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Old 07-10-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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This maybe a stupid question but, my 19 year old wants to get his motorcycle license but, blew all of his cash on getting a bike (yes I know, did I mention he was 19?). Any way I told him to just study the book for the written test and just do the riding portion at the DPS instead of paying for a safety course.

He went to get the book but, they told him he HAS to take the $200 motorcycle safety course certificate when he wants to take the written. Is the DPS no longer offering the riding test there at the DPS? Its been over 25 years since I got my license.

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no more test rides via DPS....MSF course is now required....your 19 yr olds life is worth the $200....promise.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/msbfaqs.htm
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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I believe the course is required now
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no more test rides via DPS....MSF course is now required....your 19 yr olds life is worth the $200....promise.
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It's required to take the MSF to obtain a M license. I believe they passed this last year.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverL...clelicense.htm
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no more test rides via DPS....MSF course is now required....your 19 yr olds life is worth the $200....promise.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/msbfaqs.htm
I do have fear for young kids of this age buying their first bike.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:23 PM   #7
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Think i payed $140 at mancuso HD for the class and it was worth every penny. Pretty sure there are some classes for cheaper out there as well.
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I do have fear for young kids of this age buying their first bike.
Im with you I bought my first bike when I was 15, sounds like he has already made up his mind on buying a bike for his son so id rather him take the class and gain experience than ride "dirty" and learn from the pavement.
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i support everything mentioned above.

Do the MSF course. Don't wait till you either have a ticket for no license or have no life anymore. They will teach you everything you need to know. There are some very good and fun ones.

I highly recommend "Awesome Cycles"
http://www.awesomecycles.com/

I believe they are a site sponsor so i wont get in any trouble. Can knock it out in a weekend. And he will meet other riders as well
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Take the class, money on MSF and gear is the best money spent around a bike
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^^^ The class is definitely worth the lesson, he'll learn. I paid $175 for the class and then $18 to get my endorsement. He's has 3 chances, within a 6 month time period to pass the DMV's Motorcycle Test, on a computer. 20 questions, got to make at least a 70.
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I did not know how to ride a moto until msf. That being said, the riding part was fun for me.

Instructor kept telling me to slow down but I was having fun in the gravel on that yz-250.
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He bought a 1999 Shadow 1100 Aero with only 18K. He needed something better on gas than his 5.0 to get back and forth from UH central and work, in Alvin. I know the classes are worth it but, he just wanted to start saving money again now that he wiped out his savings. Oh well, he is just going to have to wait until he gets the funds.

Funny thing is he got the cruiser and I'm on the crotch rocket.
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He bought a 1999 Shadow 1100 Aero with only 18K. He needed something better on gas than his 5.0 to get back and forth from UH central and work, in Alvin. I know the classes are worth it but, he just wanted to start saving money again now that he wiped out his savings. Oh well, he is just going to have to wait until he gets the funds.

Funny thing is he got the cruiser and I'm on the crotch rocket.
Personally, I'd pop the money for him to take the class - especially since it sounds like Dad gave him bad advice so the kid didn't quite adjust his finances accordingly...
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Personally, I'd pop the money for him to take the class - especially since it sounds like Dad gave him bad advice so the kid didn't quite adjust his finances accordingly...
LOL, I told him that he should wait. He didn't want to pass up on getting a 1100 as cheap as he did. He prefered to go this route so, as much as I want to help him, he is going to have to wait until HE gets enough money. He is a good kid and I want to help him but, making it too easy for him is not the way to do it (IMO). He understands the route that he took and what that entailed.
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LOL, I told him that he should wait. He didn't want to pass up on getting a 1100 as cheap as he did. He prefered to go this route so, as much as I want to help him, he is going to have to wait until HE gets enough money. He is a good kid and I want to help him but, making it too easy for him is not the way to do it (IMO). He understands the route that he took and what that entailed.
Ah well in that case, yeah - make him wait. Do him good in the long run. Thankfully he is starting off with something he can not only handle as a newb but isn't going to outgrow anytime soon. Nice choice of a first scoot.
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I do have fear for young kids of this age buying their first bike.
I was 19 when I bought my first bike. Im 30 now; crashed once when I was 23....

If they're responsible they'll figure out real quick what to do and not to do; if not...they're road hamburger.
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It's required to take the MSF to obtain a M license. I believe they passed this last year.

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Law passed in 2009, MSF required before you get your license.
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