ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums > Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-03-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
custom60 OP
Andiamo stronzi!
 
custom60's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Northern VA - USA
Oddometer: 80
VA DMV Motorcycle Riding Test

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!
custom60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
Steverino
Arrogant Horse's Ass #1
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Oddometer: 36,672
Do em a favor and make them take the MSF.
__________________

Steverino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 02:00 PM   #3
custom60 OP
Andiamo stronzi!
 
custom60's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Northern VA - USA
Oddometer: 80
Understood Steverino, just curious - that was my first suggestion as well. it's a GREAT course.
custom60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
HarveyMushman
commutingmysentence
 
HarveyMushman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: Virginia, USA
Oddometer: 16,189
Quote:
Originally Posted by custom60
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!
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.
__________________
Tim

photo galleries
HarveyMushman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
harpoon
Beastly Adventurer
 
harpoon's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: Out-of-pocket
Oddometer: 2,734
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steverino
Do em a favor and make them take the MSF.
Did you take one




















__________________
Its alright if you love me, its alright if you don't.
harpoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 05:33 PM   #6
Steverino
Arrogant Horse's Ass #1
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Oddometer: 36,672
Quote:
Originally Posted by harpoon
Did you take one



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

How's the ankle stanger?
__________________

Steverino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2005, 10:19 PM   #7
Jack90210
mindful
 
Jack90210's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Oddometer: 15,070
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.
__________________

I must say that my son has exposed a reservoir of love and of worry within me that I never knew existed. --nskitts, 9/2/12
Jack90210 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 03:20 AM   #8
freaking RT
will golf for food
 
freaking RT's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: just outside Richmond, VA
Oddometer: 30,845
tell 'em to do it on a 250 , a lot easier going through the cones
__________________
IBA#10787

“We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution.”
– Abraham Lincoln

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens".
-Anonymous


WV VA Good Eats Map
freaking RT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 03:47 AM   #9
viverrid
not dead yet
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Western Mass
Oddometer: 30,482
Quote:
Originally Posted by freaking RT
tell 'em to do it on a 250 , a lot easier going through the cones
I did it (went thru the cones) on my enduro bike.

30+ years ago, in New York state.

Not much of a test.
__________________
Advanced pancreatic cancer found 04/2010. Have outlived +/- 97% of patients with this diagnosis, but 08/2013 cancer now in liver, vascular system and lungs with 20+ lung tumors. Sick/weak sometimes, not riding much. No more treatments & now under Hospice care.
viverrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 03:48 AM   #10
freaking RT
will golf for food
 
freaking RT's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: just outside Richmond, VA
Oddometer: 30,845
Quote:
Originally Posted by viverrid
I did it (went thru the cones) on my enduro bike.

30+ years ago, in New York state.

Not much of a test.

there's a bike shop in waynesboro that sends people over to DMV on a little scooter
__________________
IBA#10787

“We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution.”
– Abraham Lincoln

"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens".
-Anonymous


WV VA Good Eats Map
freaking RT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 03:55 PM   #11
RBikerT
Ride the Weird
 
RBikerT's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Oddometer: 221
Make them take the class

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.
__________________
Hey, Babe! Touch me like that again and I'll... Well, just touch me like that again.
RBikerT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 05:37 PM   #12
Newzpix
subUrban Warrior
 
Newzpix's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: 38° 42' 29.14''N 77° 5' 10.98''W
Oddometer: 234
Eek Class or Scooter for Test

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



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.
__________________

"I banged so many chicks last year my iPhone address book broke"
- overheard at a Dover, DE bar
Newzpix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 05:53 PM   #13
ddlewis
squirrel
 
ddlewis's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: South/central Va
Oddometer: 1,495
Quote:
Originally Posted by custom60
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!
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.
ddlewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 06:06 PM   #14
custom60 OP
Andiamo stronzi!
 
custom60's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Northern VA - USA
Oddometer: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by freaking RT
there's a bike shop in waynesboro that sends people over to DMV on a little scooter
That's precisely what I did in 1994 while in school in Charlottesville...
custom60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2005, 08:39 PM   #15
viverrid
not dead yet
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Western Mass
Oddometer: 30,482
Quote:
Originally Posted by thumpy
...A friend (re-entry rub) tried to take it on his new Dyna.. fail.
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.
__________________
Advanced pancreatic cancer found 04/2010. Have outlived +/- 97% of patients with this diagnosis, but 08/2013 cancer now in liver, vascular system and lungs with 20+ lung tumors. Sick/weak sometimes, not riding much. No more treatments & now under Hospice care.
viverrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014