So, I have to re-take my road test for a car and bike!

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So, I have to re-take my road test for a car and bike!

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:26 am

Oh, how embarassing! :roll: :roll: :roll:

I have to re-do both the written and road tests for a car and for a motorcycle to get our licences here in Texas... Aparently, we couldn't convince them we held Canadian drivers licences (which you can just swap for a Texas licence), as we had to trade them in for a UK licence (which we held for 2 years).

Good news #1 is: We both passed our written car test (only a 4 hour wait at the DMV!)

Friday morning is our drivers test, wish us luck. :D

Then we have to book a MSF course (yes, no escaping that by Texas law now), to take a 3 day course on how to ride a motorcycle! It will be interesting as I (of course) already know how (thanks) and my last MSF course was in 1992 I took!

LOL.

Yes, how embarassing :roll:

Welcome to Texas "We will find a way to depart you of your funds" :cowboy:

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#2 Unread post by Johnj » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:18 pm

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#3 Unread post by Wrider » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:49 am

Because the euro tests and such are just soooo much easier than the US tests...

US DMV needs to get over itself!
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#4 Unread post by MTexile » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:45 am

...and I thought Maryland and Pennsylvania were bad...
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#5 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:46 am

Thanks guys...

Here is an update as well... seems it's a little "backwards" in the USA vs Canada or the UK in terms of process you take to get a motorcycle licence.

In the USA, you take your practicle motorcycle riders course before the written test! After you pass the MSF course, you then go wait 3+ hours at the DMV with your certificate that you passed and know how to ride, then you write your motorcycle knowledge test! REALLY?! Who came up with that idea?!

Also, you would think that having international driving experience and driving currently on my UK licence here in the USA that "I must know the basics of driving"... but no. haha.

At least Texas has big roads (something that can't be said for the UK. although I would say driving in the UK takes a lot more skills than anywhere in Canada or the USA I've been).

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#6 Unread post by Thumper » Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:04 pm

To be fair, that's not all states... in CA you can take the written test before the MSF course and ride on a learner's permit (for up to a year) if you want. Then you just take your MSF certificate to the DMV to get a new license. Make an appointment, and you'll be in and out pretty quick if you choose the right office.

It's really *too* easy...

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#7 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:12 pm

Hmm... Interesting about California then! Too bad we didn't move there, but hey, the skiing is great in houston! :cold:

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#8 Unread post by ceemes » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:47 pm

Getting any sort of driving license in North America is far too easy, including scoring your Class One with air.......I personally advocate both a graduated licensing system along heavy restrictions for newbie drivers/riders in terms of horsepower/torque allowed, hours of operation, and even road restrictions....then again, I firmly believe a good 99.99% of the drivers here should not only not be allowed on the road, they should in fact not be allow out in public without a responsible adult escorting them.
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#9 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:09 pm

I agree with you there ceemes, I would be in favour of a graduated riding system for cc and/or hp restrictions. I am not 100% sold on day/time, type of road or stuff like that as one could find the gov't stepping in a little too much. In the UK, they had a 33hp restriction, but not a bike model restriction (thus you could get a 33hp restricted GSX-R1000).

Well, I'll let you know how much car test goes tomorrow, I'm sure after many years of driving I've picked up some bad habits, LOL. Hopefully I do well on that dang parallel parking test and I'm not back in line with the 16 year olds doing a re-test! :shock:

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#10 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:43 am

Update: We just got back from our morning drivers road test and happy to report we both passed. :D

Next up, motorcycle tests (to be scheduled) and motorcycle written; but as right now, we will have a Texas car licence in the next 3-5 weeks in the mail. At least we can still ride on our UK licence for a brief time till our MSF courses start.

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#11 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:09 am

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At least we can still ride on our UK licence for a brief time till our MSF courses start.

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You mean you could if you had a motorcycle to ride. :P :lol: :mrgreen:
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#12 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:39 pm

blues2cruise wrote:You mean you could if you had a motorcycle to ride. :P :lol: :mrgreen:
Oh, that's just rubbing salt into the wound!! :laughing:

I saw this one today up: http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3153898073.html makes me think I want an Aprilia...

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#13 Unread post by ceemes » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:37 am

totalmotorcycle wrote:
blues2cruise wrote:You mean you could if you had a motorcycle to ride. :P :lol: :mrgreen:
Oh, that's just rubbing salt into the wound!! :laughing:

I saw this one today up: http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3153898073.html makes me think I want an Aprilia...

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#14 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:23 pm

Tuono FTW!
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#15 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Wrider wrote:Tuono FTW!
Ah, those are great, great bikes... I've drooled over one in the UK and really thought it would be my next bike, but after sitting on one (more like on-top of one), they just don't have the comfort factor I was looking for... but design wise.. ah, but what a beautiful piece of art! :D

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#16 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:40 pm

That Shiver looks fantastic though.
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#17 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:22 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:That Shiver looks fantastic though.
True enough and the color is fanastic (to me anyways)... but I might just go the way of a classy Bonneville T100 too (as I don't have to put up with a cold engine here in Houston!) haha. :D

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#18 Unread post by Brackstone » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:55 pm

Welcome to America, where all of your education, skills, and abilities mean nothing because you learned them in another country and America does everything better than everyone else!

Oh I almost forgot to add.

If you spend a day in traffic court you'll see at least 5 people with DUIs or DWIs get to keep their license because the judge doesn't want to rob them of their means of getting to work. Also my brother in law has 10 (Ten) points on his license and his insurance costs close to $8,000 a year. But they won't revoke his license because he would not be able to get to work. Also yes he got all of those points hitting people, other cars, and inanimate objects.

But your from Canada so unless your here to teach me how to play hockey or get maple syrup your wrong about everything else :P

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#19 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:22 am

Brackstone wrote: If you spend a day in traffic court you'll see at least 5 people with DUIs or DWIs get to keep their license because the judge doesn't want to rob them of their means of getting to work. Also my brother in law has 10 (Ten) points on his license and his insurance costs close to $8,000 a year. But they won't revoke his license because he would not be able to get to work. Also yes he got all of those points hitting people, other cars, and inanimate objects.
FWIW I've had a lot of points on my license before, but not one of them for an accident. I just like putting the hammer down too much lol.

Also, my neighbor is a 19 year old kid who has 2 DUIs, an accident, no license, suspended jailtime, and still drives daily... Very tempting to just spike his tires every time I see his car.
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#20 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:28 am

Brackstone wrote:Welcome to America, where all of your education, skills, and abilities mean nothing because you learned them in another country and America does everything better than everyone else!

Oh I almost forgot to add.

If you spend a day in traffic court you'll see at least 5 people with DUIs or DWIs get to keep their license because the judge doesn't want to rob them of their means of getting to work. Also my brother in law has 10 (Ten) points on his license and his insurance costs close to $8,000 a year. But they won't revoke his license because he would not be able to get to work. Also yes he got all of those points hitting people, other cars, and inanimate objects.

But your from Canada so unless your here to teach me how to play hockey or get maple syrup your wrong about everything else :P

YAY AMERICA!

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