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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Can you take your licence test on a 400?

I am wanting to purchase a 400 and was wondering if you can take the riding part of the drivers licence test on a 400.
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Re: Can you take your licence test on a 400?

What state are you in. Rules vary from state to state but most will let you take the test on it.

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What state are you in. Rules vary from state to state but most will let you take the test on it.
I live in West Virginia. I am new to all of this.
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Re: Can you take your licence test on a 400?

You can call DMV at 1-800-642-9066. The Burgman 400 and 650 are classified as motorcycles (at least that's what the Sheriff of Jefferson County taxes me on every year!) and I'll bet that there's no problem testing on your 400. That said, you might consider taking an MSF basic course that will get you a waiver on the riding part of the test. It's a good course to take anyway.

Google "WV motorcycle license test" and you'll get lots of helpful links.

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You can call DMV at 1-800-642-9066. The Burgman 400 and 650 are classified as motorcycles (at least that's what the Sheriff of Jefferson County taxes me on every year!) and I'll bet that there's no problem testing on your 400. That said, you might consider taking an MSF basic course that will get you a waiver on the riding part of the test. It's a good course to take anyway.

Google "WV motorcycle license test" and you'll get lots of helpful links.
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Re: Can you take your licence test on a 400?

This is a personal opinion, but from what you wrote, it sounds like you are brand new to motorcycle riding. I recommend taking the Motorcycle Safety Course and having them give you the riding test on their bikes.

The instruction you'll get will get you up to speed quickly. Plus, the riding portion of the test has you doing some figure 8 turns in a confined area. If you're not familiar with it, you could easily dump the bike.

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Re: Can you take your licence test on a 400?

I don't know how it works over there but in the UK (and this applies to bikes and cars) if you take your test in/on an automatic and pass, you only get an automatic license. If you take it in a manual, you can ride/drive both.

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I don't know how it works over there but in the UK (and this applies to bikes and cars) if you take your test in/on an automatic and pass, you only get an automatic license. If you take it in a manual, you can ride/drive both.
Don't forget that we (UK) are restricted to engine size for age. eg, a 16/17 year old can only ride up to 125cc

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Re: Can you take your licence test on a 400?

I too highly recommend taking the MSF BRC. In WV it'll count as the riding portion of your MC licencing. You can go ahead and take the written exam in order to obtain your learner's permit which will allow you 90 days to become familiar with your bike before the riding exam. There are a lot of benefits to the MSF course! See here for details: http://msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm?spl=2& ... rse%20Info

If you choose to go ahead and get your full license by taking the riding exam, then yes, you can use your 400. I did at the Fairmont exam site. You definately will need to go beforehand and practice on their course though. Those tight turns are ridiculously tight.

My recommendation though is to go through the MSF BRC and get qualified that way. Good luck in whatever you choose.
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+1 on taking the MSF course. Not only do you get valuable practice using their bikes but you get the benefit of the instructors years of experience in riding. Listen to what they tell you in the classroom and always remember you are invisible to other drivers even when they look right at you.

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