FINALLY…legal and lovin’ it
March 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm #2613
I officially no longer hate my life hahaha.
Passed the MSF course Saturday and today I was at the DMV shortly after it opened at 0800. A quick test and a picture, and I was legal to ride the bike. Rushed back to work to check in, and luckily not much was going on, so I got “covered” so I could go get the bike registered on post and stuff.
Got everything done, got the bike back on post just in time to grab my mail and get back to work at 1300. Got released a little early, so I took the bike for a little ride. Nothing major, she’s got about 50 miles on ‘er now. Had a nice ride though, and no issues to speak of. It feels weird being legal and having my own bike all of a sudden. I like it.
My crash bar came in today too, so I’ll be out there in a bit trying to get that installed. Next up is either floorboards or a backrest, not sure which yet. I know my back was a little sore while I was out though.
But anyway, I’m finally in the saddle and its a good feeling. Just thought I’d share.
OH, and I got my first biker wave, it was cool. Very quiet backroad on post, nothing but trees and fields and stuff. Came around a corner and another bike was coming up. He threw the wave and I waved back. Pretty cool! Ok, I’m lame, whatever hahahaMarch 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm #17093Sangria7Participant
Gratz. You might want to check out the Rebel250.com forums. They can be a little overzealous but generally a great source of information for Rebel upgrades, fixes, etc.March 17, 2009 at 2:10 am #17099
Keep on rollin’!March 17, 2009 at 3:34 am #17106
Thanks guys. I’ve been registered on the Rebel forums for a little while now already and yeah, they are great for info specific to the rebel. I’m actually the test subject for these new crash bars someone found online.
You know what was cool? I saw 2 guys from my MSF class at the registration place today and talked to both of them. It was cool, we were talking about our bikes and stuff while we waited in line, it was actually pretty fun seeing them again. Good folks, these bikersMarch 17, 2009 at 5:19 am #17107MunchParticipant
Grats! Sad thing is …when I went for my license…. 3 people there for the same reason all walked out with their head hung low. Freaked me out! took the test and nearly aced it …missed 1 or 2 which made me feel better up til I saw one of them ride off on their bike. Oh well…. keep her in the wind and on the road.March 18, 2009 at 12:25 am #17119
Stupid learners permit not letting me be out after dark is really cutting into my practice time!!! Ah well, just 2 more weeks for moreMarch 18, 2009 at 12:35 am #17121
Q: Does your require you to be riding with another licensed rider, or can you be on your own?
Not sure if that’s standard with all permits or not.
Then again, it has been along time since I ever had permits.March 18, 2009 at 12:43 am #17123
I have heard in other states that you need to be with a licenced rider (I think it was NJ) but not here in Connecticut. It’s a good thing for me. When i get home I’m like a little kid, I run to grab my bike and go out for a ride! Then when it’s dark I have to come home and work on the house or watch cartoons.March 18, 2009 at 1:12 am #17129
Oh LUCKY duck you! :o)
Found out what IL does for their permits. Guess I should have kept more attention when I took the permit test.
So that’s gonna suck when I try to get my license endorsed as I will have limited time of riding. *haha* Hrmm… Maybe I can sneak by… *rubs chin in thought* But if something happens, that’ll screw up my insurance. Especially when I said I had a M-endorsement and passed the training course. 😮
The friends I have who have motorcycles, are in different cities.
If you are age 18 or over, you may apply for a 12-month instruction permit to operate a Class L or Class M motorcycle. It allows you to drive only during daylight hours, under the direct supervision of a licensed motorcycle operator. If you are under age 18 and have satisfactorily completed driver education, you may apply for a 12-month instruction permit to operate a motor-driven cycle Class L (under 150 cc). It allows you to drive only during daylight hours, under the direct supervision of a licensed motor-driven or motorcycle operator.March 18, 2009 at 1:34 am #17131
I guess it’s time to make some new friends!March 18, 2009 at 1:43 am #17132
But… Most of them drive trucks/cars, or bicycles! Will work on that…March 18, 2009 at 4:24 am #17134SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Personally, I was a bit shocked how easy it was to get an MC license. Here’s my take on it:
STEP 1: Go to the DMV, take a lame written test, get 80% right and you’ve got a rider’s permit, aka license to crash on a motorcycle.
STEP 2: Practice during daylight hours, no passenger and not on the freeway. When you’re ready, go back to the DMV and take your riding test. If you pass, you’ve got a full license, aka license to crash on a motorcycle at night.
OPTIONAL STEP 3: If you don’t pass, it’s not red tape, it’s because you aren’t even close to being safe to turn lose on the streets. So pay your dues, take a safety class and you’re back to completing step 2.
The whole DMV process cost about $30 and took less time than some people spend nightly on this forum. Making it any easier would just drive up the MC accident stats and all our insurance rates.March 18, 2009 at 5:18 am #17138
You’re right… I shouldn’t whine about things.
I just want less steps in getting cleared overall. Safely!March 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm #17140
I was surprised at how easy it was here in TX. Take a MSF course, stop by the DMV and take a little written (computer) test, $15, good to go.
No permit, no chaperone, nothing. Anyway, gotta get ready for work now.
Takin’ the bike again today!March 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm #17141megaspazParticipant
usually, just taking only the written test is the permit part – you’ll get a permit to squid in the day sans highways. You don’t get licensed to squid until either passing the msf or taking the DMV riding test.
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