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Post  snagsy on Sat Mar 06 2010, 20:15

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Hi all!

Awesome site. Snagsy here, just doing my Direct Access course at the moment (not literally!), and purchased a T-Cat for my first bike! Its getting delivered next sat/sun. 1997 and FSH:

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30 years old, married with 2 kids and been driving since 17 so left it a little late I suppose, but better late than ever!

Anyway hope to learn a lot here and please be gentle Smile

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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Mon Mar 08 2010, 20:40

bad luck chuck ... you'll get it next time Smile

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Post  SteveCat on Mon Mar 08 2010, 21:00

Ahh the contentious swerve test, sounds like you did alright with the rest , that's good news - pity about the 48 km/h.

ATB for next week.


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Post  Rosco on Mon Mar 08 2010, 21:11

Unlucky mate.....I'm sure you'll nail it next time.

ps. If you see a rabbit don't swerve for it grumpy

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Post  Guest on Mon Mar 08 2010, 23:51

Oh man . I feel for you - I know what a pain in the arse that DAS1 is - I did pass pass 1st time luckily , but the swerve test and emergency stop , where you have to reach 48kph - it's just not something you would do in a normal riding scenario - and it was the two exercises I hated doing the most . Anyway chin up and good luck for next time .
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Post  andyb on Tue Mar 09 2010, 01:53

Keep your chin up, i'm sure you'll be fine next week Very Happy
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Post  greencat on Tue Mar 09 2010, 08:55

Ahh, never mind, not worth worrying about. king

You aren't the first and won't be the last to have to retake the test.

It's a set of exercises you have to pass, either by good judgement or luck, on the day. The real learning starts after you pass the test. So go through the motions, however many times it may take.

After the elation of passing be modest, considerate and above all safe in your riding. Be prepared to learn much more than you already know. Oh and join us for a rideout (as if you haven't heard that before!) - there's loads of bad habits you can poke fun at! ponder naughty

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Post  bigcarl on Tue Mar 09 2010, 18:57

hi and welcome
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Post  JDM on Tue Mar 09 2010, 19:45

Hello & Welcome, very nice lookin' bike you picked up there, and all best with test's i failed 1st module 1 for same, whilst having same bike as you sat in garden, you'll nail it i'm sure and then you'll enjoy even more.

Enjoy the forum as well, there all bit bonkers in good way! Laughing
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Post  Dr No on Sat Mar 13 2010, 22:41

Hello mate. Did my DAS course in 2008 aged 32, got the 'cat as my first bike. Absolutely love it. As one relative newbie to another, take it steady - these 'cats are pretty docile but 100bhp is still quite a lot, and big speeds come up quick unless you're careful (unless you're trying of course... Smile ). Take care and have fun!
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Post  snagsy on Mon Mar 15 2010, 16:43

Thanks for all the well wishes, looks like they worked! Very Happy

Passed Module 1 today, zero minor faults! Swerve test @ 54kph, Emergency stop @ 64(!)kph (haha not so much overkill! Laughing )

Bike got delivered on saturday, and she's a beauty! Is there anything I should look out for that I can check visually? I had a very little shot on her up the street and back and seems fine, but not too sure what to look for.

Module 2 test on 25th March (next week!) - Cannot wait! I booked full days of lessons just to be sure Smile

£213 3rd party fire and theft quote on the cat for me, seems pretty reasonable to me considering my 2.2 diesel avensis costs me £350 to insure (comp)! Thats with carole nash.

Cheers! Snagster
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Post  Toni on Mon Mar 15 2010, 17:02

Congratulations for module 1 and good luck for module 2 great
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Post  SteveCat on Mon Mar 15 2010, 17:30

Well done on passing, and all the best for the next one.

