I took the P's test today and passed even apparently taking one of the turns too tightly (eight points). Overall it was a fun morning, though test situations are always a bit stressful. Here's a few observations. 1. It's amazing how different it is riding an unfamiliar bike. I ride an 82 model cb250rs and thus expected the CBFs (also a single cylinder) to behave in much the same way. Not the case. The modern CBFs are much smoother and much more forgiving. Clutch control and throttle bleeping when changing gears is not nearly as important on the CBF. I rode a CBF for my L's, but that was too long ago for me to remember how they behave. 2. Slow speed maneuvering - at Armstrongs they start you off by doing a U-turn in second gear through some cones even though it is not part of the test. I began doing this the same way I usually perform low-speed riding - by riding the clutch friction zone. The instructors thought this was really bad news and told me not to do it, though I tried to explain that if I dropped the revs low enough to perform that U turn in second gear on my bike it would nearly stall and become unstable. Thereafter I followed their advice and performed the maneuver with no clutch at the very bottom of second gear, scraping my inside foot on the ground every time. This seemed a bit excessive for a low speed u-turn, plus at that speed (throttle almost entirely disengaged) applying any more throttle caused the bike to lurch forward slightly, which is something that using a bit of clutch as a buffer would prevent. (Accelerating out of a turn is not something the instructors mentioned, but I'm guessing they think it is a bad idea.) 3. Emergency braking - they teach you to use both brakes and not to touch the clutch, which is different from what we practice on Saturday morning learner sessions (front brake only because the back will lock easily and it correctly may detract from your ability to use the front). When I asked whether, but not using the clutch, your are fighting the power of the engine, they said that the engine power is braking, not pushing your forwards. This makes sense at 20-25 ks an hour, which is the speed to do the emergency braking in the test, but is this also the case if you're going 50, 70, or 100 ks an hour in 5th or 6th gear? I wouldn't have thought so, but I might be wrong about that. They also made no mention of squeezing the tank with your legs for extra stability and were not impressed when I pulled the clutch in at the very end of the stop. They actually prefer you to stall, even though that means that you can't make any swerving maneuver if you can't stop in time. 4. The test is pretty forgiving. As I've already stated, I apparently hit the inside line on the left curve (perhaps with my foot as it was scraping), which you would think is a pretty big deal, yet still easily passed the test. Another rider stalled twice on takeoff and passed easily as well (they allow you to stall three times, for some reason?). On that basis it would be pretty hard to fail. The hardest part is the nerves. It was a good feeling swapping that L plate around at the end of the morning. The test has made me think about taking further rider training, though I wouldn't do it unless the institution allows me to use my own bike. Thanks for reading!