The idea of multi level motorcycle licenses is standard fare in many countries around the world, though not in the U.S., but now, according to this news item, the state of Utah is about to implement several divisions within the license categories requiring separate tests. It’s a little confusing from the description but it seems you have dividing lines at 90cc, 249cc and 649cc plus a separate license for street legal ATVs.
Riders previously had to qualify on a bike that was either less than 90cc or more than 90cc. Now, those upper divisions include 249cc, 649cc and street-legal ATVs. If a driver owns a smaller bike and uses a friend’s, that driver first must pass a test to legally ride the larger motorcycle.
There’s no mention in the article of any time requirements on lower cc motorcycles before jumping to the larger engines and I also found it interesting that there is a category for street legal ATVs, perhaps a recognition of the growing interest in this type of motor vehicle. There’s also no mention of 3 wheelers of any sort, sidecars included.
What the test will include at each level isn’t explained which is important because a new Harley Davidson Touring bike will be in the same cc category as a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. If there is no time requirement involved, does that mean you can show up on your new Gixxer for your first license and be approved on the spot, in effect, covering all of the lower classes or do you move up in stages? As soon as someone begins breaking down licensing into multiple levels, how do you divide the classes? You might use weight, horsepower, power to weight ratio, number of wheels or something else. I also wonder who came up with the divisions. I imagine this will be sorted out in coming days.
Perhaps one of our readers from Utah could fill us in if they have more details.
Link: Salt Lake Tribune