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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question Indiana Motorcycle License Skills Test?

Been riding since I was 9 yrs. old, but, just decided to get my Indiana Motorcycxle License in May of 2013. I passed my Learner Permit written test a month ago & have been looking over my Indiana BMV supplied Motorcycle Operator Manual. The manual mentions the importance of both wearing reflective clothing while riding a motorcycle & of doing a pre ride bike inspection. When I take my motorcycle skills test in May, will the instructors expect me to both wear reflective clothing during my skills test, & do my pre ride bike inspection [as part of the skills test] for the instructors to see during/before I ride in the skills test? Will the test instructors penalize me if I don't wear any reflective clothing during my skills test? Will the skills test instructors penalize me if I do my bike inspection just before I ride my bike to the test [at home], & NOT do the pre ride bike inspection as part of my skills test?



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It all depends per state, but in California the skills portion of the test is a few low-speed maneuvers in enclosed lines. You go over the lines, you fail. They also make sure you know where all the controls and indicators are.

I can't speak for your state, but I doubt a shiny vest and 10 minute pre-ride inspection is required.

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When I took mine in MO (a looong time ago) it was a few parking lot maneuvers, verifying locations of controls, etc, and the ability to stop on a line. But I agree a quick call is probably in order if you're not sure. Even then, I'd err on the side of caution and wear the gear if you have it.

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Thanks for your response. I can't wait to plate & ride the 99 Vulcan 750 I just bought. I'm glad I got my 99 Vulcan 750, but I nearly bought a 98 Honda CB 750 from the same motorcycle dealer [ World of Power Sports] in Decatur, IL. The 98 Honda CB 750 had 9000 miles on it & was listed for $3,495. My 99 Vulcan 750 has 14,000 miles on it and I paid $3000 for it. This is the first 750 cc I've owned/ridden. Can anyone tell me if on average the Kawasaki Vulcan 750's are a little heavier than the average 750 cruiser? I'm guessing by the looks of the 98 Honda CB 750 & looks & feel of my 99 Vulcan 750, my Vulcan is a little heavier than the CB 750, right?

How does the 99 Vulcan 750 compare weight wise, to the 99 Honda 750's, the Suzuki 750's, the Yamaha 750's, Harley 750's and other contemporary 99 [cruiser] 750 bikes of that era? I know the street/sport bikes are the lightest, & the hiway/cross country/touring bikes are the heaviest. In the cruiser catagory, 750 cc, is a 99 Vulcan one of the heavier, average or lighter bikes of that [1999] era? I would guess a bit on the heavy side? The weight of my 99 Vulcan is the only thing I would change [lighten] if I could.



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Thanks for your response. I can't wait to plate & ride the 99 Vulcan 750 I just bought. I'm glad I got my 99 Vulcan 750, but I nearly bought a 98 Honda CB 750 from the same motorcycle dealer [ World of Power Sports] in Decatur, IL. The 98 Honda CB 750 had 9000 miles on it & was listed for $3,495. My 99 Vulcan 750 has 14,000 miles on it and I paid $3000 for it. This is the first 750 cc I've owned/ridden. Can anyone tell me if on average the Kawasaki Vulcan 750's are a little heavier than the average 750 cruiser? I'm guessing by the looks of the 98 Honda CB 750 & looks & feel of my 99 Vulcan 750, my Vulcan is a little heavier than the CB 750, right?

How does the 99 Vulcan 750 compare weight wise, to the 99 Honda 750's, the Suzuki 750's, the Yamaha 750's, Harley 750's and other contemporary 99 [cruiser] 750 bikes of that era? I know the street/sport bikes are the lightest, & the hiway/cross country/touring bikes are the heaviest. In the cruiser catagory, 750 cc, is a 99 Vulcan one of the heavier, average or lighter bikes of that [1999] era? I would guess a bit on the heavy side? The weight of my 99 Vulcan is the only thing I would change [lighten] if I could.

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Thanks for the link, it was great. The 98 & 99 CB 750 is about 11 lbs. lighter, has a slightly shorter wheelbase, 7 to 9 more h.p., BUT, all the Hondas, Seven Fifty & 750 Nighthawk are chain drive. I'm glad I got my Vulcan, it's SHAFT drive, & I'm loving it!

I wish to God I'd NEVER sold my 73 H-2 Rocket Ship & 72 spare engine 17 years ago. That was one sweet ride [minus 2nd gear, of course ]. I guess the EPA thanks me for repacking the exhaust, just before I sold it though. Loved that bike! I sold it to a friend [?]/coworker of mine at the time, & he turned around & sold it to a jerk who choped it up & made a drag bike out of it.

When the H-2 came out, for about 5 years running, it was the world's fastest production bike. What great bikes those are/were!



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I know every state is "difernt" but here in Kneevadee, if you take (and pass)the MC rider/safety course, they give you a certificate to take to the DMV and you do not have to take a skills test there.

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