Taking my motorcycle test in Farnborough UK in pouring rain on a CZ 175 trail bike with knobbly tires, around 1980.
In the UK in those days the examiner comes out and watches you on 'real' roads, on a figure of eight course. It was torrential rain and examiner would much rather have been doing a car test, he was obviously very pissed off.
Halfway round the first circuit of the figure eight, he leaps out in front of me to test my emergency stop-I was so surprised, jumped on the brakes and promptly feel off. He comes running up, apologizes and says,
"sorry that was a bit sudden. Tell you what one more circuit and you've passed and we can both get out of this terrible rain".
CZ wouldn't kick start, so asked if I could bump start it-"yes yes, fine get on with it". Stuck it in 3rd (very low geared bike), ran it along the road let the clutch out. it fired up. BUT, when I fell over, I had unknown to me, stuck the throttle grip in full open position as I slid along the road.
Bike took off, couldn't get on it had to let go and it went about 10feet into a parked car (no kill switch on CZ in th)ose days.
Look around and examiner had gone.
No I didn't pass, took it again about 3 weeks later (not much waiting in those days), bright sunny day-slackend off the brakes, different examiner no more 'L' plate.
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