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A ‘Ride Out’ with a challenge!

Sunday 22nd of September and its for Charity.

Can you pass the Mod 1 Test?

We have teamed up with members of the Welsh Biker’s Forum  & Bridgend Motorcycle Training to run an event this Sunday where you can step up to the challenge of seeing if you are capable of completing the exercises needed for the Module 1 part of the Driving Test.

Before candidates can take the Road Ride part of the test they must first successfully complete the Module 1 test which comprises mostly of a number of Slow Control Exercises.  Sounds Easy??

Can you ride a slalom, a figure 8 and a U turn, without putting your feet down.  And then the higher speed exercises of an Emergency Stop and the Avoidance or Swerve Exercise both at 50kph.  No skidding, no hitting the cones…

The event is taking place from 10am at the Training Site of Bridgend Motorcycle Training at Stormy Down, just off the A48 between Bridgend & Pyle.  The Post Code is  CF33 4RS

We will provide tea & coffee and there may be a few biscuits left lying around…… but not for long.

For an ‘entry fee’ of just a few quid there will be a first prize awarded and the rest will go to the NSPCC.

Lyndsey Williams of Bridgend Motorcycle Training is an Examiner for the Advanced Motorcycle Test for the IAM and I am an Examiner for RoSPA and we will both be on hand to offer advice and some instruction and we will try and keep the micky taking down to a minimum.

Being able to handle your bike at slow speeds is a great skill, and a great confidence builder too. Also, something to consider for those who may be thinking of taking their advanced motorcycle test, the new copy of Roadcraft recently published now includes an explanation on slow control and U turns, so you may be required to do one for your test!

So why not come along and give it a go.  A fun day and you might learn something (unlikely….) or you might get a biscuit (even more unlikely!!)

Come on……. you know you want to……….


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