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Tony Norton
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PostPosted: 08:02 - 31 Jul 2022    Post subject: I'm still alive Reply with quote

Hi All,

I haven't been around for over a month, mainly because a switch from Virgin Media to City Fibre didn't go as well as it should have. I have been without internet access from midnight 16-06-22 thru 27-07-22. However, all is now sorted and I am back to plague you with my queries and problems.

BRUN asked "How did it go?". Well, not as well as I expected. The first snag was being informed, only 3 days before the test date, that my instructor had gone down with Covid.

Therefore no practice the day before the test. No accompanied ride from Bournemouth to the test site at Poole, I got my Grandson to ride the Rebel to Poole for me. Nowhere to warm up at the test site, so I am into the test cold, not having ridden the bike for about a month. Result fail.

Not as bad as it sounds, I did do the slalom, figure of 8, and "U" turn without any problems, but generally failed for being too slow. e.g. I was doing all the "life saver" looks OK but I approached the "U" turn so slowly that the examiner said that by the time I made the turn something could have come up behind me so I should have done the lifesavers again. On the emergency stop I was well under the required 32mph, a shade under 20mph, and the examiner thought it might have been dangerous to get me to do it again at the required speed. End of test.

I reckon though, that the experience was well worth the £15 it cost. Next time I will know where I am going.

Which leads me to Plan K, or is it Plan L? I forget, but I am way past Plan B. I have purchased an AJS Cadwell 125, nice low seat and narrow. Idea being that I can get in plenty of road practice and experience on my own, no lashing out £150 every time I want to go out on the Rebel. I am now thinking in terms of taking an A1 test on the Cadwell. I discussed this idea with my instructor, and he thinks it a good idea. I've had to go this route as the insurers will no longer cover me for the Rebel since I failed the A2 Mod1. Hopefully when, and if, I pass the A1 Mods 1 and 2 they will be more willing to cover me on the Rebel.

That's the latest plan, a step by step approach. After my experience of the SV650 I realised there is no way I could go DAS.

Well, that's the latest guys and gals. I will be back in touch soon.

All the best to you all,

Tony
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A100man
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PostPosted: 10:18 - 31 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff Tony. Plan L sounds good. Keep us up to date!
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to v or not to v
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PostPosted: 12:00 - 31 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

if at first you dont succeed... Thumbs Up
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Fat Angry Scotsman
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PostPosted: 14:52 - 31 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see the failure hasn't put you off. I put my foot down on my figure of eight, in retrospect I was probably trying to do it too tight.

Onwards and forwards mate, good luck in the future re-test!
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BRUN
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PostPosted: 12:11 - 02 Aug 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep going Tony

im sure the time on the 125 will help, it did with me, I couldnt block book lessons so sometimes had many weeks in between them, sometimes a few months actually because of covid

I failed my mod1 first time, on the figure of 8, you will get there

The 'practice' of doing that test was well worth £15
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Ste
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PostPosted: 13:11 - 02 Aug 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm still alive Reply with quote

Tony Norton wrote:
the insurers will no longer cover me for the Rebel since I failed the A2 Mod1.

Well that's quite odd, never heard of that happening before!! Confused
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Fat Angry Scotsman
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PostPosted: 09:42 - 04 Aug 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm still alive Reply with quote

Ste wrote:
Tony Norton wrote:
the insurers will no longer cover me for the Rebel since I failed the A2 Mod1.

Well that's quite odd, never heard of that happening before!! Confused


IIRC much earlier in the saga, he was only able to secure insurance temporarily and it was based on a time limit, so it probably has to do with the time limit elapsing instead of failing a test.
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