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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.
And, if I remember correctly, don't ride over any of those orange striped corner markings. They represent raised concrete markers. Ride over them could fail you. I was told.
 

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I was panicking pretty hard before my road exam. I had to do it in Richmond and read some pretty bad stories about Russ Baker way. I had one park zone, went on Alderbridge to the 99, took Russ Baker, lots of turns (felt like I turned at every intersection), about 4-5 railroads, lots of lane changes, lots of 50 to 60 to 50, U-turn, reverse stall park.

Overall just keep calm and just like everyone says, keep going since I thought I failed several times due to mini mistakes.
 

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My examiner told me putting your foot down during your U turn is a half a demerit, dropping your bike is an automatic fail "Don't drop your bike" he said.

I think keeping your nerves in check is half the battle.
 

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Said before, saying again, do not pull over because you think you have failed!!! That is a fail!!!

RELAX! they will inform you when you have failed.

Almost as many fail from pulling over before the test is over than from demerits.
 

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Sigh, I have a friend who failed her test today - only one minor demerit the entire time, almost a completely perfect run... except they claim she was doing 70 in a 50 zone, and basically 20% over the posted speed the entire time. This was on a 100% stock Honda VTR250 interceptor with stock tire sizes, stock chain/sprockets, and I've put a lot of KM on the bike and never noticed the speedo being off. I'm going to have to check it versus my phone's GPS and versus a car tonight I suppose - fair warning to everyone - might be a good idea to compare the bike speedo versus a GPS app on your phone for at least 30, 50, and 70km/hr so you can be confident in how accurate (or high/low) it reads.
 

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Sigh, I have a friend who failed her test today - only one minor demerit the entire time, almost a completely perfect run... except they claim she was doing 70 in a 50 zone, and basically 20% over the posted speed the entire time. This was on a 100% stock Honda VTR250 interceptor with stock tire sizes, stock chain/sprockets, and I've put a lot of KM on the bike and never noticed the speedo being off. I'm going to have to check it versus my phone's GPS and versus a car tonight I suppose - fair warning to everyone - might be a good idea to compare the bike speedo versus a GPS app on your phone for at least 30, 50, and 70km/hr so you can be confident in how accurate (or high/low) it reads.
40% over.

I cannot stress enough that you need to listen to the examiners pre trip instructions.

Typically they will allow 5% over. If he/she says no speeding, that is 0%. If he/she says "Stay with the flow of traffic" That can mean anything. Do not ride more than a few % below the limit (unless the flow is at that speed) it shows a lack of confidence.
 

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40% over.

I cannot stress enough that you need to listen to the examiners pre trip instructions.

Typically they will allow 5% over. If he/she says no speeding, that is 0%. If he/she says "Stay with the flow of traffic" That can mean anything. Do not ride more than a few % below the limit (unless the flow is at that speed) it shows a lack of confidence.
yeah pretty much... my guy said can't to put it in neutral.. hand was a bit sore after that test.
 

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yeah pretty much... my guy said can't to put it in neutral.. hand was a bit sore after that test.
I have yet to hit neutral at a stop light, this town has none that last more than a minute :) . My examiner told me to keep both wheels on the ground at all times. I laughed and asked "Does anyone not?" He said "You would be surprised"
 

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I have yet to hit neutral at a stop light, this town has none that last more than a minute :) . My examiner told me to keep both wheels on the ground at all times. I laughed and asked "Does anyone not?" He said "You would be surprised"
yeah im in neutral before i stop...
 

