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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2002, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy California skill test

I just picked up a used CBR1000f. I love the bike. I do however need to figure out how to pass the California SKill test to get my endorsement on my license. I haven't ridden in ten years and it showed when I took the test the first time. Do I just need practice or is it difficult to near impossible to get a large wheelbase sportbike throught the course. Where can I go for help?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2002, 09:26 AM
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I know someone who passed that test on a CBR 600.. I never took it myself.. I took the CCRider safter course for 200 bux and got my endorsement that way.. <it waves the skillz test> Even if you've ridden before, I'd do the course.. teaches ya a couple things and helps refresh the memory on others... <personal opinion> You can find one local to you by callling 1-800-ccrider
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2002, 09:48 AM
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Well, I got bad news for you.

In the state of California (not sure about other states), if you took the California skills test at DMV and failed, you must return to the same DMV office and take the test again.

They will not accept MSF DL389 certificates, once you've taken the CA skills test. I found this out the hard way.

My suggestion is find someone with a little 250 and practice there until you can go through the course.

I did mine on a ZX6R... and failed. They are too top heavy, but it's what I had. The older Hondas (F1-F3) are bottom heavy, so you should be able to do the course much easier on those.

Good luck to ya!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2002, 06:23 PM
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I have the answer for you!! Call Motorcycle Safety Training Center (408) 226-7433. It may be a stretch from Danville since they are in the south bay, but it will be worth it. They provide one-on-one instruction on a Honda Rebel 250 I think it is. Really easy to handle at slow speeds.

They will also meet you at the DMV (again maybe not in Danville) with the 250 one hour before your test appointment. They show you how to do the test and you practice until it's time to get in line. You use their bike which is easy to ride through the DMV "course" (which is in no way related to anything real-world except the around-the-block part).
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