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Practical Test: The new motorcycle test explained

James Keen, 12 March 2009 12:17

It’s been about eight years since I took my practical for real and nearly as long since I last performed a proper feet-up u-turn, so I’m interested to see how I tackle the slow speed manoeuvres that form the off road part of the new motorcycle test. As a teenager I’d had a bunch of lessons and professional tuition on ...

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My bike test report

Anonymous, 18 December 2008 08:08

Like most, I too decided to spend a small fortune and do the DAS course with a company in Southend-on-sea. The first day was taken up with the CBT which I found quite easy. I havent ridden a bike for nearly 20 years so I was pleased with how at ease I felt. All was good with the figure of ...

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Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

Liam Marsden, 03 September 2008 09:58

One of the most difficult parts of riding a bike is changing gears. On a race track a bad gear change can lose you valuable seconds, on the road a botched gear change looks messy and you'll feel a bit embarrassed. If you're planning on taking pillions with you then a smooth gear change is all the more vital for ...

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Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

Adam Shorrock, 14 July 2008 15:33

I passed my CBT last summer with CAM Rider and must admit I was surprised I passed. Looking back at handling my first 125cc motorcycle are memories of excruciating pain in my crotch and a thumping heart rate after accidently pulling a wheelie on the first roundabout just moments after leaving CAM Rider headquarters! Little did I know that there ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Dary: D Day take two

Sarah Carnell, 19 June 2008 17:30

So it was once again the day of doom or the first day to the rest of my life. I headed to the BSM Training Centre for 9am ready for another day with big Chris. After a chill out we headed out towards the Heartlands area where I would be taking my test at 2pm. I rode around for a ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Diary day six: It's D Day

Sarah Carnell, 18 May 2008 15:38

Well today (Friday) was test day. I arrived at the BSM centre at 9am and today I was to be looked after by Chris, one of the other full-time instructors, as Mark was doing a CBT in Birmingham. Also spending the day with me and Chris was Butch, an American who was on his third attempt at passing his test ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day four: By George I think she's got it!

Sarah Carnell, 15 May 2008 16:17

My first major problem of the day was actually getting out of bed. The left side of my back has decided to go in to spasm probably after the windy ride yesterday – oh great. On arrival at BSM’s training centre I really struggled to walk into the building, let alone get geared up and head out on a motorcycle. ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day three: To SV650 or not SV650? that is the question

Sarah Carnell, 14 May 2008 15:51

After the highs of yesterday and the unexpected success on the Suzuki SV650 the plan for the day was to go out on the road to see how I get on with the ‘big’ bike before making a final decision whether to go forward for the full direct access or go back to the Suzuki Van Van. Mark suggested I ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day two: Good god I'm riding a 650!

Sarah Carnell, 13 May 2008 14:10

I arrived just before 9am ready for day two and really aching from yesterday, which I’d hoped would go away over night. After getting my Frank Thomas Alicia textile gear on and HJC helmet it was time for a bit of work on the pad for an hour on the Suzuki Van Van looking at those flipping U-Turns and more ...

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New rider blog: I've fallen in love... with a sports bike

Sarah Carnell, 26 October 2007 15:00

Well this week’s been a massive learning curve for me as I’ve been on my first test ride. MCN designer Adam Shorrock and myself were invited by road test editor Phil West to have a go on the Derbi City Cross 125. The idea was to see how this relatively cheap learner motorcycle compared to our own, mine being my ...


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