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April 2nd, 2015, 09:08 AM   #1
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Mod 2 test - gutted

So I had my mod 2 today. Had real issues hearing the examiner over the radio. I kept shaking my head and tapping the helmet when he spoke as it was all distorted.

He asked me to pull over 3 times before I could make out what he was actually asking me. I could tell he was annoyed with me like I was doing it on purpose. Anyway, he terminated the exam, not a pass or fail.

He was adamant the radio was fine and I was the first to say I couldn't here. Just really frustrated with myself as I had had a perfect two hour lesson before.

I have a free re exam next week but I'm worried I won't be able to make out what he's saying again. On the way back home after the test, my instructors radio was crystal clear.

Gutted for the weekend

Anyone else experienced this?
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April 2nd, 2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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good to be an American where you hardly even have to know how to sit on a bike in order to get your license. Thereafter, you can buy a hayabusa and ride it if you want to. Please note a sense of sarcasm in this missive. I wonder if you can get a motorcycle license in England if you're deaf.
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April 2nd, 2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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damn, sorry to hear this :/

We have these radio type things over here too. I can easily imagine the sound getting messed up - it was already pretty tense trying to hear everything with a working radio!

Always sad to see obstinate unreasonableness in a public officer :/
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April 2nd, 2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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Guess he's doing his job. It was honestly terrible.

Good old Uncle Sam. - it's your right to own a gun and drive a lethal weapon lol.

@goose916 -
Over here it's;
CBT - Compulsory basic training which takes best part of a day. This allows you to ride a 125cc on the road for 2 years before doing the training again.
Next you have to do Theory exam and hazard perception test
A bike upgrade lesson off the public roads from 125cc to 650cc
Mod 1 - off road exam performing numbers of manouvers and emergency stops etc on a 650cc
Mod 2 - basic cycle maintenance and safety questions/answers then riding on a public road while being directed by an instructor who follows you.

And Yeh a think you can if deaf...

I'm stressed writing it all. Think I'll have a consoling beer tonight lol

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April 2nd, 2015, 12:25 PM   #5
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I had a similar situation but during the first practice. I told him to speak short and clear so I couldn't misunderstand him and after that I could always figure out what he was saying.

But if it was distorted it was nothing you could do. Just have a beer to calm your nerves and look at this as free practice
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April 2nd, 2015, 12:29 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by jon andersson View Post
I had a similar situation but during the first practice. I told him to speak short and clear so I couldn't misunderstand him and after that I could always figure out what he was saying.

But if it was distorted it was nothing you could do. Just have a beer to calm your nerves and look at this as free practice

Thanks Jon. You would think the driving standards agency would have the best radios.
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April 3rd, 2015, 02:38 AM   #7
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about 12 years ago I was taking lessons in flying a de havilland tiger moth at Cambridge. with a modern helmet I could just about hear the instructor but when I had the cloth helmet made I couldn't hear a freekin word!

that was my last lesson, the weather closed in and all the qualified pilots kept nicking my slot to do a circuit (you must fly once per Month solo or you have to go up with an instructor again) and I reckoned if I couldn't fly with my cloth helmet I wasn't interested anymore....

a lot of people speak to close to the speaker microphone....

you have my commiserations sir!

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April 4th, 2015, 11:56 AM   #8
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Thanks taffy . Yeh I think some people eat the microphone lol
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Hi I work at a riding school in Leeds, if you have any difficulty hearing him tap your lid and pull over straight away don't wait for another instruction (WHERE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO ) if you pull over and it's not safe you'll blow your test. It's your test you've paid for it it's got to be right. If your not happy tell the examiner straight away. Last thing you need is to fail and spend another load of cash on another test.
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Goose is right, God Bless 'Merica! Throw your dollar down, take a 20-30 multiple guess exam and a very abbreviated riding evaluation and you are pretty much golden. Proceed promptly down to your dealer and buy yourself a 1K bullet.

In all seriousness though I'm an ex-MSF instructor. IMO, everyone (State-side) should be required to take the basic rider course that rides on the street. While you may not agree with all its content, and admittedly it has been dumbed down since I taught the class, it is far better than figuring things out during a live firing event on the road.

We have already begun racking up this year's motorcycle fatalities here. Many of which are pointless and can only be attributed to operator error.

Be safe out there.
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