Do I receive my endorsement after completing your class?
No, completion of this
course does not result in the state endorsing your driver's license for
riding a motorcycle. If you've never ridden, we recommend you take a
basic entry level rider course such as offered by the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation, Team Oregon or your local motorcycle training organization.
You may also consider signing up for a private lesson with one of our
instructors prior to taking our course.
If you are an
experienced rider but either do not have or do not need a motorcycle
endorsement for your location, please email or call us to discuss your
level of experience.
How much experience do I need prior to taking the course?
While this is an
advanced course, student experience varies from a few months of riding
to those with many years and miles. Students need to be comfortable in
riding the motorcycle, familiar with using the clutch, brake and
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, we offer private
lessons tailored to meet your specific needs. Please email or call us to
discuss your requirements.
The police motorcycles seem like big bikes, can they be
adjusted for smaller people?
With very few
exceptions we are able to adjust our police motorcycles to fit a wide
range of students. For some less tall students we adjust the shock
preload at the lowest setting and raise the forks in the triple clamps.
If you are concerned about your ability to ride the KZ1000P please drop
us an email or give us a call and we can advise you further.
May I use my own bike?
While you are welcome
to use your own motorcycle, we recommend students use our bikes for the
learn more when they are not worried about damage to an expensive
students and occasionally instructors drop the bike at least once during
the class and the damage may easily exceed the difference in cost.
students are also very hard on the clutch for the first day or two of
class and it is not uncommon for us to have to replace a clutch on one
of our bikes during a class.
up the course specifically for the KZ1000P motorcycle. Our bikes are
retired police bikes which have a tight turning radius, many bikes, even
though displacement may be smaller, simply cannot turn sharp enough to
complete the exercises
What happens if it rains?
Classes are held rain
or shine. Please bring rain gear, even mid summer it rains in the
northwest and 8 hours sitting on a wet seat makes for a long, long day.
Have you made changes to the curriculum for civilians?
We teach from the
original curriculum as developed for the King County, WA, Sheriff's
Department. However, we do not teach police specific parts of the
curriculum. We do not teach topics such as how to shoot from the
motorcycle, making traffic stops, etc. The exam and passing criteria
remain the same as it was for motor officers.
What about lunch?
Normally we vote as a
group on a place for lunch. There are a number of eating establishments
in the vicinity of both locations. However, students are welcome to go
anywhere they like or if you prefer you may bring your lunch. We have a
cooler with ice available for student use.
What about lodging?
If you are from out of
town, you are responsible for your own lodging. There are many hotels
and motels near both of our locations.