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Old 10-07-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Already passed the written, and am ready to take the riding test. I have a few dozen hours of around town driving under my belt on the bike and quite a bit of farting around in the parking lot with doing slow turns, uturns, figure 8's, fast stops and whatnot. Any suggestions from those who have taken the DMV test? I'm hoping to take it tomorrow morning, but if I don't I think I'm going to go by the DMV and use their course to test myself on over the weekend.


I'm doing it on a fairly nimble bike - KLR650.
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I took the test on a 250 so I recommend that. Otherwise it really isn't that bad if you know what the test is.
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i did it on my gixxer 600.. i just practiced at the DMV afterhours for a few days before. the U turn is the make or break portion of the test.
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Fortunately, the uturn is very easy on my bike, the cone swerve is my largest concern.

I've been studying what has to be done quite a bit and think I'm ready for it. . I may try and find out the dimensions of the test course and recreate it to practice on tonight.

I wanted to do MSF, but all the classes through EOY are standby only and I didn't want to risk it as I want my license before winter. I do plan on taking the advanced course once registration opens this next year.
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MSF is awesome, and you should try to get in, took me a few years.
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Yeah go to the Aurora one and it's in back. I did it on a 250 and it was a peice of cake. As long as you have really good balance when riding slow you will be good. A guy with a sv650 dropped it on the first turn, then a guy on a harley and a guy on a ducati failed when I was there.
Are you 100% familiar with the course? Also make sure you bring someone with an M-license with you because they will ask.
If you need someone I *may* be able to cruise up there with you.
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I did the MSF, about 2 months ago, it was on a 225 'dual'

The figure 8/U-turn is supposidily the 'make or break' part, but at least per my instructors, they were 'more worried about the other tests' and you still CAN pass without being perfectly inside the box if you don't loose a billion points in the rest of the riding tests.
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Smaller bike or one you are familiar with would be best to do the test. I passed it with my messed up front brakes and vacuum plug missing on one of the carbs with no issues (aside from stopping test...)
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if you can hit the u turn no problem on your bike dont even sweat the dmv test... the cone swerve is pretty easy imo, you wont fail if you hit a cone. you will only get deducted pts. best of luck
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utrn wasn't a problem, cones was. .

FWIW the guy there told me that I would have problems no matter what since I've got a really tall bike. . Said to come back on a 250 and re-take it.
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i've heard of people renting out small bikes on craigslist to take the test..thats what my buddy did.
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Yup, get that 250. Makes it SO easy.
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