The Drivers License Act describes a number of things that in particular the future motor cyclist will want to know. Although the rules are not official yet, it is not to be expected that the following will change.
Up to and including May 1996 a beginner does not have to take his or hers theoretical exam again of he or she already has a drivers license for cars ('B-license'). This changes on the first of June. Anyone who wants to get a drivers license for motorcycles ('A-license') must have succesfully taken the theoretical exam for an A-license. No matter if he or she already has a B-license. The theoretical certificates dated before June 1, 1996 will be valid for three years. From June 1, 1996 on, in order to take a theoretical exam you must be at least 18 years of age. The theoretical certificate dated June 1, 1996 or later will be valid for one year. You have to have this with you while taking driving lessons and also during the practical test.
For the practical test for the A-license age is a crucial point. If you are younger than 21 years you must take the test on a bike with more than 120cc, less power than 35kW/47hp. And it must at least be able to run 100kmph/62.5mph. If you are 21 years or older you have a choice. You either use the aforementioned bike and get a restricted A-license (see under 'A-license') or you use a more powerfull bike (35kW/47hp or more) and get a full A-license.
If you take your test with a 'light' bike you get a restricted A-license. This means that you are only allowed to drive a motorcycle with less power than 25kW/34hp. This bike must also have less than 0.16kW/kg (0.098hp/lb) power. Effectively this means that you are not allowed to drive high power bikes and bikes with a relatively high power/weight ratio. After two years you are then allowed, without taking any additional exams/tests, to get whatever bike you want. If you take the test with a bike over 35kW/47hp you get a full A-license, allowing you to ride any bike you want.
Special thanks to the CBR, the Dutch Drivers License Bureau.
|80 dB(A)||more then 8 hrs|
|86 dB(A)||more than 2 hrs|
|89 dB(A)||more than 1 hrs|
|92 dB(A)||more than 30 min|
|95 dB(A)||more than 15 min|
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|120 km/h||98 dB||7 min|
|140 km/h||102 dB||3 min|
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A helmet that has all kinds of irregularities, like air inlets, and vizor mounts is less smooth, has more air resistance but causes LESS noise. Another decrease can be found in changing your head's position. Keep your head a little down or tilted and you may hear the difference.
The influence of fairing is also surprising. Outside is less strainfull on your ears than inside. The engine noises are amplified by a fairing that is open on top because the noise is guided upward. Behind the fairing you'll normally find low pressure and the combination of these things cause a higher noise level behind the fairing than outside.
Special thanks to the ANWB, the Dutch AAA or ADAC.
Most bikes built before 1965 have the actual year listed on a tag on the top-end of the front fork. Some will even show the week of production. In general look for that tag. Sometimes it is punched in the steer-shaft directly. You'll find the VIN-number. Which means Vehicle Identification Number. In my (Dirk) case JH2PDO6O9KM201571. The VIN is maintained by the ISO, International Standards Organisation.
The VIN is a series of seventeen characters and digits. It reveals the continent, country (Japan) and brand (Honda) and model number (2PD) and version (06) and modificationnumber (09). The tenth position (K) shows the year in which it was build. The eleventh position the factory (M) and the rest is serial number. The year starts counting with 'A' in 1980. a 'F', 'K' and 'P' indicate 1985, 1989 and 1993 respectively. The 'Y' is up until now the last assigned year. It is the year 2000.
You can also deduct the year from the imprint in the rim. All rims have a '10-92' alike code in them. One or a couple of months later after this production date the bike was assembled. This is only true for original rims of course.
The 1994 Traffic Code also changed part of the motor cycle registration information. On registrations after 1994 you only find the 'duplicate code'. Which indicates how many duplicate registration documents have been issued for this bike. A '00' indicates none, you're looking at the original. A'09' tells you that the former owners of the bike were pretty careless or got mugged a lot.
From your registration documents part 1 you can also read when the registration was done original. It means that your bike is not younger than that date. It can mean that:
Finally it could be a restored write-off or a severe case of lost registration.
By: Dirk den Hamer, thanks to: de rubriek "meneer verkeer" van ProMotor.