I took my class last November and looked at it both as a chance to learn and also as my last chance to ride for at least the next 5 months. In spite of the very chilly NYC weather I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned quite a bit. I had absolutely no stress, but that was probably due to the fact that I had logged a substantial number of miles during the summer and fall and the fact that I already had my Vermont endorsement, so failing, though it might have been a blow to my ego wouldn’t have meant anything to me, hence absolutely no pressure.
Of the 12 people in our class 10 passed. Taking a look at a few people on day one I would have figured that there was no way a few would even come close but most of them really pulled it together. One of the guys, a character I’ll never forget, and the only one to drop a bike in class, I guess pulled a Gentleman’s C; to tell you the truth I’m pretty happy he won’t be riding on the US mainland. I can’t imagine that the rider/coaches, one of whom was a pretty imposing former NYC cop, would have graded him easier, I guess he just managed to show enough competence to pass(or maybe they just couldn’t bear the thought of him coming back to take the course again?).
I’m pretty sure that I had more miles under my belt than anyone else in the class and felt like I was the strongest rider. However when it came time for the test the only person to not have any points deducted had never been on a motorcycle before the class. As for me, I aced everything except, to echo EON “Effin Figure 8’s”