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Not a good habit. You may have to make an emergency maneuver that requires acceleration. :)
 

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what test facility was it? My road test a few years ago was in PoCo. At the end of test i told examiner i thought i was in trouble
because in a few spots i was way over posted limit. Like 75kph in a 50kph. Was just going with the flow. Toned it down after a glance at
speedo. Examiner said they have a harder time knowing how fast you are going compared to how slow. odd.

also was told at start of test to not worry about examiner if coming up on yellow light. Do not do panic stop if you (me) can make the light but they
(examiner) cant. Got a slight smack on wrist right at end of test. The left turn into the poco ICBC had a turn arrow. I .. umm.. sped up to make the light,
was in the left turn lane so not like i was WAY back. Was not speeding but spirited. I made light. They did not. Still passed test :)
 

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Feel free to add on to this list.

here's my quick and dirty guide of pointers:

Shoulder Checking:
(1). Do a shoulder check in both directions everytime you come to a complete stop (ie: stoplight, stop sign, etc, anytime you stop completely)
(2). Do a shoulder check when changing lane positions in your lane (signal or hand signal is not required)
(3). Shoulder check when changing into another lane.

Changing Lanes:
(1). Shoulder check, signal, shoulder check, change lanes, turn signal off.
(2). Same goes with merging onto highways or yield signs and stuff.

Turning:
(1). Left lane position when turning left, and Right lane position when turning right.
(2). Try not to drift wide in your turns.

Speed:
(1). Do the speed limt, regardless of traffic around you. dont go too slow, but dont go any faster than 5km/h over the posted limit.
(2). Watch out for school zones, playgrounds, construction zones, etc, do proper speed in those areas.

Turn Signals:
(1). REMEMBER TO TURN THEM OFF EVERYTIME YOU USE THEM!

Scanning:
(1). Always over exagerate your head scanning. (so they can see that you are actually scanning around).
(2). Try to do your over exagerated head scanning quite a bit. not all the time, but quite a bit.
(3). Scan the mirrors often too, exagerate this by doing the chicken dance (bending arms in and turning head to see into mirror)

after that, thats about all you need to know, just use proper lane position while you see fit, and watch your speed. They dont make you do figure 8s, but they should make you do 1 U-turn (shoulder check and signal when doing this), and stop you and ask you to identify road hazards.

Good luck.
my wife took her road test when it was pissing rain out, she was the only one who did not rebook, so she took it in her full riding gear on one of the action motorcycle school bikes ....she did amazing just in general almost flawless but she figures they gave her a bit of leeway being that she was soaked and didnt cancel.
 

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I passed my road test in Langley this week. Awesome examiner, she didn't make me park the bike on the street, nor did she ask me hazards at an intersection. For the Hwy portion we did a short stretch down Fraser Highway (70 km/hr). I rode almost perfect with the exception of missing the double school zone/playground zone heading West on 53rd Ave by Nicomekl Elementary school. Tricky! The school zone sign is first, then the playground. School is out so it didn't apply to me but I totally missed the Playground zone. Anyway, I will be seeing all you night riders out there!
 

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I passed my road test in Langley this week. Awesome examiner, she didn't make me park the bike on the street, nor did she ask me hazards at an intersection. For the Hwy portion we did a short stretch down Fraser Highway (70 km/hr). I rode almost perfect with the exception of missing the double school zone/playground zone heading West on 53rd Ave by Nicomekl Elementary school. Tricky! The school zone sign is first, then the playground. School is out so it didn't apply to me but I totally missed the Playground zone. Anyway, I will be seeing all you night riders out there!
I did the same thing when I took mine. Missed the sign, and the examiner mentioned it over the radio. Took me through another school zone to check I was watching, which I did, and passed. Lucky really. That's generally an auto fail, but I think they know that section isn't very clear, so they seem to be somewhat lenient.
 

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I did the same thing when I took mine. Missed the sign, and the examiner mentioned it over the radio. Took me through another school zone to check I was watching, which I did, and passed. Lucky really. That's generally an auto fail, but I think they know that section isn't very clear, so they seem to be somewhat lenient.
There are many auto fails one can commit. Crossing a solid white in a merge, dropping the bike, lifting a front (or rear) tire, and so many more.

Putting your foot down in the required U-turn is 1/2 a demerit, dropping the bike is an automatic fail.

Each examiner is different, listen very carefully to their pre test instructions. There are gems in their words.

I took my tests after 30+ years of driving, I was still as nervous as I was when I got my licence at 16.
 
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