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Old 07-28-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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any advice on taking the road test for my "m". Do I have to set an appointment? .any pointers? Don't have time for msf right now.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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You have to arrive when they open. Get in line. Sign up for a time for the road test (means you;ll have to come back later). You'll have to have someone in a car with current tags (registration and inspection), current insurance, and everything has to be good on the car (just like an inspection basically). The testing offical will be with them following you and giving you signals etc (most likely he/she will go over a predetermined route, but that isn't always the case).
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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tow the bike up there and get there 2 hours early (for real)


if your not the first one there, you will have to make an oppointment for later in the morning, afternoon or even day/days later.

just get there first.



bring updated insurance, and make sure all tags are up to date. They will check your signals, horn, lights ect.

they will follow you in a car that YOU provide with a driver.

TIPS: dont cut corners, use hand signals, flash brakelights before you stop, look both ways, dont do whoolies, and the rest is commen sense.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:12 PM   #5
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take MSF and forget about the road test.
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you will learn sooooooo much more and prolly get discounts on your insurance
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They have motorcycle classes you can take and they normally last for 8 hours. if you take a class you dont have to take a driving test at the dps office all you have to do is take the written test. im not saying you dont know what you are doing on a bike but i think everyone that wants to ride should take the class and its also cheaper on insurance too.
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it's a huge pain in the to do the DPS thing and the MSF is much less of a hassle.. take it you nooooob !
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TIPS: dont cut corners, use hand signals, flash brakelights before you stop, look both ways, dont do whoolies, and the rest is commen sense.
don't drag knee either

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take MSF and forget about the road test.

+9999999, it is truly worth the wait, take something like this seriously
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:05 PM   #11
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I'm glad someone asked this.....

How does Texas recognize/credit the MSF course when you go to the DMV?

I recently moved back here and got my license switched back to Texas. I asked if they accepted the MSF card for the motorcycle portion and the ladies behind the desk looked at me like I'm from space. She took my MSF experienced riders card in the back to ask a trooper and they said I have to take the test and riding portion like stated above OR sign up for a $200-300 two day course to get a "M" endorsement in Texas. Uh.....WHAT?

WTF are they talking about or is there some secret special class to get the M on your license in the last 10-years? I don't remember doing anything special back in '96 or are the DMV people clueless...?

They also said I have to wait 2-3 weeks for my regular license to come in the mail before I can go back to get a M endorsement. They wouldn't do it all on the spot for me to have it now. Why not..??? She tells me I can't ride for 3-weeks until I can go back for the M portion....

I've taken the basic and experienced course required by the military but it was back in '99. Do I have to retake them again for Texas to get a special paper or what...?
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The "experienced" rider course is not accepted to bypass the driving test, only the "basic" course.

Take your other certificate back and you should be fine.

They may tell you that it's been too long, but the certificates don't expire for DPS. Just have them call DPS-Motorcycle Safety Unit in Austin to verify.

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trust me, its an all day affair. Just like the MSF 8hour class.
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The "experienced" rider course is not accepted to bypass the driving test, only the "basic" course.

Take your other certificate back and you should be fine.

They may tell you that it's been too long, but the certificates don't expire for DPS. Just have them call DPS-Motorcycle Safety Unit in Austin to verify.

Good luck.
Thanks for the info...

I'll have to go dig up my basic riders card but probably won't be able to find it. Seems like it doesn't really make any sense to take the experienced course for DPS purposes if they don't even recognize it.

If I can't find it, what do they normally charge for the basic course here...? It was free on base and $50 off base up in Ohio. I couldn't believe $200-300 from the DPS lady. Is it still a two day deal as well...? We rode Nighthawks at my last course, what do they use locally for people to ride...?
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