on the dual carriageway. Balls!

Now I have to see how soon I can book another one.


Oh noes! Bad luck, Damo. That must be terribly frustrating. Hopefully it won't be too long before you can book another one.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by S1K @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:21 pm

Oh well, at least you know what you did wrong and you'll be better placed to do the test next time.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Freddie @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:25 pm

Good luck with your next try, DT.

Ride well.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Aesgarth @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:59 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:I know. The correct gap seems impossibly massive and I was thinking about being seen to "make progress".

What's the correct gap supposed to be?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:01 pm

Aesgarth wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:I know. The correct gap seems impossibly massive and I was thinking about being seen to "make progress".

What's the correct gap supposed to be?

3 seconds I think.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:06 pm

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:Gah! Failed on a serious fault. Too close behind the car ahead when I did an overtake on the dual carriageway. Balls!

Now I have to see how soon I can book another one.


Oh noes! Bad luck, Damo. That must be terribly frustrating. Hopefully it won't be too long before you can book another one.
Booked for January 8th.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:09 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:
Aesgarth wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:I know. The correct gap seems impossibly massive and I was thinking about being seen to "make progress".

What's the correct gap supposed to be?

3 seconds I think.
Apparently it's 2 seconds in the dry, but 4 seconds if wet. I was only 1 second behind the Porsche as I pulled out to overtake a van, and although I did drop back when I realised he wasn't going as fast as I thought he was, I didn't drop back soon enough.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:45 pm

Il Duce wrote:Oh ffs man! Sort yourself out!
laugh!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Dirk @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:14 pm

Typical nowadays. You would never have had a Porsche going too slowly in the old days.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:23 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:Gah! Failed on a serious fault. Too close behind the car ahead when I did an overtake on the dual carriageway. Balls!

Now I have to see how soon I can book another one.


Oh noes! Bad luck, Damo. That must be terribly frustrating. Hopefully it won't be too long before you can book another one.
Booked for January 8th.


Yay! Fingers crossed for you.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:40 am

Dirk wrote:Typical nowadays. You would never have had a Porsche going too slowly in the old days.


The engine was probably buggered.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:58 am

Ha! Only bloody passed!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Turntable @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:04 am

Yay, congratulations Damo. How exciting.
Did you get really nervous?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Disastrous @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:06 am

YES! Get in.

Bought a bike yet?? I think I lasted until midday on the day I passed before buying.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:06 am

Well done Damo!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:11 am

Hurray! Buy one now. Buy my Ducati!!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Dirk @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:12 am

Well done

So 1000cc bike?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by DI Burnside @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:13 am

Well done Damo !
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by stuart @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:19 am

Well done!

I'd love to have a bike, but I think I'd be a hopeless clumsy idiot, falling off all the time and generally being useless.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by S1K @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:24 am

Good job Damo.

Time to get in touch with Jack Frost at Holeshot Racing to discuss a turbocharged Hayabusa build now.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Aesgarth @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:39 am

S1K wrote:Good job Damo.

Time to get in touch with Jack Frost at Holeshot Racing to discuss a turbocharged Hayabusa build now.

That guy is mental. I've watched him have trouble with wheelspin at >200mph.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:50 am

Turntable wrote:Yay, congratulations Damo. How exciting.
Did you get really nervous?
I was utterly unbothered. Having stuffed this once before I had no fear of failing - because I already had. The pressure was off, and although the ride felt a proper shambles I only got a couple of minors: one for positioning at a mini roundabout, and one for not going fast enough.

"Get on with it, sunshine", the examiner said afterwards.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:02 pm

Well done spacker! I knew you'd do it.
Eventually.

Have you taken the stabilisers off yet?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:34 pm

I don't even own any stabilisers.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Il Duce @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:16 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:I don't even own any stabilisers.


I heard that you borrowed them from the girl next door.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by wi11iam @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:17 pm

Good work DT, well done!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:59 pm

Thanks all for the 'grats.

I've got a bit more time now, so can expand a little. It was a glorious morning, absolutely beautiful and not too cold - about 7 degrees. There were two of us from The Motorcycling School taking our Mod 2 tests today, and like me he'd failed once before as well. We had a good ride down to the test centre, and discovered to our delight that the examiner today was the same grumpy bloke who had previously failed us both. His test was first, and he was pretty nervous. But I was as calm as anything, unphased and actually yawning in the waiting room.

He came back, passed, and then it was my turn - and as the examiner called me into the little office to start I sinkingly thought "oh!", "this is it now". But then the show me, tell me questions he asked were exactly the same ones he'd asked me before, and I hopped on the bike and casually tootled away without a single wobble or flare of revs or anything, and felt just fine about the whole thing from then.

I was instructed to do the independent riding section first, and once I realised I'd left my indicator really late at the first big roundabout we came to, I calmly accepted I'd ballsed up and felt even calmer than before. Totes tranquil. If I'd already messed up, then the rest didn't matter. Except of course I hadn't already messed up, and the examiner didn't even mention the late signal at the debrief afterwards.

And the minors I did get, for the mini roundabout and the low speed, were me specifically remembering to try to do things that had caught me out before! I'd been told on my lessons not to keep cutting mini roundabouts, and to make sure I didn't ride through the painted circle. The examiner gave me a minor for going needlessly wide around a mini roundabout when he would have been happy for me to virtually ignore it. And then during the test as we rode up a slip road to join the DC, he radioed to say "you're on a powerful motorbike, get on with it!". Which I thought was a bit unnecessary as I was doing about 46 in a 50.

He also mentioned afterwards that he would expect a bike to be the first vehicle away from traffic lights every time, which I wasn't. I muttered something about not wanting to be too speedy on the test (remember I'd over-accelerated during my overtake last time, and failed for that as I went too close to the car ahead), but frankly so what because by that point he'd already told me I'd passed.

Which also meant I could ride back to The Motorcycling School on my own. Which was brilliant! I immediately relaxed into the ride and everything was smooth and instinctive and confident and lovely. The sun was shining, and because it was late morning the roads were quiet. I got an 8-mile stretch of DC almost to myself, so tried some counter-steering like I'd seen on some Youtube videos - amazing! And also I could ride faster, without worrying about anybody keeping up or telling me in an earpiece to not do that. Ha! Fab. It turns out that even 75hp makes a motorbike go very quickly indeed when you ask it to. How fast N's bikes go (all over 200hp) beggars belief.

I've been in a brilliant mood all afternoon, so clearly some nerves that I didn't realise were at play have lifted, and now I'm massively excited about what the biking future holds for me.

Wi11iam, do this immediately, it is excellent.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by DI Burnside @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:44 pm

You made me look at my license.

I gained a full motorcycle license in 1991. I passed my driving test in 1985.

198fcuking5 !

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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:48 pm

You old git! I didn't pass my driving test until 1988.
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