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Just got my 6L last Friday at Burnaby. It's November and there are no classes from any local motor-schools until February. Had class 5 license for 30 years, never had a ticket. Never been on a motorbike. Are there things I should be doing until Feb to help get me through?
 

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have you done the mst? ride around in a parking lot practice at low speed.. do that test..

if you've been driving for 30 years, you've probably realized how retarded people drive cars and shouldn't really need a course... unless you feel that uncomfortable on a bike.
 

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What bike are you riding. I think there are some restrictions as well. Watch for black ice. All advice is probably good.
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for over 50 years, so I'm not up to speed on the MST and ICBC. Regardless, I get asked often to be a "sponsor" of new riders, which is a real pain, but I do it anyway. Here's one thing I recommend, but I don't know how it would go over in the road test: When stopping in traffic, I pull right up tight to the car in front to avoid being crushed in a rear-ender. I'm to one side so if I get rear-ended, I get shot through the gap without broken legs. What would the ICBC examiner have to say about stopping like this? (I do a similar move when turning left so I stay in the "shadow" of the car in front, but I'm really just asking about my first question: stopping in traffic.)
 

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you would fail...

icbc test doesn't want you to be rider smart it wants you to do it exactly as it says in the icbc book even if it's a great way to get you killed in real life. fwiw, im pretty sure the people who mark your test don't ride bikes, or at least on a regular basis.
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for over 50 years, so I'm not up to speed on the MST and ICBC. Regardless, I get asked often to be a "sponsor" of new riders, which is a real pain, but I do it anyway. Here's one thing I recommend, but I don't know how it would go over in the road test: When stopping in traffic, I pull right up tight to the car in front to avoid being crushed in a rear-ender. I'm to one side so if I get rear-ended, I get shot through the gap without broken legs. What would the ICBC examiner have to say about stopping like this? (I do a similar move when turning left so I stay in the "shadow" of the car in front, but I'm really just asking about my first question: stopping in traffic.)
ICBC would likely frown on it, but more relevant is that any motorcycle specific training I've taken, basic or advanced, and anything I've ever read on the subject, will find flaw with your technique. You need to leave space and watch your mirrors, so if someone is about to rear-end you, you have space to use your escape path which you've already picked out.

The point is to avoid getting rear-ended in the first place, not to minimize the injuries.

And fwiw I took some advance training with an ICBC examiner, she said all motorcycle examiners at her location ride (although it's not a requirement).
 

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have you done the mst? ride around in a parking lot practice at low speed.. do that test..

if you've been driving for 30 years, you've probably realized how retarded people drive cars and shouldn't really need a course... unless you feel that uncomfortable on a bike.
Nope...never been on a m.bike.
 

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What bike are you riding. I think there are some restrictions as well. Watch for black ice. All advice is probably good.
Only bike I'm currently riding is pedal-powered ;-)
I am very interested in retro classic bikes, in particular, the Bonnieville -based models (Bonnieville/Scrambler/Thruxton) from Triumph.
 

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Cheap on fuel, good for your heart and lungs, bike routes available, hell even Point Grey Road is exclusive for bikes. Depending on the sound you're craving just close pin a playing card to the spokes. I guess I'm showing my age :-( Ducati has a scrambler.
 

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Just wanted to thank everyone for the Class 6 road test passing information here. Read the whole thread and ACE'd my road test today on a rental 2013 CB500FA in Port Co on the first try and not riding for a whole year before today. Talking about muscle memory here. I know it's been said here before but since there are so many pages on this thread, here are some pointers from me for those still taking the test in the future:

1. Never crawl with your feet. Put only the left foot down and only when fully stopped. The right foot always needs to cover the rear brake.
1. Never be in the neutral. Downshift to 1st gear in advance before coming to a stop so this way you left foot can be down.
2. Always be in the dominant lane position except when making turns. Right from LP3 to LP1. Left from LP1 to LP1 or 2.
3. Exaggerate head turning for the examiner to see you scanning intersections, driveways, crosswalks etc.
4. Shoulder check pretty much every time you make a turn, pulling over, or pulling out.
5. Never exceed +5k or -5k the speed limit.
6. Do not confuse playground signs with or without the speed limit posted, they are different.
7. Do not panic, concentrate.

That's all I can think of right now. Good luck!
 

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Good comments a congrats. I still pretty much ride the way I was taught and went through the test. Including left foot down?. What about your u turn? Make you do it? Or scan left and right for hazards?
 

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Good job, Edem!

My Class 6 road test is booked for next month. I'm naturally nervous but other than speed (I follow the flow of traffic), I ride like I'm doing the road test.

There are two other situations where you are expected to be in LP3:
1. Going through an intersection where a person going the other way wanting to turn left may not see you, and
2. Going over the crest of the hill.

Shoulder check everytime you change lane positions, though you don't need to signal.

There will be a U-turn during the exam.
1. Signal right, shoulder check right, pull over to the curb.
2. Slow down or come to a complete stop, signal left, shoulder check left behind you, if all is clear U-Turn.
3. Once you complete your U-Turn, do not cancel your signal and go. Keep your left signal on, shoulder check left again, pull into traffic.
 

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I bought my first bike, years ago, in April, had a Novice, and booked my test for July. I rode my own bike for 3 months practising for my road test. I just didn't ride at night.
 

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Aced the road test at Burnaby with my GSXR-600 1st time. I recommend taking the test with a bike that you're most comfortable with. Ride with confidence , do all your scans and shoulder checks, + 5kms max on posted speed limit. Should have no problem passing.
 

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You can also get rentals from Eagle Riders as long as you passed the MST.

I thought you could get rentals anywhere in B.C. with the MST, but definitely not in the US (you can still rent the can-am spider).
 
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