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So I went for my road test yesterday and they failed me. Not because of my lack of riding skills but because of the bike. I was on a Honda Shadow. I'm so mad about it. The Shadows saddle bags were apparently "crossing the centre line" riding and around corners. So I failed.
So there is no other appointments in the next 2 weeks so I need to go to the motor vehicle branch on my next day off and sit there all day to be on Standby. Which means I could be there all day for nothing.
My learners expires the day we get back from holidays so if I can't get in to a Standby appointment then I'll have to do the whole process all over again. Go for the written, go for the skills test then do a road test again.
I'm so mad they failed me for such a dumb reason. Richmond exam. Sucked big time.

It had nothing to do with the examiner & everything to do with your vehicle placement choices (read...riding skills) . You were obviously riding almost on top of the centre line. NO part of your bike is permitted to be on the wrong side of the road. IF a vehicle had been driving towards you on their side of the road, you would have hit them. That is considered a "Dangerous Action". It would also be scored as "lane position". You should know not to ride that close to the centre line. You need more training and awareness as a rider if you did not see your riding position as dangerous...let alone "Dangerous". You should get someone to show you, who knows how to properly position your bike on the road or it's going to get you hurt, even if you survive another road test. :)
 

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Well said IMO. Better to learn painlessly and free than the hard way, expensive and full of pain. I have hard bags and that is one hazard I'm aware of. Good luck.
 

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1). Speed limit is 50km/h unless otherwise indicated. If points A and C have a 60km/h sign (to indicate that entire stretch of road is 60km/h), but I turn out from an intersection at point B, I will not know that the road is 60km/h until I reach either Point A or Point C (depending on which way I turn). So what speed am I expected to be going once I turn out from the intersection at point B? 50km/h or 60km/h?


2). I remember back when I was first learning how to drive (years ago), I was taught to go 40km/h in residential areas where there are no lines on the road. However, from the pages I've read on here, some people say you go 50km/h unless other wise stated, even in residential areas. Do I go 40km/h or 50km/h??

my road test is in richmond on Thursday :|
 

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1). Speed limit is 50km/h unless otherwise indicated. If points A and C have a 60km/h sign (to indicate that entire stretch of road is 60km/h), but I turn out from an intersection at point B, I will not know that the road is 60km/h until I reach either Point A or Point C (depending on which way I turn). So what speed am I expected to be going once I turn out from the intersection at point B? 50km/h or 60km/h?


2). I remember back when I was first learning how to drive (years ago), I was taught to go 40km/h in residential areas where there are no lines on the road. However, from the pages I've read on here, some people say you go 50km/h unless other wise stated, even in residential areas. Do I go 40km/h or 50km/h??

my road test is in richmond on Thursday :|
I did that on my road test and they put down "50 slow on Lougheed Highway" but didn't mark me down.
 

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yeah,

you are supposed to know the speed limit without having it posted for you to read.

that's no different than pulling out from a side road onto a fast section of Lougheed Highway. You go from 50 to 80kph or more once on Lougheed.
 

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go 50 in residential areas.
That is the only this i got demerits for on my road test.
I was doing 35 because some kids were playing on the edge of the road up ahead (on bikes).
they told me i was going too slow.

But i think this is kinds stupid. They are adding those speed humps ALL OVER THE DAMN PLACE.
So 50 is the limit, but slow you to 20 or so over the bumps???? i think side streets should be 40.
 

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1). am i allowed to wear a tinted visor during the road test?

2). am i allowed to have a tinted windscreen on my bike for the road test?
 

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Just passed today on first try!!! (Port Coquitlam location)...

I wasn't perfect, but I was apparently close. I did 1 late signal and everything else was ok.

I asked my ICBC examiner at the beginning about when to do shoulder checks... and she was kind enough to tell me you don't need to do them every time you stop, it's just for right turns. so that's what I did (removed a ton of checks). We went thru several parks but only 1 of them had a 30km limit. I went thru 3 yellow lights and they would tell you to stop on the side to wait for them... so that wasn't an issue.
 

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I've read many pages of this thread, not all though. Just passed my road test yesterday, ace'd it!. But I'm not a new rider. Rode off my learners when I lived in Alberta years ago, had 2 bikes out there and rode dirt my whole life (well from 5 years old lol) Don't currently have a bike so I borrowed a friends '79 XT250 for skills test in Invermere (that's where the bike owner lives) examiner didn't do a pre-trip, ask for insurance papers, or watch me mount, or push the bike. Also let me turn the #4 radius instead of #3 because he didn't want to move all the cones. Went really well, no mistakes, and he was a really good guy. For the road test, I borrowed my father-in-laws '84 Goldwing 1100, no pressure right? lol. Rode it to Golden (40min) and around town practicing for a couple hours, took the test and passed. Examiner didn't use the speaker/intercom system, just gave me directions, told me where to pull over and talk, then told me where to go next, went well. He said they don't always use the speaker because they fail (speaker) sometimes and the examiners have to test hearing impaired people sometimes, so they have to do tests without it to stay current. One thing I read here, but an old post, is to right turn shoulder check and turn all the way around to make contact with the examiner behind you, I started doing this, but he told me it was overkill, just look 90 degrees right & left, "you have mirrors to see us" he was also a great guy. Didn't do a pre-trip, didn't ask for insurance docs. didn't check lights, horn, nothing. Didn't get me to list hazards when I was pulled over either. After the test he asked if I had a bike, I told him that I had rode off my learners in the past, and had a couple bikes previously, he said they noticed I wasn't a beginner. Seems their reasonable when They see you can ride. Test only took about 45min. Reading this thread really helped, thanks everyone for posting. I'll post some references from the driving manual that'll help too.
 

