What's your first bike? With a picture please.

Zagato

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Yamaha DT50, 40 years ago... to XJR, Thunderace, back to XJR and just waiting for the new S10 to come from the dealership! Worst bike was an unreliable GS... sticking to my Yamaha's from now on. I would like an old XT Tenere 750 next to start making a collection.IMG_2856.JPGIMG_3193.JPGIMG_3194.JPGIMG_3195.JPG
 

PhilPhilippines

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Yamaha DT50, 40 years ago... to XJR, Thunderace, back to XJR and just waiting for the new S10 to come from the dealership! Worst bike was an unreliable GS... sticking to my Yamaha's from now on. I would like an old XT Tenere 750 next to start making a collection.View attachment 80465View attachment 80466View attachment 80467View attachment 80468
I had the TY50. Came with a "free" Yamaha jacket. 1976/77. Still got a Saab I see...
I went out in the first Saab 900 Turbo in the UK. Great car....and rapid for its time.
 

Zagato

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I had the TY50. Came with a "free" Yamaha jacket. 1976/77. Still got a Saab I see...
I went out in the first Saab 900 Turbo in the UK. Great car....and rapid for its time.
Yes Phil, had many SAABs over the years, Two Strokes, Sonnets and all the later models, this one is my keeper.. just had a call from the dealer, my new S10 arrives the morning :):)20210517_123037.jpg
 

Snert

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Got my endorsement on on this 250 Suzuki DRZ, and my first street bike on my own was a 93 Nighthawk. I had started a new job and my wife said I could do whatever I wanted with the signup bonus. Figured it was a good time to get into motorcycles!

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bigbob

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1968 or so my dad and I got our MC licenses. The guy in front of us when asked how he got his chopper there said I rode it! Fail!!! Call somebody to get it and the cop wanted to see his license. (Probably fail anyway as no way to make the course on a chopper!)

Our turn. How did you get it here. I picked up the plated Shriner clown bike and said
In The Trunk!

I was not Big Bob then.
 

Sierra1

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Up until Texas started using the MSF course as the practical portion, the prospective licensee was followed by a buddy in a separate car. The examiner road with the buddy. One horn honk for left, two for right. And, if your buddy got confused, and honked the wrong number of times, it was a mark against the prospective licensee. As recent as the late '90s. I was a "following buddy", and the examiner was not happy to have to ride in an open Jeep in July. My buddy passed though.
 

PhilPhilippines

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Up until Texas started using the MSF course as the practical portion, the prospective licensee was followed by a buddy in a separate car. The examiner road with the buddy. One horn honk for left, two for right. And, if your buddy got confused, and honked the wrong number of times, it was a mark against the prospective licensee. As recent as the late '90s. I was a "following buddy", and the examiner was not happy to have to ride in an open Jeep in July. My buddy passed though.
1) In the UK - after the written test - an average student takes 44 hours of professional tuition to pass a driving test
2) It takes approximately a year to become an Approved Driving Instructor. There are written, practical driving and instructional ability exams and only about 6% make the grade. There is a "check test" every three years, where the instructor teaches a student and the examiner grades the instructional ability to make sure standards are maintained.

Both 1 and 2 are reasonable, but standards should be higher IMO. Although I am proud of the UK standards comparative to world standards.

Here is an example of a "Controls Lesson" with a trainee instructor. The instructional standard would result in a pass, but there were a few minor omissions. However, any candidate that parked closer than 10m to a junction would be immediately failed......Which reminds me. After I went to pick up my ADI license in London, from the then Driver Vehicle Licensing Assn, I returned to my emblazoned in advertising school car, to realiseI had missed a sign (covered by a tree, no excuse) and parked the wrong way in a one-way street. OOOOPS! Embarrassing moment. Hahahaha.

 

PhilPhilippines

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If you go the wrong way on the test, no drama. The examiner will change the route. As long as you went the wrong way legally, then they cannot fail you.
 
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