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    It was last year on a Yamaha XJ6.

    With the Yam it was possible to circle on minimal gas, with the NC I have to play with clutch and gas to do the same.

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    I took the "over 150cc" test about 37 years ago on a Kawasaki 400. I don't need to take the test again, but I practiced the course at the DMV while helping my wife practice for her license last year. I'm sure the course layout varies from state to state. Ours was pretty darn tough to do on a Goldwing 1800, but a cinch on the NC700X.

    To me, the NC is like the trials bike of the street, and there's no mid sized motorcycle I'd rather use for a DMV test. The low CofG is a plus, as well as the low end grunt and the good feel of the rear brake for accurate speed control on tight slow turns.

    In my opinion, intentionally taking the test on a bike other than the one you intend to ride because otherwise you would fail, is "cheating". Sorry you missed on the test, but I'm gonna be honest and say, you can't blame it on this bike. I'm getting a bit defensive here because you're blaming the test failure on the bike - MY BIKE. Watch this video before you say "That bike isn't designed to do that." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTVyLfeRwUk

    Practice more and/or take a motorcycle training course and you'll get it.


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    I did my test on a rinky dink little Johnny Pag something or other. I took the safety course and it was one of their loaner bikes. But I have since ridden the same pylon course on bikes as heavy as a HD Dyna Super Glide (~680 lbs and nowhere near as low of a C of G) and one of the instructors pulled the same course on a Goldwing (>900 lbs). Trust me, the few hundred you'd shell out for the safety course is more than worth the skill set you learn for slow speed maneuvering. Anyone can ride a bike at speed, it's the parking lot stuff that takes practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnakay View Post
    passed my test on a lambretta scooter in 1968.
    Hah! You beat me! I passed it my first time around on a Lambretta SX200 in 1971, as I recall in or near Crouch End, or somewhere like that in North London.
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    Wow, that's an interesting topic. I often coach new riders in my area and that's something I always hear. As Greg said, you should pass the test with YOUR bike. I passed my test with a GL1100 (a while ago...) and had no issue.

    I think some may need a little more practice, and maybe an "expensive" driving course would be well worth it. The skills that are tested on that closed exam are the one you will need on a daily basis on the road, dealing with the cage drivers trying to kill you all the time.

    Each year, after the winter, I take my current bikes to the test center a week-end to practice/play in the field. I could easily do the entire test with my GL1800, so the NCX is a bicycle for me... Lower speed manoeuvres are easily achievable in 2nd (or even 3rd gear depending on the bike), using the friction zone, with the foot on the rear brake. That's something you will learn in a riding course.

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