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Old 11-07-2006, 09:07 PM   #151
cum petris et choris
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test bike...

Honda 50 step through.
The honda dealer was 20 yards from dmv and rented them cheap for the short riding skills test. Lets see was that back in 1971???? yikes,

I am an Old fart.

just remember " To be this old and wise, you must first be young and stupid"
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:38 PM   #152
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A 70-something Honda CB550 Four. I think I was 19. I made it to the DMV with the bike (had to make an appt a week in advance) and the tester lady disqualified me because the horn didn't work. Had to reschedule and wait another week. (This was the big city -- Eugene, Oregon (ha!)) Finally got to the test and I managed to scatter the cones and have a few mishaps. Went to stop the bike on the line and the front brake lurched and I almost dumped it. Went to catch the bars and my thumb hit the cruise control. So there I was, holding the bike with it about to fall (half over), cc stuck on, clutch in, bike WFO! The tester lady calmly walked over and slid back the CC lever while I was holding everything else and we got it back up. I don't know how or why but she let me just barely pass. I'd say that was about 70K miles ago... many happy miles and lots of great bikes. -L
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:09 PM   #153
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2006 Yamaha XT225. Took it in my home county and flunked, horribly. They are terribly tough on tests. People who take MSF courses still have a low pass rate if they take the county test. Rode to an adjacent county one week later and passed with flying colors driving on the street.
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:15 PM   #154
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When I started ride'n there was no motorcycle license required in California. When it started a few years later; anyone with a motorcycle grandfathered in, no testing required, written or riding.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:58 AM   #155
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Passed my test on the first bike I ever purchased for myself. It was a 99 Suzuki Savage 650. It was great for the test, I got a 100%.

Traded it for a Kawasaki 750 Vulcan
Traded that for a 99 Harley Sportster 1200
Traded that for an 03 Kawasaki 1500 Classic
Sold it...
Bought a 04 Harley 1200 Roadster
Traded that for an 05 Sportster 1200 Custom
Traded that for an 06 Suzuki Vstrom 650
Sold that...

Later on, got my 07 KLR and moved to Colorado.

I am keeping the KLR...

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Old 11-08-2006, 01:20 AM   #156
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Yamaha RS100 in 1981. The "Test" consisted of riding around the block a couple of times an emergency stop and a highway code test. A peice of pish!

I continue to thank my Mother to this day for insisting that I take the much tougher RAC/ACU training and test. I still fell off and stuff, but I would have got in heaps more trouble if I hadn't done it.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:49 AM   #157
Too old for dirt bikes?
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In 1970 in Michigan, ya' didn't take a road test, just a written one. Pass that, pay the fee for the cycle endorsement on your driver's license, and you were all set. How times have changed.
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:37 AM   #158
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74 Yamaha 650

Just about 3 years had to get a learner's permit then ride over to the test site. The 650 was a great bike, but chews up alternator brushes so mine was not charging well. I got half way thru the test and the bike stalled. It takes about 3 weesk to schedule a test, so I wanted to get this over with. I asked he guy next in line of he would not mind if I used his bie, a Honda Ascot. Restarted and passed clean...after 40 years without a license and finishing the Ironbutt in 1986 on a Triumph Trident.
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:39 AM   #159
Too old for dirt bikes?
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Originally Posted by jshuck
..... The 650 was a great bike, but chews up alternator brushes .....
Ditto on a '76 650 I had. Stator troubles. It was a great bike though.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:37 AM   #160
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Laugh 1983 R100rt

Last year on my very first bike...a 1983 BMW R100RT. Passed with flying colors. Test consisted of a right-hand circle, a left-hand circle, a figure eight, and an acceleration then stop procedure. Pretty easy!
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:06 PM   #161
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Laugh 1979 Honda CX500

She sure was a nice bike. Got my MC endorsement 1 year after I got her... remember my sliding off the bike when going through the cones... (mental note... don't armor all the seat before your driving test...)

Surreal moments are the only moments worth remembering. Ride on...!
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:26 PM   #162
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The incomparable Allstate Moped

1967 Chattanooga, TN
Once up and down the street and we were good to go.

This was one mean machine, but is sure beat the bicycle!
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:35 PM   #163
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Kawasaki KZ750LTD

In WI back in the olden days we had tiered licensing (1-500cc and 501+ cc) and my first bike was a Honda CB200T. No way I wanted to do the test twice, so I renewed my learners permit a couple of times while I got good at riding. Then I bought the Kawi KZ750 LTD and practiced like crazy. I showed up at the DMV an hour and a half early so I could watch other riders test. It looked grim. NO ONE passed while I watched. When I tested I thought I did great. I waited and waited for the range guy to finish scoring me. Finally he called me over and said, and I love this,

"When I saw you on that bike I automatically failed you before you started. That's too big a bike for a beginner. Then you rode the test and only missed one point (you were allowed to miss 7 or so). I was still going to fail you just on principle because the bike is too big. Then I realized I'd seen you sitting there all morning watching the others. I decided you must be a smart guy, and been practicing on a smaller bike. So, I passed you."

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Old 11-08-2006, 02:41 PM   #164
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bike test

Mine was a blue '78 Honda Hawk 400, it was actually another kids bike... first time I thought about this is a Loooooonnggg time.

Where we had our road tests in Delhi, NY, the DMV was at the bottom of a hill. A steep hill. The first thing you got to do was pull out (after checking your mirrors and looking over your shoulder) and pull to the middle of the hill, stop, and take off again without stalling. From there, the test was, shall we say, down hill, just some figure 8's a circles and a drive through town....

Got my bike license first try. Needed two tries for my car license.... damn Chevelle....
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:27 PM   #165
what blackflies?
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1968 Yamaha 305 Street Scrambler. There was a cones course and we had to drive around the block. If we made it back we passed. That was my last year of high school and was sure nice to have a set of wheels of my own.
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