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Some of the stuff I marked in the "learn to ride smart" manual and saw questions on here about are: Lane tracking Page: 55,56. Highway/freeway entrances / exits page: 62,63 U-turns and parking Page: 64,65. Lane position & turning page: 84-87. Then "tuning up for riders" manual Pushing Page: 15. Pulling over page: 67. Making a U-turn, page: 69. Right turns, page: 75. Reverse stall parking, page: 94 (I wasn't asked to do this on my test) Turning left on a green light, page: 99 - I found the info on page 99 of "tuning up for riders" really good, tells you how many vehicles can be in the intersection, and how far you can enter when waiting to turn left. I've had driver training that said not to enter the intersection until it's clear to turn, but the manual says otherwise, good to know. The first time I pulled over on my test, I parked at 45* and he said that was good, now I don't need to be tested on that, because " you just showed me you can do it" Also, he said to ride normally, pretend the examiners aren't there, they want you cautious, but relaxed. He said it was good I wasn't afraid to get up to speed either, so go the speed limit. I taped my GPS to the tank to make sure the speedo was accurate and went the speed limit wherever I was. School zones weren't in effect, but he said if I want to go 30 in them I could, so I did, he didn't get me to go through any playground zones either. He did tell me lot's of people forget to cancel their signals, as has been mentioned here numerous times. I flipped my visor down when riding and asked if that was OK on the first stop, he replied, "absolutely, ride like you would in everyday life, I don't know about you,but my nose itches sometimes, if you need to scratch it, go ahead, if you get a bug in your visor, deal with it" real easy going guy.
 

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Failed my class 6 today :(

Had basically a clean sheet, only one mark against me for speed to slow at an intersection, but what got me was a playground sign I didn't see. It was kind of hidden, I wasn't familiar with the area, and bam, test failed. Kinda pisses me off since the examiner said he loved my riding. Had three other school zones and one other playground zone that I rode perfectly, but miss one sign and your test is over... my own fault I suppose but still annoyed.

Shitty thing is I'm out in Chilliwack, there are no other test dates available this year on this end of the valley, earliest I could go would be Oct 15th in RICHMOND, screw that.

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I failed my class 5 when I took it because of the 1 playground 30km zone, he thought my driving was great too. But he still kept making me drive, like take me back if it's an auto fail, fucking waisting my gas on a 6.0L. But book the Oct one. trust me.
Failed my class 6 today :(

Had basically a clean sheet, only one mark against me for speed to slow at an intersection, but what got me was a playground sign I didn't see. It was kind of hidden, I wasn't familiar with the area, and bam, test failed. Kinda pisses me off since the examiner said he loved my riding. Had three other school zones and one other playground zone that I rode perfectly, but miss one sign and your test is over... my own fault I suppose but still annoyed.

Shitty thing is I'm out in Chilliwack, there are no other test dates available this year on this end of the valley, earliest I could go would be Oct 15th in RICHMOND, screw that.

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I failed my class 5 when I took it because of the 1 playground 30km zone, he thought my driving was great too. But he still kept making me drive, like take me back if it's an auto fail, fucking waisting my gas on a 6.0L. But book the Oct one. trust me.
Strange that you would value a buck or two in gas and the 15min it probably took to complete the test over the insight the examiner could provide you by spending that additional time with him/her. :devillook
 

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I failed my class 5 when I took it because of the 1 playground 30km zone, he thought my driving was great too. But he still kept making me drive, like take me back if it's an auto fail, fucking waisting my gas on a 6.0L. But book the Oct one. trust me.

You paid to do the test...so you did. Your evaluation comes on everything you did on the ride. Why would you not want to see what things you did right and what you did wrong? If you're going to re-test then this info will likely help you. Unless it's a disasterous dangerous action & they fear for your safety, the examiner will let you complete the course. When you wrote a test in school didn't you want to know which answers you got wrong & which you got right?

I've had students fail their RT within seconds of starting by rolling a stop line at the parking lot exit or a red light one block down. They were happy to know what they did right and what they did wrong. Not one of them ever said that they would have preferred to have the test immediately stopped.
 

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I got an automatic fail on a class 5 cuz of a D/A.. the examiner was freaking out bunch of bs... and I still did the whole test.. didn't get any feedback though.. the same guy made me keep my car in gear at all stops as well.. serves me right for going out to chilliwack i guess.



That being said.. do you have to sit there with the clutch in for a class 6 test?
 

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I got an automatic fail on a class 5 cuz of a D/A.. the examiner was freaking out bunch of bs... and I still did the whole test.. didn't get any feedback though.. the same guy made me keep my car in gear at all stops as well.. serves me right for going out to chilliwack i guess.



That being said.. do you have to sit there with the clutch in for a class 6 test?
you should get into the habit of doing that anyway, while keeping an eye on your mirrors when you stop at a light or stop sign. Not having to put it back in gear to get out of the way of someone who isn't stopping might save your life.
 
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