How to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle Without Owning One
Have you ever wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle? Many people shy away from learning to ride because they mistakenly think that they need to purchase a bike before they can learn to ride. There are many motorcycle courses available that allow you to use their equipment; including, helmets and motorcycles. Using someone else’s motorcycle allows you to figure out if driving a motorbike is for you before making an expensive purchase.
You Need a License
Even if you go out and buy a motorcycle to ride you cannot ride it without a license. Just like like driving car you need to pass a test showing you understand the rules of the road. You need to learn the basics of riding a motorbike. Like any skill you wish to acquire it is best to have a firm foundation before starting out on your own.
Sign Up for MSF
Once you have a learners permit you can sign up for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course in your area. With access to key motorcycle riding equipment like a bike you will learn to ride in a safe and structured environment. The typical motorcycling riding course has a classroom component and a practical component where you get to practice riding.
MSF and the Classroom
The orientation or classroom part of the course occurs on the first day. During the classroom portion you will learn about the basics of motorbike riding. The class will teach you everything you need to know in order to pass your written test at the DMV. The instructor will explain counter steering, avoiding collisions and equipment requirements before you move on to actual riding a motorcycle.
Riding Using Provided Motorbike
After the classroom portion, usually a few days later, you will be taken to a huge parking lot where you will get the chance to ride an actual motorcycle. The course starts out by teaching you how to release the clutch while opening the throttle. Once you are accomplished with this you will learn to shift gears. Eventually, you will get the opportunity to navigate the bike around pylons and learn to make functional turns.
Many people often prefer to practice on a bike that is not their own as many things can happen during the learning process. New riders often drop motorcycles. It is better to learn the pitfalls on an insured practice motorcycle.
Parking Lot Test
On the last day of the MSF course you will be tested. If you pass the test you will get an insurance discount and will not have to take the test at the DMV. If you do not pass the test you can continue to practice on your own and take the DMV test; however, you will need to find a friend’s bike to practice on or rent one.
Benefits and Cost
Taking an MSF course allows you to get seat time while learning skills to keep you safe on the road. Without purchase a bike you can get a glimpse into the world of motor biking.
The course usually costs a couple hundred dollars; though, the cost can be more or less depending on the area in which you live.