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post #1 of 3 Old 05-30-2007, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle test advice

Hey folks, I am hoping for some advice and words of wisdom from the community about the motorcycle test. BC does not recognize my out-of-country motorcycle permit (I taught overseas for 7 years before coming back last year) and so I am doing my Class 6 up in Prince George, BC. I have read the booklets and passed the written and skills test. I have been riding around watching the details like signaling, shoulder-checking, lane positioning, hazards, speed, etc. My road test this Friday is all that is left. I was wondering what you remember about your test. Any advice about what they are sticky about or really watching for? Any words of wisdom?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-30-2007, 01:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Gumption View Post
I was wondering what you remember about your test. Any advice about what they are sticky about or really watching for? Any words of wisdom?
Move your head around like it's a bobblehead doll head with a soggy spring.

A biker without full-face protection should only ride as fast as the slowest hornet.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-30-2007, 07:25 PM
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As already mentioned, it seems that “bobblehead doll” head movement is one of the all time favorite pet peeves for all motorcycle test examiners of the world…

Constant left-right mirror check; shoulder (or blind spot) check every time before you change the lane or make a turn; proper (blocking) lane position when riding straight as well as maintaining it before and after making L/R turns or changing lanes; proper stopping at Stop sign (before white line with at least one brake on all the time and at least one foot down); exhibiting good control of the bike (smooth up-shifting, down-shifting, braking); proper roadside emergency stop (stopping one foot from the curb with hazard signals on, side stand down, feet on the pags)…are just a few among other things you mentioned yourself.

That was pretty much what the test consisted of here in Ontario, being repeated in residential area, business area and with short excursion on the highway. If you happen to ride through busy downtown streets on beautiful and sunny Saturday early afternoon (as I had a “pleasure” of riding downtown Toronto and navigating between street car tracks, bicyclists, dog walkers, joggers, you-get-the-idea-what-else) then you just have more “hazards” to watch out for.

In any case, be relaxed, enjoy it and have fun because you’re ridin’ :grin: (your examiner driving behind you is covering your back anyway)!!

Good Luck!!
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