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  # 1529907 11-Apr-2016 10:15
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RileyB:

 

Wouldn't bother with kiwibiker, unless you're a seasoned racer with a couple TT's under your belt and ride nothing but 1000CC+ bikes they will treat you like a piece of S%^T born yesterday. For every helpful answer you will get 10 more mocking your ride/gear choice, and berating you for daring to ask such a dumb question.

 

 

 

 

Is there a forum in NZ that is good? I used to go to a Suzuki GSX one, that was pretty good. Cant recall where it was at, until I get on my home laptop. Pity that a well known kiwi bike forum is run like that. I will dig out the forum for the OP, I assume there are a range of sub topics, not just Suzuki.

 

Side topic, took my GSX 650F in for 18k service, took a GSX 1000 S for a ride. Niiice.  But, its very twitchy on the throttle (which I'd read about on web reviews) Cant really adjust that as its in the mapping. Its so annoying puttering alomg at 50k, 60k, and its jerking slightly all the time. Not a power issue, its a design/mapping issue. I would have bought it. Only other negative was mirror view wasnt great


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  # 1529931 11-Apr-2016 10:18
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Geekzone? :P

 

There a lot of specific forums for specific bikes, or brands of bikes that can be quite useful, for example I ride an Ninja 300, and there is a relatively busy forum just for them. If you google your motorbike model + forum you might find something similar.






 
 
 
 




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There isn't any forum for my bike because it's quite a new model. Also not great if you get a new bike and then have to find a whole new community. I ended up joining netrider.com.au - those Aussies are much friendlier. 

 

 

 

In other news, I got my Restricted on Friday so no more L plates for me :) 





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  # 1529964 11-Apr-2016 10:56
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lokhor:

 

There isn't any forum for my bike because it's quite a new model. Also not great if you get a new bike and then have to find a whole new community. I ended up joining netrider.com.au - those Aussies are much friendlier. 

 

 

 

In other news, I got my Restricted on Friday so no more L plates for me :) 

 

 

 

 

How much did it cost you, I contacted an instructor down here and was told $150 for a practise test, and $250 for the acutal test, are these pretty inline with what you where charged?








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  # 1530031 11-Apr-2016 12:48
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lokhor:

 

There isn't any forum for my bike because it's quite a new model. Also not great if you get a new bike and then have to find a whole new community. I ended up joining netrider.com.au - those Aussies are much friendlier. 

 

 

 

In other news, I got my Restricted on Friday so no more L plates for me :) 

 

 

 

 

How much did it cost you, I contacted an instructor down here and was told $150 for a practise test, and $250 for the acutal test, are these pretty inline with what you where charged?

 

 

 

 

I just did the normal test instead of the CBTA so it only cost $140 or so at AA. I think CBTA is usually ~$300 give or take + $60 for practice





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  # 1530064 11-Apr-2016 13:46
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lokhor:

 

RileyB:

 

lokhor:

 

There isn't any forum for my bike because it's quite a new model. Also not great if you get a new bike and then have to find a whole new community. I ended up joining netrider.com.au - those Aussies are much friendlier. 

 

 

 

In other news, I got my Restricted on Friday so no more L plates for me :) 

 

 

 

 

How much did it cost you, I contacted an instructor down here and was told $150 for a practise test, and $250 for the acutal test, are these pretty inline with what you where charged?

 

 

 

 

I just did the normal test instead of the CBTA so it only cost $140 or so at AA. I think CBTA is usually ~$300 give or take + $60 for practice

 

 

 

 

Do you know what the difference is, from what I can tell they are both practical tests? If the normal test is tat much cheaper I might do that one instead.








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  # 1530079 11-Apr-2016 14:32
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lokhor:

 

RileyB:

 

lokhor:

 

There isn't any forum for my bike because it's quite a new model. Also not great if you get a new bike and then have to find a whole new community. I ended up joining netrider.com.au - those Aussies are much friendlier. 

 

 

 

In other news, I got my Restricted on Friday so no more L plates for me :) 

 

 

 

 

How much did it cost you, I contacted an instructor down here and was told $150 for a practise test, and $250 for the acutal test, are these pretty inline with what you where charged?

 

 

 

 

I just did the normal test instead of the CBTA so it only cost $140 or so at AA. I think CBTA is usually ~$300 give or take + $60 for practice

 

 

 

 

Do you know what the difference is, from what I can tell they are both practical tests? If the normal test is tat much cheaper I might do that one instead.

 

 

 

 

I think CBTA is harder and longer but uses more up to date methodology e.g. lane placement is based on conditions with CBTA but normal license they expect you to stay just left of the center line.

 

 

 

You can also do CBTA earlier depending on the licence. For Restricted you must wait 6 months before doing normal licence, but can do it right away with CBTA. For full you must wait 1.5 years for normal licence, but only 1 year for CBTA. You can do normal licence for Restricted and then do CBTA after 1 year though. 





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  # 1530084 11-Apr-2016 14:37
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lokhor: 

 

I think CBTA is harder and longer but uses more up to date methodology e.g. lane placement is based on conditions with CBTA but normal license they expect you to stay just left of the center line.

 

 

 

You can also do CBTA earlier depending on the licence. For Restricted you must wait 6 months before doing normal licence, but can do it right away with CBTA. For full you must wait 1.5 years for normal licence, but only 1 year for CBTA. You can do normal licence for Restricted and then do CBTA after 1 year though. 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, where there any resources you looked at to prepare for, and know what they were going to test you on?








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  # 1530104 11-Apr-2016 15:31
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lokhor: 

 

I think CBTA is harder and longer but uses more up to date methodology e.g. lane placement is based on conditions with CBTA but normal license they expect you to stay just left of the center line.

 

 

 

You can also do CBTA earlier depending on the licence. For Restricted you must wait 6 months before doing normal licence, but can do it right away with CBTA. For full you must wait 1.5 years for normal licence, but only 1 year for CBTA. You can do normal licence for Restricted and then do CBTA after 1 year though. 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, where there any resources you looked at to prepare for, and know what they were going to test you on?

 

 

 

 

Just on the NZTA site https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/motorcycle-road-code/practical-tests/restricted-practical-riding-test/

 

Basically just know how to ride confidently and follow all of the rules. I think you are supposed to do a U-turn but I never ended up having to do one. Make sure you do very visible head checks and mirror checks when coming to intersections or doing any manoeuvre like changing lanes etc. Make sure you stick to the speed limit, don't speed up before the speed changes up and make sure you slow down before the speed changes down. Another gotcha might be when turning, make sure you don't cross any solid lines e.g. don't cut the corner at all - you have to take it quite wide. 

 

 





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