Yah it's kind of a joke that CA has arguably the best riding weather and roads and the rider training is Soooooo expensive ie NO help from the state (and plates/registration isn't anywhere close to free either). In Texas it ran 135 in the Dallas area so either it was a bargain or maybee partially subsidised [sp] by the state.
In Pa it's free. A small extra charge on the license endorsment is what funds it. The instructors are paid in the range of $15 per hour according to one of my friends who went to the instructor's school.
I am a victim of a 250 restriction.
I think it sucks frankly. I know a few people who ride unlicensed purely because they WONT ride a 250. It creates a false economy, here for instance you pay more for a zxr250 than the equivilent zxr400 just because of the extra demand created by licensing.
Who says you wont die on a 250 anyway? Over here many newbies go for the quickest 250 2stroke they can find. Is an RGV250 or TZR250 a good idea for a learner in a corner when the powerband hits?
being in highschool there are always a bunch of people who think they can handle their parents supplied twin turbo tricked out what ever and not only they try to pass people up like crazy in traffic but they end up crashing and totaling the vehicle...stuff like that pisses me off till no end....stupid people shouldnt be allowed to drive fast vehicles