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Oh ya,

I also got frikin rained on the way home too. Totally soaked to the bone, bike and all.

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Sup guys,

Is it just me or is the Ohio Cycle Test really freakin hard?
I feel like an idiot, I just failed it:(... I guess that means that I should have practiced harder. I think that im gonna head up to the Liceance bearue after work and actually practice the course. I never actually did this before the test, & man do I wish I did.
Well just thought I might share my sorrow. So practice hard all u guys taking the test for the first time...

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Motorcycle skills tests involve skills that are not normaly practiced eg. slow speed riding/cornering, emegency braking etc so don't feel bad many people fail on the first attempt simply because they are trying to do things that are unfamiliar to them!

Practice Makes Perfect.

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I have a friend that's a MSF instructor and he's said that a lot of those test are set up for smaller bikes, not the sport bikes. Also, in a lot of states if you go through a MSF course you can take your card to the DMV and they will issue a license
 

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Hell, I barely passed on a 250 (I'm in Washington). You should have seen the guys trying to go through there on big old hogs. Slalom? Yeah, right. Good thing those cones are resilient.

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It just takes practice. When I went through the advanced safty course the time through the cones I hit like every other one and said there was no way to make it. Well after I saw the proper way to go through the cones and after a little practice I could go through the cones with a passenger. It just takes time to get used to the slow stuff. Our instructor taught the whole course on a goldwing and did ever part of the course, he was dragging the running boards on it all the time.

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Thanks alot guys, you've really built up my confidence. I guess once the driving course becomes available in my area I will take it. Right now there booked up for like the whole summer. Guess I will just have to practice on my own for now.

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Yeah, I tried to pass the Ohio test on a 929 and failed. Their were people on scooters that had no problem. I finally passed it on my buddy's SV650, but you are allowed to use almost anything. If you have a buddy that has a 250 or something smaller than you have; use it. As long as you have insurance on your bike, you are good to go.
 

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The Test in Illinois is almost impossible unless you have a small bike. One part has you do a 180 degree reverse turn at creep speed in a 15 ft box. It is impossible on a Goldwing. Sport bikes are tough too because of short stubby clip on Bars. The lady that gives the test says there is at least one bike dumped per week on that turn test. I have loaned out my RZ350 two stroke twenty times to people I know so they can pass. Doesnt make since to me.
 

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I took the California DMV test as well as doing the MSF.

The DMV test was tougher than shit. I was on a Ninja 250 at the time. There was another guy there on a Ninja 7r (an old one) that looked like it had been dropped 50 times. He said he failed the test 2 times already.

Well, the cones part was easy, but the turning circle was tough, even on the 250. With the slow speeds you want to put your foot dow, but you can't. Also the speed is so slow you almost tip over. The circle is so small even on the 250 the bars were locking.

Well, that guy passed (third try) and so did I (first try) but I did screw up the counter-clockwise circle. I lied and told the instructor (about a 55 year old female) I couldn't see the front tire and I thought I was within the circle. I asked if I could do it again and I'd make sure I was in the circle. She said yes and I made it that time. Thank goodness.

Now, about 4 months later I took an ex GF out to practice on the DMV test on a Saturday. She dumped the bike twice trying to do the slow speed circle clockwise. Two times was enough, we went home after that.

The test seems to be a breeze on a dirt bike or a 250 or other smaller bike. Smaller the better. I can't imagine having to take the test on my 6r. No way I'd want to drop my baby.

So best advice is to take an MSF course that waives the DMV skills test.

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Just wanted to say thanks guys for the tips. But I just passed my test. I took it on my 03 636. Passed like a breeze with a little practice.

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Originally posted by TREY

Just wanted to say thanks guys for the tips. But I just passed my test. I took it on my 03 636. Passed like a breeze with a little practice.

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Are you serious? You passed the state test on your 636? I failed the first attempt and never went back, got my endorsement through Honda School in Troy. Now its NFP as in Not F'in Possible on my 01 because I tried to walk and steer it through the cones and it wouldn't turn to the degree it needed to. I assumed the course was F'd up at the time and they pissed me off when I had to schedule for reappointment no redos. Especially when I rode 30 mins away "Huber Heights" and illegaly to get there and had a heck of a time getting an appointment. I had to do 2 maneuvers and 1st was cake, cone weave impossible unless you blow a few cones.
 

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some of the local bike shors here in northern ohio will rent you a scooter or if you bought the bike from them they will let you take one at no charge to go take your test.
 

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Hey, Im from North Olmsted, OH....I was wondering what consists of the on-bike cycle test, what are all the obstacles you have to complete....I might just let my buddy take the test for me hahaha!!!!
 

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I took the test in Nebraska and it seems to be the same type of situation. I saw a LOT of guys down there on there 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th tries. 99% of them were on the smaller bikes though to try to get through it. I felt like ther was no hope for me even being there with mine, but I gave it a shot anyways. It was a VERY small place to be riding a bike in to begin with, and the things that they had you do were just about impossible to do on that large of a street bike. As I got to the end of the last test, I almost knew for sure I was done for, but I ended up passing with a score of 18, which is the max number of points you can get. So I barely pulled it off, but like you have heard many times before, practice....practice....practice.
 
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