An important part of our trip involved taking a scooter with us. We didn’t want to have to ride our big RV around everywhere we went, especially going into cities and whatnot. There was one big problem. To ride a scooter, we needed to get the M1 motorcycle license endorsement. To get the M1, we had to pass the motorcycle driving test. This involves riding around a bunch of cones, then a very small circle, the lollipop… look it up. It seems to be pretty infamous in California. It sounds simple, but it really isn’t. And we both failed it. 🙁
The good news was that you didn’t need to pass the test in order to get your M1. You could take a CHP approved motorcycle class and get a waiver for the test. So, that is what we did. We found a course in Sacramento that had good reviews.
Haejung: At first I thought that it was kinda overkill to go through a whole class on how to operate a motorcycle just to get a license for a scooter. Scooters are so easy to handle. However the class was great- they teach a lot about how to ride safely. I never thought that I would learn how to ride but I ended up getting a perfect score on the riding part of the exam! They gave me a nifty air pressure checker as a prize. Our instructor Lorett was pretty cool- she rides a 900 lb Indian motorcycle!
Moon: I really wasn’t looking forward to this class going in. I was already annoyed that the California DMV motorcycle driving test was pretty ridiculous. But after taking the course, I learned a lot of valuable lessons on how to operate a motorcycle. We are only gonna be riding a scooter, but there were lots of helpful tips about on how to properly take corners and sharp turns with your bike. As much as I wanted to just hate on the California DMV, I’m glad I took the course. Instructors were very helpful and they were total motorcycle nerds themselves. Lorett had a pretty badass bike. And I definitely gained a lot more respect for the bikers who ride properly. I also earned more respect for my wife, who ended up at the top of the class!