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Motorcycle test in Zug - differences?

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I'm intimately familiar with the motorcycle test in Zurich, having failed it once, but I'm wondering if it's the same in Zug. Specifically, I practiced on their little course at the Strassenverkehrsamt today, but I didn't see anywhere for panic braking. In Zurich they have a course where a light indicates that you need to stop quickly; do they not have that in Zug? I saw some tire marks at the exit that might have been from people stopping, but I'm not sure.

In addition to that Q, any differences I should be aware of?
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Re: Motorcycle test in Zug - differences?

Well, it's months late, but just in case anyone else is doing the motorcycle test in Zug and wants more information....

First you do the bike check (well, after the tester picks you up in the waiting lounge). They prefer if you park your bike next to the door in the motorcycle spots, by the way, not in the car spots. The tester will get on your bike afterwards for a 15 second trip to the next step.

They have a little area in front of the Strassenverkehrsamt where you can practice. There are lines set out for slow driving, an offset slalom, and a figure eight. In my case, I wasn't tested on the slalom, but did the slow driving and then about 3-4 times around the figure eight.

The instructor gets on your bike again, then takes you past the auto-test area and around back to a fairly large test area - unfortunately, you're not allowed in here EXCEPT during the test. She had me drive up the man-made hill to demonstrate my hill start, with her on back. Then you continue down the other side and come back to the start where she gets off. You drive around the hill again to a big circle, wait for a light, and then hit 50 kph on the way back so you can do a full-braking test.

I'm given to understand that everything up to this point is at the tester's discretion. They don't put you through all the tests - they pick and choose which ones they want you to do.

At that point, assuming you haven't failed yet, you go for a little ride. We went out to the right from the StVA, left at the roundabout, and went towards Baar. I can't remember the exact route, but we came back through a section that had a 30kph speed limit through town. Never did the autobahn or such, though we did a short section at 80 kph with a couple of easy curves.

One side note: they give you a little walkie talkie to plug into your helmet prior to the test. It works quite well and is actually a lot better, in my opinion, than the Zürich method of tapping your shoulder to tell you which way to turn.

Hope that helps someone in the future!
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Re: Motorcycle test in Zug - differences?

Thanks for the tips!

Luckily my UK license was exchangable here so I didn't have to go through this test! Haven't ridden for a few years though, let's see if I get on a bike again the coming spring...
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Re: Motorcycle test in Zug - differences?

So I assume you passed, congratulations then! I postponed mine to next spring...

In Aargau you don't have any specific circuit in the Strassenverkehrsamt, you just go on some backroads on the country-side (lots of that around here... ) to do the exercices at least in the region I'm in: no slalom, just figure-8, slow-speed driving and emergency-breaking, and of course a ride with the instructor, which usually includes a 30kph zone with right-priority cases and a section across some local mountain-ish roads (which can be rather challenging if one is not used to ride with a pillion).
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So I assume you passed, congratulations then! I postponed mine to next spring...
Yeah, a few months and many thousands of kilometers ago. ;-) Thanks though, and good luck on your own! Be sure to come out with the guys on one of our almost-weekly rides next season!

Worth noting that the tester really didn't speak any English. I'm pretty conversant in German, but I stumbled across a simple word (I don't remember what it was, but it was the kind of thing that you know and use all the time - like "fahren" or something else ridiculously simple), and she tried to come up with it in English for me thinking I didn't know German at first, when I actually just misheard her. She couldn't do it.

Not that I would expect her to - but be aware that your tester will most definitely speak Swiss German and will probably switch to high German if you ask, but you shouldn't count on English.
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Re: Motorcycle test in Zug - differences?

Abbiegen (= turn)?

I took a private preparation lesson about a month ago and my instructor told me that the examiner will speak in german... maybe the taps on the shoulder are not such a bad idea! I mean, what could possible go wrong?!
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