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    Default K53 Lessons with replica swerve lights as in the test

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    I went for my drivers. Aced it up to the last part with the emergency swerve stop/left/right lights.
    For the life of me I could not see the orange/red lights. Even when stopped up close it was difficult to see.
    I did go for lessons - just that the driving school did not have the exact replica system to practice and the guy just stood there waving his arms left/right.
    Unless I'm colour blind , or it was the glare - maybe need to wear sunnies or the bike was too high (XT660R) up so no direct sight at the lights ( it was positioned lower than me) I need practice on this aspect to properly get it right. When I got off the bike and lowered my head slightly direct at the lights I could see it much better so a small 200cc or similar would be much better I think.
    Is there any K53 school in Joburg that has these lights I can go for a lesson to try ?
    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogwaai View Post
    Hi
    I went for my drivers. Aced it up to the last part with the emergency swerve stop/left/right lights.
    For the life of me I could not see the orange/red lights. Even when stopped up close it was difficult to see.
    I did go for lessons - just that the driving school did not have the exact replica system to practice and the guy just stood there waving his arms left/right.
    Unless I'm colour blind , or it was the glare - maybe need to wear sunnies or the bike was too high (XT660R) up so no direct sight at the lights ( it was positioned lower than me) I need practice on this aspect to properly get it right. When I got off the bike and lowered my head slightly direct at the lights I could see it much better so a small 200cc or similar would be much better I think.
    Is there any K53 school in Joburg that has these lights I can go for a lesson to try ?
    Thanks in advance
    Very few riding schools in SA have a light system - they have to be custom made (you can't just buy one off the shelf), so the vast majority use hand signals in training. It's still a signal. Even if you're colour blind (several of my guys have been), you have three lights to choose from: the left one is a left swerve, the middle's an emergency stop, and the right side's the right swerve. Just keep that in mind and don't stress over colours as much.

    Now the problem in some testing stations is that lights can be too dim, the yard can be orientated so that the sun is in the rider's eyes OR shining full on the lights, making them harder to see. On of our local stations has that exact problem: the sun shines full on the lights which are both small and not terribly bright. The height of your bike makes little difference at all; I've had guys go on everything from scoots to BMW 1200GS Adventures, 250s to Harleys.

    I suspect the challenge for you comes from a few things. The testing station you're at may have lights which aim at your axle, not your head height. It may be exacerbated by the position of the sunlight. I suspect it may also be the fact that with hand signals you get a fraction of a second's more warning by the initial movement of the instructor's arm, while the lights simply come on. It will literally be a fraction's difference, and not enough to matter at 25km/h.

    If your instructor's good & on the ball and their yard layout is correct (layout and dimensionally), a lack of lights in training won't affect you.
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    This time aced the damn test - thank goodness!
    Good pair of sunnies did the trick. No glare ...
    Now officially part of the biker fraternity! Let the good time roll...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogwaai View Post
    This time aced the damn test - thank goodness!
    Good pair of sunnies did the trick. No glare ...
    Now officially part of the biker fraternity! Let the good time roll...
    Nicely done!

    I'm STILL on my learners....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogwaai View Post
    This time aced the damn test - thank goodness!
    Good pair of sunnies did the trick. No glare ...
    Now officially part of the biker fraternity! Let the good time roll...
    It must have two wheels.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogwaai View Post
    This time aced the damn test - thank goodness!
    Good pair of sunnies did the trick. No glare ...
    Now officially part of the biker fraternity! Let the good time roll...
    Congratulations.



    Thinking of doing mine soon.

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    I have also failed my test because of the lights.
    I really could not see it at all...

    I will book my next test early morning, then the sun is not so bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supernova View Post
    I have also failed my test because of the lights.
    I really could not see it at all...

    I will book my next test early morning, then the sun is not so bright.
    Didn't know you can get a morning test time. It's always 1pm or 3pm in Marlboro-Sandton
    Invest in a good pair or in my case a cheap pair of polarized lens glasses. Makes an immense difference. Just use them for the lights test, worked for me.

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