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Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOU'RE DOING THE TEST SOON!!!)

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Anyone here done the test in Donegal? I have mine booked for the 29th of June and I'm getting scared now lol
just relax and drive normal.you will be grand.
read rsa book and take a pre test so you are know the possibile route
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just relax and drive normal.you will be grand.
read rsa book and take a pre test so you are know the possibile route
good luck with it
Thanks buddy,
Hopefully get more lessons now each week and get my confidence up :)
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Hopefully get more lessons now each week and get my confidence up :)
Get 1or 2 pre tests
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Get 1or 2 pre tests
My instructor is going up to the test route every weekend now until my test and he's up the day before my test so I'm hoping that'll be enough to get me confident in the route :)
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Hi again everybody. I've passed my test a couple of weeks ago in Tallaght and here are my experiences.

In my case second time was the charm. My biggest mistake first time was skipping pre-test lesson. Therefore I failed for the lack of progress (speed too low) and not enough lifesavers (mostly on right turns). So immediately after that I booked a) a second test date, b) a lesson with my lgbt instructor (Tony Agnew, irishmotorcycletraining). Tony stated that I magically managed to unlearn some of the things he taught me and that was the reason of failing. Basically I didn't give enough lifesavers on right turns and was giving them too late - cramping too much of the things you have to do very close to the turn is no good; if you give the lifesaver in a good time before the turn then you can for example take a look on the road you are joining without stopping unnecessarily and proceed fluently. Less than two hours with Tony and about two months later (doh, wait times in summer are really long!) I passed with no problem. OK, still got a point for lifesaver missed. This time I knew to keep the appropriate speed (even though sometimes I heard noise from my front suspension - it's rather soft and the test route was riddled with speedbumps at some point) and it went smoothly.

Both times my test route looked like this (click link below to enlarge):



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Rest of the test was pretty standard. First some questions about rules of the road: a couple of signs (most odd one was H for hospital, rest was usual clearways, yield etc), hand signals, meaning of double yellow line, meaning of continuous white line and what maneuvers it forbids (overtaking, u-turns etc), how do you use brakes on dry (70% front / 30% rear) and wet (50/50) road. Then in the parking tester first do some technical checks on your bike (lights, indicators) and asks some questions about POWDERS check, where are coolant/brake fluid containers, how do you check oil level. As for the technical check tester told me that my indicators are a little small (they are aftermarket leds and the day was really sunny) but I said they have all necessary certificates. I also replaced my usual plate with legal one - don't risk failing because of such stupid detail, change it.

So in a nutshell:

- prepare your bike (clean it, road legal plate) and know it (checking oil level, fluid containers etc)
- prepare yourself (rules of the road)
- GET A PRE-TEST LESSSON!
- remember about lifesavers on left AND right turns, changing lanes, moving off etc.
- don't ride too slow (about ~35 km/h on speed bumps)
- practice u-turns, slow ride etc until you do them right every time; they don't have to be perfect (using a leg on u-turn isn't major flaw) but good enough
- be confident
- make sure that the volume level in your radio isn't too low - what seems to be ok in the parking lot may be too quiet on the road

That's it. Then you have to schedule a visit in the NDLS (bureaucracy here is flourishing!), wait a week or two, get yourself the ugliest photo ever (thought it won't be as bad as on my previous licence - I was wrong ), drive some time with no licence whatsoever (they take your old one but don't give you a new one nor any other document, only photocopy!) and after another week you can finally get rid of this ugly L vest.

Now, anyone know anybody selling nice Yamaha R1 ~2007? I'm in the market.
I don't know if you're around anymore, but thank you for this post! I had my test today and followed this exact route.

The icons you've chosen for the different skills


In other news, I have a free lucky L tabard for whoever wants it!
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Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOU'RE DOING THE TEST SOON!!!)

Thanks for all the input into this topic, down in Tallaght on Friday and passed even with the snow sitting out at each curb!

This is a great thread and all the input is till valid! :thumbsu p2:
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Failed mine about four months ago for going too slow even though I kept to the speed limit!
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I don't know if you're around anymore, but thank you for this post! I had my test today and followed this exact route.

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In other news, I have a free lucky L tabard for whoever wants it!
This was the exact route the instructor had taken me down. But the tester took me on a totally different route. We were down to Newlands Cross and on the N7 for a part of it. Passed though so can't really complain much.
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