How Can I Learn to Ride a Motorcycle If I Don’t Own One?

There are many benefits to becoming a motorcycle rider. The experience and sensation of riding on the open road are unlike any other vehicle. However, as a potential new rider, taking safety seriously and learning the proper skills is critical. Here are the best practices to follow if you want to learn how to ride motorcycles before buying your first one.

Take a Motorcycle Riding Course

If you are new to riding motorcycles and are looking for an ideal starting point, consider joining the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)’s Basic RiderCourse.

The Basic RiderCourse is a 15-hour class designed for new motorcyclists of all ages and backgrounds. You will learn how to ride safely and receive the necessary safety information. The BRC comprises two portions: an in-person class and a live portion on an MSF motorcycle test course.

At the end of the course, you’ll take a skill evaluation test, and passing the minimum standards will result in earning a completion card. You can present the completion card at a Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to waive motorcycle endorsement testing requirements. Then, you can obtain a Class M motorcycle license or an M endorsement on your Missouri driver’s license.

Remember that it is illegal to ride a motorcycle unlicensed in public. If you intend to leave the private property to reach the DMV, have someone drive you there. If you have a Class F license, you can drive yourself. You may also need to tow your motorcycle using a tow dolly, towing trailer, or a motorcycle carrier if you plan to ride home with your motorcycle license from the DMV.

Borrow a Friend’s Bike and Practice on Private Roads

When you have completed the training but don’t yet have a license or M endorsement, consider borrowing a motorcycle for practice from one of your friends or family members. You should have a friend or family member accompany you on a second bike or equivalent vehicle for safety and guidance.

Riding a motorbike without a license is legal as long as you keep the vehicle off public roads, and it can be a great way to practice riding before venturing onto the open road. If you intend to do so, ensure you own or have permission to use the private property before practicing.

Choosing the Right Type of Bike to Learn

If you haven’t yet purchased or rented a bike, you may wonder which models best suit beginners. Although the answer varies from rider to rider, here are a few tips to consider:

  • Observe the makes and models you’ve seen or used while taking the Basic RiderCourse. The MSF instructors have likely selected these bikes because they are easy for beginners to handle.
  • Choose a lightweight, low-power sport bike with an engine displacement between 500cc and 750cc. The lighter, the easier it is to handle.
  • If you enjoy riding on and off-road or have easy access to private land, consider selecting a dirt bike. They are light, low-displacement, and easy to control. Their off-road capabilities allow you to practice riding when asphalt roads aren’t available.

Additional Safety Tips for Beginner Motorcycle Riders

As a new motorcyclist, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind so you can stay safe on the road. Beginner motorcycle riders should follow these safety tips:

Wear proper riding gear

A quality motorcycle helmet, full-fingered gloves (preferably leather), a durable jacket, and pair of pants can protect your body from severe injuries. Wearing a sturdy pair of boots covering your ankles prevents them from injury if your motorcycle tips over.

Check the weather

Make sure to see if the weather is ideal for riding. If you must ride during rainy conditions, you need to slow down and adjust your speed. You can also wait until the rain storm passes for you to drive safely.

Continue to practice

Get familiar with all the basic riding skills you learned in your course: throttle control, front and rear brakes, clutch, gear shifting, leaning, and turning. Straighten your handlebars before stopping your bike completely to prevent it from tipping over.

If you need to reduce your speed before entering a corner, brake before entry and reach the desired speed before leaning.

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