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09-24-2009 04:22 PM
TheWanderer The way you have to look at is... the law, ultimately, only cares whether or not you understand the rules of the road. Whether or not your abilities are up to par isn't really their concern. The government wants you on the road, buying vehicles, paying taxes and insurance and buying gas. Even though driving is a privilege, it's still a privilege based on whether or not you obey the law, not about how well you can drive within the law. I found most of the motorcycle tests to be quite stupid and pointless. The 180 turn within a small radius was one them. The slow and turn 90 degree right within a 4 foot box or something was another. The slow speed cone weave was unnecessary and proves nothing. The reason so many don't pass is because most of these maneuvers are rarely required during actual riding and are just goofy awkward maneuvers. I can count on one hand how many times I did a 180 on the street and none were actually required. Maybe they should focus on left and right hand turns. Maybe focus on larger diameter turns at speeds that require average lean angles. Focus a hell of a lot more on stopping normally and emergency braking. Try to provide a test that encourages people to bring the motorcycle they intend to ride and learn something rather then feeling the pressure of failing and being forced to bring smaller bikes. The entire system needs revamped for sure.
09-24-2009 03:29 PM
kent soignier
Front cowling crack

They (they've always got something to say about everything) say you should never loan your bike or your woman to buds, because you never know when they might throw a rod in either of them.
09-19-2009 09:16 AM
Paper Kent,
I'm glad your helper passed, and it sounds like he was ready for the test, and would have passed no matter what he was riding..
(this should be off topic)
What scares me is that if people are failing, the last thing they need to do is make it easier to pass. It sounds about the same as giving everyone the work "the" in a spelling bee, and if they all get it right, they all win!!

I passed my motorcycle test in 1982 and the only thing that I'm 100% possitive about is that the open road is a HELL of a lot more dangerous on a motorcycle than it was (counting fingers and toes, and more) 27 years ago.

I passed my test back then (which was reported as tough) with a perfect score. Since then, I've taken MSF ERC course 3 times as a refresher (and have been asked to be an instructor), and have done 2 track days, giving me a safe location to search for the limits of my riding skills. I'm a MUCH better rider than I was 27 years ago, but I figure my gained skill amounts have been eaten away with the much more dangerous traffic conditions of today..

That's what scares me about today's new riders.. It's not the same traffic out there as it was 27 years ago.. Yikes!!
09-19-2009 09:00 AM
kent soignier
Front cowling crack

There are several peices that make up tte cowl. My advice; go to Ronayers.com, they have a good online microphish and good prices. you can click yur way to pics and pricing.Also prompt
As for our licensing system;
My mechanic, a very good mx rider, just got his m/c endorsemment on his drivers license. He was told that (at least in ga) there were too many people failing the riding portion of the test so they had recently redesiged the test to make it less difficult.
Personally I beleive the testing for all operators vehicles should have much more rigorous testing after some training. Imagine if commutors were trained to properly read a newspaper or install make-up while driving. It would be a much safer place.

Luckily my helper passed it. I loaned him my KLR, but he could have easily done it on a wing or a hog.

Had to work his way thru an emergency stop from 18mph, slolum weave thru some very dangerous cones that must have been 4" tall, do a figure eight and come to a stop without fallling over. All under the careful scrutiny of a donut munching officer of the local constabulary. stamp of approval! Now he is legal.
09-17-2009 09:27 PM
Paper I went the opposite way when I took my test.. I was riding a Kawi CSR 305 and Wisconsin had a 500 and under and 501 and over cycle license, so I swapped with a co-worker and took the test on his KZ 650 so I wasn't limited to 500 and under.

At that time, a 650 was a BIG bike.. (1981ish).. Now, it's a learner bike.. Doesn't seem quite right..
09-17-2009 09:23 PM
Hardyreels If you have not yet got a price take it to a Kawasaki dealer, they will have a price.

On lending a KLR 650 so someone doesn't have to take his drivers test on a "Hog" is a little warped. I took my motorcycle drivers test in 1971 and I took it on my 1971 Honda
SL-100 enduro and that is what I learned to drive on the road, in traffic on, not a 1200cc Hog for Gods sake!

No wonder so many posers get creamed on their Harleys. Take your test on a dirt bike then hit the great wide open like Peter Fonda and Denis Hopper on your Hog, God!
09-17-2009 02:45 PM
Lockjaw Yeah, I agree that the girl should pay. But if that can't happen for some reason...well, if I was borrowing a friend's bike and it got damaged (even if it wasn't my fault), I'd make it right.

Obviously, we don't know the whole situation, but it seems odd that YOU would be paying.

09-17-2009 11:50 AM
caveman Isn't there an unwritten creed "you break it, you fix it?" I've never borrowed or loaned a ride without that understanding.
09-17-2009 08:47 AM
09blkklr if the shoe was on the other foot id guarantee she would be lettin you have it, i would for sure make her pay for it,also that part youre lookin for probably goes for well over 300.00 or more good luk ,be safe
09-15-2009 03:06 PM
Originally Posted by Paper View Post
I'd let her insurance agent find out how much it'll cost to fix your bike.
She hit it, with witnesses.. Case closed..
Big +1!! Let her pay for it on her dime. Good lesson for her.
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