Hopping on your bike and hitting the road means one thing to most riders: fun.
Unfortunately, there are a few requirements every rider has to fulfill before getting to the fun part of owning and riding your motorcycle. The most important of these is the PA motorcycle permit practice test.
You can’t get your permit without taking the test, and you can’t get your license without getting your permit.
Take it from a motorcycle accident attorney – a little planning and preparation go a long way toward making the day of your PA motorcycle permit test go smoothly.
We’ve covered how to prepare for the permit test a bit before on the blog, but this time let’s dig into the on-cycle test in a bit more detail.
Before taking the PA Motorcycle Permit Practice Test
Assuming you’ve already taken and passed your basic written knowledge test, you should have received your Class M learner’s permit, which allows you to ride your bike during daylight hours (remember, if you’re younger than 18, there are a few additional requirements). If this is the case, it’s time to start getting ready for your road test.
If you’re not an experienced rider, you may want to take advantage of the free rider training course the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers for residents with a Class M permit. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) includes a Basic Rider Course, providing an introduction to safe responsible riding, and a one-day follow up course for more experienced riders.
Riders younger than 18 are required to take this course.
Graduates of these classes are issued a motorcycle license as the PA motorcycle permit practice test is included in the course work.
You must schedule your test ahead of time. This can be done online any time of the day or night, or by calling PennDOT at 1-800-932-4600 during standard business hours.
In general, it’s a good idea to get as much riding time in as possible once you have your permit, because you want to be as comfortable as possible the day of the test.
Remember to get a good night’s sleep the night before your test, and to have a good breakfast the morning of the test. You don’t want to be distracted by fatigue or hunger when you’re already in an unusual and somewhat stressful situation.
The Day of the Test
Here’s what you need to bring with you on test day if you have a driver’s license:
- Your valid PA Class M learner’s permit
- Your driver’s license
- Inspection Sticker
- A valid registration card for the motorcycle
- Proof the bike is insured
If you don’t yet have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license bring all of the above items, and you’re required to be accompanied by a licensed motorcycle rider as well.
Riders younger than 18 also need to bring:
- A completed Parent if Guardian Certification Form (DL-180C)
- Your PAMSP Certificate of Completion Card
What’s included in the on-cycle skills test?
First of all, there’s no “in-traffic,” element of the PA motorcycle permit test. It’s conducted on a pad at a PennDOT Driver’s License Center. Before the riding element, you’ll perform a pre-trip cycle inspection, including tires, steering, suspension, and braking system.
The inspection is is followed by your on-cycle skills test for left and right turns, and figure eights.
If you fail the skills test, you may re-apply twice before being required to apply for another motorcycle learner’s permit.
Remember, if you have an accident on your motorcycle before you get your license, even the finest motorcycle accident attorneys may not be able to help you much. So be sure you’re fully licensed and insured before hopping on your bike.
Congratulations! You’ve earned your Pennsylvania Class M license. So be careful and have fun!
For more information about the PA motorcycle permit test, call Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney Lee D. Gaber at 888-292-5352 (888-CYCLE-LAW).