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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:04 am 
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Hey good morning ya'all. So, I'm about to purchase (in a few weeks) my mp3 250 here in NYC. And as this will be my first scooter I was hoping to find a school that could give me a few lessons before my road test. I'm getting my permit today (hopefully after I take the test which I hear is really easy!) I looked at the reviews for the Ferrari Driving School and they were ALL negative. They sounded good over the phone saying that for 90.00 they'd give me a 1 1/2 hour private tutorial before the road test. Any thoughts? Thanks, LEE.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:21 am 
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I've heard good things about Ferrari.

There is also ProDriveNY.

Use the search tool, I'm pretty sure there are at least one or two other driving school related threads on the forum

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:26 am 
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sounds like a good deal.. :geek:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:43 am 
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TRAMAS in Woodhaven Queens is the approved MSP school in this area. They give lessons at Farmingdale College. It is $75 for one hour (45 mins) on a Honda Rebel 250, or a Honda scoot if you prefer, they have both.

You can locate them thru the NYS DMV website, or search for Motorcycle Safety Foundation. New York Schools.


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From the FAQ section...

FAQ: How quickly can I get a license? Good driving school in NYC?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:47 pm 
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I used ferrari. It was fine. they get you a sooner test date than you would get on your own, give you a quick and dirty overview of what's on the test and watch you do a couple loops on a dead end street. you aren't gonna learn to do stoppies on your scooter or anything, but you'll get the license.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:22 pm 
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highly recommend starting with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:41 am 
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Brooklyn Driving School. Just got my motorcycle licence thru them. They provide a scooter or motorcycle to take the test and give you a great practice run first, using 2-way radio helmets. They also have motorcycle and scooter driving lessons, but I already knew how to ride, just needed a fast way to get my licence.
6 of us took the test that day, and all 6 passed. The cost was $179.00 and they made all the DMV arrangements for the Red Hook, Bklyn test. Lookem up on google for contact info.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:12 pm 
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I did a whole slew of things for training.

First, I began with a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course, run out of Fairleigh-Dickinson U. in Teaneck, NJ. That was excellent. Unfortunately for me, it was my very first time on two wheels, and it was conducted with shifting motorcycles, so I flunked my road test. So after asking around among my motorcycling friends, I learned it was not uncommon, even for hard-core bikers, to take the NJ DMV test on a scooter. An online search yielded one vendor who would provide the scooter, give you a few hours' practice ahead of time in a nearby parking lot; and then transport you and the scooter over to the DMV site to take the test. Which I did, passing this time and gaining my license.

Then, I learned a good source for private lessons was often found on the countertops of local motorcycle dealers. So I scarfed up a few business cards left there at my nearest dealer, ultimately taking lessons with one guy in Hoboken, NJ and another gal in Rockland County, NY. The latter, Lee Lafarge, was very helpful, although training was on a 250cc Honda motorcycle that she provided, not on a scooter.

Next, at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show, held each January at the Javitz Center, I encountered yet more private instructors, including one closer to my home in Essex County, NJ. When my skills develop sufficiently to start riding two-up with my wife, I plan on taking advantage of their services.

Finally, when time permits next summer, I plan to follow up with the MSF's Advanced Rider Course. I recall the Teaneck MSF used to offer one Basic Rider Course for scooterists amidst their year-round schedule, but cancelled it due to lack of interest. Maybe other MSF's in the area offer one instead.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:22 pm 
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I did a whole slew of things for training.

First, I began with a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course, run out of Fairleigh-Dickinson U. in Teaneck, NJ. That was excellent. Unfortunately for me, it was my very first time on two wheels, and it was conducted with shifting motorcycles, so I flunked my road test. So after asking around among my motorcycling friends, I learned it was not uncommon, even for hard-core bikers, to take the NJ DMV test on a scooter. An online search yielded one vendor who would provide the scooter, give you a few hours' practice ahead of time in a nearby parking lot; and then transport you and the scooter over to the DMV site to take the test. Which I did, passing this time and gaining my license.

Then, I learned a good source for private lessons was often found on the countertops of local motorcycle dealers. So I scarfed up a few business cards left there at my nearest dealer, ultimately taking lessons with one guy in Hoboken, NJ and another gal in Rockland County, NY. The latter, Lee Lafarge, was very helpful, although training was on a 250cc Honda motorcycle that she provided, not on a scooter.

Next, at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show, held each January at the Javitz Center, I encountered yet more private instructors, including one closer to my home in Essex County, NJ. When my skills develop sufficiently to start riding two-up with my wife, I plan on taking advantage of their services.

Finally, when time permits next summer, I plan to follow up with the MSF's Advanced Rider Course. I recall the Teaneck MSF used to offer one Basic Rider Course for scooterists amidst their year-round schedule, but cancelled it due to lack of interest. Maybe other MSF's in the area offer one instead.



Wow, that's a lot of preparation. I just got on and rode it like I stole it. That was a 600lb 800cc sport bike

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:57 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:17 am 
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Good to know about this driving school. I am looking for good driving schools around and my friend suggested me a Port Macquarie Driving School offers professional training from well qualified and expert teachers. Planning to enroll there.


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