How to Pass the California Motorcycle License Skills Test
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How To Pass your Motorcycle (MotorScooter) Driving Test
Getting my first CA Motorcycle License turned out to be harder than I ever expected.
Here is Exactly How to Pass the California Motorcycle
From the time you get your learners permit, the DMV continuously pushes you to take a $250 course from the Highway Patrol. If you take this course you automatically get a CA motorcycle license.. If you take the test without the course, it’s free, but it’s trickier than you would expect.
In the test you have three free tries to pass, Each try must be done on
a different day. Don’t feel bad if you fail once or twice.
If your foot touches the ground at all, you immediately fail. They say if you go out of the lines you also immediately fail, but they don’t always enforce this to the letter. You must be close.
To prepare, I looked up the test on the internet where you can find DMV videos which
give you an idea what to expect. DMV literature does not tell you about this.
I watched a fellow who did not see the videos take the test. He failed within the first minute.
Antonio's Tips to Pass:
TIP 2: PRACTICE on an actual sized course. I passed on my first try by practicing
on an actual size course which I drew from Chalk. Attached is a diagram with exact dimensions. If you're lucky you might be able to go to the DMV after hours and practice
I did over 150 practice runs on my chalk drawn course. Since my paved back yard was smaller than the course, I drew the circle. This is the most difficult part of the test. Be creative how
you draw the five pylons.
TIP 3: Use the smallest lightest bike you can. I passed on a 150 cc Vespa Scooter. I kept less than ¼ tank of gas in it to Save Weight. I also adjusted the tire pressure perfectly.
TIP 4: Go to the location of the test a few days before your test and observe. Most people get nervous at the test. By going to the test site first, you are familiar with
what will happen, will know what to expect, and are far more comfortable when you arrive.
TIP 5: The test giver might ask you questions which were not in the video such as demonstrate Left, Right, and Stop hand signals. Demonstrate: which brake handle works front and which works rear brake? Where is the throttle? Where is the kill switch?
TIP 6: Never Let Your Foot TOUCH THE GROUND During The Test even if you go out of the designated area. They can’t see if you are over the line by a few inches but they can see if your foot goes down. DO NOT STOP during any maneuver.
TIP 7: Use a half or open face helmet if you have one:. Most of the test is under 10 mph and you’re looking at lines on pavement. Although I own a full face helmet, using a friend’s open faced helmet seemed to make it easier.
TIP 8: The circle is the most difficult part of the test:. Try to keep a consistent speed in the circle. This makes it much easier. I did the circle at about 6 mph. The pylon part of the test is not as difficult. They use small pylons which make it easier. Practice using pylons to get the hang of it. For practice, I substituted empty plastic flower pots which worked great.
TIP 9: Have your paperwork ready.: Registration, Proof of Insurance, Learners Permit, Your auto drivers license or photo ID. If you don't have it you can't take the test.
The most important things are
DO NOT STOP OR PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN. If you go over the lines a small bit they probably won’t know. Don’t Stop!
Comment: I practiced no less than 15 hours for this test. I’m glad I did. It made me a better rider and I passed on the first try. When you start practicing you will mess up and touch the ground. Be able to laugh at yourself. Keep practicing.
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