Do you like motorcycles? So do we. We also like the feeling it gives us. Letting go of life’s stresses and worries, and living a carefree life on two wheels. Even if you’re only a fan of looking at motorcycles, or you want to get a license. You’ll want to prepare before driving. If you want to go driving on those long Summer nights, it’s important to know how to operate a motorcycle. Also getting a license, as well as understanding the basics of motorcycle licensing.
In The Know: How To Obtain A Motorcycle License
Congratulations, you are on your way to obtaining a motorcycle license! Before you can go to the DMV, there are some things you need to know. There are different classes of motorcycle licenses. there are a total of two classes and each one will grant you permission to ride a certain type of motorcycle.
The Two Classes of Motorcycle Licenses
This information will come in handy when going to get your motorcycle license. Trust us, you will appreciate this information so much more with this information. It won’t take too long, only a few things that we would like to clarify before you hit the road.
- Class L is a license. It allows you to drive any type of motor-driven cycles with less than 150cc (cubic centimeters)
- Class M is a distinction that allows you to ride any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle
We know this might sound a little confusing, but we’re here to help. With that being said, Class L will only allow you to drive motor-driven cycles. The Class L license is perfect for people between the ages of sixteen and eighteen and that are new to riding.
Class M’s distinction allows you to ride any type of motorcycle or motor-driven cycle. As long as you have a proven track record of riding experience, then you will be OK to receive this license. The only thing is, with this license type, there is a process to receive a Class M license status. You will receive an instruction permit that will let you ride a motorcycle. As well as under the supervision of someone who is an experienced operator and is over the age of twenty-one.
There is a loophole for those that are under eighteen years of age and are looking to get a motorcycle license. All you need to do is pass a Driver’s Course and an IDOT Motorcycle Rider Education course.
For rental and out-of-state riders, the rules may vary depending on your age and experience as a rider. If you are from outside of Illinois, you can only ride for a short time. As long as you have a valid driver’s license for operating a motorcycle from their home state or country.
Remember, each state’s rules on obtaining a motorcycle license will vary, not every state will be the same.
Getting a new License Plate
Yes, even your license plate will need to be updated. And, the proof you have a license must be showing on your license plate, no where else. It will cost around fifteen to fifty dollars for a motorcycle license plate. Each state will vary on the cost of a license plate. If your lights are not bright at night while riding, you should invest in a license plate cover that has LED lights. This will help drivers not only see you better, but also help you become more visible. And in the case you do get pulled over, you won’t have the wrong license plate or documentation.
Get Your Motorcycle Insured
After you have completed the requirements, then you should get your license. Motorcycle insurance should be your next call. Motorcycle Insurance will not only help show that you have insurance, but it will protect you when you get into an accident. This will save you a lot of money down the road.
If you are serious about getting a motorcycle license, you should go and take the required classes to help get a license. Also, inquiring about motorcycle insurance should be your final step. Or, if you want to get an idea on costs, request a quote from an agent. There is no fee, and the process is quick, especially if you are only looking.
You Have Your Motorcycle License, Now What?
Excitement is in the air, and you now have your motorcycle license! Now what are you going to do? Before you go out and buy a motorcycle, or even go out and ride one, there are some things you need to know first.
First, get to know your bike
Welcome to the world of motorcycles! The first thing you need to know is what type of bikes there are. Then, what type of motorcycle is good for you to use as a beginner, and what kind of equipment you will need.
Here is one thing to remember: dirt bikes and motorcycles are very different. There are other differences you can teach yourself. For right now, we want to focus on how to get to know your motorcycle better by knowing the type of gas it takes. Also, down to the parts it will need to fix any repairs.
Before you get on your bike, you need to understand the gears and how they all work together. This will help make your motorcycle work right.
Here are some basic motorcycle maintenance tips to help make your motorcycle last even while on the road.
- Brakes – Your brakes are the most important parts of your motorcycle. Depending on what type of motorcycle you have, it can either have one or two types of brakes. The brake types are either a disc or drum. Disc brakes are found on bigger bikes most of the time.
- Bike chains – Your motorcycle’s chain should never be too tight. Always have at least an inch of space between the two sprockets. Chain maintenance is important to the health of your bike and cleaning it is important.
- Tires – The tire pressure on your motorcycle will more than likely be the cause of a breakdown. To stop this from happening, check your tires every few days to make sure they aren’t losing air. If they are, it’s time to replace them.
- Oil – Depending how often you change your oil, will determine how your bike will work. If your motorcycle is under-filled, it can lead to problems.
- Battery – Your battery doesn’t always have to be checked. Check your battery once a month to make sure the fluid level is not low. You should only use distilled water or deionized water. Tap water will harm your battery because it is filled with bad bacteria. The bacteria will cause your motorcycle to stop working.
What Not To Do On Your Motorcycle
A few things to know before you get on your motorcycle: don’t look down, this will cause you to crash. Always look at the direction that you want to turn into. Don’t ride at the same speed as others, ride at your own pace. Also, don’t mix substances while driving.
The movies might make it seem like it would be fun to drive your motorcycle while high on a substance. Believe it or not, but this is reality, and mixing substances will cause you more harm than good.
To wrap this up, we are so happy to hear that you have your motorcycle license. If you don’t have one yet, we’re still happy to help you through the process of getting your motorcycle license. Here are some things to remember: ride with care, wear a helmet, and make sure you have your motorcycle license before you start riding. Read more on our Guide to Types of Motorcycles.