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post #31 of 46
Thread Starter 

Well I passed it the third time around.  Which is a good thing, because my permit was set to expire tomorrow.


First I had to do the cone weave and double clockwise circle.  Then I had to do the straight line and double counter-clockwise circle.  Then came the slow ride around the parking lot.  The fourth test is some sort of gear changing test, but since I don't have gears, I was all finished.

post #32 of 46

Congrats!  Glad to hear it's finally taken care of.

post #33 of 46



Before someone starts telling you about how DMV Motorcycle testing works contact me.  Here are the 2 biggest False Hoods your friends might tell you.  1.  A bike needs to have a clutch to get an M1 - FALSE  2.  Any bike under 150cc will only get an M2 - False again.  Your friends mean well so don't be too hard on them, lots of DMV Folks don't even know the laws .  

 Get the RIGHT LICENSE...  Try explaining a wrong MC License when a cop pulls you over! 




Edited by Spook00 - 5/2/2009 at 08:50 pm GMT

Edited by Russ - 6/17/2009 at 10:46 am GMT

Edited by Russ - 6/17/2009 at 10:47 am GMT
post #34 of 46

This was a very useful response.  I am looking to take my motorcyle license driving test (for a scooter, it's California here) and most of what I read is this or that about taking some class... thank you for answering specifically what they are looking for skill-wise to simply pass the driving test.  I live a block from a DMV so now my mission is to dominate their lollipop and pass this test without paying for some class.

post #35 of 46
Thread Starter 

Yeah as long as you can practice the course, it's not too difficult to pass, and will save you some pretty big bucks.

post #36 of 46

if you cant pass the test on a scooter you don't belong on a two wheeled vehicle. Stop bitching about the test and learn how to ride.

post #37 of 46

Hmm well aren't we just a snotty little jerk?  If you'd bothered to read the whole thread you would have noticed that I passed it a year and a half ago.

post #38 of 46

Whoa, Tallius. Sounds like the problem really is with you. I took the MSF basic rider course recently and every one of the 11 students had a fine time.


You're not supposed to look at the ground directly in front of you, but always look through your path of travel.


You're not supposed to look at your hands for throttle position and what not. In the beginning, you just might because you're unsure of what your hands are doing and where they're being placed. But very quickly you're to learn to feel this without needing visual cue. As to knowing if the throttle position is correct, well, roll-on if it isn't fast enough and roll-off it is too fast. Nothing complicated about that.


The instructors are correct about not getting your eyes fixated on the ground. As a seasoned and experienced bicyclist, I have known this all along. It applies to motorcycles too.


Seriously, I think it's your attitude that made you not only fail but get kicked out of the course!

post #39 of 46

I don't know if anyone has written this yet, I just wanted to say this and possibly help anyone who is about to take the ridding course test. I think the secret to the control lies in keeping the back brake on at all time to balance the throttle power and the rate of acceleration for better control. Also sit tall on the bike.

post #40 of 46

It scares me that i share the road with people like dana

post #41 of 46
The mini circle is easy when
You push the back brake, hit the gas and control the speed with the back brake
Then you push the bike out of its centre and start making the turn.
Scary, strange, hard but once youll get it you can be an expert on u-ies :-)))
post #42 of 46

Wow that's tough. In the UK you can pretty much get a motorcycle license in few days if you know how to ride a motorcycle already. 

post #43 of 46

Amazing video, It was very frustrating for me to be on line, since every time I commit a mistake.

Riding vacation

post #44 of 46

Hey are any of you guys familiar with with the Utah motorcycle test and course system?  I got my permit in California and rode my bike up to Utah after graduating.  I never had time to take any course there though and it would be nice to find one in Utah.  I've already wrecked once... took a turn too wide and wound up sliding on the gravel off the side of the road.  I'd love to take a safety course, even though I've improved a lot since the crash.  My cousin has offered to help me out but he's up in Vancouver now :(

post #45 of 46


I took the MSF course and what I learned has kept me safe in numerous situations.  Motorcycle riding can be very dangerous, and you can encounter things that wont affect you in a car, which can devastate you on a bike: oil slicks, sand, gravel, small hazards.  One area that I believe really saved my life are the lessons on handling curves, and obstacles found in curves.   


Remember, the$ 250.00 for the course can be earned back, and your life is worth far more than that.  I would go as far as to say that if $250.00 is too much to pay for an MSF course, consider sticking with a car.


Another point that was made earlier in this forum is that Motorcycle riding is an ongoing learning process.  I plan to take advanced rider courses every few years to keep my skills in check.  Motorcycle riding is fun, but its not something to get into without honing your skills.


Getting my motorcycle license was only the beginning.



post #46 of 46

Yea, my fist MSF course went the same way.   I learned some stuff, but they didn't take the time to teach, just bark orders and complicated patterns.  My second one was much better!

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