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Old 04-01-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Want to get Motorcycle license. How to go about it?

Yeah, i have wanted to get a motorcycle license forever. How do I go about it? What do i need to get/do.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Different states have different ways of going about it. I'm in Virginia, and once I take the motorcycle safety course, then the DMV will add it to my license.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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The easiest way, is to find a nearby Motorcycle Safety Course. I know here in NY, the course basically takes you start to finish, bikes are provided to learn on, and you earn your M endorsement at the end of the course (providing you pass, but that's what they instructors are for, are to help you learn to ride so you DO pass the course).

The alternative, is to get your M permit, find a bike and someone to ride with, ride until you're comfortable enough to pass the road test. That is really going to depend on what experience you already have. Unless you've been on them a while, dirt bikes, whatever, then the safety course is by far the better option. Plus, you also are learning more, than if you just jump out and get your road test passed. Even if you don't go that way, the course is still something that you should look into, even after getting your M license, if nothing else but for the learning and education aspect of it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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So, I did some reading on the WA state licensing system. It appears as if I take a class, it will give me a paper for me to take to the DMV and have the endorsement added to my license. As far as going out and buying gear, where do I start with that?
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:56 PM   #5
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In NJ I just took the permit test, 4 weeks later rented a scooter and took the road course. They added the endorsement to my license.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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We have to take the written test for your permit as well as retake the test for the license you currently have, then either do the DMV skills test or MSF course to get the license.

Depending on which bike I have (or don't have) will determine if the DMV skills test is doable. It's extremely difficult on a sport bike.
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Get permit, do MSF course. done.

There are a few reputable online vendors in the sportbike world. Between them, and forums, thats where i get all my gear. If youre looking for stuff for like choppers and stuff, some sell that stuff, some dont.

Which route are you looking to ride?
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Get permit, do MSF course. done.

There are a few reputable online vendors in the sportbike world. Between them, and forums, thats where i get all my gear. If youre looking for stuff for like choppers and stuff, some sell that stuff, some dont.

Which route are you looking to ride?
Most likely cafe/vintage/sportbike
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k, so most sources will work.

the cheaper online guys are
superbiketoystore.com
ridersdiscount.com
superbikesupply.com
sportbiketrackgear.com

between those, and weraclassifieds.com and various bike specific forums, i always find what i need.
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Since we live in the same state (unless by Washington as your location you mean DC) and I went through this about a year ago figure I could give some insight. Go and take the motorcycle safety course, as long as you pass you are able to get an endorsement on your license w/o having to take the written or practical exams at the DMV. Here is a link to the course I took Link. It was a really straightforward and everything is provided. They have different options for days/lengths, so fit what works best for you. The course includes half class room half riding. The course work and test was extremely straightforward and pretty easy to be honest. The riding portion and instruction was done extremely well and I felt the pace was great and easy to learn, I had never ridden a motorcycle before and did just fine -- take it slow and don't get ahead of yourself or embarrassed during the course; people of varying skills/ability take the course as it gets you an endorsement and skips the DMV test...which i've heard is more difficult actually.

For the riding portion don't worry about buying a ton of new gear, b/c honestly after taking the course you may not want to ride (most likely wont be the case, but could happen) and then would be out the money. They provide helmets, you need gloves and boots (anything that covers your ankle really). I just wore jeans and layered a sweatshirt and jacket with an old pair of work boots and some mechanics gloves. You don't get going much faster than 20/30 mph within the parking lot course.

If you have any other questions, and do live in WA state, feel free to shoot me a pm as I just went through this a year ago. Also if you do find you end up loving it and want to get into a bike, I might have a GS500F for sale as I might be looking to upgrade It's been a great learning bike and it is perfect for beginners.
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you could have found this out in seconds via google.

take the MSF course, then go to the DMV.
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Since we live in the same state (unless by Washington as your location you mean DC) and I went through this about a year ago figure I could give some insight. Go and take the motorcycle safety course, as long as you pass you are able to get an endorsement on your license w/o having to take the written or practical exams at the DMV. Here is a link to the course I took Link. It was a really straightforward and everything is provided. They have different options for days/lengths, so fit what works best for you. The course includes half class room half riding. The course work and test was extremely straightforward and pretty easy to be honest. The riding portion and instruction was done extremely well and I felt the pace was great and easy to learn, I had never ridden a motorcycle before and did just fine -- take it slow and don't get ahead of yourself or embarrassed during the course; people of varying skills/ability take the course as it gets you an endorsement and skips the DMV test...which i've heard is more difficult actually.

For the riding portion don't worry about buying a ton of new gear, b/c honestly after taking the course you may not want to ride (most likely wont be the case, but could happen) and then would be out the money. They provide helmets, you need gloves and boots (anything that covers your ankle really). I just wore jeans and layered a sweatshirt and jacket with an old pair of work boots and some mechanics gloves. You don't get going much faster than 20/30 mph within the parking lot course.

If you have any other questions, and do live in WA state, feel free to shoot me a pm as I just went through this a year ago. Also if you do find you end up loving it and want to get into a bike, I might have a GS500F for sale as I might be looking to upgrade It's been a great learning bike and it is perfect for beginners.
Thanks for the insight! We may be in contact

EDIT: Also, who do you all get your insurance through?

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Old 04-01-2012, 05:14 PM   #14
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Progressive has the best rate out of USAA and Geico...
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I dont think USAA has motorcycle insurance. I've tried to go through them but they just refer you to progressive.
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I dont think USAA has motorcycle insurance. I've tried to go through them but they just refer you to progressive.
You're 100% right...
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I've heard good things about state farm. I'm pulling a blank right now but I've had several.
Just google motorcycle insurance, and start calling man.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #18
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Use the links below to find MSF and new-rider forums.

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Here's my generic response to all first-time riders:
1. take riding seriously-- as if your life depended on it.
2. take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class.
3. listen to the advice of experienced riders [ridden 10-20+ years]. they're trying to help you avoid the same mistakes they made/survived.

Here are some sample links, but there are many others:
new rider forum @ sportbikez.net
new rider forum @ motorcycleforum.com
new rider forum @ motorcycle-usa.com

Those forums should be able to answer your questions much better than the small sampling of riders here. Basically you'll get more better answers. Get on those forums and learn everything you can. Start asking the right people for advice.

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, I might have a GS500F for sale as I might be looking to upgrade It's been a great learning bike and it is perfect for beginners.
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