Riding a motorcycle may sound difficult or even dangerous to many motorists, but ask any rider and he or she will tell you there is nothing else like it.
Motorcycle riding, touring, and even running around town can be safe on a motorcycle, while also offering better fuel efficiency and, riders argue, more fun.
There are basic skills required for good, safe riding. Too often motorcycle riders fail to remain safe and in control, and rely on other motorists when they should be focused on safety precautions, including:
Wearing a helmet.
Gaining experience and confidence in riding.
Maintaining adequate space behind other vehicles.
Remaining within speed limits and the flow of traffic.
Checking and maintaining your motorcycle.
Before You Motor
The first step to learning to drive a motorcycle centers on familiarizing yourself with two things: your motorcycle, or the one you plan to drive, and its operation on streets and highways.
Most states require a motorcycle permit, which is obtained by passing a written test. After obtaining a temporary motorcycle license or learner's permit (and some road time), you will be able to take a riding test and obtain your regular motorcycle license.
You can usually obtain your state's motorcycle driver's manual by visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, or accessing your state's website. You should study both the motorcycle manual, as well as the motorcycle you plan to ride itself.
Get familiar with the laws, requirements, and rights of motorcycle riders in your state. Is a helmet required? Even if it is not a legal requirement, a helmet is a necessity for safe riding, and particularly when you are learning.
Read the Manual
Other items to research and become familiar with include the following:
Insurance requirements for motorcyclists.
Rules on passengers.
Speed limits and seasonal restrictions on riding.
Express lane rules, which sometimes allow motorcycles.