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If your dream is to ride down California’s coastal roadways, take heart. It’s not that far off if you break things up into steps. The first thing you’ve got to do is apply for the California M1 (Motorcycle) License. In order to obtain your M1, you’ve got to pass the written test, then the riding test. Previous applicants have reported that these tests are ridiculously difficult, probably because one accident is all it takes to get seriously injured – or worse – on a motorcycle.
The written test is based on the California Motorcycle Handbook, available online below, at the DMV, or on the California DMV website. Study this handbook carefully, because you’ll only have three chances to pass the test. The handbook includes a summary of the laws and regulations you’ll need to be familiar with in order to ride a motorcycle, or other two-wheeled vehicle, on California roads.
The main sections of this handbook are as follows:
All this should prepare you for the written test, which is based on the concepts, information and practices from the California Motorcycle Handbook.
Whether you’re considering applying for your license or thinking about reviewing some old skills, you can always use a copy of the California Motorcycle Handbook available online below. It’s adjusted annually with new laws and driving rules, so whether you’re a novice or an old-timer, it always pays to stay up-to-date!