Thursday, August 25, 2011

I did it step 1 - passed motorcycle learner's permit test!

Today was the day, I got up early, had a bowl of crunchy munchies and decided today I would go to ICBC and write the motorcycle learner's permit. I reviewed the book one more time and then off I went on my scooter. I didn't tell anyone I was going to do it, less pressure that way. I nervously waited in line, then went to the computer terminal and off I went. It was a little distracting because of the radio playing and some fellow taking his test verbally, so I really had to focus. When I completed it a message flashed across the screen "congratulations you just passed the test.". I let out a whoop for joy - a little louder than I thought I did and the clerk at the desk just smiled. I have all my paperwork, my permit and the book for the next level. So now I just have to pick a motorcycle safety course school and then I will be all set. YAY!!!!!!!!!!

14 comments:

bobskoot said...

Snicklefritz:

Congrats ! well done !

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Dar said...

Thanks Bob! Now I just need to find a course to take. I am so excited!

Circle Blue said...

Good for you! Congratulations on passing the test.

Dar said...

Thanks Keith! I've got a ways to go before I get the final license, but it's a start.

SonjaM said...

Yay! Way to go, Dar. Keeping my fingers crossed for the next level.

Dar said...

Thanks Sonja! I am hoping to take the Novice course soon, then do thenroad test portion too. Only prob is I don't have a bike to practice shifting on. The hubs bike is a 750 way too big. I can practice the driving skills on my scoot for balance sake & even the cone test. We will figure out the bike part. I am in no hurry to buy a bike right now, but we are keeping our eyes on Used Victoria. Ya just never know. Still have the silly grin on my face that I walked out of the ICBC office with.

Trobairitz said...

WooHoo!! Congrats Dar - good for you. I remember that same feeling when passing my learners.

Troubadour was going to be teaching me on his bike in a parking lot and I needed to make sure we were legal when we did it. He gave me a few pointers before I took my Team Oregon class.

Will your learner's permit allow hubby to take you out for a little pre-course practice?

Ben said...

Congrats Dar!

Dar said...

Trobairitz - yup the hub can take me out, he is looking for a small inexpensive bike for me to practice. He declined the use of his V45 Magna 750 - which I would use for two reasons 1) way too big 2) if I dropped it he would kill me,as it is in mint condition. I need to learn shifting, because scoot is a twist'n'go. The permit rules are I can ride during daylight hours, can't go over 60km/ h, no passenger and someone with a full class 6 has to be with me either in a car or motorcycle following behind. Once I do the skills test & pass they remove those restrictions and then I ride on my own and they also lift the speed restriction.

I am a very green beginner, have never shifted a motorcycle, but I do drive a manual transmission car, hub says it will be easy peasy because I am used manuals. Hope so! Tips appreciated!!!!

HEY BEN! Thanks!

Circle Blue said...

Dar,
You will certainly have a step up on those who have never driven a manual shift anything. At least you have a feel for the clutch engaging. Good luck with the transition. I'm guessing "hub" is right.
~k

David Masse said...

Nicely done Dar. A colleague at work got her class 6 permit just a few months ago. Here in Quebec the final riding test is really tough. I personnally believe that no one passes the first time. The examiners seem to always find enough faults to fail riders the first time around. The second time around it's much easier. It doesn't seem to have much to do with the riders' skills or their actual performance. Hang in there. Be sure to put up as many posts as possible as you take the riding lessons.

Dar said...

Hi David. How are you situated hurricane Irene wise in Quebec? I saw on the news that it my touch Quebec,
Stay safe!

I hope I pass the tests, it's kind of nerve wracking. It is stretched over 3 weekends and they all start at 8:00 am & go until 5:00pm, pretty intense. I will post about my class adventures.

David Masse said...

Dar, hurricanes are just a minor inconvenience here, blustery rain sums it up. Beautiful and sunny today though. I'm looking forward to those course posts.

Dar said...

David enjoy the sun! But still stay safe if it gets yucky.