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Old 01-19-2021, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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I rode a 1978 KL 250 A1 in 1977 to the DMV. Took my test. Passed it.

What did YOU ride for your test?
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Old 01-19-2021, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX, born + raised SF Bay
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Had a Honda Shadow 600 for my test. Can’t remember the model year but was probably late 90s. With a touch more styling and an extra gear, that coulda been a decent bike. If I did it all over again, I’d have probably gone with a V-Star 650 instead - it’s the bike I wanted that Shadow to be.

Then again, maybe not. Some of the things which so quickly made it unappealing as myskills progressed are actually really good for a beginner. A V-Star might have stuck with me longer but may not actually have been as good a beginner bike as that Shadow.

EDIT: hmm. It’s been a while, but now as I recall I got my permit from the MSF course (highly recommended, folks), and just had to pass a written for my full M endorsement.

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Old 01-20-2021, 10:13 PM
 
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No test. MSF class was on a Buell blast.
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Old 01-21-2021, 11:47 AM
 
Location: St Pete
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No test in Louisiana back in the mid 80s. Only 10 written questions. Learned how to ride when leaving the dealership!
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Old 01-21-2021, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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'84 Nighthawk S (CB700SC)
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Old 01-22-2021, 01:16 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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1969 Yamaha AT1,. Later had to retest on my 1972 XS2 (650 twin) when Colorado implemented a CC restricted license for MC above 499cc . Still have both, + a lot of others ... vintage Honda MRs, TLs and Yamaha XT 500s. (all from same vintage). I still lend them to friends and family to take tests on.

I wish I still had a Kawasaki Mach III, that would be a great bike for a skills test!

My mom took her skills test on her 1966 Pink Lady Yamaha with basket and fringe on seat (I still have that one too).

BTW.... I need to find a new set of whitewall tires . 2.75-17. lmk if you have a source for that!
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Old 01-22-2021, 01:12 PM
 
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'84 Nighthawk S (CB700SC)
Think I had that same bike ( gone thru 42 bikes so my memory is a bit fuzzy) but that thing screamed.....ran a white porsche with some gorgeous bronze wheels down the 57 out here in SoCal......that bike probably cost less than the rear view mirror of the porsche but I stayed with him and got a thumbs up at the end.......bikes are so cool........
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:18 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA>Tijuana, BC>San Antonio, TX
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2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250. I outgrew that bike real quick.

I hear the California DMV circle test is much harder on larger Harley/touring motorcycles. Better to take it with a small bike.
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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I had to take the test when I got back into riding after the kids were grown. I had an 883 H-D Sportster then. That was several bikes ago. Now I have three; a BMW R1100RT, a Suzuki V - Strom 1000, and a Honda CB1100. I'm moving to TX sometime soon, and the BMW is for sale. PM me for pics.
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Houston
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2003 Honda RC51
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