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four brain cells they would be in mensa you mean one?As a motorcycle trainer/tester for the last ten years I have been very interested in the different tests applied to motorcyclists around the world. In some countries it is as easy as ABC while in others it is most definitely not. The cost of obtaining a full, unrestricted licence also varies from a few hundred dollars (or less) to several thousands. Some of the stand-outs are: In Singapore you have to ride a motorcycle on a plank of wood that is 20m long. There is a minimum time limit BUT you are allowed to stop as long as you keep your feet on the footpegs. In France you have to complete a slalom course, do a U-turn and then return along the slalom course, there is a maximum time limit and you have a pillion passenger! In Norway you have to do a three hour road ride with the instructor seated behind you. I have been told the French and Norwegian tests can cost up to $4,000!.
We have a graduated system in NSW but every state has a different system. In Queenland the basic NSW Pre-learner course is deemed an advanced rider course. In Victoria they have a bizarre system where unlicenced riders are taken out onto the roads with an instructor.
Meanwhile the car driving test can be sat by people with four brain cells.
0h to be young again,I passed my test first time in snowy and sleety conditions in February 1976 on my brother's D1 125 Bantam. I had a lady examiner and she explained that she would hold out her clipboard when she wanted me to do the emergency stop. Well on the very first lap I was approaching her and was beginning to assume that she wasn't going to do it as there was probably traffic behind, but just as I was level with her I saw the board go out in the corner of my eye. It took me by so much surprise that I literally did everything in unison. I hit both brakes hard, closed the throttle and de-clutched. The Bantam stood on its nose and whilst the back wheel snaked, I kept it in a straight line (No Barry Briggs style for me like Bill did).
It was an impressive stop regarding distance traveled and she said "Well I won't ask you to do that again".
I assumed I had failed and the riding test was completed. When it came to the questions she asked me what order do you operate the controls in an emergency stop? I think if I had got that wrong it would of cemented the failure, but because I knew the answer I think she let me off.