VA DMV Motorcycle Riding Test

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  1. custom60

    custom60 Andiamo stronzi!

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    Anyone recently taken or seen a recent VA DMV motorcycle riding test course? Got a friend who's never ridden before, either going to take the MSF learn-to-ride course, or practice and just go for it...any info would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
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  2. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Do em a favor and make them take the MSF.
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  3. custom60

    custom60 Andiamo stronzi!

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    Understood Steverino, just curious - that was my first suggestion as well. it's a GREAT course.
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  4. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    I did the "practice and just go for it" thing at the DMV. The riding test is not difficult at all. A joke, really. I haven't taken the MSF class but I did watch my wife and sister take it; it's a good introduction to the basics. The problem in NOVA will be finding an opening in a class. We booked a class in Charlottesville to avoid the huge wait.
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  5. harpoon

    harpoon Long timer

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    Did you take one :scratch




















    :evil
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  6. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Yep, that is why I have never needed crutches after a get off...

    How's the ankle stanger?
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  7. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Hope the test is a little harder than mine was, one very cold day in 1990 ...

    Tester Dude: (shivering, no coat) "OK, um, ride over there past that car and turn around."

    Me: (doing just that)

    Tester Dude: (teeth chattering) "OK looks good let's go inside ..."

    Good luck to your buddy.
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  8. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    tell 'em to do it on a 250 :D, a lot easier going through the cones
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  9. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    I did it (went thru the cones) on my enduro bike.

    30+ years ago, in New York state.

    Not much of a test.
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  10. freaking RT

    freaking RT will golf for food

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    there's a bike shop in waynesboro that sends people over to DMV on a little scooter :lol2
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  11. RBikerT

    RBikerT Ride the Weird

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    I just went through this with a freind. He failed it the first time (dropped bike). Within two weeks of passing he had crashed with injuries (not his fault, but training would have prevented it).

    The test isn't difficult if they've ridden previously or have taken the class. It is somewhat tricky for a newbie. VA uses the standard test: Looks for small things while accomplishing skills (puts visor down, uses head check, cancels signals, doesn't touch with feet) Skills: Slow ride, quick stop, shift up and down, stop in curve, do a 180, play with iPod, cell phone and GPS while negotiating a 7-11 parking lot).

    Make them take the class, that way they get the insurance discount and can skip the test.
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  12. Newzpix

    Newzpix SubUrban Warrior

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    The level of difficulty depends upon which DMV you go to and the mood of the testor.

    :eek1

    I took the MSF class about 10 years ago.

    I've seen a few guys fail because their bikes were just too large to make the slow speed turns the DMV requires. And you can't put a toe down...instant failure.

    A 150cc scooter would be perfect. In/out in a jiffy. No harm done.
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  13. ddlewis

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    The MSF is the way to go for a new rider. Not only for the instruction, if you take the MSF you get to skip the DMV's riding test. Trouble is there's a pretty long wait to take it.. specially this time of year.

    Plan B. find somebody w/ a small, light bike. The test is apparently not the joke it was in the 80's when I took it. I hear they make you you U-turn in a fairly small space and no foot dabbing allowed. A friend (re-entry rub) tried to take it on his new Dyna.. fail. Borrowed another friends DR350 and said it was still no cakewalk but much better. He described a couple more tricky manuevers too. Sounded about 100x more stringent than what I remember doing.
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  14. custom60

    custom60 Andiamo stronzi!

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    That's precisely what I did in 1994 while in school in Charlottesville...:D
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  15. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Not meaning to single out your friend, but that is exactly the demographic group that has been having the highest fatality rate. Older riders on cruisers. Older riders now have a higher fatality rate than younger guys.
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  16. Nocturnal

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    The only part I had problems with was the brake test, and evan now I don't know if I was screwing up or if the girl giving it didn't know what she was doing. Finally after four failed attempts and skid marks all over thier newly painted course, she said "Well you only have one more test and if you pass that one your good to go."
    Well let us move on I say, I pass, I pay. EOS

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    Small bike - I was told that I was the first rider she had ever seen who didn't hit at least one cone. I think the brake test was next, damn and I had her impressed. :evil
    And don't drop it! Went with a friend for his test. He flopped over during the U-turn part, gets up and ask the guy what he has to do to re-take it. He looks at my friend and flatly states "Well first thing you need to do is learn how to ride the damn thing" :lol3

    Good luck!
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  17. storymitchell

    storymitchell Member of the proletariat

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    I took the VA test in 2004 and it was a pain in the ass. I went with a buddy that was on a road king and I was on a /6 and we both barely passed. I agree with the other posters - do it on a 200 to 350 enduro that has been recently tuned up, and listen very carefully to the instructions. I watched someone else take the test that AM, and then ran the course half a dozen times before going inside and getting a test time. The DMV employee that I took the test from was very clearly not going to let anybody pass without dinging them for every minus point she could.
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  18. ddlewis

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    I know/ he knows. every time I come across a stat. article showing re-entry midlife crisis riders having high incidence of crashing, I send it to him..:evil with a request that he leave me his big rolling tool chest..
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  19. norton73

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    Coulda had the test I took in MA in 1973. Examiner told me to go around the block. I asked how he was gonna watch me behind the buildings?
    His reply,"If you come back alive, you pass."
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  20. now it's just Al

    now it's just Al Long timer

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    That was my test to a T.
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