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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 01-10-2016, 08:29 AM   #26
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I'll add as well that I attended PRS in 2013 based on the recommendations on Revscene. I LOVED the experience ... one of the best things I did that entire year. Chris was our instructor and he was terrific! Totally recommend PRS. When it comes to learning to ride a motorcycle, cost should be the only thing that you DON'T consider.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:12 PM   #27
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I see that your location says you're in Burnaby, have you considered 1st Gear? They're located in Richmond (Behind the home de pot) both schools provide the same bikes and instructors come from the same background. 1st gear was closer for me so I went that route.
Did 1st gear provide the bike for your road test?
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It's $60 to use a bike for a road test at 1st Gear. I was able to pick up the bike early though and practice on my own before the road test.
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PRS does include the cost of using their bike for the road test. Not that I'm trying to compare as I've never taken any classes at 1st Gear. But I've heard nothing but great things about 1st Gear.
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Both are very good at what they do.. I mean both companies have the same background. 1st gear just started a couple years ago, so they just don't have that many reviews.

Yes you have to pay extra to borrow the bike for the road test. But if you do look at the price difference, in the end its the same price. So i'd just go with whoever is closer to home, cause its a pain in the ass trying to get to class during rush hour.
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One disadvantage of 1st Gear is that they don't have pre-reserved road test spots for their students like PRS, Proride, and others do. But having a few extra hours of the bike on my own to practice was a plus, even if I did end up failing that first test...
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One disadvantage of 1st Gear is that they don't have pre-reserved road test spots for their students like PRS, Proride, and others do. But having a few extra hours of the bike on my own to practice was a plus, even if I did end up failing that first test...
Did you ever have to hit a HWY for the bike test? Anyone here have to go on the HWY for their bike test? I'm just curious if that's part of the testing at all.

Pre-reserved road tests isn't that big of a deal. It just depends how picky you are. I mean yeah when I wanted to do the test in BBY it was booked for a min 2-3 months, but I got in to the one in Coquitlam within a couple weeks. It's not a really big deal to me as I see it. I mean your getting the license to ride, so why not ride a little further to do the test.. LOL

Plus my test was all 50kph zones with the exception of hitting one school zone.. Test was super easy. I also took YD when I first got my DL so I remembered a lot of what ICBC looks out for.
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Did you ever have to hit a HWY for the bike test? Anyone here have to go on the HWY for their bike test? I'm just curious if that's part of the testing at all.

Pre-reserved road tests isn't that big of a deal. It just depends how picky you are. I mean yeah when I wanted to do the test in BBY it was booked for a min 2-3 months, but I got in to the one in Coquitlam within a couple weeks. It's not a really big deal to me as I see it. I mean your getting the license to ride, so why not ride a little further to do the test.. LOL

Plus my test was all 50kph zones with the exception of hitting one school zone.. Test was super easy. I also took YD when I first got my DL so I remembered a lot of what ICBC looks out for.
I went on the 99 briefly when I did my exam.

I took my class at the beginning of summer, bought and had my bike sitting at home day of passing my MSA. I rode all summer and took my class 6 exam at the end of the summer. Honestly riding all summer made the test a breeze with zero deductions at all. If I took my class 6 right after taking my MSA, i think It would have been more difficult to pass the road test. Just being on the bike that much longer gave me a lot more experience and I was very comfortable during my exam.
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Didn't use a PRS bike but they did offer when I asked them to get me a spot for my test.

I went on highway 10 for a little bit took a left turn onto highway 10 from 128th street and got off at 132nd street
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I had to reserve my tests two months in advance for Richmond and Kelowna. The only place that had a low wait time at the time was Victoria.

I had to go on the 99 for a bit in Richmond but Kelowna has no freeways. It's so easy anyway, accelerate to the speed limit, signal, mirror and shoulder check, merge if safe.

I only had one deduction on my first road test but I failed instantly for entering an intersection on a yellow for a left turn near the end of my test. Tip, if you're going to wait to make a left turn, make sure your rear tire is completely past the crosswalk. If the light turns yellow, well you've already entered the intersection on a green so you may do your left turn when safe. I aced my Kelowna test with zero deductions.
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I took my practice road test with Lee at 1st gear the day before my class 6 exam. He told me EXACTLY what was going to happen during the exam and we practiced it.

The only thing we didn't do during the road test was a u-turn
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