I got my license last year here in Missouri. So maybe I can be useful for once! haha
I'm going to attempt to recall everything I did:
The first thing was to drive forward at 15 miles per hour (and they will time you to make sure your speed is up where it needs to be), then slow down and make a 90 degree left turn, followed by a second 90 degree left turn, then you'll need to stop on a 'T' that's painted on the asphalt, with the tire lined up on it.
The next thing (I think) is the stop test. They'll make you run that same U-Turn again (but they won't time you or anything), but then you have to come back down the line, again at 15 mph, then as soon as you cross this line, you have to hit the brakes. If you brake before crossing the line you fail, or if you brake after crossing the line but fail to stop within a certain number of feet, you fail this section. I had a little trouble with this because I was afraid to lock up my brakes. But, the nice thing was, it taught me I needed to practice braking more. Also, in the instructions they tell you that you won't lost points for skidding or locking up the brakes on this section, but obviously you're better off if you can do so without locking them up, because at 15 it ain't so bad, but 55+...
Then the cone weave! You will have to weave through a bunch of cones, then turn around come back and stop on the line. The cones are a little father apart than parking spaces at a typical parking lot. The best way to practice this, is pretend there is a cone at the edge of each line in a parking lot and weave in and out of there. Master that, and you can master the cone weave. On my 900, I found that it wants to go a little too quick to do the cone weave nicely, so I found the best way was to pull the clutch in when entering the turn, then release the clutch while going to the right of the next cone, clutch in to go to the left of the next, clutch out to the right of the next, so on and so forth. Like I said, master it in a parking lot, and it'll be a cakewalk on the exam.
Finally, the swerve. Counter-steer swerving is probably the only way this can be done. There are two lines in front of each other:
It kinda looks like that (minus the chevrons, those are just there to keep the formatting in tact), you'll cross one line (cones on both sides of each lines) then have to cross the second line WITHOUT hitting the cones, AND, you have to get up to 15 miles per hour before crossing the first line.
Finally, MSF! The only reason I didn't (at first) was scheduling conflicts meant I couldn't do the MSF until later, and I already had my Vulcan, and I just couldn't wait to ride! And, granted I could ride with a permit, but my insurance puts a nice hefty premium on permit riders (plus, in MO, you have to renew that permit every 6 months AND it's a separate permit you have to keep track of. With a full M, it's just an endorsement on your regular drivers license and doesn't expire until your license does, so it costs less to keep up with!), so it saved me money until I took the MSF. I was able to practice enough to pass the test, but, the MSF gave me skills that really helped me master real-world maneuvers, not just practice to pass a test. I HIGHLY recommend the MSF course.
Finally, the only restrictions on Missouri's tests are two-wheel or three-wheel. So, any two-wheel motorcycle will give you a full 'M' endorsement that you can use on a bigger bike. The course is tight, and fixed. Some states adjust the course to fit the bike (like the cone weave being 1.5x the length of the bike, it WAS NOT for me and my 900), Missouri doesn't. While I would personally recommend mastering the test on your motorcycle so that you are confident and safe on it, one option is to borrow a smaller bike (like a Ninja 250 or something) to take the test on. Just throwing that out there since you are riding a 1600 and you might find the course a little difficult. Some might say if you can't pass the test on your own bike then you need more practice anyway, but, you know, throwing that out there.
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
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Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 01-17-2012 at 09:54 PM.