Northwest Motorcycle School
Ride Like A Cop
Portland, OR and Seattle, WA

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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 throttle.

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 following reasons:

  1. Students learn more when they are not worried about damage to an expensive motorcycle.

  2. Most students and occasionally instructors drop the bike at least once during the class and the damage may easily exceed the difference in cost.

  3. Most 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.

  4. We set 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.


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