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Motorcycle Lessons

Discover the benefits of motorcycle lessons.

Motorcycle lessons cover topics such as what to wear and tips for riding at night. [© Jupiter Images, 2009]
© Jupiter Images, 2009
Motorcycle lessons cover topics such as what to wear and tips for riding at night.

Before riders race down an open highway on their brand-new bike, they may want to consider signing up for and completing motorcycle lessons. Learning how to properly ride a motorcycle is quite different than learning how to operate an automobile. According to the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators, studies have indicated that the overall number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities could be reduced if more unlicensed motorcyclists would successfully complete a training course and become licensed.

Motorcycle Lesson Clients

Motorcycle lessons are geared toward all types of clients. Beginning riders would benefit tremendously from learning how to ride from a professional; they can be taught ways to incorporate safe riding into their driving ability, which can last a lifetime. Additionally, new drivers should look into the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and its RiderCourse Interactive Tour. By partaking in its classes, beginning riders will learn:

  • What to wear
  • Driving and riding information
  • Lane changes
  • Riding at night
  • Swerving
  • Motorcycle riding enjoyment and safety

Riders can learn about additional motorcycle driving information through the coursework, which includes an interactive tour, a test and simulations to experience. The entire interactive tour takes just a few minutes for riders to determine if this course would be beneficial. From there, the motorcycle operators can call a toll-free number to locate a class. The classes incorporate five hours of classroom instruction while there are ten hours of riding in a controlled, off-street environment. As an added bonus, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, more than 20 states waive some portion of the motorcycle-endorsement test if the riders have successfully completed the RiderCourse.

Experienced riders would benefit from refresher classes to learn new techniques and gain more confidence. In order to become great riders, they should stay abreast of the mechanics of bikes, understand how the environment can affect riding and monitor their skill level. Since skills can evolve and improve over time, riders should know what terrain they can handle, as well as assess their capability on their motorcycle. All these factors can make riding a motorcycle safer and more enjoyable.

Types of Motorcycle Lessons

Whether riders are just starting off on a bike or are experienced motorcyclists, there are lessons available. Every training company or center has certified instructors that teach different levels. There are numerous training timelines, as some courses take longer than others. In the cold-weather states, these classes normally run from February to October, as this is when weather is most favorable.

Before signing up for courses, riders should check to see what they need to bring to the lessons. Some companies or centers require bikers to provide their own bikes or secure rentals. Others will not let you ride without proof of motorcycle insurance and a helmet manufactured to meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards.

For beginning riders, the classes last one to two days and involve classroom instruction as well as bike training. For experienced riders, most courses last one day and suggest that the riders bring along their own bikes. For experienced bikers who purchase a drastically different motorcycle, it would also be beneficial to take a refresher course to learn about the new bike and how it handles. By bringing their own bikes to the training class, instructors can assist with questions pertaining to each specific motorcycle. Additionally, certain motorcycle manufacturers offer training classes pertaining to their own bikes, which can be even more beneficial to the riders.

Motorcycle Lesson Tips

All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia require motorcycle operators to obtain a motorcycle operator license before they can drive on the public highways. Additionally, all riders who wish to partake in motorcycle lessons should know that they must own a valid driver's license. However, according to a 2007 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 26 percent of motorcycle operators who were involved in a fatal accident did not possess a valid driver's license.

Certain motorcycle insurance companies can offer up to a 10 percent discount on insurance premiums for operators who successfully complete training programs. Riders should check with their insurance companies to see if they qualify. If they do, they should also verify how long the discount lasts, as some may take the discount into consideration for up to three years.

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