Some basic things you can check, the chain, tyres for tread wear and pressure. As you have a FSH and if it was recently done, there shouldn't be anything you need to look out for. If the bike has stood for a bit, might be worth checking the brakes, the calipers have a bad tendency of seizing.
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Post  andyb on Mon Mar 15 2010, 19:36

Nice one on passing clink

One thing I would check quite often is the noise of the exhaust pmsl

A light twist of the throttle 2 or 3 times a day should do the trick great
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Post  snagsy on Mon Mar 15 2010, 20:16

@andyb wrote:Nice one on passing clink

One thing I would check quite often is the noise of the exhaust pmsl

A light twist of the throttle 2 or 3 times a day should do the trick great

andyb are you raf too? ive just got a posting notice to coningsby Smile
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Post  andyb on Mon Mar 15 2010, 20:38

@snagsy wrote:

andyb are you raf too? ive just got a posting notice to coningsby Smile

Yes I'm RAF, I'm at waddington! Go over to coningsby a fair bit though, got a few friends over there, plus it's nice ride out great
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Mon Mar 15 2010, 22:21

@snagsy wrote:

andyb are you raf too? ive just got a posting notice to coningsby Smile

that'll be 3 of us in Lincs then snagsy ... you'll have to go and say hello to my Neil he's not RAF but works on the camp (he;s got a Tiger and a Thunderbird but you can't have everything i suppose!)
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Post  ellie on Tue Mar 16 2010, 06:35

that'll be 3 of us in Lincs then snagsy

pmsl Have a problem with counting Suzie??? wall
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Tue Mar 16 2010, 08:15

no ellie not at all ....... but i didn't know the peak district had relocated to lincolnshire or are you not going now? I did say 'will be' he's not got to coningsby yet and you haven't left yet so there are 3 of us at the moment and when he comes and you go there will still be 3 green smile
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Post  ellie on Tue Mar 16 2010, 09:06

Nope Suzie.........What about Bignige, Greencat, Mechy69 ... lol ..

........and Im still here for another 2 weeks!! pmsl




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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Tue Mar 16 2010, 15:07

I should've made myself a bit clearer ... my fault...... so for the avoidance of any doubt i was talking about current Thundercat owners ... lovely tho the guys are they don't have their thundercats anymore :( (with the exception of Nige who hasn't had one ...... yet Smile ) and if Snagsy get's here within 2 weeks then the wheels of the RAF postings have obviously started moving a lot quicker than they did in my day so we'll probably be 2 for a time ... me and AndyB then Snagsy'll make 3 again green smile
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Post  DaVy on Tue Mar 16 2010, 17:25

welcome! bike looks mint

and great color scheme green smile
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Post  Guest on Tue Mar 16 2010, 22:07

Awsome on passing your MOD1 , I think that's more difficult than MOD 2 , which is about riding , you already know how to ride so all you've got to do in MOD 2 is , watch speed limits , but also don't go to slow , lots of life savers - examiners love them and make it obvious you are doing it.
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Post  Rosco on Tue Mar 16 2010, 22:24

Well done mate and all the best for mod 2.

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Post  JDM on Tue Mar 16 2010, 22:49

Well done!! :whoop: awkward nervous bit out the way, easier part left, as previously mentioned lots of mirrors, lifesavers, and stick to speed limit as much and soon as possible no hanging around, drilled into me for my mod 2 last year, sure you'll fly through, congrats again!!!
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Post  snagsy on Thu Apr 15 2010, 20:43

PASSED \o/

Sorry for not updating, but had not too much internet time.

Failed the first module 2 exam, due to me hardly touching the rear brakes - I was a bit gutted the guy i had lessons with didn't pick up on it to be honest!!!

Had to wait 10 working days for retest, so over easter public holidays :( Took it yesterday after having no more lessons and 3 weeks off a bike and passed! Smile

Now, unfortunately im stuck in scotland for next 8 days and my bike is in england - but its ready and taxed/insured etc for when i get back! Smile
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Post  Guest on Thu Apr 15 2010, 21:35

Congratulations , you must gagging to get on your bike ! deal
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