Saw this question pop up on a different forum.
Say you have an electric motorcycle - it most likely does not have a transmission, no clutch, etc. Most of the normal motorcycle controls aren't present. But the state will require you to have motorcycle certification to know you're safe to go on high speed roads. Hence you have to pass the motorcycle skills test.
The motorcycle skills test was set up to require you know how to manipulate clutch, gears, etc of a "normal" motorcycle. That is, a gas bike.
It's superfluous to require knowing that stuff if you're only going to ride an electric motorcycle, right? So should the state require you to pass the gas motorcycle centric skills exam? Or should they come up with an electric motorcycle skills exam?
On the other hand just because you have an electric motorcycle today doesn't mean that tomorrow you'll buy a gas one, at which point you'll need to know how to shift gears and use the clutch.
And of course low speed maneuvering is important regardless of gas or electric.
What do people think?