a m8 of mine was busting my chops the other day, about the US bike licence, im curious about the licence system in the states and any restrictions on bike size etc.
in the UK you have to sit a theory test before your allowed to sit any bike/car test.
CBT (compulsary basic training) 9am - 4pm if the instructor feels your not competent enough you have to go back for more training, untill such times he feels your "safe" enough to be let loose on the open roads. you are restricted to a 125cc bike, the CBT only lasts 2 years, at which time if you have not sat one of the other tests, you loose the CBT with one year restriction before you can sit the CBT again.
standard motorcycle licence,sit the test on a 125cc,restricted to the 125cc for 2 years, once the 2 years is up you can step up to any bike/size. if your under 21yo and you reach 21 before the 2 year restriction is up you need to sit another test(direct access) if you want to ride a bigger bike without waiting for restriction to end
direct access, sit the test on a 500cc, no restrictions and your good to go on any bike you please.
the above is a shortened version of the restrictions etc,power/weight ratio
and the examiners who take you for the standard and direct access tests are real ball busters.
instructors reccomend a minimum of 10 hrs training,plus 1hr training before your test.
say you fail the test and think you should have passed,make a complaint, you get to resit the test with two examiners and an extended test,normally test takes about 40-50 minutes,extended takes 90 minutes (ouch).
so after that essay
whats it like in the states ?