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Anybody taking the M Class test on a rental?

I will be looking to take my M class test sometime soon at the DMW and was looking to rent a 250cc. Anybody else in the same boat want to rent an easier bike to take it on to get it over with? I'll most likely be taking it in the Schaumburg DMV.
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Take the MSF course- it's free and you get the license at the end!
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I will be looking to take my M class test sometime soon at the DMW and was looking to rent a 250cc. Anybody else in the same boat want to rent an easier bike to take it on to get it over with? I'll most likely be taking it in the Schaumburg DMV.
From what I understand, if you take it at the DMV and do not pass, you MUST go back there to pass. This makes the MSF waiver invalid, even if you pass later.

My vote is to take the MSF, they supply bikes and it's FREE.

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What part or parts can you not do with your current bike?
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If, for any reason, you decide not to go the MSF route as others advised, at least take your bike to DMV range in the evening and practice a lot. You should be able to pass it on a 600 without a problem. If you can't, you shouldn't be riding.

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What part or parts can you not do with your current bike?
i can do all the parts, but not perfect everytime. the figure 8 gives me the most difficulty. its more nerve racking than anything else.

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Yea really, i took it on a 600 and aced it. Why would you take the test on a bike your not used to riding.
i totally agree, but i don't want to waste a few hours and fail because i got nervous or just made a simple mistake; not to mention DMV employees can be jerks.
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If, for any reason, you decide not to go the MSF route as others advised, at least take your bike to DMV range in the evening and practice a lot. You should be able to pass it on a 600 without a problem. If you can't, you shouldn't be riding.
i just completed the MSF course but they told me it takes at least 3 weeks for the paperwork to come in the mail. i am very capable of handling my own bike and have experience on sportbikes, but rather take the easy way out.

i have practiced at the schaumburg facility after hours...
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Practice it some more. Anyone can keep a bike upright at speed (Thank you gyroscopic effect).. the low speed stuff matters more than you think.

Make sure your tires are inflated (and even go by what the tire says vs the manual) and keep it moving. Practice using the clutch to 'inch' you forward instead of the throttle itself. Properly inflated tires make the low speed stuff much much easier.

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i can do all the parts, but not perfect everytime. the figure 8 gives me the most difficulty. its more nerve racking than anything else.

i totally agree, but i don't want to waste a few hours and fail because i got nervous or just made a simple mistake; not to mention DMV employees can be jerks.
Make sure you get your head around and look where you want to go... I can do the 8 box on my 1200 It's not impossible. You'd be amazed what you can do in the figure 8 box.

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i just completed the MSF course but they told me it takes at least 3 weeks for the paperwork to come in the mail. i am very capable of handling my own bike and have experience on sportbikes, but rather take the easy way out.

i have practiced at the schaumburg facility after hours...
The MSF course SHOULD have given you a completion card at the end of the course (at least the one through NIU does). Good luck with the DMV test, or just wait for the paperwork

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i just completed the MSF course but they told me it takes at least 3 weeks for the paperwork to come in the mail. i am very capable of handling my own bike and have experience on sportbikes, but rather take the easy way out.

i have practiced at the schaumburg facility after hours...
Hm-m-m-m... I'm no expert, but I've had some experience with that. MSF didn't give you a certificate of completion on the spot? They should have given you a small piece of paper, about the size of the credit card, you take it to DMV and get M class.

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Hm-m-m-m... I'm no expert, but I've had some experience with that. MSF didn't give you a certificate of completion on the spot? They should have given you a small piece of paper, about the size of the credit card, you take it to DMV and get M class.
nope...nothing

they had said the reason they don't do this anymore is because the instructors were "selling" licenses to students. so therefor, i and everybody else from now on has to wait a few weeks for the paperwork to be processed by the state. i took it at harper, but i'm sure this is the standard everywhere for MSF.

thanks for all the pointers guys. dragging knee may come naturally, but its the circus stunts that don't seem right.
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nope...nothing

they had said the reason they don't do this anymore is because the instructors were "selling" licenses to students. so therefor, i and everybody else from now on has to wait a few weeks for the paperwork to be processed by the state. i took it at harper, but i'm sure this is the standard everywhere for MSF.

thanks for all the pointers guys. dragging knee may come naturally, but its the circus stunts that don't seem right.
Where and who did you take the course through??

I'd love to pass the info along to the higher-ups where I teach.

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Where and who did you take the course through??
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That is real strange. I took a refresher class this spring and I got it on the spot. As well as everyone who passed.

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UIC may do that. Do yourself a favor and wait for the paperwork, if you have a lapse in concentration and not pass, you will be required to take the DMV test again. If you do take it and practice, practice, practice.

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its actually U of I, same difference. well anyway, if anybody out there wants to share a bike for the test let me know. if no takers, i will still most likely be taking it on a 250cc.

i've heard people waiting up to 5 weeks for the license certificate to come in so i'm not going to bother. any longer and it'll be fall and time to put her away.
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its actually U of I, same difference. well anyway, if anybody out there wants to share a bike for the test let me know. if no takers, i will still most likely be taking it on a 250cc.

i've heard people waiting up to 5 weeks for the license certificate to come in so i'm not going to bother. any longer and it'll be fall and time to put her away.
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From what I understand, if you take it at the DMV and do not pass, you MUST go back there to pass. This makes the MSF waiver invalid, even if you pass later.
Can anyone confirm this? I'm thinking about talking the test at the DMV in a couple of weeks. I'm also signed up for MSF in Sept but I would rather have my license now. If I do fail and won't be able to get my license through MSF, I won't take it at the DMV.
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Can anyone confirm this? I'm thinking about talking the test at the DMV in a couple of weeks. I'm also signed up for MSF in Sept but I would rather have my license now. If I do fail and won't be able to get my license through MSF, I won't take it at the DMV.
i don't think that is true...the people at the MSF course don't have much to do with checking your DMV records.
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i don't think that is true...the people at the MSF course don't have much to do with checking your DMV records.
The MSF doesn't, but the DMV does when you go to get your license. Just what I was told, confirmation would we welcome so I can pass it along!

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Yea really, i took it on a 600 and aced it. Why would you take the test on a bike your not used to riding.
yea, SECOND time around

Dude, any 250 is easier to toss around than your own 600. If ya can rent it cheap, go for it (there used to be few folks on here that would rent it out for a good price).
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yea, SECOND time around .
This is true, but i would have gotten it the first time had i not been so impatient, and tried doing the whole test in 30 sec.

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my sister just took the MSF in northbrook, i think it was the U of I program. She got her card on the way out. thats crappy if they don't do that anymore.

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What's the figure 8

I took the test on my 600 and passed the second time but I didn't do a figure 8. It was a left turn, stop in the box, cones, U turn, braking at 15mph and swerve at 15mph. No figure 8.

I was signed up for the class 8/4/07 but wanted my license earlier.
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I just finished the MSF last weekend at U of I, the cards get mailed out in 2-3 weeks.

Can someone look into a failed DMV test nullifying the MSF waiver, I practiced til I could do it then went and got nervous. I'm gonna be seriously pissed off if that makes the waiver worthless.
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