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Just did the motorbike test today (on the wing). Passed the test. The tester added another 15mins onto the test route. Don't know why considering I know people who have done the test lately and their route was shorter than mine (maybe because it was the wing). Anyway, once I was told that I passed, I asked the tester who happens to be the Chief Tester in Limerick about the situation with towing trailers with a bike. His answer was that seeing as there was no test for this, that he would assume that it was legal. I know this topic has being covered before. Just thought I'd share it with you all. Enough of my rambling, must go for a ride :):)
 

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:clapper:Congrats Austin!:clapper:

Does the tester actually ride on the back of the bike during the exam? Or do they follow along with another bike. In these parts they just put you through some courses laid out on a parking lot. The whole thing doesn't last much more than 15 minutes.
 

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The motorbike test here in Ireland changed on the 14th of Feb this year. Amongst other things, you have to show the tester how you would check oil levels, where to put brake/clutch fluid etc. You also have to demonstrate how to put the machine either up on the centre stand or on the side stand. You are also expected to push the bike forward or backward 5metres without the engine being turned on (not easy as I found out today :)). Prior to doing all this you are asked 10 road signs and approx 5 questions on the rules of the road. Once on the bike the tester will walk alongside you and you have to ride at his pace, then he will ask you to do a 180degree turn. Not easy in a confined space on the wing. Then you will proceed onto the public road, in my case today it was for 30mins. The tester follows you in a car. You have a radio with an earpiece so you can receive instructions from the tester as to what route he wants you to take.
 

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The motorbike test here in Ireland changed on the 14th of Feb this year. Amongst other things, you have to show the tester how you would check oil levels, where to put brake/clutch fluid etc. You also have to demonstrate how to put the machine either up on the centre stand or on the side stand. You are also expected to push the bike forward or backward 5metres without the engine being turned on (not easy as I found out today :)). Prior to doing all this you are asked 10 road signs and approx 5 questions on the rules of the road. Once on the bike the tester will walk alongside you and you have to ride at his pace, then he will ask you to do a 180degree turn. Not easy in a confined space on the wing. Then you will proceed onto the public road, in my case today it was for 30mins. The tester follows you in a car. You have a radio with an earpiece so you can receive instructions from the tester as to what route he wants you to take.
Damn I'm surprised they don't have you to a tune up on the carbs too. What does the oil and fluid stuff have to do with safe riding? Do cagers have to do that too, including the little old ladies? You ain't kidding that pushing a Wing isn't easy.
 

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Hey Austin, CONGRATS!!!on passing your test.:clapper::clapper::clapper::clapper:

BTW, I see that you have Limerick listed for your location. Is that where all those funny little storys come from? :stumped::stumped::baffled::baffled::stumped::stumped: :goofygrin::grinner:
 

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Paul,

As of the 14th of Feb this year, certain elements of my previous posting were incorporated into the car test aswell. You do indeed have to demonstrate how to put oil, water, clutch.brake fluid in a car (not pshyically do it). You do have to open the bonnet, petrol cap etc.

Agree with you that showing that you know where the oil goes in doesn't demonstrate that your a safe rider on the road but that's life.

GL1200a, u could be right in that assumption:byebye::byebye:
 

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I wonder if in the near future they will give cagers a dial pad . so they can prove to the instructor they can use the phone and drive:cool:
 

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Hey Medic1, Congrats on passing the test, I'm surprised though, that you could drive the wing as a learner, was it necessary to have the machine restricted to 33bhp ? or can you drive a full power wing on a provisional licence ?
 

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Congratulations:clapper:

Having recently passed a test in Britain, one manouvre is a u turn thenwalking u turn with the engine off.Is this posible onwing ?We also get the same questions and time, but the examiner follows on a bike.

Sent from someone who needs reverse to get out the garage

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I can easily do a walking U turn so the test would be no problem for me 30 years after first passing it........ Oh, do I have to be pushing a bike, blimey, I had better ask Rewing if I can borrow his Honda 50!! If i had to pass my test these days I wouldn't stand a chance.

