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Offline Al

Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:40:31 AM »
I thought that perhaps you guys would appreciate my recent motorcycle license experience.  I posted the following on Facebook:

I don’t want a pickle, I just want to ride my motor . . . . . . . . . . .cycle!
 
After getting my Thai driver’s license, I decided to go for the motorcycle version.  This required successfully passing a computer generated test, and also passing a road test. 
 
The embarrassingly easy road test was the challenge.  I needed to zig zag around some cones and then make a right turn and ride in a straight line down a 12 inch or so wide by about 30 feet long raised concrete path.  It is a simple test to determine if the rider can ride in a straight line.  The first time through I failed spectacularly.  The second time was a repeat of the first ride.  Two shots and that was it - I had to go home and could return in three days for another attempt.
 
Perhaps I should not have waited for more than half a century before attempting to ride a motorcycle.
 
After spending hours practicing on a course built by my sister-in-law and I, it was time for a retest.  Much like the prior time, there were about 25-30 young kids taking the test and me - the old, white guy.  Like before, the test administrator enjoyed calling out my name and pretty soon, once again, all the kids there knew me as Alfred.
 
One after another these kids easily rode and passed.  Then it was my turn.  Again, I would get two chances, and if I failed both tries this time, I would be unable to re-test for six months.  I had three members of my extended family watching and worrying, and there were about a half dozen administrative people watching as well.
 
I went through the first time and again, within just a few feet I swerved off course and was done.  I then was required to wait until all the other people were finished testing.  Now the pressure is on - one shot to make good or I am finished for six months.
 
As I headed out I reminded myself to loosen up, keeps my eyes further down the path and also remember that I really was capable of riding in a straight line.  I made the right hand turn, sped up a bit and hit the front of the narrow path.  I continued down the path and so far, so good.  As I saw the end in sight I sped up just a bit and cruised through to the finish.
 
As I came to a stop everyone there cheered for Alfred, the old guy.  Wow - what a feeling! 
 
I have not experienced this much pressure in a long time.  That tells you about the kind of life I have been living.
 

sicho

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Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 09:10:04 AM »
Quite an experience, AL. I'm sure that you will make a better rider than many of the youngsters who passed more easily.

I applied for both a car and motorcycle test at the same time. It involved no more than showing my UK driver's license, passport, and doctor's certificate, filling in some forms, getting the usual extra photocopies (how many times have I been asked for one more than I already have?) and taking a colour blindness, peripheral vision and speed of reaction test. There was no driving test.

That gave me a one year licence which has since been renewed for five years after no more than the usual paper mountain.
 

Offline Al

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 09:46:48 AM »
Your process worked for me for the auto licensing part, but since I had no prior motorcycle license, they required that I follow the above routine.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 10:38:36 AM »

As I came to a stop everyone there cheered for Alfred, the old guy.  Wow - what a feeling! 
 
Nice one! alfred the great.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Al

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2013, 09:17:03 AM »
As a side note both my wife and sister-in-law commented on the excellent, caring customer service that everyone there seemed to experience when they accompanied me through both the auto and the motorcycle licensing processes.

They noted the stark difference here vs. that of our local immigration office.
 

sicho

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Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2013, 10:48:32 AM »
Which licence office was that, Al?
 

Offline Al

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2013, 01:21:44 PM »
Well, you have just asked the worst guy in Korat for an address and/or directions.  I do know that it is not the one next to the Tesco/across from The Mall.  It is a ways outside of Korat on the left side (when heading out) of a long, fairly straight highway.  I just keep going until I see the big Thai flag from the highway and then I know I am there.

I hope that helps.
 

sicho

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Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2013, 07:12:19 PM »
That's Cho Ho, I think. Helpful people in my own experience.
 

Offline Al

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2013, 07:32:14 PM »
Yup, that's the place!
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2013, 08:00:47 PM »
I loved your story, Al and I could actually envision the events while reading it.  I've never had to take a road test here ever, but I did have to do all the of lame vision and reaction / reflex tests along with a computer test on Thai traffic laws.  Funny too considering no one here abides by any traffic laws. 
 

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Re: Motorcycle Licensing Experience
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2016, 12:17:40 PM »
Hi there,

I am not sure whether this post will be seen or not, since its original posting was over a year go… but would just like to ask, where its possible to find the theory for the Motorcycle test (would you be able to provide any insight, Al?); and or any instruction/lessons in korat on the k53 practical test… haven't found anything helpful on the net. Thanks!
 

 



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