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    I will be taking the skills test soon but I need to practice doing figure 8's, left turns and right turns. What are the dimensions for the figure 8?

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    I googled " pa motorcycle skills test figure eight "



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    The figure 8 test is roughly the size of four parking spaces in the local mall parking lot. It is two spaces wide by two spaces deep. If you can practice in that amount of space, you will pass.

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    Here in Cali I tell peoplea who are worried about this (seems common, understandable) to just go to the DMV after hours and ride their course. Most people can ride it well enough to pass the test in an hour or so. Our DMV's are typically unfenced.



    Welcome aboard. Hope that helps.



    Alternately, just practice riding the tightest figure 8's you can make. Theirs won't be that tight, trust me. You're better than you think.



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    They claim that they'll fail you here in NY if they catch you running the known course. However, the MC license test is 2 figure 8s, 2 left circles, 2 right circles, in a slightly widened portion of a sidestreet.. if you don't have a class D license they put you through the full ringer, though. I practiced out back of the local walmart by their tire center, and when they were running the street sweeper there, I went across the road to the tractor supply parking lot. It turns out, those parking spots (2 wide, 2 deep) are less space than I got during my test.. hooray for being over-prepared.
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    WOW, they changed the road test alot in ny......I had to slolum three cones set up across a sidestreet , then take it to the streets with a follow vehicle I had to supply.
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    That's a trip, Wannabee! The NJ motorcycle riding test is thankless, of course. It features a cone weave w/the cones offset 2' from center, a braking test, and an accident avoidance test. In the latter, you have to pretend you're going to crash and then swerve. I don't know how they judge that - it seems like they want you to make them think you're gonna crash pretending to avoid the imaginary obstacle. It's stupid. Even experienced riders can't pass the test on sportbikes & large cruisers. I've seen 'em fail. You need to take a small bike to pass the NJ test. Quite unrealistic.



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    Sorry, can't help. The last DMV riding test I took was 1969. Got on the bike, rode around the block, parked the bike. Examiner stood on the sidewalk and watched me leave one direction and return the other.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Sorry, can't help. The last DMV riding test I took was 1969. Got on the bike, rode around the block, parked the bike. Examiner stood on the sidewalk and watched me leave one direction and return the other.


    Sounds like mine Qwert, but, uhmm . . . ahem, mine was a little later!



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