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Old 12-04-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Obtaining a Texas Licence from UK - HELP PLEASE!

Hi all,

Need some help and advise on the Texas motorcycle license....

I recently moved to Sugar Land from the UK.

When I went to Obtain my Texas car and motorcycle licence I had no issues with the car, did the theory and practical test etc. and got my licence there and then. I was told for the motorcycle I needed a certificate of training from Texas to prove I am competant to ride etc.

OK, so I thought no problem I'll go and do that and come back... Now I am finding that I need to have a certificate issued to me to say I have completed a full 16 hour training course in Texas.

Now I see the point in the certificate, its to prove your safe right? but surely if I prove I'm safe in half an hour I shouldn'gt need to do the full 16 hours?

I have had a full licence in the UK since 1996, so I really feel that doing 16 hours of training is crazy!

Can anyone help? I'm not getting far with any of the training agencies Ive asked?

Thanks,
Lee
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Talk to the folks at Awesome Cycles. You are bumping up against a law that was passed in texas a couple of years ago requiring all motorcycle riders to attend riding school.

Call these guys and see what they say.... http://www.awesomecycles.com/
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Hi all,

Need some help and advise on the Texas motorcycle license....

I recently moved to Sugar Land from the UK.

When I went to Obtain my Texas car and motorcycle licence I had no issues with the car, did the theory and practical test etc. and got my licence there and then. I was told for the motorcycle I needed a certificate of training from Texas to prove I am competant to ride etc.

OK, so I thought no problem I'll go and do that and come back... Now I am finding that I need to have a certificate issued to me to say I have completed a full 16 hour training course in Texas.

Now I see the point in the certificate, its to prove your safe right? but surely if I prove I'm safe in half an hour I shouldn'gt need to do the full 16 hours?

I have had a full licence in the UK since 1996, so I really feel that doing 16 hours of training is crazy!

Can anyone help? I'm not getting far with any of the training agencies Ive asked?

Thanks,
Lee
Ya basically all your experience and ability to "prove" your are competent are completely irrelevant to the fact that you are required to take the basic riders course per law.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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There was a guy in my class that had his license in the u.k. He had to go thru the basic rider course to get his Texas motorcycle license.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:14 PM   #6
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Only alternative to MSF basic training course would be to get your motorcycle license in another state first and then transfer it to Texas. But since you now already have a TX car license that might not work anymore either. Probably just easier to pay the $180 and waste a weekend taking the course.

Ironically if you were from France or Germany you could surrender your license for a TX one without having to do any testing, either written or driving. But being from English speaking UK you must do both written and driving as well as complete the MSF for your M/C endorsement. I guess it is your penalty for learning to drive on the wrong side of the road, haha

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Old 12-04-2011, 04:48 PM   #7
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Ok, guys, thanks for the feedback.. I guess I'm screwed!

Oh well I'll book myself on the course and waste a weekend..

Any recommendations on who to use?
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:50 PM   #8
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Awesome cycles is a great place if u are on the north side of town.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:15 PM   #10
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+1 for Awesome Cycles. If you have to blow a weekend, you might as well do it with great people who do what they can to make it fun. Might even break some bad habits and learn something while you're at it.
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here is a link to most locations...
http://nm.msf-usa.org/msf/ridercourses.aspx?state=TX
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Welcome to the USA. Try not to look at as wasting your time. Think of it as learning how to handle a motorcycle in Houston. A refresher course is never a bad thing, and. E sure to post up how you do in the box. Lol. I'd bet it eats you up a few times.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #13
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Course for riders

FYI, we've just added a basic ridercourse for folks that already own a bike and have ridden for at least a year on a regular basis. First one is 12/16 and it's only $140...you gotta use your own bike. However you do it, you are correct that UK riders have to do the course to get a license here in the Lone Star State. If you have questions, call DPS in Austin at 800-292-5787.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:10 PM   #15
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There course isn't so boring that it must be avoided (expensive, maybe), most course instructors try to get the written part over with ASAP, then head to the field. The field work is challenging even for those guys who are 'pros'. I know in my class, a couple of years ago, even the 10+ year experience guys had trouble precisely controlling their bikes at the slow speeds.

The course is really helpful: after you complete it you will be fully qualified to pilot a motorcycle in a parking lot at 15 miles an hour in the United States.
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