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BTW, I am probably one of the few Americans who likes the tiered license system for bikes. I also believe it should be done for class (size) of cars and pick up trucks.
I love the tiered licencing system. For vehicles we have it too.

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They each have their own stipulations / amount of passengers, type of engine (4cyl, turbo, v8 e.t.c.).

I know that the motorcycle test to get your learners here in QLD is now 30 questions too, instead of the previous 5 it used to be.
 

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In Utah we have tiers for 0-249, 250-750, and 750-Positive Infinity. Because my registration shows 249cc for the ceebee I would be stuck in the first tier, but the tester was concerned that a cop might see 250 on the bike and 249 on my license and get me. So he bumped me into the second tier.

Granted you get placed into a tier based on what bike you brought to the test. So I guess I could have borrowed a liter bike, and spent 3 minutes farting around in the parking lot with the tester and been good to ride anything.
 

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Two fingers also. It allows me to blip the throttle when downshifting and brake at the same time.
 

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I use 2 fingers. Advantage is I can maintain throttle. Disadvantage is if I need to emergency stop, there's not as much pressure, and if the right bar happens to crash into something, my other two fingers will be crushed.
Is it illegal to use shorty levers is Australia? I normally just shorten the stock levers.

 

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my whole life ive used two on the clutch and one on the brake. its just what is comfortable to me and convenient. however more recently, i have been trying to get used to using two on the brake. i recently bought a race suit and all the gear to go with it and am slowly converting my bike to a track bike for next season. im affraid that once on the track my one finger braking 1) will fatigue too fast and 2)may not be enough force
 

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Is it illegal to use shorty levers is Australia? I normally just shorten the stock levers.
It's illegal to cut the stock levers like that, as they're meant to have that "ball" section on the end.

Buying aftermarted shorty levers is fine though (and is what I run).
 

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Seems like braking fingers are a personal preference. So I am going to write this instructor off as a narrow minded twit and do what I must to get my unrestricted license. The way MC licenses are tiered in Oz is smart. Your first license is restricted to 660cc and under and some power to weight output that I can't quote. It only seems right to have to pass each segment of the unrestriced test by demonstrating proficiency. There is no law regarding four fingered brake operation, thus there should be no requirement to have to do it if you can demonstrate an emergency stop within the parameters with one or two fingers. It is frustrating that I have to break a perfectly acceptable habit to meet the personal demands of one ignorant fellow.
Power to weight is <660cc and no greater than 150kw/tonne power to weight which helps to exclude 600cc supersports. They meet the capacity guideline but the power to weight output is far too high.

I know it can be frustrating regarding the instructor but trust me, it's not the one guy trying to be a tosser. It's how they're trained and told to go about their job. Same as your driving instructor. Many people can hold a steering wheel with one hand competently and legally; however if you do it while going for your provsional test how well do you think it will work for you?

In SA you have to put your left foot down to stop in your rider safe course to get your license - or else you you will lose marks. Is it illegal to put your right foot down? Certainly not however it is a guideline for the training course and once you're out on the road you can do whatever you wish - same applies with the braking.

How did the test go?
 
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