I arrived at 4:00 pm and I waited in line less than 10 minutes.
Each of the four employees I encountered was courteous and helpful.
I paid $26, signed my name, gave my thumbprint, and had a picture taken.
I took the written exam for my motorcycle license.
The last DMV employee with whom I interacted actually said (with sincerity!):
Congratulations! You are now legally licensed to drivewhodathunk?
both autos and motorcycles in the state of California!
As a side note on DMV courtesy -- check out the Alaska DMV webcams which let you know how long wait times are by viewing how crowded each office is at any given time!