I assume most folks beg, borrow or steal a 500 to take the test?

My eldest son took his test 6-7 mths ago and passed, at great expence, ££££s and the younger one is going to do his soon, that's if he doesn't get banned in his car first, or spend the money on holidays or girlfriends!!:?

Well done Medic1 and everyone else who has passed recently.

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In my province (BC ) very few bikers even attempt the test on anything but a friends borrowed 500... there is  a complex s-salom course/forums/images/emoticons/shock.gif, and a few slow u-turns too difficult for  a big bike... and they do NOT move the cones farther apart for bigger bikes...  But congrats , Medic... and welcome to the wonderful world of winging  SilverDave /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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Washington State recently eased it's regs on bikes. Now they only have one class of license for motorcycles (there is an endorsement for trikes) of all sizes. If I had to take the test again I'd find me a 50cc bike. I can push the Wing through a U turn backwards whileI'm on it, but walking it forward?

:weightlifter:My hat's (helmet's) off to you guys who have to do it!:weightlifter:
 

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You said you need reverse to get out of the garage.Do you have the room to spin the bike around.I have a piece of steel screwed to the floor put the bike on it's center stand grab the crash bars and spin the 1500 around and drive out.

Dman :weightlifter:
 

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Greenwing,

Was told on this site before you can't restrict the 1500 to 33bhp. Wasn't asked anything either by the tester about the bike being restricted. As I said, pushing the bike was probably the hardest part of the test & I'm 6'4" and weigh 15.5 stone. Also the slow speed u turn with both feet up was hard because the turning area at the test centre wouldn't be that big. Insurance company never asked either about restricters but sure hey now have that magic piece of paper. At least I can carry "she who must be obeyed at all times" legally :):)
 

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Where I live everyone borrows a street legal dirt bike for the road test.

I have a Suzuki DR 350 and have offered it to many friends for the road test. Another buddy of mine has a Honda XR 200 street legal version that has been used literally dozens of times to pass the road test.

If they would let me use my Suzuki RM 125, I could pass the test and never put the front wheel down on the ground!:D
 

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Typical English garage is not for cars or bikes but for collecting everything that is no longer required but "her indoors" will not part with. So I have to make do with the space between the fridge, washing machine and numerous pieces of summer furniture in case of sunny day.

No, I am not going to reverse down the drive so I can drive out ! Something to do with a reverse turn on the road to get onto the drive which I have not mastered yet without causing a traffic jam.

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Congratulations Austin. The full licence should help with your insurance costs.
 

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Typical English garage is not for cars or bikes but for collecting everything that is no longer required but "her indoors" will not part with. So I have to make do with the space between the fridge, washing machine and numerous pieces of summer furniture in case of sunny day.

No, I am not going to reverse down the drive so I can drive out ! Something to do with a reverse turn on the road to get onto the drive which I have not mastered yet without causing a traffic jam.

Blackcat
Oh boy, can I sympathise with that, I blame it on the fact that the houses are too small over here, if they built them bigger, we wouldn't need to hoard the clutter and appliances in the garage. I am blessed with a huge double garage, should accommodate at least 6 bikes, but as it is we have two, squeezed in, alongside the two tumbledryers and two feezers etc. etc!!:goofygrin::goofygrin:
 

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Insurance is another odd thing. I'm surprised that insurance seems to be cheaper in the US than elsewhere. With this country's propensity for lawsuits I'd have expected it to be more expensive here.

American garages aren't usually for putting cars in either, most folks just fill them with junk. I'm really lucky my garage holds two of my vehicles and my shop could hold six more. Junk isn't allowed to accumulate.
 

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Volvo is experimenting with a breathalyzer for cars as standard equipment.You have to blow into it before the car will start and blow less the .08.Seems like a precurser for things to come. Motorcycles next???? Next thing they'll be demanding I wear a helmet.....oh wait, they already do that.
 
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