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post #1 of 30 Old 01-24-2014, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm trying to learn how to ride in Tennessee, but have run into a problem.

I did the BRC a couple of months ago, but skipped the test because I need a lot more practice before I feel confident enough to be out on the road with other vehicles.

A couple of people in the class recommended a learner's permit. It has some restrictions -- no more than 20 miles from home, no interstate, daylight hours only -- but seemed like a good idea for riding legally while I practice my skills.

So today I went to get a learner's permit, but was told it's only for minors who aren't old enough for the full license.

Now I'm stuck. How do I practice when I can't legally ride anywhere?

Or is there some obvious solution I'm just not seeing yet?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 30 Old 01-24-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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Around here people practice in parking lots until they can pass the licensing tests.. Learner's permits for motorcycles are a bit of a joke anyway. There's no way anyone can help a student rider out on the road. They are totally on their own.

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post #3 of 30 Old 01-24-2014, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Am I risking a ticket by riding a couple of blocks *to* a parking lot?

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What's the difference?

You skipped the test because you felt you needed more practice, but now, you want to practice.

There was your opportunity to be on the road legally.

It's a shame you got bad info from "people" in the class. I hope it wasn't your instructors.

The obvious solution....go back get your endorsement. You can always practice on slower paced roads, shopping center parking lots. You can do it!

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You did the right thing by taking the course, but you need to stay with it until you can pass your test. Maybe a friend can get you to a parking lot to practice.

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The instructor was one of those who mentioned the learner's permit. I'll be letting him know that's not an option in Tennessee.

I had some doubt I could even pass the test at the end of the BRC given my very rough skills.

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Here's what's crazy:
If I were fifteen I *could* ride with a permit. But as an adult, I can't.

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The instructor was one of those who mentioned the learner's permit. I'll be letting him know that's not an option in Tennessee.

I had some doubt I could even pass the test at the end of the BRC given my very rough skills.
Yeah, I'd tell him too, nicely though...lol.

I hope you can fell more comfortable next time around!

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The instructor was one of those who mentioned the learner's permit. I'll be letting him know that's not an option in Tennessee.

I had some doubt I could even pass the test at the end of the BRC given my very rough skills.
Maybe it would go better for you if you were to try the full course again. It sounds like it might be time well spent if you are determined to learn to ride.

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I'll most likely take the road part of the course again at some point, but I'd rather get some basics down -- shifting consistently, for example, and braking -- so I can focus more on maneuvering. I know *how* to do these things, but need to repeat them often enough that they're almost second nature. There's just not time to do that during the course.

I learn slowly, but when I finally get something, it sticks.

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