People who want to get involved in motorcycle riding often start out by wondering how difficult it is to learn.
The answer, of course, is that it varies. For some people it is easier than for others.
People who are good at riding a bicycle find it easier to learn, because they are already familiar with steering and balance that will be applicable to motorcycle riding.
People who are good at driving a car with a manual transmission will also find aspects of motorcycle riding easier.
If they have learned how to properly use a clutch and shift gears smoothly.
Ultimately, learning to ride a motorcycle isn't that difficult, if the learner is engaged and interested and ready to learn.
Many reputable motorcycle schools will include the cost of use of a motorcycle in the cost of the lessons, or will provide one during lessons for a reasonable fee.
For example, many Harley-Davidson dealerships offer motorcycle riding classes and loan learners a motorcycle for use during classes.
The same is true for classes certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, with providers across the United States.
MSF certified classes also include the loan of a helmet, to make learning even easier.
It is best to search for a motorcycle driving school that includes the loan of a bike.
This is a good idea in order to learn to ride and learn what type of motorcycle best suits the rider's needs before investing in one.
Starting a motorcycle depends on whether the model requires kickstarting or not.
Most modern motorcycles do not require a kickstart, and are therefore easier for the beginner. For a modern motorcycle:
Remember that it is the rider's responsibility to control the motorcycle at all times.
When the bike is off the kickstand, it is unstable. Make sure that the motorcycle is not so heavy that the rider cannot control it.
To get on a motorcycle, face it from the left side or curb side (out of the path of traffic).
With the left foot on the ground, grab the left handlebar and swing the right leg over the seat.
Do not stand on the foot peg to lift the leg over the motorcycle.
Stand firmly straddling the motorcycle with both feet flat on the ground before lifting the kickstand.
To get off a motorcycle, stand firmly with both feet on the ground.
Lean the torso forward and swing one leg toward the rear over the seat, until both feet are on the ground on the curb side of the bike.
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