Top tips - MOD 1 controlled stop
The MOD 1 controlled stop is the first of the ‘riding the circuit’ exercises and has no mandatory speed requirements. Riding towards the curve at no more than 20 mph should prevent any need to brake, whilst aiding the best positioning – both in the curve and on exit.
Whilst the cones aid position – avoid looking at them directly, but instead keep them in the peripheral vision. Look up and ahead, through the corner and then down the course in the direction of the four blue cones. Do not use excessive speed and no more than 2nd gear. To carry out the MOD 1 controlled stop exercise:
- 1st gear & carry out rear observations
- Look & ride forward. 2nd gear & max 20 mph
- In curve, position 1 mtr from red cones
- At centre point, look for 2nd cone (as a guide)
- Turn towards blue cones to straighten exit
- Accelerate towards speed camera
- At first red cones – close throttle
- At speed camera, start braking – both brakes
- Approaching blue cones – rear brake & 1st gear
- Stop with front wheel inside four blue cones
- Once stopped, into neutral & await instructions
“When completing the MOD 1 controlled stop, stopping with the front wheel outside the ‘box’ of blue cones will result in test failure – so imagine you are stopping at the end of a road and there is a white line between the two back cones.” – Mike Harbon, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA).
Controlled stop - speed requirements
In the circuit: 19 mph (30 km/h) – advised
At the speed camera: >30 mph (>48 km/h) – advised
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