A few days ago, I turned on the TV and walked into the kitchen for a cup of coffee when I heard a commercial for the Can Am Roadster and I thought I heard them say, "take your motorcycle license test on a Roadster and go riding the next day." I ran back into the living room but the ad was over and wasn't sure they actually said that. Yesterday, I caught part of the ad again and sure enough, that's what they said. Think about that.
I made a call to the local dealer and asked about it and their response was that it was a limited license for three wheelers only. Makes sense, but would that include sidecars? How much would that vary from state to state? The TV ad looked like a standard Can Am commercial, though perhaps the voice over differed depending on the market.
Just to make sure, I went to the Can Am website license requirements page and it was less clear, I looked up Pennsylvania, where I live, and they state:
CAN I USE THE CAN-AM ROADSTER TO PASS THE SKILLS TEST AND GET THE REQUIRED OPERATOR LICENSE?
* Yes, if you do not have a Motorcycle License, you can use the Can-Am roadster to pass the skills test and get your operator license.
Nothing there about a limited license. I looked at various states and found some missing information and some states that would not allow taking the test on the 3 wheeler.
Going from a 2 wheeler to a Roadster would be pretty easy, the other direction, not so much. It looks like the 3 wheel licensing system is a bit up in the air yet as the states incorporate vehicles like the Can Am Roadster into their systems. The bureaucratic wheels turn slowly. Interesting.
Link: Can Am Roadster
Previously on The Kneeslider:
Does Motorcycle Training Reduce Motorcycle Accidents?