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Offline petermigreen

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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #105 on: December 13, 2017, 07:39:30 PM »
I don't think anyone relishes the car test.  The only good bit is when you pass and having a few beers afterwards
Wait, you're supposed to drink the beers 'afterwards'?!

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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #106 on: December 13, 2017, 08:18:20 PM »
It helps to have a pint beforehand, settles the nerves.  I always play better skittles after a few jars.
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #107 on: December 13, 2017, 11:06:02 PM »
What helps is to have your instructor along for the test. I am pretty sure in 2 tests I failed, 1 bike and 1 car, that had an insructor had been along I might have passed. Annoying to fail with a clean sheet bar 1 bad fault marked that you don't agree with. Anyhow, good luck on the new proffesion. Not a job I think I could do.
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #108 on: December 14, 2017, 04:48:09 PM »
The candidate is asked if they want their instructor present on the test.  We get hear the debrief anyway, and all the excuses. " I would have passed if it wasn't for....."

How does it work on a bike test, instructor rides pillion does he?
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #109 on: December 14, 2017, 08:50:19 PM »
Two of the 3 bike test attempts I did the examiner was in a car, the instructor could have come along easily. When it comes to fails, most are a fair cop, learn from mistakes, inprove your driving, we can all inprove, then there are the times you think not really, so much of it is subjective. Pull out of a junction with a car just visable in the far distance in one town, it's a fail, don't pull out with a car same distance away at same speed and you can fail thanks to undue hesitation. On the other hand one must look at how many new drivers get wiped out or crash early on in their driving career. I guess it is a hard compromise.
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #110 on: December 14, 2017, 09:21:02 PM »
I failed my first bike test because the C90 let me down.   I hadn't used it for a couple of months because I was riding my 400four. 
Anyway,  on day of the test, I wheeled the now unfamiliar and underpowered step thru in a fetching hearing - aid brown, blew the sawdust off it and and ride to the test centre.  Because it felt neglected, the bloody thing began sulking and would lose power - as if running on half a cylinder.   By faffing about with the choke lever on the carb I could get it to behave itself.

In those days the examiner was on foot and directed me to ride in left hand circuits around the block until he said so, followed by right hand circuits, followed by the emergency stop.

It was while I was cajoling a few more horses from the thing by leaning forward, fiddling with the carb, then an old codger decided to cross the road.  I almost knocked the old coot sideways and muttered an apology while hoping the examiner was the other side of the block.
He wasn't.
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #111 on: December 16, 2017, 05:58:35 PM »
Frank Spencer comes to mind  ;D
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #112 on: December 16, 2017, 06:31:06 PM »
Or Victor Meldrew.  ;D
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #113 on: December 16, 2017, 06:38:19 PM »
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #114 on: December 17, 2017, 04:46:46 PM »
My first Bike Test was on my Lambretta. I stopped at a Pedestrian Crossing only for a British Rail Truck to plough into the back of my Lambretta.....remember those pug ugly three wheeler monstrosities that humped suff around the Railway Stations. End of Test !  My second Bike Test was funny.....the Examiner told me to go around a circuit and at some stage he would step out and then I was to perform an 'Emergency Stop'. I spotted him in plenty of time and managed a perfect and controlled stop.....much to the delight of some Factory Workers eating their butties sitting outside their Factory....they all rose to their feet and started clapping my sterling efforts. Mr Examiner was NOT amused and got a bit haughty. Despite that I passed anyway.

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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #115 on: December 17, 2017, 07:18:54 PM »
When I took my bike test a dog shot out of a gate and sank its teeth into my trouser leg, as I pulled to a stop, the nearby examiner was jumping up and down shouting kick the bar steward, but he did pass me my test!
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #116 on: December 17, 2017, 08:22:24 PM »
seems like we all have a story about our test..
i done mine in chichester..and had a short lesson with the tester before, when we stopped for a bacon butty we talked about old bikes and i had a bsa c11g at the time in the garage...he was mighty impressed as i was only a nipper who was interested in old brit stuff...
when we left the cafe after half an hour or so we were out of chichester and heading to some outer village ...i forget where as it was just miles of lanes..
we ended up at his house and he had a garage full of brit bikes...after a cuppa and a chat i asked ."what about my test?"
he replied "dont worry you have passed"...
thinking back what with all that is going on in the news that could have ended alot worse .... :o

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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #117 on: December 17, 2017, 08:57:53 PM »
I turned up for my test on my CD175 with my Nurses uniform hanging below my tasselled leather jacket. I was on my lunch break from work. I rode around the block, all of about 400 yards, did the emergency stop and he had already written out the pass certificate as I was riding round the block. Finished work at 3pm and went and picked up a 750 Triumph Bonneville. This was in 1980.
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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #118 on: December 17, 2017, 09:18:12 PM »
Our old HONDA CB750K0,CBX1000,Goldwing riding buddy RIP.  ;)

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Re: What's your brew, as in life trade
« Reply #119 on: December 17, 2017, 10:06:06 PM »
I was expecting the examiner to leap out at me, as per the Frank Spencer clip.  He held his clipboard in the air over 600 yards away.   I was riding along pondering whether to stop right now, or stop where he was.  After a quarter of a mile I decided I'd better stop.
Once I was stopped he beckoned me.  I rode up to him and he said the emergency stop was very good.  Very odd.
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