How to Ride a Motorcycle

Two Harley Davidson Motorcycles on a Curve

You want to learn how to ride a motorcycle — but what should be your first step? When it comes to learning how to ride a motorcycle, it’s best to learn from a professional. For some, that means attending a motorcycle riding class where you can gain crucial riding experience. For others, it means working closely with a friend who is an experienced rider around Gladstone

Meanwhile, you’ll need to purchase a few key pieces of equipment before you do any riding. Read on for details about choosing the right equipment, what you’ll learn in a motorcycle riding class, and more!

Purchase a High-Quality Motorcycle Helmet

Your helmet is the single most important piece of equipment you own as a motorcyclist, and in some cases, it’s required by state law. Helmets are specially designed to protect your head should you lose control of your bike or you’re involved in a collision. Keep these points in mind as you search for the right helmet:

  • Try it on at a store that specializes in motorcycle equipment, such as our Harley-Davidson dealership serving the Portland area. You’ll know you are buying quality when it’s from a trusted retailer.
  • Different helmets fit different head shapes, so be sure to try on your helmet before buying. The fit should be snug without being uncomfortable, with the eye port just above your eyebrows.
  • A helmet doesn’t need to be expensive, but it must meet the DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) standards in order to provide adequate protection. You won’t have to worry about this if you shop with a certified Harley-Davidson dealership.
Two Motorcycle Riders in Helmets

Buy an Impact-Absorbing Motorcycle Jacket

Motorcycle jackets are part of the motorcycle experience, but it’s not just about the style — a proper jacket is made with important safety properties as well. Look for a jacket with impact-absorbing body armor, made with tough protective materials like kevlar.

Getting Your Motorcycle License

Depending on how you’re planning to learn to ride a motorcycle, you may not need to buy the equipment to get started, but you’ll want it when you have your own bike. Whether you’re attending a motorcycle riding class or learning from a trusted rider, there are some specific skills you need to have down:

  • How to mount your bike
  • Throttle and brake operation
  • Clutch use
  • Shifting pattern
  • Starting your bike

You will also want to know relevant local riding laws. To get your Oregon motorcycle license, you must

  • Be 16 or older
  • Already have a valid Oregon driver license
  • Fill out the application and bring it to a DMV office
  • Provide proof of your address and legal identity
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test.
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pay the permit fee

If you’re paying someone for a motorcycle riding class, they should prepare you for the exam and leave you confident in taking your motorcycle knowledge test.

Learn More About Motorcycle Safety with Latus Motors Harley-Davidson

Ready to take the next step? Check out financing and lease deals for a new bike, or explore our pre-owned options at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson. Our team is excited to help you find a motorcycle you love at a great price, as well as make sure you’re set with all the right gear. Contact us to learn more about those first steps to becoming a Harley-Davidson rider.

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