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    How does one get started on a motorcycle?

    A co-worker just got an MC license and was waxing poetic about riding and it got me thinking it might be fun. Without a bike to learn on, how does one learn to ride, what is required permit wise. And if I were to get a bike would I have to get a tattoo?
    "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
    Tucker Max

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    #2
    you should get riding lessons first

    i would start here.

    http://www.tramas.com/msf-courses/
    i learned the old fashion way i bought a motorcycle and practiced.
    let's make america great again

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      #3
      If you don't have a bike or someone to teach you this is the go to place
      Trama's Auto School offers the best motorcycle training and safety education courses in New York. With locations across Long Island.

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        #4
        As said above take lessons, and for your other question Yes you have to get a tattoo.

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          #5
          I'll add another vote for Trama's and the MSF class. The plus is that when you pass the class, you get a license with no additional road test.
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            #6
            Yea but you learn on a 150 Honda which is not what 99.9999999% people end up getting.

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              #7
              Originally posted by LazyLab View Post
              Yea but you learn on a 150 Honda which is not what 99.9999999% people end up getting.
              Back in the stone age I worked selling motorcycles in a now long gone shop.
              I saw many a new user come in and buy something too small or too big for them.
              No talking sense to them. They always had a maven who knew better.
              I've also owned more bikes than I can even remember. American, Italian, Japanese and German.
              You're right Lazy, but learning on a small bike is an excellent way to get the feel of how things on two wheels react.
              No sense jumping on that rice rocket, or whatever is your fancy, as your first foray on to the roads of Long Island.
              If this were somewhere with less crowded roads, I might offer a different opinion, but the traffic is insane and with drivers busy texting and generally being oblivious, best to have some miles behind you on something you can handle with 100% confidence and control.
              But then, I'm old and don't know much.

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              • LazyLab
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                Agree, taught a advanced mcy riding course for a few years and I rather have a newbie with a clean slate and never rode then a wheeling Rice rocket rider. Usually the rice rocket guy or girl flunked out before the guy that only got a permit to come to the school. Trama school to me gets you the very basics and a quick sign off on a license, there lies the problem because the new rider then thinks he has it mastered and never learns and takes it to the next level. Those little Mcys to me allow someone to get a false sense of comfort in a controlled lot. A rather see someone learn on a larger mcy to start. Actually the bigger road bikes like your road kings and such are a lot easier to master then say a smaller cruiser. Lower center of gravity helps a lot. Now for the Johnny go fast guys, they'll beat you across the country but drive into the ocean as they never learned to stop and turn! Lol

              #8
              Sounds like sage advice. The traffic around here is why I've been reluctant to give it a shot.
              "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
              Tucker Max

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                #9
                I found Tramas on the web when I did a search. Good to hear that you guys recommend them.
                "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
                Tucker Max

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                Finicky Fat Guy

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                  #10
                  i have been riding since i was 16.
                  i have had harleys ninjas ducatis and a trump rocket
                  my hip bothers me so i no longer ride
                  take it easy do not race and take safety courses. many accidents are other drivers fault. but a lot of hotshots that ride crazy wind up dead or hurt.
                  many things that will not hurt you in a car will on a bike. if you are behind a truck that kicks up gravel and you are doing 50 plus miles an hour can hurt you.
                  wear a full face helmet. bugs also have hit me when i did not have a full face helmet they are not as painful but still hurt a bit.
                  in long island deer can be a problem so can the geese. rule on a bike is if you can eat it in one sitting go over it.
                  the more you learn and follow the rules the more you will get to enjoy riding.

                  let's make america great again

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                    #11
                    and a tattoo is a must
                    let's make america great again

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by Havfun View Post
                      you should get riding lessons first

                      i would start here.

                      http://www.tramas.com/msf-courses/
                      i learned the old fashion way i bought a motorcycle and practiced.
                      I also highly recommend Trama (http://www.tramas.com/). I took the class at Farmingdale College back in 1999. It was raining at the time, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It gave me the confidence to safely ride in the rain.

                      There are two big mistakes people make when they get their first motorcycle and tattoo (which you have to get, as the others have said).

                      People tend to start off underpowered/small, which they quickly outgrow once they gain experience/confidence.

                      Although I had prior dirtbike experience, my first motorcycle was 1600 cc's and it was a perfect fit.
                      Last edited by SimpleMan; 06-06-2016, 05:05 PM.

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                        #13
                        Sign the organ donor card on your license.
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                        • Finicky Fat Guy
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                          And run the risk that my liver or heart may save the life of Andy Cuomo, Barry Obama, or the Hildebeast? Nope. Taking them with me!

                        #14
                        On The Road Again is another good school...
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                        Link:. https://www.lrn2ride.com/

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                        • IlDuce
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                          gonna second this.. Mana and the instructors there are awesome..

                        • MossbergMan
                          MossbergMan commented
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                          +1 Mana

                        #15
                        Go back to when you were 10 and learn to ride like a man!!


                        In reality, if you understand the clutch / shifter relationship, I would get a cheap dirtbike and practice on the firebreaks out east. If you need more attention than that, go to a school and be a sponge.

                        And Welcome to Two Wheels. Its much nicer than 4.

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