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    Default Test in a sports bike or hire a 250cc?

    Hi fellow 'two wheelers".

    I have been riding for just about 14 or 15 months now, still on my first bike (K7 GSXR750).
    I have been riding on borrowed time though (learners licence) and it is time to make things a bit more permanent.

    I reside in Alberton. Two questions:
    1. Which testing center do I go to?
    2. Do I get get test in my 750cc gixxer or hire a 250cc?

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    1. Any testing station in your area where you can easily get an appointment. I have heard Kempton Park is better than most, but I have no personal experience.
    2. I would use the bike I am used to.

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    I would also recommend that you go for a K53 Training session with a reputable organisation. On the bike you are going to use for the test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colyvon View Post
    I would also recommend that you go for a K53 Training session with a reputable organisation. On the bike you are going to use for the test.
    +1

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    Hi hastex,

    really simple answers to #2:

    It would be easier to do the test on a 250 than your bike, but I'd rather use the bike I'm familiar and comfortable with.
    Your bike is perfectly capable of getting you through the test, as long as you have the skills for slow control in particular.
    If you rent a 250, then ride the bike several times in a variety of situations in order to get completely comfortable with the feel of it.
    Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.


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    I did K53 lessons before I got my bike 14 months ago. I figure i need to go back for one or two lessons to realign with K53 conduct.
    Quote Originally Posted by colyvon View Post
    I would also recommend that you go for a K53 Training session with a reputable organisation. On the bike you are going to use for the test.

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    Alrode testing centre is just down the road from me.
    I failed my initial test there last year. It was the emergancy stop, the red light that triggers when I ought to slam the brakes never came on and the officer felt I was fooling around and failed me.

    So sad.
    Thanks or the advice.
    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    1. Any testing station in your area where you can easily get an appointment. I have heard Kempton Park is better than most, but I have no personal experience.
    2. I would use the bike I am used to.

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    I would either use a bike i am familiar with or do it with the driving schools bike that I practiced on, either way practice on the bike you are going to do the test on. go for 3 lessons at least and you should be ok.

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    Good driving school recommendations? I also want to go do my test on the bike I ride every day (otherwise you just fooling yourself IMO)
    Preferably this side of town (Midrand)

    ps: I'm more than ok with paying any person that can help me and know what I should be able to do for the test.

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    There is a driving school near me that allows learners to drive around their 'yard test' area for a small fee.
    I will take my bike there and simulate the K53 test and see how that goes.

    Quote Originally Posted by D3x! View Post
    I would either use a bike i am familiar with or do it with the driving schools bike that I practiced on, either way practice on the bike you are going to do the test on. go for 3 lessons at least and you should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hastex View Post
    There is a driving school near me that allows learners to drive around their 'yard test' area for a small fee.
    I will take my bike there and simulate the K53 test and see how that goes.
    the small advice the guy gives you is well worth the cost of the lessons, he will point out things that will make the instructor know before you even get on the bike that you went for lessons, bonus if they attend on the day of the test.

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