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greeningc

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greeningc says:

Need for "Progressive" Speed

Dear All,

I am a 45 year old.  I passed my CBT and theory test last year and have just passed my Mod 1 but I have a problem (amongst many too disturbing to detail on the web!) – I struggle getting up to speed – being knocked about above 50mph is really disconcerting for me.

I know this is all about experience and confidence but frankly when I’m out on my bicycle I don’t particularly enjoy fast downhills due to "wind".  But I really enjoy being out on the bike (motorised and pedal based).

I think I am going to struggle with mod2 when it comes to zooming up the dual carriageway at 60+ mph to prove that I can “maintain progress”.  I have absolutely no problem with the concept and I know that it isn’t going to change because it doesn’t suit me; so what advice please on getting that speed up?

My personal view is:

·         Get a very faired and screened up bike for the mod2 – but all the training schools in the area lack these bikes to train on.

·         Buy a suitable bike ahead of mod2 – am I likely to get insurance?

I know I sound like an old granny but any views / advice would be appreciated, I’m keen to “progress”.  I have been taking my YBR out and trying to increase speed gradually but I think it will only get me so far.

Cheers, Chris

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  • Posted 2 years ago (11 January 2013 18:08)

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

Unlucky

With that test mate, least you know you can do it though!

Where did you read that A* rating? My best guess would be that it signifys a bike that isn't suitable for the A2 test as it's too powerful to conform with the restriction rules. This is only a guess though!

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greeningc

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greeningc says:

Category A*

Dear All, thanks for the ongoing support - greatly appreciated.  I did a bit mor rooting around about the A* category and      http://www.dft.gov.uk/motorcycle-test-vehicle-list      Category A

This is a motorcycle without a side car that must:

  • be at least 595cc
  • have a power output of at least 40kw (53.6bhp)

Changes to category A from 2018

From the end of 2018:

  • the power output will change to at least 50 kW
  • a minimum kerb weight of 180 kg will apply

Machines affected by this change in minimum power are shown as A*. These machines will not be able to be used for test from the end of 2018.

This change is still subject to EU approval.

     So, it looks like a Deauville 700 is fine until 2018 - if I don't get a licence by that date there is a serious problem :laugh: Cheers, Chris

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greeningc

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greeningc says:

A Pass!

Dear All,

I promised to keep you updated and I'm very pleased to say that I passed my mod2 this morning.  I bought a Honda Deauville 700 last week and the windscreen has helped significantly.  Had a lot of rain today and that was kept at bay as well.  I'm very happy about this but more I wanted to thanks all those posters who took the time to offer support and advice - it is greatly appreciated and has definately helped.  I know it's just the start of learning to be proficient and some extra training will also help to build up confidence etc.

Best wishes, Chris.

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

WaHey!

Well done & Happy Riding :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

Well done!

Nice to have another one aboard :smile

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