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Motorbike Riding School

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Hi

Does anyone know of an English speaking motorbike school in or around Essen? I can ride a bike but my licence is a Kuwait one and I need to get a German one to be able to ride (although I am aware that for a limited period I can ride on an international licence)

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Simon

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Slinq8 are you still looking?I would be checking all the schools around a most have English speaking instuctors.If no one in your area has check surrounding towns cities as I know Bonn has.And have had a similar problem with the licence issue as well and still to a degree.Let me know how you get on as its seems a long term ssue looking at the posting dates cheers

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Yes, am still looking. I found one in Essen who speak English but despite his numerous promised to get back to me" he hasn't yet and I can only assume he is more interested in teaching a group of German speakers rather than one or two English speakers. The annoying thing is I have a licence for a bike from Kuwait so can ride, but the licence cannot be exchanged directly for a German one. I even have a Harley Davidson sitting in the garage which I shipped over with me - all I can do is sit on it and pretend!!

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Funny that I have a Dubai licence,same thing,said had to do written and driving test only though and also a HD 1200 sportstar but was able to ride a little around here before my six months period ended.Now my battery has died for the tenth time and this time I think its terminal.On recharger now and hopefully it will resurrect itself again.The local dealers want a 180.euro for new one.Costs more than a car battery.

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180 Euros? Blimey. In Kuwait I paid 40 dinars, which is around 100 Euros. My bike will need work as it has been sat unstarted for a year now. It is heart breaking as it only has 3000km on the clock. This year I want to do my test, get the bike running again and get it registered. Have you passed your German test now?

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Hey Dragonseer. Have you actually taken the bike test here yet? I finlly found a school in Essen and the owner speaks English well. However the first lesson today was a waste of time as the instructor could not (or maybe would not) speak English, and everything was revision. The school told me I have to do 12 basic theory lessons plus a rake of special theory lessons for the bike. After today's debarcle I queried whether I need to do the basic theory lessons given that I already have a UK car licence and I was told I had to. Have you had the same information? I am going to try calling ADAC or the car licence authority (forgotten the name in German) to see if I am being taken for a ride (pardon the pun). I have a Sportster too but only an 883. Bought it new 5 years ago and shipped it here from Kuwait - only has 3500km on the clock :-)

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@dragonsheer

Normal acid batteries for your XLH cost between €50 and €80

Gel batteries cost up to €200 and Lithium Ionen up to €300

You know there is more then just that HD dealer in Bonn.

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