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JonWal

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DAS Booked - Swansea
« on: June 29, 2015, 10:48:35 AM »
Hi All,

Thank you all for your advice so far. This website has been an excellent source of information.

CBT completed, and now the theory out of the way, the wife and I have booked our DAS for September. We're both still on the YBR125 and we're planning to get a few cones out and will find an empty carpark to start practicing for MOD1.  Printed off a MOD1 layout so will get the tape measure out along with some chalk. Anyone else have any experience with doing this? Any tips or reccomendations for locations near Gorseinon?

Aswell as that I'd like to start heading over to Fabian way more often to get an idea of the roads involved on the MOD2. What sort of areas around there should I be covering?

Thanks in advance for all your help, Cheers, Jon.






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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 10:51:49 AM »
Pop up JTs and ask if you can have a look at the layout.
Then be cheeky and ask if you can practice on it.
Don't ask, don't get.

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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2015, 12:37:04 PM »
JT's is who I've booked with. Looking forward to trying the Gladius.

We just want to find a quiet carpark near to us to practice the slow manouvres between now and then.

The MOD2 would cover St Thomas, Bon-Y-Maen, Winch Wen, Llandarcy and Jersey Marine areas I'd assume? Would they ever head towards the city centre? I've heared nightmare stories (years ago) of one guy having to do his hillstart heading towards the kingsway from parc tawe (hill by Argos) and completely fluffing it.
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2015, 01:09:23 PM »
Don't know m8. The wheel had only just been invented when I passed my test.

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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2015, 01:43:25 PM »
Penllergaer common or Garngoch Ind est might be your best bet to find a place to practice I think but you could also try at the back of 3M's there might be a place there.

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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2015, 01:52:27 PM »
Good luck with the test.
From what I hear, it's a piece of cake. But then I did pass my test when we didn't have a mod1

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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2015, 03:11:00 PM »
Penllergaer common or Garngoch Ind est might be your best bet to find a place to practice I think but you could also try at the back of 3M's there might be a place there.

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Thanks Sully, I'll have to go for a spin there, I think in the evenings, or sundays might be perfect for this. There is an Asda and the old Somerfield in Gorseinon, but I'm not a big fan of people watching! Thanks both.

Still interested in the areas for MOD2 if anyone knows, I'm sure that I'll probably be taken around the areas when we do the MOD2 training, but I do like to know whats coming and familiarise myself as I never venture that way.
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2015, 03:23:46 PM »
Yeah Somerfield's been closed down now if I remember and had been shut for a while which was due to Asda opening up though I wouldn't go practicing in the Asda car park xD

There is also the Kingsbridge football grounds if open in the evenings you could try out the car park there though I'm not sure on where else might be of suitable use around the Gorseinon area unless you go to M&P's and do some practice in their car park with their permission ofc though they wouldn't be open in the evenings which is the thing.

But if you want to you could also try Coed Bach park in Pontarddulais as there is a car park there which could be used to do your practice at.

I'll be hoping to do the DAS test now around November / December time maybe as I am 24 in October I'm thinking I might as well get it down and out of the way.


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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2015, 04:05:34 PM »
That sounds like a good plan.

I'm from Pontarddulais myself, but living in Grovesend now.

Yeah its taken me a long time to sort myself out and get the DAS sorted. Been saving for years, and finally have enough money. I've got money ready for a new bike too, so If I can pass this year then look at bikes during the winter, when the prices are a little delfated being out of season. Well, thats the plan. 
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2015, 09:48:48 PM »
In Bont myself ^^

Sounds like a tidy enough plan tbh

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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2015, 11:43:18 AM »
Only a month away from my DAS now. Its coming around faster than I thought it would.

Need to get out more and practice the slow manouvres. General driving is a lot better along with getting the hillstarts sorted.

Went to M&P's to kit the better half out. She still needs boots.

Still after an answer on what routes the MOD 2 takes if anyone can help with that?

Cheers All, Jon
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2015, 02:04:58 PM »
Well MOD 1 passed yesterday at the Swansea site.

Got to JT's early to have a few goes around the carpark at the slow manouvres. Happy with those so we moved off down to SA1 to find a quiet spot and went through the High speed manouvres.

We arrived early at the test centre to get a feel for the place, unfortunately there wasnt anyone before me and it appeared I was the first out that day.

Got called into a small office and provided my CBT certificate, Driving Docs and Theory test pass certificate. After signing my life away,  we went out and stood by the bike where he wrote down some details and gave instructions. The test then starts from this point, so you must remember all your observations. I did chuckle doing obs when pulling off from a parking spot, just incase something came through the fence at me... :)

We went into the test area, and moved the bike from one spot to another, from there the slalom straight into the figure of 8, trying to keep a smooth and steady pace. Maintaining the revs and controlling the speed using the clutch/rear brake.

I found that taking a breather before every manouvre really helped me with what was a really nervous time. We did the slow ride, no problems again feathering the clutch.

Next the Turning in the road/U turn. The space I'd practiced in over at JT's was purposely made smaller so this was pretty easy, higher revs than the slow ride, but feather that clutch!

After all that it was time for the speed manouvres. First up was the controlled stop, a steady ride down the test area coming back through the cones at approx 19mpgh then stopping with your front wheel in a box of 4 cones.

Next up, the emergency stop, a manouvre executed at 50kph or 31 mph. Using the Suzuki Gladius was an advantage as it has ABS, so no matter how hard I was to pull the brake lever, i knew i would not skid. However I ensured that I did not grab at the lever. Clocked up 49kph for this, which was a Minor on the test.

Finally the swerve, this is a lot easier than I had imagined after hearing all the horror stories. The swerve itself is probably only half a meter and depending on the course layout can be left/right or right/left. My first attempt was at 47kph which was another minor. Due to this being my first attempt I was allowed another go. So set off again, came around the corner, straightenned up and gave the throttle a good twist. as soon as you're through the speed trap, roll off the throttle, swerve, then head back towards the blue cones and come to a complete stop.

The examiner did not say anything at this point, but let me back out into the parking area, remembering all observations until the bike is at a standstill.

At this point I didnt know whether I'd passed or failed, it all depended on whether I'd got me speed up sufficiently on the swerve. The examiner led me back into the small office where he sat me down and told me the news that I'd passed. :) Really happy! Just one more hoop to jump through!

Hope this helps anyone attempting their MOD1.
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2015, 02:15:25 PM »
Nice write up there   :thumbup2  CONGRATULATIONS on passing   
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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2015, 05:13:29 PM »
Well done  :thumbup2



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Re: DAS Booked - Swansea
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2015, 05:25:18 PM »
Well done that man. 🙌

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