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Old 03-28-2012, 03:34 PM   #4861
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We all know they took out the parallel parking from many states as well. This, IMHO, wasn't a test for if and when - it was a test of drivers' skills in general. Put it back, and stop pussy-fying the testing process.
Hey, while you're at it, make them take it with a manual transmission too. I made my kids do that.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:47 PM   #4862
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Hey, while you're at it, make them take it with a manual transmission too. I made my kids do that.
Make it a three speed on the column with a unsynchronized first gear, and possibly a worn out one that hangs in first if it isn't shifted with skill and feel.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #4863
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My mum, bless her, insisted my brother and I do almost all of our learner's permit driving in stick shifts (we had a used car lot, so I can't tell you the numbers of different things I've driven for 3 days to a year, but the numbers are huge).

We were allowed to borrow an automatic for the actual test, though we were still given large cars to do it with instead of, say, a VW Rabbit (which I thought would have been a way to cheat the tests, lol).
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #4864
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Well Duh. What kind of idiot rides their motorcycle to trailer week?

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #4865
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Hey, while you're at it, make them take it with a manual transmission too. I made my kids do that.
Way back when, around here, it used to be that if you took your test in an automatic your drivers license was restricted to auto only. Too many things are getting dumbed down. Want to idiot proof cars, don't let idiots drive them!

Ah, the good old days.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:30 PM   #4866
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Our driving tests are a joke compared to most or probably all of Europe. They are actually expected to know something about the car as well as how to drive it.

I kind of hate that cars now have that auto park stuff.

My motorcycle test back in 1991 was way more of a test than the driving test, and now they require the MSF course here, But they pretty much give you your driver's license if you can breathe. Need to take the multiple guess portion in another language? Sure here ya go.

At one point they even had stop signs here that said Alto and Stop. But at least they stopped that nonsense.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #4867
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TW 200 Electric?

On my way from Eagle Idaho to Yellowstone and Tetons and back was asked at least 5 times if my
1991 TW200 was an Electric motocicle as the side panel says ELECTRIC for the lectric start.
3 times by people on bikes going to Sturgis!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:16 AM   #4868
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Our driving tests are a joke compared to most or probably all of Europe. They are actually expected to know something about the car as well as how to drive it.
Here in Slovenia new drivers have to take a course that includes classroom and on-the-road instruction, then a written and a road test. After successfully passing the course, they proceed to forget everything they learned.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #4869
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I would ask why you putting road tyres on a 950?




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Usually when I'm out looking something like this:



I get...

1. What brand of bike is that?

followed by...

2. Who makes KTM?

At least it's got some orange on it to appeal to the kids...
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:02 AM   #4870
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I would ask why you putting road tyres on a 950?
You buy a 950 for elitism. You put road tires on it for honesty.

In my defense...I like KTM's. But I also like bourbon and softballs.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:13 AM   #4871
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You buy a 950 for elitism. You put road tires on it for honesty.

In my defense...I like KTM's. But I also like bourbon and softballs.
I love my ktm. But its usually muddy and dusty. It came with scorpions, which is a 50/50 tyre they claim, but after lying under my KTM in very slick mud, i figured get rid of them. T63 on front and mitas E07 on rear.

Pass the bourbon please
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:11 PM   #4872
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It's not just the lack of driving skill but a piss poor attitude as well. A buddy of mine ran a stop sign. Thankfully the guy with the right of way was paying attention and slammed on his brakes before he T-boned my door. When I said something to my buddy his answer was "So what? I have insurance." Sadly, this attitude is becoming more and more common.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:35 PM   #4873
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It's not just the lack of driving skill but a piss poor attitude as well. A buddy of mine ran a stop sign. Thankfully the guy with the right of way was paying attention and slammed on his brakes before he T-boned my door. When I said something to my buddy his answer was "So what? I have insurance." Sadly, this attitude is becoming more and more common.
So THAT'S what insurance is for.?! Not having to have any responsibility for your actions...

So, do you still ride with with this "buddy"? I hope not, for your sake.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #4874
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So THAT'S what insurance is for.?! Not having to have any responsibility for your actions...

So, do you still ride with with this "buddy"? I hope not, for your sake.
Nope, don't ride with him anymore.

Here's another one. A group of my girlfriends were all talking about how they put on their make-up while driving. They thought it was such a neat trick they could do. When I pointed out how irresponsible they all were they just laughed at me. I won't ride with any of them either anymore. I value my life too much.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #4875
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Nope, don't ride with him anymore.

Here's another one. A group of my girlfriends were all talking about how they put on their make-up while driving. They thought it was such a neat trick they could do. When I pointed out how irresponsible they all were they just laughed at me. I won't ride with any of them either anymore. I value my life too much.
All this is a side effect of cars becoming safer. If even a minor crash meant serious injuries, many fewer would drive distracted but today you can total a car and just walk away feeling a bit shaken up.

So the safety nazis have, in a very real sense, created a nation of distracted drivers.
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