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Spain: Motorcycle Riding Exam - The Diagram

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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As you may know, in Europe, getting your motorcycle license is no sinecure. Depending on which country you live, some are somewhat easier, while some are very strict. France falls in the very strict category (see related below), but Spain is not far behind.

The European Commission is trying to standardize motorcycle license tests, but so far are failing. Spain has decided to go its own way for the time being.

Apart from the first test, which is the "rules of the road" exam, once you've passed it, you get to go on a closed circuit and do the following:

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A) Slow speed (30 kph) you need to ride in between the pylons (never touching one, or putting your foot on the ground) and through the narrow portal and performing an emergency brake, never going over the white line, or touching the pylons.. Once you've done it (you only get one chance), you're off to part B).

B) You need to start from standstill, ride through the pylons, make a 180°, do a "car door opening" avoidance and then an emergency braking. You're only allowed to put your foot down at the end (putting your foot down anywhere disqualifies you, as is hitting a pylon), and you have to ride the whole length in less than 25 seconds!

If you succeed, you're allowed to go to the practical road test, which involves you riding in real traffic with an examiner (usually in a car) behind you, talking to you via a walkie-talkie.

It may sound crazy, but knowing how to control your motorcycle under difficult circumstances is very good. Young kids that migrate from their mopeds to 600cc bikes really need to know avoidance, emergency techniques and low speed maneuvering.

Via: Motorpasion Moto

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