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How to Get a Motorcycle License in 3 EASY Steps | WheelHouse


(electric guitar music) (motorcycle revving) – Lately, a lot of people here at Donut have been riding their
motorcycles to the office. (motorcycle accelerating)
(upbeat music) It’s got me thinking, how do I do that? Well, join me as I figure out how we get into the two-wheel scene together. Grab your notebooks and
commit this to memory ’cause at the end of this episode, we’re gonna get our motorcycle licenses. I’ve been interested
in getting a motorcycle ever since I was a kid. And if you were a teen in
the late ’90s or early 2000s and weren’t in the motocross, you probably didn’t have a pulse. (upbeat music) Travis Pastrana was jumping his
bike into San Francisco Bay. James Stewart invented the Bubba Scrub. Man, these guys were awesome. Motorcycles are an entirely different side of being a gearhead and it’s a community I wanted to join for some time now. First things first, before we even get to talking about running
down to a dealership or nonstop browsing Craigslist
to buy your first bike, it’s a good idea to find out if you even really
truly want a motorcycle. Motorcycles are alluring. The sense of freedom and
the low cost for high speed, the idea of never having
to look for parking. Sounds amazing, right? Well, all that can quickly
disappear if you take a ride and realize it’s not for you. So if you decide to follow through and get your motorcycle license,
the next step is to get some motorcycle training. (upbeat music) We went with a private lesson
by Class: M1 here in LA. It’s a little more
expensive than a group class which is the cheaper option. Today, we’re gonna learn
how to operate the bike, we’re gonna learn how to ride the bike and then we’re gonna
run through a mock test. (relaxing synth music) I got my gear. Let’s see if we can ride this thing. (upbeat rock music) – [Commentator] Six, five,
four, three, two, one. (motor engine rumbling) Liftoff, we have a liftoff. (motor engine rumbling quietly) – And motorcyclist training course does a few things for you. First, it teaches you the
fundamentals of riding, braking and using the clutch, et cetera. An instructor will go
over all that with you. The course covers street
riding skills and strategies and rules of the road and
you’ll get actual experience by riding a motorcycle. A bike is even provided for you to ride. Steve is setting up the course right now to do a mock DMV test. This class has definitely
made me want a motorcycle even more now. I can’t wait to do more bike content. So you took a training course,
you went down to the DMV, you got your motorcycle license. You are now a legal motorcycle driver. At this point, I’m sure
you’ve been browsing the web, looking for bikes that fit your fancy. Let’s start off with narrowing down what you’re gonna be using your bike for. (playful music) (party horn blows) (playful music) Is it gonna be your commuter? Are you gonna do some
weekend canyon carving or do you want something you
can take a longer road trips and highway cruises? Once you figured that
out, it’ll be much easier to narrow down which
models to start looking at. It’s probably not the best
idea to go buy a touring bike if you wanna hop around the city. – [Rider] Oh, he almost hit the mirror! Oh, he hit their mirror! You hit that mirror, hey?
– Yeah. – The second consideration
is to figure out how much bike you can handle. And before you jump to full
boar testosterone fueled status of believing you can
handle any size motorcycle which I’m sure you can, Dylan. Maybe you think of it like this. Was your first car closer to
the likes of a Corvette ZR1 or a Camry? If your parents were responsible adults who cared for your wellbeing,
I’m sure they didn’t op to give you a 755 horse
powered sports car. Treat buying your first
motorcycle with the same caution. The easiest way to get
yourself hurt is to buy a bike outside of your skill level. I know it’s tempting
to buy a used Hayabusa that’d go 200 miles
per hour for six grand. Don’t do that. (motorcycle accelerating) (motorcycle crashes) – [Cameraman] Holy shit. – Aside from the performance
of the motorcycle, the actual physical size of the bike is an important factor too. You want something that fits your build and that you’re also capable of handling. A 313 pound motorcycles are pretty heavy. I look up the weights of
a few and they range a bit from a 313 pound Honda CB300F to the 943 pound Harley CVO Limited. That’s a thick boy. Obviously, I’m jumping
categories of motorcycles here but you get my point. Physically bigger bikes
can be harder to handle and your first ride should be
easier, not harder to wrangle. (motor engine rumbling) (mumbles) Also, like your first car,
it’s a learner vehicle. It’s gonna get scratched
and dinged and learned on. Your first motorcycle
will see the same fate no matter how good you
are at taking care of it. You’re new at this, remember? You’re gonna make some mistakes that will inevitably
end up with you yelling a few choice cuss words while
the bike lays on its side after a tip over in a
Brunswick bowling parking lot. That happened to Jeremiah, who wrote this episode. There are pros and cons
to buying new versus used. Figure out what you can
afford and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you do end up going the used route, just like you would if
you were to buy a car from a private seller,
do your due diligence. If you can, bring a buddy
who’s got some more knowledge than you to look it over. Don’t have any friends? Well, one, I’ll be your friend. And two, ask a seller to
bring the bike to a shop that will perform a bike inspection. Usually it costs around $100. It gives you some added insurance that a qualified mechanic
made sure everything is okay. There are online forms where
practically every specific model out there, and a lot of those forms are people who have gone
through this experience before and they’re willing to offer
up whatever help they can. They even go on the
Donut subreddit and ask. We have some motorcycle moderators who might offer up their opinion. Two wheels? Four wheels? The Donut family welcomes everyone. So, I’ll go through the process
I went through when choosing my first ideal motorcycle. I’ve always wanted a cafe racer style bike so I started on the web. Seeing what models are
currently out there. I found a bike I liked,
searched some forms to see if that model would
be a good beginner bike. Lo and behold it was. Then I went over to a dealership
and sat on a few of them. I wanted to make sure
the bike wasn’t too big or too small for me, see
if they fit my stature. I’m part of that big boy nation. So regardless if the bike met
my expectation aesthetically, I needed to make sure it
fit me physically as well. Getting involved at any
new hobby can be daunting. Trust me, I know the feeling. Just ask me about my
snow cone machine fetish. (beeps) It’s intimidating to join
a group of enthusiasts to have been indoctrinated
into the group for years before you have but the
motorcycle community like the car community is
a pretty welcoming bunch. A majority of motorcycle riders
want to grow the community and do so by helping
out and being welcoming. Now that I’ve got my motorcycle license, hopefully this video has inspired you to go out and get yours. (playful music)

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