Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand motorbike license laws have changed recently, but certain things have remained the same. On a learners license I cant have a passenger, tow any vehicles, and best of all I am treated like a 14 year old and have a 1000 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
Given that I sold my car and only have my bike, now when I go to a mate's I dont drink and have to beat the cops home before my curfew starts. But, on looking at the rode code again for this post, it seems that there isnt a zero alcohol limit for a motorcycle learner's license for those over 20 years old...
It makes for good dinner party conversation, but ultimately is helping me stay safe and no amount of pressure from mates will change that. Given I spent just over 17 American dollars to fill up the tank/reserve, I often travel in style (taxi) if I am out "afterhours".
I too was nervous about getting my license (it seemed wildly ambitious), and was nervous about getting on my bike once I bought it (took test on the tester's bike) so had it delivered to my house. Neighbours wondered why I spent two hours going up and down my street, but as Duckster and you pointed out, I simply wanted to get to know the gears before I got in front of other cars.
Best $100 I have spent on the bike yet. Do what works for you.
#1 Mode of Transport-Rhonda (1993 Honda Rebel)
#2 Mode of Transport-...a car.....
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