Over here in Adelaide, Australia we go from our
R-Date licence - can ride bikes up to 660 ml engine capacity and power to weight ratio not exceeding 150 kw/t the
R licence - full rider's licence, can ride any bike (must have held an R-Date licence for at least 12 months
Thanks for the explanation.
It's stupidly easy to get a motorcycle licence in the US. Any size you can throw a leg over, as long as it's a legally licenced bike.
All you have to do in California, is get on a licenced bike, ride thru a little cone course in the back of the DMV parking lot without dobbing a foot off the pegs, take a written test of about 35 questions that are pretty easy multiple choice, and if you pass with 85% you're now a licenced motorcycle rider and can ride ANY bike that is licenced on all public roads.
Or, you can take the written test only, and upon passing that, you can be issued a riders permit which allows you to ride ANY licenced bike with the following restrictions:
no riding at night
no riding on highway's or interstates
The permit is good for one year, at which point you can apply for another year on the permit, or take the riding test I mentioned earlier to obtain a full-on motorcycle licence. Good for 5 years before renewing by simply paying the fee online or at DMV. No further testing required.