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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone taken the IL M class test?

I've had my permit for about a year and have ~5k miles on the street, but haven't had the oppurtunity to take an MSF.

I understand the MSF allows you to bypass the riding portion you need to get an M class, I'd eventually like to do MSF as well as other rider education courses (namely track events) but it doesn't look like that will happen this year... I sort of blanked on registration.

So can anyone help me out with this? I haven't thought to check the IL DMV website, which could be helpful if someone posted... anyone have any actual experience though?
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i took mine at the elston dmv with a fzr600. it wasn't too bad, got my m class. maybe it had something to do with the chick that gave me the test having the same b-day as me...
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I just transfered my DL from PA and only had to take the written test. I got my M class in PA from an MSF Course. The written test wasn't hard, I passed both the C and M class with flying colors!!!
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So you need to bring your own bike?
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No, they have some ducati's sitting in the shed for use if you forget yours....

J/K...............Yes you do havta bring a bike.......... (to the dmv)

If your talking about the basic course, they supply them.

If your taking the advanced, you use your own.

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So you need to bring your own bike?
Yes. The DMV does not supply bikes for the riding part of the test.
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I nearly aced it last year on my Ninja 250. A friend of mine took it on his 996 Duc and although he butchered a few cones, he squeaked by with a pass.

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The MSF options around Chicagoland are pretty much full by now. Short of taking private lessons, another option is to find a location in Illinois away from Chicago to take the course. The ones put on by ISU and SIU do not fill up nearly as quickly as the ones around here. The NIU site has a link to the other locations. If you have family/friends in other parts of the state, try booking a weekend there. Last resort is a hotel for a weekend.

When I started I booked a weekend at the Moline, IL site and tried walk-ons around here before that. I got extremely lucky and got into the class at CLC on the second try. I was one of the two out of 24 walk ons that got there.

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If a local library is closer to you they actually have the dmv booklets with the actual driving test at the end of the book showing you exactly what's on the test. At least my library did.
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I took the test through Ride Chicago. It was great because I got to use their little Rebel 250. I nicked one cone, but passed everything else perfectly. I definatly recommend taking a course first, or taking the test through a private co. I definatly wouldnt have made the U-turn on my CBR.
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How tight is the U turn?
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How tight is the U turn?
It's pretty tight but it can be done on a sportbike. 24 feet for bikes over 500cc. The hardest part for me was swerving through the cones. I failed the test on my first try and passed it on my second after hooking up with Ken for some help. The motorcycle rules of the road book can be found
here and it has the whole test laid out at the end. good luck

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[QUOTE=J I understand the MSF allows you to bypass the riding portion you need to get an M class, I'd eventually like to do MSF as well as other rider education courses (namely track events) but it doesn't look like that will happen this year... I sort of blanked on registration.[/QUOTE]

The MSF class doesn't allow you to bypass the riding test. Everyone has to take a riding test at the end to pass, along with a written test. The MSF test is a little different in that you actually have to do 2 U turns back to back in opposite directions, instead of the 1 U turn at the dmv.
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I took it at the DMV with 100 miles or so under my belt, and passed. I did practice a bit though prior to the test. I took the ERC course after that, not the MSF. I wanted to practice on my own bike, and not some 250.
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It's pretty tight but it can be done on a sportbike. 24 feet for bikes over 500cc. The hardest part for me was swerving through the cones. I failed the test on my first try and passed it on my second after hooking up with Ken for some help. The motorcycle rules of the road book can be found
here and it has the whole test laid out at the end. good luck

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Awesome man, great leg work.

Thanks for the help guys, I don't have a lot of time seeing as I'm in Milwaukee most of the time. Do I have to wait around with all of the cagers when I get down there on a Saturday?
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