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High Park - Honda Rebel - hello there

Chameleon

Well-known member
Oh, nice! I will be booking a bundle with them - "Road -worthy course and M" together but early next year not this one (don't feel like i might pass it yet). I would love to hear from you when you do your M with them!
Had the course/test the other day. The in class (online) stuff was pretty straightforward, but a good refresher.

The practical day was long, but informative. Talk strategies, ride a little, talk about more strategies and ride some more etc. They do a good job of informing you what's going to be on the test, so you know what to prepare for. As long as you're doing the basic stuff (checking mirrors, blind spots, scanning intersections/hazards etc) any semi competent rider should be able to pass.

They said you can make up to 25 errors. 26, you fail. And that more likely a fail comes with a more serious violation (going through a stop sign etc). Nobody gets perfect apparently. I got 5 errors, which I'm happy with. Yay me. Full M license 😎

Feel free to ask about anything I didn't cover.
 

galka

Member
Had the course/test the other day. The in class (online) stuff was pretty straightforward, but a good refresher.

The practical day was long, but informative. Talk strategies, ride a little, talk about more strategies and ride some more etc. They do a good job of informing you what's going to be on the test, so you know what to prepare for. As long as you're doing the basic stuff (checking mirrors, blind spots, scanning intersections/hazards etc) any semi competent rider should be able to pass.

They said you can make up to 25 errors. 26, you fail. And that more likely a fail comes with a more serious violation (going through a stop sign etc). Nobody gets perfect apparently. I got 5 errors, which I'm happy with. Yay me. Full M license 😎

Feel free to ask about anything I didn't cover.
Hello and congrats on your M license! Thanks for the good summary, too!

I wonder how many miles/kilometers you put into riding before getting into the M licenses exam? And how much of it was on highways?

The reason I am asking is that at some point quantity must have tuned into quality rides, right? I have done 3,000km this first summer, half of it on highways. Will def do more next year prior to getting into an exam sometime around May. Didn't get any tickets so far, wasn't been stopped by the police for any violations (yet).
 

Chameleon

Well-known member
Hello and congrats on your M license! Thanks for the good summary, too!

I wonder how many miles/kilometers you put into riding before getting into the M licenses exam? And how much of it was on highways?

The reason I am asking is that at some point quantity must have tuned into quality rides, right? I have done 3,000km this first summer, half of it on highways. Will def do more next year prior to getting into an exam sometime around May. Didn't get any tickets so far, wasn't been stopped by the police for any violations (yet).
Thanks!

I've had my (first) bike and M2 now for just over 2 years, and I'd say I've only put on roughly 5000km. Rarely used the bike to commute to work. And I'd say a good mix of Highway and local roads. Mostly in the city, but a fair bit outside the city on more rural roads.

As far as the M test, the highway part was the shortest. On ramp -> get up to speed -> merge -> complete a lane change -> go back to original lane and then off ramp at the first exit. The one thing I'll add to that is my instructor was pretty reasonable with it..in the sense that, if there was too much traffic and for some reason I couldn't change lanes, he wouldn't hold it against me. Whereas if you go with MTO, who knows if you'll recieve the same leniency.
 

galka

Member
Interesting! I don't commute much to work - still on that mostly remote arrangement and even if I had to, it adds up to a max 16 km per day total to my daily trip (unless I take a really long way around on my way back home lol)

For the M test and highway portion - what you say sounds reasonable. My main concern is accelerating to the required speed on the highway in a required slot time - Rebel 500 is not the fastest horse in the stable :)
 

galka

Member
Sorry, forgot to ask - on a highway, are you required to take the defensive position in the lane? And if you change into a middle lane after the merge, what would then be the right position to take before you get out of this lane back into the right one prior to the exit?
 

Chameleon

Well-known member
I did it on a 400, so it should be a breeze for you. Also, the course I did the test ends up being on a Sat around 2pm let's say. So traffic wasn't bad. But if you go through MTO, on a Monday, if you don't get a good time slot you might have a harder time.

And actually now that I think about it, one of the others in my group had a Rebel as well. Not sure if it was a 300 or 500. Also not sure if she passed, because I was the first one to go haha.

I don't know if this is universal, but the way RTI taught it is that if you're in the right lane, you should be in the left tire track (hwy or regular road, same applies). If you're in the left lane, or middle lane l, you should be in the right tire track. So, after getting on the on ramp the furthest you'd be going over is to the right tire track of the middle lane. I hope this answers your question.
 

galka

Member
I think I have already settled my mind around NOT going via MTO for my M exam :)

I don't know if this is universal, but the way RTI taught it is that if you're in the right lane, you should be in the left tire track (hwy or regular road, same applies). If you're in the left lane, or middle lane l, you should be in the right tire track. So, after getting on the on ramp the furthest you'd be going over is to the right tire track of the middle lane. I hope this answers your question.

Perfect - thank you!
 

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