But street riding is a different animal altogether. Even if you're a new rider, you need specialized training and minimal skill before you hit the asphalt jungle.
Rider basic training is mandatory if you want to avoid being scooped up off of the highway as a casualty. Getting a motorcycle license assures that you have basic training. And it is evidence of a responsible, law abiding citizen. To cut to the chase you can go to the DMV Rider Requirements Here.
These licenses differ from traditional Class A, B or C automobile driver’s license. The M1 and M2 licenses are issued when you want to ride a specific motor vehicle. But typically two wheels only are covered. The license gives the privilege of riding on the California streets, tollways, freeways and highways.
Due to the high risk of life-altering rider injuries, the state needs to assure an arduous permitting process for cyclists. So it issuance remains involved and so does re-issuance. So it remains hard to get when compared to a standard passenger car.
Getting an operator’s license, arguably means that the novice rider made it through the waiting period. Hence, he rode safely. Akin to a provisional license for a teen car permit, the M1 and M2 permits give a chance to test and improve skills.
The main difference? For starters, you are not required to have an adult ride along with you. But that would be true if you had a teen learning permit for a car.
Again, this is a basic permit. And we suggest you take a private rider training safety course too. But get a permit before daring the city streets. Also, the applicant must be at least 21 years old, and:
Some brave teens still opt for a chopper, or rice rocket, instead of a hot rod, or cool car. Some teens, especially boys, imagine themselves in their Rebel Without a Cause Leathers, cool riding gloves, biker boots and tough looking helmet. The alluring look of a street warrior is magnetic.
Also, some teens come from poor families. So they need cheap transport to get to and from school and their after school jobs. There is a process to get permitted and eventually licensed. But this is more arduous than obtaining a traditional CDL.
Before you take the exam, get written approval from your parents or adult guardians. Also, you must take and complete a driver’s education course. As a matter of fact, you must attend an approved training school. Last but not least, the CHP requires that you pass their course. Here is a list of the CHP rider courses, as well as the class schedules. You can also use the website to schedule your testing.
For example, you will need to know where the horn is, where the clutch and accelerator, gear selector, brakes, and starter or kick start is on the vehicle, etc. Once you prove you comprehend the basic functions of the bike. You also need to know how to operate the turn signals, high and low beam lights.
Once you have proven you have a basic comprehension of the bike, you will b instructed to ride your bike through a basic course that tests you on the most common scenarios and judges your responses. It is smart to use a bike you are already familiar with for the test, if at all possible. A large, or unfamiliar bike could mean you hit the orange cones and get disqualified.
If you pass, you get to traverse the roads. But and M1 or M2 permit/license does not by any means insulate you from getting in a wreck. If you do get in an at-fault accident, you can get a ticket. But you may also lose your privilege to ride. If a speeding ticket, and not felony driving over a 100 mph, you will probably lose a point. Additionally, you may see an increase in your liability insurance rates.
In fact, in the Golden State, at least 12% of all reported crashes on the bike are due to unlicensed riders. This makes sense. After all, at least a million vehicles travel the roadways at any particular hour of the day. The statistics show us that non-permitted, or non-licensed riders have eight times greater chance of engaging in unsafe operation of their cycles.
It is simply reckless to go riding when you're not properly permitted. If you cause a serious injury to another, investigations could find you at fault. This means a long-term or permanent license suspension. But you could serve jail time. Criminal restitution may be in order too.