Motorcycle license classes teach basic skills such as maneuvering, cornering, starting and stopping, mounting and dismounting and crash avoidance techniques. Like auto drivers, motorcyclists must follow rules and regulations of the road. Class preparation techniques vary among states, but include basic safety training and handling and teach students the skills they need to physically and mentally operate bikes, according to the New Hampshire DMV.
Typically, these courses combine onsite instruction and classroom training, notes the New Hampshire DMV. Students learn about different types of motorcycles and how to drive them. Upon completing a course, students take a practical exam, which involves riding a bike, and a written test.
Before mounting the bike, students prepare by dressing appropriately. This requires wearing a full-length jacket, pants, boots that rise at least to the ankle, sturdy closed-toe shoes, eyewear, gloves and a helmet. Then they learn essential riding techniques such as riding in a straight line, turning, driving on back roads and highways, and parking. They learn how to brake and shift gears, handle the clutch and throttle, and how to avoid accidents. Riders learn to ride in diverse weather conditions as well, including rain and fog.
Although not required in all states, the DMV recommends that all motorcyclists, regardless of skill level, take a safety training course. These courses focus on skills needed to ride safely in many conditions. They also cover motorcycle inspection and maintenance. In addition to making motorcyclists better riders, passing safety courses may lower insurance rates, reports the DMV.