Yep, another one of those pesky MST related threads, I've been putting off the MST for a good while now and, finally have a booking for this Friday in the 'wack.
I did a fairly thorough search in this forum for details that may be more revealing about the MST than what ICBC lists on their website, as well as a specific search for the slalom bit. Looks like Stevie and Schmii (I recognized these fellows from the bc cruiser site) had posted some useful links in the form of pdf from some instructor manual but, unfortunately they were dead, at best the site said everything had been switched over to ICBC's site..which didn't have the specific info I was in search of, or much of anything other than it's usual vagueness for that matter.
From what I've read on here it would seem that the test is slightly different for each bike, pending upon the bike's turn radius and the like. What I was wondering is how the instructor's gauge the placement of the cones for the slalom since each bike handles a fair bit different. All I could gather from the search was that they use the radius of the testers bike during the walk and lock turn, and then add 1.5m when it came to doing the U turns - I'm also a bit unclear about the U turn, is it both a rolling U turn or, is it a U turn from a dead stop ie: very sharp, or do they give you some running room to enter the turn? I flipped through "Tuning Up For Riders" but, didn't find it overly useful.
Lastly. Earlier this evening I grabbed five 2 litre pop bottles, filled them about 1/3 with water and tried setting them at various distances to practice the slalom..it didn't go as well as I had hoped. At 3m I could weave between the first and second point but, had to skip the third to get around the fourth, which seems like a bad sign to me - granted, the Shadow does have a bit of a longer turn radius imo.
As for the rest of the test, I feel pretty confident about as, a lot of it I've already had thorough practice on the street and in various cities - rode up to Merritt and Manning last year, amongst other places.