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Offline MHummerstone

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Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« on: May 09, 2021, 04:17:33 AM »
Hi there. I have a Mod 1 retake coming up and am looking to use my Tiger 800. I say retake as I flopped the previous Mod 1 on lack of speed for hazard avoidance (41kph) due to me stupidly braking too soon, twice. That was on a CB650R provided by the training school which was fine on the slow speed stuff but I can't afford to shell out the to use them again plus I have the opportunity to use a Tiger 800 for the Mod 1 retake. Has anyone else used the first generation Tiger ABS for their Mod 1 and how did they find it on slow speed maneuvering?

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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2021, 08:36:52 AM »
Slow speed is fine. The U turn might be a problem though as it's a long heavy bike.

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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 09:32:32 AM »
*Originally Posted by Guyver [+]
Slow speed is fine. The U turn might be a problem though as it's a long heavy bike.

Thought bike length was taken into account for manoeuvres like the u-turn and slalom?
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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2021, 10:13:51 AM »
I would set up a dummy course somewhere and try the Tiger 800 to see if you can perform the required
manoeuvres with the necessary level of skill. I don't think the Tiger 800 would be my first choice if I had to take this test and would go for something a little smaller and lighter if possible?
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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2021, 11:59:48 AM »
*Originally Posted by awjdthumper [+]
I would set up a dummy course somewhere and try the Tiger 800 to see if you can perform the required
manoeuvres with the necessary level of skill.

Yup, persuaded someone to take me out to a car park I used for the Mod 1 practice (on a CB650R before). Had a go at all but the slalom Mod 1 manouvers and it seems to be OK.

*Originally Posted by awjdthumper [+]
I don't think the Tiger 800 would be my first choice if I had to take this test and would go for something a little smaller and lighter if possible?

TBH, that was my concern as it is heavy but once it is moving, it seems to be OK and just as easy to move about as the CB650. It is a pretty bloody heavy though for that manual handling test.

 


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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2021, 04:49:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by KildareMan [+]
Thought bike length was taken into account for manoeuvres like the u-turn and slalom?
When I went to Cardington for my instructors course, we had to do it in a set area. No allowances for different bikes

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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2021, 05:38:49 PM »
*Originally Posted by Guyver [+]
When I went to Cardington for my instructors course, we had to do it in a set area. No allowances for different bikes

Why does a "bike length and a half" spring to mind?   :300:
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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2021, 06:11:12 PM »
The dimensions for the test site and the distances between cones appears to be fixed and bike independent!
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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2021, 08:53:38 PM »
*Originally Posted by awjdthumper [+]
The dimensions for the test site and the distances between cones appears to be fixed and bike independent!

They most certainly are.


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Re: Tiger 800 ABS (2014) and slow speed maneuvers
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2021, 06:22:38 PM »
Please don't think I'm "teaching you to suck eggs", but on the U turn, relax (I know that's easy to say), sit up, drop your elbows and LOOK where you want to go (and if that means almost twisting your head off, do it!), and don't go near your front brake. Your speed must be controlled by feathering the clutch and/or back brake.
Once you've done it you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
Oh, and your Tiger will do it perfectly for you.
Go for it.
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