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post #1 of 22 Old 11-25-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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How hard was you license test?

My wife took her test here in Tennessee about 5 years ago and all she had to do was ride up a side road, turn around and come back. Never got out of first gear. Tennessee needs a little better test.

I took mine in Ohio some 30 years ago. WOW! OLD! They had a course that you had to go around. Much better test than Tennessee.

Where did you take your test and what was it like?

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Well, it was the summer of 1974. Chris, Dean and I were over at Dean's house getting stoned. Dean had a CB550; nice little bike. Chris and I had never ridden a motorcycle, but we all got to talking about motorcycles we wanted to own and how we'd have two or three. Maybe a Harley, a Triumph, and a Bultaco.

We got pretty stoned while all this talk was going on and before long we decided that we ought to go down to the Hawthorne DMV and, using Dean's 550, take the motorcycle test. Heck, we could ride bicycles, knew how to work a clutch, and Dean explained it was one down, four up. No better time than the present and what could go wrong?

And that's just what we did. The test was in a parking lot and you had to start up, do a couple of turns, a figure eight, accelerate through second gear, then gear down and come to a smooth stop, then start up again and go through a few more turns and and a loop, then come back to the start.

We both passed, and I got my first bike shortly after that; a 1971 AMF Sportster. Worst bike ever.

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As I recall, my test was about the same as the one described above by Tom.



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post #4 of 22 Old 11-26-2014, 07:29 AM
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Back in the '60s, when I took the test in San Francisco, the tester sent me around the block while he waited for me on the curb. I guess if you didn't make it back to him alive, you failed the test.
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Well, it was the summer of 1974. Chris, Dean and I were over at Dean's house getting stoned. Dean had a CB550; nice little bike. Chris and I had never ridden a motorcycle, but we all got to talking about motorcycles we wanted to own and how we'd have two or three. Maybe a Harley, a Triumph, and a Bultaco.

We got pretty stoned while all this talk was going on and before long we decided that we ought to go down to the Hawthorne DMV and, using Dean's 550, take the motorcycle test. Heck, we could ride bicycles, knew how to work a clutch, and Dean explained it was one down, four up. No better time than the present and what could go wrong?

And that's just what we did. The test was in a parking lot and you had to start up, do a couple of turns, a figure eight, accelerate through second gear, then gear down and come to a smooth stop, then start up again and go through a few more turns and and a loop, then come back to the start.

We both passed, and I got my first bike shortly after that; a 1971 AMF Sportster. Worst bike ever.

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Yep. Typical California test... figure 8 one way, figure eight the other way, a slow loop each way, rally through the cones. If you put your foot down at any time or knock over any cones you fail. It is amazing how many people can do a loop one way but not the other. Lotsa feet down and guys that hit the cones too fast cant maneuver them and lose their line....
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Well, my test was the MSF Basic Rider course. I thought the course was fun, not hard. There was a test at the end, but I didn't have any concern about passing it, it wasn't hard.
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As a Tenneseean, I had the driving test as described by the OP. however, the written test was sufficiently tough that I had to study the book in order to pass. Failed it the first try, then picked up the book, read it, and passed the second try. Full of stuff about stopping distances (as if a rider carries a tape measure), and more stuff about
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Took mine in late 70's. Honda XL175. No classroom at all back then.
Rode around parking lot, fig 8, and demonstrate going through gears, and stopping.
(Real easy to pass back then.)

Later, in the late 80's, my wife took a more elaborate test on her Honda Helix.
Much tighter curves, with cones. Tight curves, right turns/left turns, in sequence. Accelerate, and stop, etc. ( Hard to put all maneuvers into short word description.)

She picked up a cone with the Helix's (fat-butt-side bulge) dragged it along, and when she finished the curse, it came un-stuck, and landed right in front of the test guy.
( He tanked her for bringing it to him, and passed her anyway.)

I live close to a ice skating ring, where the state, now, runs a safety course. They have the pavement marked off. I sometimes take my NX250 and KLR650 through just to try and see if I could still pass it. It's still a bit of a challenge to do it on the KLR. The NX is much easier to do it on. The Wing would require a lot of practice to do it without going out on the "S" turns. Most new-bee's do it on a small bike.

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As a Tenneseean, I had the driving test as described by the OP. however, the written test was sufficiently tough that I had to study the book in order to pass. Failed it the first try, then picked up the book, read it, and passed the second try. Full of stuff about stopping distances (as if a rider carries a tape measure), and more stuff about
DUI hazards.
Wife failed written part 1st try also. It was the alcohol part that caused her to fail. She doesn't ever drink and drive and wouldn't ever even score a .00001 on a breathalyzer test. You should be able to skip that part by checking the box:
[] I never drink alcohol

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