FAQS

Iíve never been on or ridden a motorcycle Ė can I learn to ride?
With the proper instruction and guidance almost anyone who is physically capable and has the balance to ride a bicycle can learn to ride a motorcycle.

Are there any age or height requirements?
Students must be at least 15 1/2 years old and have a government issued photo ID.  If under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign for the student in the classroom the first day.

There is not a minimum height requirement, however you must be able to touch the ground with both feet while straddling the motorcycle. We do have motorcycles with low slung seats available for use. If you feel that your height may be a challenge, please call the site sponsor, John Flovin (916) 834-7503) to make arrangements to see whether we have a bike that will fit you comfortably.

What do I need to ride the motorcycle?

The following items are required for the range portion of the training:

  • DOT approved 3/4 coverage or full face helmet  We have a selection of helmets for student use during range session if needed.

  • Shatter-resistant eye protection.

  • Sturdy footwear that covers the ankle. 

  • Full fingered street motorcyle gloves or leather gloves.

  • Long sleeved shirt or jacket. 

  • Long non-flared durable pants without rips or holes.

  • All clothing should be made of a sturdy, durable material for your safety and protection.

  • Note:  We do not cancel for rain.  It is recommended that you bring rain gear  if it is raining on the day you ride.

I work during the day Ė can I take lessons after work or on weekends?
Yes, AAA Motorcycle Training provides classroom sessions on Saturday and Sunday,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and some Friday-Friday classes.  Check "courses" for current schedules.

How do I schedule lessons?
You can book on line (see Book Your Class), or call us at 916-781-6280.  If you are under 21m please call the office to receive your discount.

Can I train with my friend?
Many students find that training with a friend or relative enhances their experience. Just let us know when you register that you wish to be in the same class. If you want to book a class for a full group (up to 12 riders with two instructors) please call.

Do you provide a motorcycle for me to use and will I fit on it?
AAA Motorcycle Training provides small training motorcycles (125-250 cc) and, upon request only, scooters.  These motorcycles have a low seat height and weigh between 375 - 400 lbs.

Can I use my own motorcycle?
Most students prefer to use the motorcycles we provide but you can use your own motorcycle if it is less than 500 cc's and in safe riding condition. If you decide to use your own motorcycle you will have to provide proof of current registration and proof of insurance to the instructor.

Is a Motorcycle permit required to take the course?
No. All students must be 15 1/2 years of age or older and have valid government photo ID.  If you have further questions regarding proper ID, please call.

I donít have any motorcycle gear (helmet, gloves, etc.). Do I need to buy these items before I take a lesson?
We donít require students to purchase any special equipment and we have a variety of helmets and gloves that you can use. Many prefer to buy or use their own motorcycle-specific items. All students are required to wear over-the-ankle boots or shoes, long pants (preferably jeans or other durable material), long sleeves (motorcycle-specific jacket preferred or a leather or jean jacket is acceptable), DOT-approved 3/4 or full face helmet with approved eye protection and full-fingered leather gloves. "No skin below the chin."

Iím not yet 21 years old, can I get my motorcycle license?
Learner permits allow limited privileges for people learning to drive. California State laws and regulations restrict where, and under which circumstances, you may drive. If you are under age 21, you are required to take the MTC before you an get your Motorcycle Learner's permit which is required for a period of six months before you can acquire your motorcycle driver's license.  Check the CA DMV site for further information.

Will I have to go to the DMV for my license after completing the course?
Upon completion of the class, you will be provided with the DL389 form within 5-10 working days. When you present this form to the DMV, the riding portion of your motorcycle test will be waived.  You will still be required to take the DMV written test.  The State of California requires successful completion of the state auto and motorcycle written tests.  For more information, please check the CA DMV site.  If you are under the age of 21, please see above.

What can I expect during my lesson?
Check out the section Course Information.

How do I get my M1 license after completing the course?
Sierra College Community Education is sub-contracted by the state of California to provide the MRC Course and is recognized by the DMV. Once you have completed the MTC, you will be mailed a DL389 document within 5-10 working days. When presented to the DMV,  the DL389 will waive the riding portion of your motorcycle test only. You will still need to pass the written portion of the DMV test. 

If you wish to speed up this process, you may take the written test at the DMV prior to taking the MTC class.  This will give you a motorcycle riding permit, allowing you to ride only during the day, surface streets only, and without a passenger.  Upon receipt of your DL389 form, you may take that form to the DMV and they will automatically provide you with the M1 license without any further testing.

Will I get a discount on my insurance after taking the course?
Most insurances companies offer a discount of 5% to 10% for completing the course. Check with your insurance company for specifics. Many dealers and motorcycle shops also give discounts.  Keep your graduation card with you (provided on the range on the same day you complete the course successfully) to show dealers and other motorcycle shops you have taken the course.

Still have questions? Send us an email or give us a call!  916-781-6280 or communityed@sierracollege.edu