N.Y. State Motorcycle Road Test
Posted September 18, 2001 - 03:03 AM
Posted September 18, 2001 - 03:25 AM
Posted September 18, 2001 - 11:55 AM
When stopping, always leave the bike in gear, clutch in and left foot down. Always have your right foot on the brake.
Left turn, left arm out.
Right turn, left arm out and bent at the elbows so you make an "L".
Apart from that, ride smooth and do rev it or lift the front wheel.... The best way to pass... "Imagine you are boing followed by a police officer"
Posted September 18, 2001 - 12:54 PM
The CA riding test is very easy - I wouldn't think any other states would be significantly different.
Posted September 19, 2001 - 04:49 AM
I took the Ohio test about 5 years ago on a KLR250 dual sport. It was easy on that bike, but a big street bike would have rough.
-Sway test-practice swerving around cones without using your brake.
-Make full turns as far to the steering lock as you can without touching your feet.
-Practice aggressive braking. I failed this part because my (rear) knobs simply were not getting traction. The officer let me try this test 3 times, and I never stopped before the line. Sure, my YZF600 will stop 6 feet before this line, but the KLR would not. I suspect the WR may give you trouble in the braking test, too. A friend on a DR350SE also failed this test.
- Don't stall! In Ohio, they will flunk that portion of the test if you stall. Turn the idle up if you have to.
-And above all, read the manual! Tips there will save your butt.
I will say that dirt riding makes me a better street rider. Especially on gravel or in the rain in I can deal with a little sideways wheel movement. My friend who does not ride dirt just tenses up everytime is feels a little sliding. Plus your're so used to being super-alert on the trail you end up doing the same on the street.
Posted September 19, 2001 - 07:57 AM
I took the MC test at the DMV in Mariposa, CA - in the foothills west of Yosemite. I had to ride between the lines of a 'keyhole' pattern both directions, show the hand signals - think that was it. My '88 Katana 1100 was too long to keep both wheels between the lines in the round part of the keyhole. The testers comment was 'well, you didn't fall over so I guess you pass'.
Posted September 19, 2001 - 12:55 PM
Posted September 19, 2001 - 01:48 PM
Posted September 20, 2001 - 04:29 AM
Give me a break! I read the NYS DMV book. It Didn't cover much. I have been riding since I was 5 yrs. old. I have driven cars over 400,000 miles with no accidents. Half of those mile were in a city Police car. I don't need the lecture. I was just looking for some tips on what the tester in NY will be looking for. .
Posted September 20, 2001 - 05:08 AM
But really, hope for rain or snow!! = pass
I got a ticket for riding on the road on an unregistered, uninspected KLR 650, with no license. (I DID HAVE THE PLATE FROM ANOTHER BIKE). I insp. and reg. the week before court.. the only road test opening was the day of court. It was 30deg. out... and lightly snowing... I needed to pass to avoid the fine in court, so I went. I screwed up the directions, and I passed, after only like two minutes. COOL... went to court.. dismisted
that was a while ago.. I had almost forgotten how it had happened.
Posted September 20, 2001 - 08:09 AM
Hope you passed the test. Ride safe.
Posted September 20, 2001 - 06:11 PM
I won't be able to make the Downieville ride, although it sounds like a blast. I'm still working on my roof. Should have it done in two or three weekends.
Posted September 21, 2001 - 03:47 AM
Posted September 21, 2001 - 06:46 AM
NY doesn't have a learners permit? CA issues a restricted learners permit - no passengers/daylight only/no freeway - after passing a written test. Full license requires passing the skills test.
Congrats on passing - now ride safe.
Posted September 21, 2001 - 07:35 AM
My bike is not road legal yet. It took a month and a half to get scheduled for the road test. In that time I put a Baja Designs dual sport kit on my bike and I am waiting for Vermont to send me a plate. I had to borrow a buddy's DRZ 400 to take the test.
I am extremely cautious on the road as I know the WR will not perform nearly as well as a "road bike". Also, a WR on the road would catch my attention, it might be missed by other drivers.
Posted September 21, 2001 - 03:17 PM
I guess you've decided to keep the dub-R, good to hear dude. Hope to see you down here, next spring
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Posted September 26, 2001 - 06:58 PM
Posted September 27, 2001 - 02:43 AM