I went to the DMV today to take the motorcycle driving test and get my motorcycle license. After sitting behind a line of cars waiting for their tests for about 45 minutes, I finally got my turn.
It turns out the test involves identifying the various controls on your bike, then doing a little course. The course involves weaving between a few cones, then going around a circle twice, then back through the cones. Sounds easy right? Hardly!
The cone weaving was pretty easy, but the circle part is nuts. It's a circle with a small radius, and you have to keep your front wheel between two parallel lines just a foot or two apart. The real killer part is if at any time you put your foot down once on the course, you fail the test. Harsh!
So basically you have to get going the perfect speed on the circle to stay between the lines without having to put your foot down. I don't know, maybe it's easy on a gas bike, but on my EVD it's freaking hard because the throttle is super sensitive at low speeds. It's tough to accelerate just a little - it tends to really jump at the slightest touch.
So suffice it to say this test kicked my butt. I got through the cones, then almost immediately had to put my foot down on the first turn on the circle because I couldn't get the speed just right. I kept going around the circle for practice, and probably had to put my foot down at least a half dozen times to get around it twice.
I don't really get the point of the test. It's supposed to show your control of the bike, but only at low speeds! And the car driving test is freaking easy and barely tests driving skills at all.
So anyway, my permit expires in March, so I can try to pass this test again twice before then. Hopefully with some practice I'll be able to get through it. The whole things seems pretty ridiculous though.