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How to make a M1 motorcycle drivers license

Believe it or not- I’ve been together with my wife Marion since my second year of racing, and we’ve ridden tons of bikes in all those years- she was always a passenger… even on Germany’s famous 13 miles Nuerburgring Nordschleife to smoke guys on big bikes- but she NEVER rode a motorcycle her selves!!!

But since we have that sweet Superbike-Coach rental bike, a Ninja 250- Marion sat on it… declared it as ‘cute’- looked at me and said “…teach me to ride. I wanna make a drivers license!”.  From here, I want to pass this three part article on to her to tell the story of how it’s like- and what to do in order to get a motorcycle drivers license:

Here is how to make your M1 drivers license, Part 1 of 3, by Marion Akkaya

First, I went to the DMV to get the booklet (http://driving-tests.org/california/california-motorcycle-manual/) to prepare for the written test. After studying it for a couple of days, I took some free available test online just to make sure not to see where I’m at. I also scheduled an appointment not to waste my time by waiting for hours in line, which is easy to do online: )

How to learn to ride a motorcycleWhen I arrived, I still had to wait in line, but it was much shorter than what I saw on the other lines. I had to fill out some paperwork about name, address, SSN, information about already existing driver license – the usual stuff, than I got a number and I went back to wait until they called my name.

It took about 15-20 minutes until a DMV worker told me that I have to renew my car driver license when adding a motorcycle license. This information took me by surprise because I wasn’t prepared for the test. I paid $ 29 before I got to window A, where they took my picture. Then they send me to the testing room, loaded with about 20 computers. The nice part by taking it online is that it shows right away if your answer is correct and it is much faster. On the other hand it makes you more nervous after a mistake. Some of the questions were common sense, while other just confused me. I passed my written test for the car right away, but had to retake the written motorcycle test. I had to go back in line, pull a new number and wait for probably 15 more minutes before I could take it again, but this time I’ve passed the test!

The good part is that you can retake the test three times before they send you home and you have to pay again. I am just glad that I past and now I can focus on the “little circle” through which I have to go to pass the driving test. I have no clue how to get through it, but I have the best riding Coach I possibly can think of- who will get me through this successfully. I was convinced he’ll be more sensitive with his wife- was I wrong! J

Now, the fun staff started –riding a motorcycle. ‘Coach husband’ started giving me riding lessons. We started first with some easy lessons, how to shift, to break, to steer, and the right body position. He showed me how to turn my head into the right direction instead of looking right in front of me. I learned shifting up without using the clutch, which is not easy in the beginning, but like he says:” what you don’t have to do- you can’t mess up” –and he is right. Believe me it was not easy for him, because I am a bad listener and I am just glad that I haven’t had make any push-ups yet :)

After a couple of days of training with him, he installed a vox radio in my Arai helmet and says “Let’s hit the freeway hon”, and off we went…

To be continued!

Author Marion Akkaya, Sacramento CA

 

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Happy 2015 :-)

First off… I’m hoping you guys had a great Christmas with your families- Happy new year btw :-)

It’s been one year ago when I announced Superbike-Coach’s new website. Hey… it happened again:
I personally love the design. It is fresh- modern- and represents Superbike-Coach pretty good. Just hoping that you like it, because that’s why we’re doing this. So let me tell you a little bit what’s under the hood of this baby:

  • Superbike-Coach ideal line definition100% smart phone ready (responsive)
  • More quality on images
  • Improved booking system
  • Login area for booking status
  • Better schedule overviews with info system
  • Less linked-links for easier usage
  • Program pages reorganized for easier usage
  • Improved social media connectivity
  • Oh… and better looks :-)

Besides this big update on the website itself, we also come up with some interesting new stuff at the same time:

  • Supermotard 1on1- which I know you would love. You don’t have a adequate Supermoto… easy- just rent one from Superbike-Coach, and have some fun with me on Supermoto tracks, where I am using HD video and GPS data to coach you. This is good for street- track- and racers.
  • 2015 schedule- packed with Cornering School Days, Track Drills, Laguna Seca Specials, Seminars and Tours.
  • New blog sections- ‘Glossary of our Sport’, and ‘Coach’s Motorcycle Bible’- where I come up with tips & tricks around your ride… hopefully with every newsletter.

I really hope you guys enjoy the new website, which motivates to explore. I love this piece and what it stands for. Hope to see you in a class one day.

Coach Can

Superbike-Coach Corp

March 2014 Newsletter Published

Folks,

we just published the March 2014 Newsletter.  Subjects are:

  • Introducing our 2014 sponsors: K&N Racing Filters, Bel-Ray Oils, BikeMaster, ReplayXD, Brocks Performance, BST Carbon Wheels, Lacomoto, Zeta, Dynojet Research, Axo Gear, Shorai Batteries, Autocom, Davis Technologies, Race Tech Suspensions, and Dunlop USA
  • Wheelie Course May 18th already 50% booked
  • One discounted spot left for a 1on4 in Laguna Seca
  • The Cornering School Day on March 30th is considered street rider training
  • Free coaching comes with a Feel Like A Pro bike rental

Click to read the full Newsletter

Tips for a good start in the new riding season

Tons of tips are available on the internet.  Some are good- some are bad… real bad.

Actually so bad, that it might end up in a disaster when you follow half-knowledge people.  Advice number one… don’t listen to someone on a forum who thinks that using the rear brake makes more sense today as it made sense 20 years ago…. no- it still doesn’t make sense, because rules of physics don’t change.  I understand that all of these “good” advices sound plausible for the newbie, and especially this is why you should spend less time listening to them.

If you are all set for the new riding season comes down to three factors;

1) riding experience;  The experience (and this includes also close calls, crashes, and tons of feeling) is the only thing can’t be taught, but all of it makes the rider. You gotta go through this on your own.

2) knowledge;  Can be taught in schools (there are good and bad ones), videos (not on youtube though), or books (good source)… and you’ll learn only if you admit to have to learn- even if you think you’re a heck of a rider.  I’d prefer a school, because reading about climbing is kinda different as really hanging on the edge of a cliff Read more