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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#16 Post by Kikesin » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:46 pm

Arwen wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:29 am
I found when I got really good at slow control on the grom, once I had found the biting point of the clutch on another bike a few times my slow control was pretty much the same on it. MOD1 is mostly a psychology test in refusing to put your foot down :lol:

My insurance stayed the same when I phoned up to tell them I had passed my test. No admin charge or anything :)

As for the temptation of a bigger bike after you have passed... I think it's all down to what you feel.
It was about 4 months between me passing my test and getting my F700.
I am possibly weird in the fact I really enjoy my little bike. I see the bikes as having two different purposes. The Grom is purely a funny little toy I use for commuting. It is not at all "serious" and I never really treat it as such. I'm a very chilled out rider when I'm on it because I am there for bimbling enjoyment rather than getting from A to B as fast as possible.
All bigger bikes have felt much more "serious" to me. Probably because they are much more capable machines, and the sheer weight of them means I really need to concentrate when moving them around under my own power. The F700 is primary for longer distance rides and eventually touring for me. So its "purpose" is completely different to the Grom.
Don't get me wrong though, I still really enjoy riding it, but it is more an adrenaline and/or exploration fuelled enjoyment than a silly/amusing enjoyment. I see it in a similar way of enjoying two completely different peoples company at different times. The people can be complete opposites, but you do enjoy spending them with both of them separately. :lol:
Cool :) I'd love to get a proper touring bike some time in the future and just go travelling on it! The F700 looks really nice :)

I hate the thought of having to sell the grom :( but will have to happen when I decide to get a bigger bike unfortunately. I love the lil bike!
The lack of garage and having to park on the road (+London) imposes this decision.

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#17 Post by Kikesin » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:47 pm

Kelbam wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:45 pm
I'm not insured for pillion use lol. Don't want to take passengers anyway, no idea how much more they would have charged me for that lol
probably a lot! are you with MCE by any chance?
Bet you cant wait for Sunday!

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#18 Post by Kelbam » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:07 pm

Kikesin wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:47 pm
Kelbam wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:45 pm
I'm not insured for pillion use lol. Don't want to take passengers anyway, no idea how much more they would have charged me for that lol
probably a lot! are you with MCE by any chance?
Bet you cant wait for Sunday!
Yeah, I don't even want to talk about the excess, hopefully get sensible quotes come Feb lol

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#19 Post by Kikesin » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:55 am

Kelbam wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:07 pm
Kikesin wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:47 pm
Kelbam wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:45 pm
I'm not insured for pillion use lol. Don't want to take passengers anyway, no idea how much more they would have charged me for that lol
probably a lot! are you with MCE by any chance?
Bet you cant wait for Sunday!
Yeah, I don't even want to talk about the excess, hopefully get sensible quotes come Feb lol
Excess is huge with MCE!
Mine was £850, they do something called "Excess reducer" or something like that which brings it down by half - though had to pay around £50 extra for the policy :/

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#20 Post by Kelbam » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:25 pm

Didn even know excess reducer was a thing 😩Il bin it off in Feb though hopefully

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#21 Post by Kikesin » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:44 am

Kelbam wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:25 pm
Didn even know excess reducer was a thing 😩Il bin it off in Feb though hopefully
They don't really advertise it.. I only found out when I enquired about excess protection cover :/

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Re: Another DAS thread :) - theory done!

#22 Post by Kikesin » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:36 pm

Just a lil update.. passed my theory today with 49 out of 50 questions right and 73 from 75 points on the hazard perception part :) pretty happy with that!

Going to local school tomorrow to book my DAS lessons. Hopefully they can fit me in without too much wait.. can't wait to train on a bigger bike :D

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#23 Post by Bender » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:53 pm

Well done and good luck
Bite my shiny, metal ass!

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#24 Post by Kikesin » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:30 am

Thanks!
Have booked Mod 1 training and test for next week Wednesday.. in the meantime I've been practicing the slow speed manoeuvres in my local Sainsbury's car park :P
On my 125 that is! Will see how I do on the MT07 next week...
Really looking forward to it now. Can't wait to see what its like to ride a big bike :D

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#25 Post by Bender » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:55 pm

125 practice won't do you any harm, I couldn't tell you how many u turns I did on mine, are you OK with everything.
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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#26 Post by Kikesin » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:08 am

Yeah, no problems with slow speed control/manoeuvres on my 125.
U turns I'm practicing within the space of 2 parking bays. Figure of 8's all OK, can keep them nice and tidy.
One thing I cannot practice in the car park has been emergency stop + avoidance. Sunday it opens at 11am, so I'll wake up quite early and hopefully its empty and get some practice done for these 2! :D

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#27 Post by Bungleaio » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:49 pm

Just be careful on the white lines in the car park. They can get slippery.
Gone from never ridden when I signed up to having a full license! :D

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#28 Post by Kikesin » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:03 am

Been so anxious last couple of days! Training and test tomorrow... arghhh

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#29 Post by Rodders » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10 am

Kikesin wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:03 am
Been so anxious last couple of days! Training and test tomorrow... arghhh
I had my MOD1 yesterday. I was nervous too, but didn't really need to be.
There's no need to rush any of it. Between exercises you can take a breather, just don't start moving until you're ready. For me, that was most useful after the manual handling exercise - I had been taking nervous short and shallow breaths, plus I struggle with the weight of the bike so I was heaving for air. Examiner reminded me that I could take a moment and ride when I was ready, so I just sat on the bike and gathered my thoughts.

I found it useful to run through a drill in my head for the emergency stop and swerve. Mine went something like this, yours may vary:
  • get up to 3rd gear before the bend
  • 18-20mph on the bend looking at the exit point
  • at the exit of the bend, look ahead to the speed trap and open the throttle
  • before speed trap, quick speed check
  • in the speed trap, ease off the throttle (no need to carry the speed too far
  • watch for the examiner to start raising their hand
  • touch the front brake, then squeeze it progressively
  • rear brake towards the end, get ready to put foot down

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Re: Another DAS thread :)

#30 Post by Kikesin » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:25 am

Rodders wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:10 am
Kikesin wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:03 am
Been so anxious last couple of days! Training and test tomorrow... arghhh
I had my MOD1 yesterday. I was nervous too, but didn't really need to be.
There's no need to rush any of it. Between exercises you can take a breather, just don't start moving until you're ready. For me, that was most useful after the manual handling exercise - I had been taking nervous short and shallow breaths, plus I struggle with the weight of the bike so I was heaving for air. Examiner reminded me that I could take a moment and ride when I was ready, so I just sat on the bike and gathered my thoughts.

I found it useful to run through a drill in my head for the emergency stop and swerve. Mine went something like this, yours may vary:
  • get up to 3rd gear before the bend
  • 18-20mph on the bend looking at the exit point
  • at the exit of the bend, look ahead to the speed trap and open the throttle
  • before speed trap, quick speed check
  • in the speed trap, ease off the throttle (no need to carry the speed too far
  • watch for the examiner to start raising their hand
  • touch the front brake, then squeeze it progressively
  • rear brake towards the end, get ready to put foot down
Thanks for advice mate! was just reading your thread actually.. big congratz on the pass!! :D

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