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Hi im new here. im nearly 18 years old and i want to attend the supperbike school at brands hatch. i was just wondering if i would be allowed to. im still on a provisional licsence and i have been riding for a year and a half. i ride a yamaha yzf r125 but would like to hire one of the r6. i was just wondering if they would let me do this course.

thanking you in advance :)

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Hi Alex,

 

Thanks for your question.

 

To be honest, I'm not exactly sure if you can or not, but if you ring into the office on Monday, and speak to Lynn/Donna or Corinna, they'd be able to advise you on the exact specifics.

 

Our R6's are full power models though, and you'd definietly need a full licence to ride one of those.

 

Bullet

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thats a shame. i really want to ride an R6 as im getting tired of my 125's lack of power. im probably doing my test soon once i get a new front fairing for my bike after a women pulled out on me :( . thanks for youre quick reply :)

 

No problem, you just happened to catch me online. ;)

 

Stay safe mate!

 

Bullet

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another quick question

 

would it be alright if i used my little 125 on the track?

 

thanks

 

I would think so yeah. You'd have to check, but I've seen small bikes at the school before. i think the licence issue is the bigger issue.

 

Bullet

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good and bad news then.

 

il have to get my test booked in soon then as im dying to get on a track so i can safely get to grips with cornering.

 

the only thing is, im not very confidante with the U-turn as my bike always feels as if the tyres will slip away from me. its a bit silly as i have to perform one every day but i start of on the road and end up on the pavement as i have to get my bike into my backgarden.

 

and do you think i would be able to do my test without any training, or would training be recomended?

 

thanks

 

alex

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good and bad news then.

 

il have to get my test booked in soon then as im dying to get on a track so i can safely get to grips with cornering.

 

the only thing is, im not very confidante with the U-turn as my bike always feels as if the tyres will slip away from me. its a bit silly as i have to perform one every day but i start of on the road and end up on the pavement as i have to get my bike into my backgarden.

 

and do you think i would be able to do my test without any training, or would training be recomended?

 

thanks

 

alex

 

I found the secret to doing the U turn was to drag a little rear brake, (stabilises the bike), and just lean a little bit in the opposite way to the bike is going. so if you're going sharp round to the right, just lean a little bie off to the left.

 

Yeah, I'd definitely reccomend you do your Direct Access or whatever it's called these days with a school. They'll help you iron out your riding issues and understanding to pass the test. Once you've done that, you can come to the school and learn to ride around corners. ;)

 

Bullet

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thanks for your replies and patience with all my questions :P

 

is there a specific training course for me to do as i cant do the direct access course till im 21 and if i pass my test this year that will be no use to me.

 

thanks

 

alex

 

Hi mate,

 

I'm really sorry, i don't know about road riding courses in the UK, sorry. been a few years since I passed my test, and I stopped riding on the road some years ago.

 

I'm sure if you contacted your local riding/training school, I'm sure they'd be able to advise you.

 

Bullet

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Hey Alex, how'd you go with Bullet's suggestion of dragging the rear brake for U turns? Notice how stable the bike instantly becomes? Did you then find it easier to just leave the rev's up high (esp on your 125) and control your speed in the U turn using foot pressure instead of balancing tiny throttle and clutch movements?

 

Keen to hear how your practise went on this.

 

Cheers

Jason

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Go on google and type in directgov. They have a section on motoring and another section in that which tells you what you're allowed to drive/ ride

 

 

Link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Drive...ions/DG_4022547

 

Awesome Alex, thanks.

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