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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2004, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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DMV road test can it be done, on a sport bike?

For me and the guy before me we both passed our road tests at the VA dmv in newport news today. It was my 2nd time. I tried one day ago and failed bad. I went back today on the R6, and passed by one point. I don't know what all I was marked off for but I didn't really care. The guy before me had a ff600 in blue. That thing looks hot to.
I know I know MSF MSF. its booked for 3 months. But my seat is reserved, course is paid for. I will be there.
I did practice the course that was layed out before I took it for the 2nd time. I wasn't perfect, but I was good enough. So I'm happy.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2004, 09:09 PM
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Hey I lived in Newport News for 5 years while I was in the Navy still have some friends there. I didn't know it was that hard to get a mc license there. I liked living there but found a better job up here in Wiconsin. Well just thought i'd chime in.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 02:08 PM
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I think it really depends on a few different factors. The particular state, the person giving the exam (and how harsh they are), the particular bike, and of course the skill of the rider.
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I did it on my first try on a friends GSXR..... Lost 5 points for putting my foot down during the u-turn (bike didn't like 2mph turn)

I had been riding for years and had taken the MSF course about 6 years before in PA and had the endorsement as well but it wasn't transferred over to FL when I moved here for some reason, so I had to get the endorsement (after I got caught in a DUI check point) in a hurry...

Not that hard if you "know" how to ride and accident avoidance...

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 04:52 PM
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In MN you have to wait a week to take it after you fail and good luck getting an appointment in the twin cities area. The test is very doable on a sportbike, i passed no problem the second time, even managed to throw a stoppie in the mix during the exam. I was doing the quick stop and the guy said i let up the first time and asked me to do it agian so i stayed in the gas and the second i crossed the line layed into the brakes pulling the rear up about a foot. I stoped, it set down, the instructor said, "that was cute", i responded with, "well i stoped and i definitly didn't let up", at that point he signed the sheet and told me to, "get out of here"
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I took my rode test on little 70 cc bike. Passed the first time Pefect score.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 10:50 PM
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Definately depends on the marker. I don't know how your tests are but up here they're done on public roads with an earpiece in under your helmet. I passed mine with only 1 extra mark because I "didn't shit enough".... all on 40km/h roads with a sportbike, 1 shift was lucky to get in.
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I passed on my first try with an F4. I'd been riding for a little over a year at that point though. I got my permit the first time and let it expire (why I couldn't find time to get the endorsement within the first year I don't know), so I had to get my permit again and wait 30 more days.

The instructor said that any production bike was capable of completing the course with a perfect score. He said the bike cops had to take this same test from time to time on their Harley's and not one of them could get less than a perfect score.

That being said, he didn't have anyone actually do it and prove it to us, so it may have been about the perfect score thing, but I do believe that any bike could pass the test in Indiana at least.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-26-2004, 09:41 AM
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not on my 916
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-26-2004, 11:16 AM
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Yeah, the wrong bike can really make it hard, I tell everyone to go borrow a 250 or 500 to take it. I did mine on a BMW tourer, it took me 3 times, the instructor let me rerun it on the spot, she knew I had a hard bike to take it on.

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