Beginners

So, Joey went out for her beginners test today. My wife is finally stepping out to get her motorcycle license.

I remember the first time I went for mine. It was pretty simplistic with a few multiple choice questions, sign recognition and a vision test. After that you could ride as long as you had a licensed driver following you, not on the highway and not at night. It was the perfect situation and it wasn't long before I had my license. Of course, this was also long before the graded licenses and quite some time before I got my car license. As a matter of fact, once I got my bike license I had no intentions on learning to drive a car. I didn't see the point.

I got a call at 10:20am, it was joey, she had just finished the test and ace'd the motorcycle section. Here is the funny part and the part that makes me wonder about the validity of the beginners test. There were ten questions for the motorcycle section and 20 questions for the car section. The CAR section! There were questions on there about passengers in a car,seat belts and even when studs are allowed on tires for the winter! What in the blazes do these questions have to do with a motorcycle and why are there so many more car questions than motorcycle questions? It blows my mind that she failed a motorcycle test due to irrelevant questions about operating a car!

The fact that there are twice as many questions about operating a car then operating a motorcycle just goes to show how relevant they think motorcycles are. The only saving grace is that they offer a motorcycle training course, but that will run you around 400 bucks and it's not mandatory! If the New Brunswick DOT can't be bothered with creating a test that fully covers motorcycle operation how can they expect the riders to take motorcycles seriously?

Even when she gets the beginners license, she can't go anywhere. I can't follow behind her in the car so she can get used to riding and I can't take her to a parking lot to practice. She has to practice on our own property with no other vehicles around. What good is that? We live in an apartment and have no property to speak of which only leaves us with paying 400 for the course. Now don't get me wrong I really want her to take it, but we can't afford it quite yet and I would like to get her used to the bike before enrolling.

Needless to say, I'm a little miffed and more then a little disgusted with how all this works. At least when I took my test the booklet was all about motorcycles and so were the questions. The booklet they gave her is 134 pages long and had a whole 11 pages devoted to motorcycles...that's really sad.

I'm not sure what things are like where you are, but I'm sure they are a damn sight better than this...

4 comments:

Biker Betty said...

You're right, things are a whole lot better here in Colorado. The course is $200 and the test only asks basic driving questions and motorcycle questions. I didn't have to answer a single question about how a car operates or anything on passengers.

I agree, that is messed up. That is very exciting that Joey wants to learn. Please tell her I'm rooting for her and I sure hope it all works out in the end, in reference to all these hickups that have happened.

Thanks for stopping by the other day. I do love my new summer look and eventually hope to follow it up with a spiffed up winter look. My poor red jacket has seen better days, lol.

Vinod said...

Things are even better in Ohio. The Beginners course by MSF is subsidized by the state gov. and costs only $25 !! But its tough to get , theres a LOT of people who sign up. With a temp permit that you get after taken the written test, you are allowed to ride on public roads ( no passenger, compulsory helmet, no freeway or night riding).

Hope Joey gets her license soon!

Giest said...

Yeah, you guys definitely have it much better. It just seems like motorcycles are an after thought around here. It's really disappointing.

Billy said...

I agree as I'm in the process of taking my test on the motorcycle, next week. I couldn't believe it when I went to write the test and I had to answer questions about operating a car! What is that? And doing circles and figure 8s on the road test? When am I ever going to do circles and figure 8s on the road? Good grief, I'm sure the instructor can't even do this! I hope I'm going to pass but I'm not that self confident so we'll see. But once I do, I'll be writing a letter in regards to the testing!