As it turns out, you don’t need to own a motorcycle or even have a helmet to get your motorcycle license. It’s actually much safer if you learn from a professional how to ride one before you make the decision to buy one of your own. Though you might like the idea of riding a motorcycle right now, you may feel differently after you get on a bike for the first time and truly experiencing it.
If you do like the sensation of riding a motorcycle, that’s great! Motorcycles are a convenient way to get around town, take road trips, and explore a different mode of transportation. However, they require a different license than that of a car, so you will need to get one before you start riding a motorcycle on your own. That being said, the process for getting your license isn’t difficult at all, and you’ll be able to get out on the road in no time. Here’s how you can do it!
Take the BasicRider course with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation
To get your motorcycle license, you will want to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s BasicRider course. This can end up costing anywhere from $25 – $300, and the course will go over all of the information you need to know about handling the vehicle and driving it safely.
What To Expect From the Course
You will be both in a classroom filling out worksheets, as well as out on a practice range where you will learn how to operate a motorcycle. There you will earn a road test waiver which you take to the DMV and exchange for your license, after completing the required number of training hours.
Finding a Course Near You
To find a course in your area, search for “Basic Rider Course” online. More than likely there will be multiple courses offered around where you live, and you can take the course that best suits your schedule.
Book in Advance
It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to drop in on a course any day you want. There are specific times allotted, and other people may want to take the same class that you do, so make sure to confirm your spot. Until the day of your class, practice riding a bike. This might sound silly, but it is a prerequisite for the course. And, the more comfortable you are on a regular bicycle, the more comfortable you will be on a motorcycle, which is essentially a traditional bicycle, but with a motor.
Consider Taking an Advanced Course
After obtaining your license, it’s not a bad idea to consider taking an advanced course to show you advanced maneuvers. Such courses can help you learn to more comfortably use your bike of choice and can teach life-saving maneuvers on the road.