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12-01-2011 01:49 AM  5 years agoPost 1
classic

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My sugestion, never use an 1100cc 900+ pound bike to take the driving test!

I passed, but dang, it was harder to do then I thought!

I just bought this bike last week and haven't ridden in over 10 years, plus never had a bike that was this big before, my last street bike was an 89 1100 hurricane, but it was pretty light compared to my BMW.

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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12-01-2011 02:25 AM  5 years agoPost 2
GyroFreak

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Orlando Florida ...28N 81W

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While I had ridden for years, during my children growing up I refrained from owning and riding, thus I had to get my MC endorsement. Took a local MC course and they used 250's It was easy for me. Just took the course certificate to the license place and they imeadieatly added my endorsement without a test. Much easier than taking a heavy bike to to state testing place.
(At lest in Florida)

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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12-01-2011 02:31 AM  5 years agoPost 3
BeltFedBrowning

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Kansas City

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Why didn't you say something?! You could have borrowed my wifes 600 Shadow.

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12-01-2011 04:08 AM  5 years agoPost 4
jester4

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Brampton, Ontario

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At least it's over now, hehe. Congrats.

Just got back into riding 2 years ago after a 15 year break. Man a lot has changed since I last rode. I feel like all the cagers are out to kill me every time I ride, I dont remember it being that bad back then, but I guess i was also a little more reckless back then and less to lose.

Which BMW did you get? I've been having fun with my M109R. Be careful out there.

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12-01-2011 04:12 AM  5 years agoPost 5
Justin Stuart (passed)

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Plano, Texas

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A little cold this time of year for riding, don't you think?

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12-01-2011 04:33 AM  5 years agoPost 6
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Ya, its cold out I worked all night at the hospital and wanted to get this over with before it gets really cold out!

It's a 97' R1100R
I got it off fleabay for 2200 bucks! Winter time is the best time to buy for sure!

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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12-01-2011 04:40 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Justin Stuart (passed)

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Plano, Texas

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I slipped on the ice and hurt my leg a few years back. I'll never ride again unless it's summertime. It was a little patch of black ice that was in the shade in an alley. Weather was about 65F.

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12-01-2011 11:52 AM  5 years agoPost 8
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Midwest

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I remember that test. 15 of us showed up. Bikes ranging from 250's to 1000's. One of us rode away with a license. The rest of us had to retake at a later date. I showed up next time with a buddy's street legal 125. Slam dunk with that. Don't know what the deal was the first time. Still wondering if the course was set up correctly.

There, their and they're. It's really that simple.

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12-01-2011 01:19 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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My biggest problem is the 1100 always torques to the left a little whenever you give it throttle, even in neutral it has a nasty torque so trying to do the thirty or forty feet streight slow run and keep it balanced within the five feet section in 15 seconds slowly was tough, I lost 3 points because I only got it in 11 secs.

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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12-01-2011 01:39 PM  5 years agoPost 10
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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I saw that figure 8 in a tiny painted off box and decided to go the safety class route on a little Honda Rebel they supply for the class. Much better.

I did manage to do that little figure 8, and now, if anyone pulls in front of me on the highway i can slow down to 2 miles an hour and do a little figure 8. Yes sir, try to get me now snowbird!! I can do the 8!

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12-01-2011 01:51 PM  5 years agoPost 11
SuperSixTwo

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Virginia City, NV ---USA

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Good Job! I took the test many years ago. The funny part was i did it after a graveshift, and was tired as all get out. I passed but while waiting in line for the new picture i dropped my helmet on the tile floor. Everyone was awake now!
A good friend of mine who was a city motor cop for 20 years, told me recently to get this book they teach with. Proficient Motorcycling by David Hough. Its a good read and opened my eyes to how to really ride the bike. Its really worth the money to get it and use it as a reference book.

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12-01-2011 05:10 PM  5 years agoPost 12
hockeysew

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Co-USA

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Try passing it on a '62 jockeyshift hardtail Panhead, 8" over springer and no front brake!
Yup-passed it first try but I was sweating bullets.

Liberals are like a "Slinky", useless but entertaining when pushed down stairs....

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12-01-2011 05:37 PM  5 years agoPost 13
BladeStrikes

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Shelby TWP,Mi

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Good job man..Here im Michigan we can used 150cc moped's ..

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12-01-2011 06:32 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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Try passing it on a '62 jockeyshift hardtail Panhead, 8" over springer and no front brake!
Here, he did an inspection to make sure both brakes worked, and of course the front brake worked, But it didn't light up the rear tail light, he said I have 5 min to try and fix it, and I did, it was a broken solder joint at the switch but I was sweatin' bullets hoping I wouldn't have to come back and stand in line another two hours!!

I saw a video of a bunch of HD guys doing a compitition of who could go the slowest, it was pretty amazing the balance some of those guys had on those big bikes!

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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12-01-2011 06:45 PM  5 years agoPost 15
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of Chicago

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Passed mine on a CBR900RR.I couldn't make the one corner.I told the middle aged test lady it was physically impossible on this bike.Walked it at full lock and showed her.She said "awe ,you can ride" and passed me.

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12-01-2011 07:41 PM  5 years agoPost 16
kurtk

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North Carolina

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They have long since changed the test, but back when I did it, there was a "serpentine" that had wide turns one way and tight turns on the way back.

Not wanting to go unprepared, I laid out the course in the parking lot at my apartment. My bike would not do the tight serpentine with the bar against the stop while walking it, but I was determined to find a way. I dropped that bike a couple times (gently with no damage), but found the trick was to stand straight up on the pegs, lean the bike over, with the bar against the stop, and use power to power it back up out of the turn, whip it over the other way and repeat. What was originally a great source of frustration quickly became very fun and source of pride.

The lady giving me the test was in an obvious up-tight, bad mood. The serpentine was the last maneuver. She was a bit surprised by my technique, gave me full credit and with a big smile said she had never seen anyone do it quite that way before

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12-01-2011 10:29 PM  5 years agoPost 17
txbiker

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TX

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Damn what BMW weighs 900lbs? My GL 1500 wing is just shy of 900 by a few pounds. Congrats on passing though. Want to see something impressive look on youtube for the police officers competitions there was one of a motor officer running the course in Plano Tx that was awesome. He blew through that tight course fast dragging boards on that Road King at every turn.

mSR,120SR,mCPx SR(DDVP),TTe325 Spektrum

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12-01-2011 10:49 PM  5 years agoPost 18
Justin Stuart (passed)

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Plano, Texas

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Good to hear a shout out for Plano, Texas.

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12-01-2011 11:00 PM  5 years agoPost 19
JPhillips

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Waco, TX

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Myself and 11 others took the course two years ago on Buells. Actually a decent bike for the test. I was surprised. I took the Riders Edge program offered through Harley Davidson.

I own a 2010 V-Rod Muscle, love this bike!

Good job bud!

PS- I'm from Waco, TX!

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12-01-2011 11:54 PM  5 years agoPost 20
es1co2bar3

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winnetka california

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bike is dangerous, you better stick to heli bro, just my 2 cent
i ask a friend if he would' buy the t-rex motor bike

yes when he see casket that he like and $45 grand for the payment and his will become legit,
then he will get one

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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