Unfortunately, getting a motorcycle is not quite as simple as jumping on a bike and riding off into the sunset. At the bare minimum, you need to get your motorcycle license and buy a bike. There are other factors to consider like insuring your bike and practicing safety precautions.
Getting your license is actually simpler than you may think, however. Nationwide provided a list of tips for getting your motorcycle license. Here’s what you need to know.
Motorcycle safety classes
Riding motorcycles involve some dangers. Rather than learning the hard way, you can take a local motorcycle safety course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides a simple, easy way to locate a course in your area.
Not all states require riders to complete a safety program, but the DMV highly recommends it for both the new and experienced. There are classes specifically for expert riders, which can provide you with invaluable information for your skill level.
Here’s where things may get tricky. Not all states require you to get your license. Some may require an endorsement. Nationwide explains, “An endorsement is an addition to your current driver’s license that allows you to legally operate a motorcycle, as well as an automobile.” Other factors to consider involve age requirements.
Some states allow riders to get a license at 16, while others require riders to be 18. You need to find out which tests you must take. Most states require you to pass a written test with at least a 70. You may need to get a permit before getting your actual license. You’ll be required to carry it for a certain period of time before getting a license. If you’ve taken a safety course, you may not have to do a road test.
For a road test, use a bike you’re comfortable with. Nationwide suggests cruisers. Remember, you won’t get style points for the biggest or fastest bike in the parking lot. Make sure you’re comfortable stopping and starting, use hand signals, and don’t wear out the clutch. Remember that you’ll need to pay a fee, so find out how much your test will cost beforehand.
The DMV lists individual state’s requirements. Many states offer free study guides, so if you’re required to take a written test, you can study before going for your license.