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Bikenight Staff has an excellent relationship with all three local law enforcement agencies and intend to keep it that way. When you come to Bikenight, you will often see any or all three in attendance. We invite and encourage their visits to our event.
Because your actions as a sportbike rider reflect on our event as a whole, Bikenight Staff asks that all riders approach and depart our event in a safe and prudent manner. Obey traffic laws and be respectful of others on the road around you.
Also, we ask that you maintain a current driver license with M1 endorsement, registration and insurance and to have your paperwork with you as required by law.
About your motorcycle... while the Officers are not there to write equipment violations, if you are missing your license plate or have it in a position that an Officer cannot see it while sitting in his patrol car, this will be an issue. Or if you've decided to remove your exhaust pipe, turn signals or mirrors, etc. Correcting these types of things prior to attending Bikenight is advisable and recommended.
We want this new Bikenight to last for years and years. The only way to maintain this event is to have a respectful relationship and an open line of communication with local law enforcement.
If you have a question about the vehicle code, please feel free to ask Event Staff, any Officer at bikenight or reference the California Vehicle Code.
We want everyone to have a good time at Bikenight. Part of that enjoyment comes from knowing that you have all of your paperwork in order. A Driver License is not enough. A motorcycle permit is not enough. This section is FULL of links to help you take care of business. Here is a list of what you should have and carry with you when attending Valley Bikenight:
Valid California Driver License & M1 Motorcycle Endorsement
Whatever you need to do at the DMV, whether it be to get your Learner's Permit, renew your license or take the skills test to get your M1, it's always better to make an appointment. You can make an appointment with your local DMV on line, click here.
Before you take the test, you need to read through the Motorcycle Handbook (.pdf). We'll try to keep a stack inside VCR if you need to take one home. And it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a practice test, right? There are TWO official DMV sample motorcycle tests available: Test 1 / Test 2. Whenever you change your license class (getting a M1 Endorsement), you will also need to take the standard "car" test. That Handbook is online and there are six samples of that test! Test 1 / Test 2 / Test 3 / Test 4 / Test 5 / Test 6.
We highly recommend the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class. Not only do you learn street riding skills that WILL save your life, but you earn your M1 Endorsement without having to take the skills test at the DMV (which isn't easy). Contact Karina at Motorcycle Rider Education (MRE) at 805-389-5303 for the Simi Valley class (closest one to the West SFV area). Let them know you found them at Valley Bikenight!
The class is regulated by the State of California, so everyone charges the same, $200 (or $75 if you are under 21), and they have many locations. Get yourself scheduled; classes fill up FAST, especially as the riding season begins. Visit www.ca-msp.org for everything about this great program.
Your Current Motorcycle Registration
This usually isn't an issue for a brand new bike, but if you've bought a used bike you may have not completed all of the necessary paperwork. It's not that tough and it's not expensive. Here's a checklist for registering a used vehicle. If you bought a used bike out of state, click here.
Ahhhh... the killer Insurance. Yup, if you've been licensed for less than nine years you'll pay more. If you ride a bike over 600cc's it's not cheap. HOWEVER, it's guaranteed that you'll pay more in impound fees and tickets if you are caught without insurance and no one likes to talk about it, but you'll certainly pay more in medical bills if you injure yourself without insurance! Not to mention the motorcycle theft rate is through the roof these days and the security blanket that full coverage provides is spectacular.
Shop around for your rates... ask people who they use... come talk to Bikenight Staff. You might be surprised at how affordable it can be!
Local DMV Offices in and around The Valley (COMPLETE LIST)