I have my M1 Exit test scheduled in less than a week, so I recently began practicing with pylons in a parking lot, and I realized my little BMW F650CS doesn't do quick turns that easily (without threatening to fall). I failed miserably trying to go past more than one pair of pylons. (I mistakingly put them 11 feet apart instead of 14, but I would be back in the right position only after about 20 feet) Any attemps at going back at the pylons to pass more pairs would mean making very large detours.
I know from past training (I did a course last year when I lived in Quebec where rules are different) that this kind of exercise involves rear brakes, clutch and (some) throttle, but now after some road experience my reflexes are to use the front brake! What gear should ride in, and at what speed? (I tried at around 15 km/h). Any tips on how to practise?
If I fail only this exercise next week, do I have any chance of getting my M2 if all the rest is Okay? I have had the M1 since early June, so...
Otherwise, took a trip to Montreal where they have some expressways and highway bridges with a 70 speed limit (which no one respects, of course!) where M2 skills seem easier to acquire... Defnintely worth a detour!
Thanks in advance for any clues.
P.S. My test is in Cornwall, so it can be in the afternoon!