How To Get Into Motorcycles
So you’re thinking about getting into a life behind handlebars, eh? Well we’re happy to have ya!
The feeling of riding a motorcycle is unlike anything else. The rumble between your legs with every twist of the throttle. The wind in your face as you hit the open road. The constant adrenaline as you process each changing variable in site.
Whatever it is that has peaked your interest, we want to help you take the next step into experiencing it.
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Lets Make A To-Do List
No need to overcomplicate things. Just a few easy tasks stand between you and a SAFE motorcycle experience.
- Sign up for your local Motorcycle Safety Course
- Get your M1 License at the DMV/MVA
- Buy A Bike, Insurance, and Gear
- RIDE SAFE
Sign Up For Your Local Motorcycle Safety Course
There are 2 main options when looking for a local Basic Riders Course (BRC).
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers training programs all over the country, typically at a local school.
- Harley Davidson Riding Academy is another option if you have a participating dealer near you.
PLEASE do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and take this class. Insurance providers give a discount for completing the Basic Riders Course (BRC) and it will pay for itself in no time.
The classes are usually 2 days in a classroom setting, 1 day practicing in a parking lot, and 1 day taking both the riding & written exam (just like drivers ed). The training facilities will provide a motorcycle and helmet, but make sure to have a pair of high-top boots that go over your ankle, long sleeve shirt, and jeans.
Get Your M1 License At The DMV
Since you did the Basic Riders Course in step 1, this task just became SUPER easy. Bring your certificate of BRC completion, wait in line, and get a new drivers license with a nice big “M” on it.
Buy (Or Rent?!) A Bike
“What bike should I get?!”. A question as old as time and one that we can only find out and answer for ourselves. Luckily this is easier now than ever before. We’ll go into this one in more detail in our next post, but here are some pointers to get you started:
- Check out your local dealerships and sit on all types of bikes
- Research the key categories of bikes online and which may be best for you (sport, cruiser, touring, etc.)
- Check out sites like CycleTrader.com and tinker with their filters
- Ask experienced riders and tell them what type of riding you’re looking to get into
- Go to local “Demo Days” where dealerships & manufacturers collaborate to get you on a test-ride
- Check out rental platforms like EagleRider where you can rent a bike for a reasonable price with proper insurance
- YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE
It’s easier than ever before to experience a motorcycle before you actually buy it, so take your time and enjoy the process!
Buy Insurance And Gear
Your fresh set of wheels is only a paper weight until you check these final boxes. Make certain to talk to your insurance provider throughout the shopping process so that you understand the annual cost of owning your new toy. You won’t be able to drive it off the lot unless you have your ducks in a row here.
And last but CERTAINLY not least… your gear. “ATGATT” is a phrase you’ll quickly learn in the motorcycle community and it stands for All The Gear All The Time. Depending on your state laws, there may be very little that is required for you to hit the road, but please do yourself a favor and consider some of the basics.
Revzilla.com is the most popular online gear provider and has a ton of great insights to share. Click Here for their 2020 Gear Guide and please invest in your safety. You should probably plan on spending at least $500 on this portion of the investment.
Welcome To The World Of Motorcycles!
You did it! In the matter of a few weeks you’ll have this whole process behind you and you’ll be ready to hit the open road. Now go sign-up for your local BiKEMEETs newsletter, say hello to a fellow biker, and let the fun begin!