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19. Avoidance exercise

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Module 1 Test - Avoidance Exercise

The Avoidance exercise is the final speed manoeuvre in the Module One test. It is necessary to reach the required speed in order to gain a pass.

The key to this exercise is practice, as it has a number of elements that you should understand prior to attempting it.

It is not a case of have a go and see, you will need to be precise in the way to negotiate this exercise.

It is generally accepted that 2nd gear is the best gear to use as it gives good acceleration and engine braking.

Close The Throttle At The Cones

When exiting the curve, accelerate to 35 mph, then throttle off at the first set of red cones.

This transfers weight to the front wheel, which aids steering and results in a speed of 32 mph at the speed camera. It is vital to look between the two blue avoidance cones and not to focus on them. 

After the avoidance, gently steer back towards the stopping area, lightly applying a little rear brake and then when straight and upright, bring in the front brake to use both brakes. Do not use the front brake whilst still turning! 

A second attempt is generally allowed if you fail to reach the required speed.

How To Carry Out The Avoidance Exercise

  • Select 1st gear
  • Carry out rear observations
  • Ride across the test centre
  • Select 2nd gear and no more than 20 mph
  • In curve, position 1 mtr from red cones
  • Avoid braking and maintain 19 mph in curve
  • At centre point, look for 2nd cone (as guide)
  • Turn towards blue cones to exit the circuit
  • Accelerate to approximately 35 mph
  • At the first set of red cones, turn the throttle off
  • Go through speed camera at 32 mph (50 kph)
  • Swerve through the two blue avoidance cones
  • Look and steer towards the stopping area
  • Lightly apply rear brake to slow down
  • When bike straightens up, apply front brake
  • Stop between blue cones at end
  • Select neutral
  • Await further instructions

Avoidance Exercise - Speed Requirements

In the circuit: 19 mph (30 kph is an advisory speed requirement)

At the speed camera: 32 mph (50 kph) – required, speed assessed with speed camera

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