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Motorcycle License/Driving

Riding a motorcycle is a popular hobby in Nevada, and thousands of bikers descend on the state each year as visitors to enjoy our fantastic scenery and excellent weather. If you want to get a motorcycle license in this state, then you will need to obtain a permit. However, you also have the option of taking and completing an approved rider’s course in lieu of obtaining a permit. You will then take your completion certificate to the DMV Office.

Many institutions offer the rider’s course around the state:

  • Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno
  • Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas
  • Western Nevada Community College in Carson City

There is also an option for people in rural Nevada—the Nevada Rider. You can enroll in motorcycle safety classes at their website.

Some advanced driving lessons are also available in the state for more experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills or perhaps learn of better ways to handle their motorcycle. Since safety is a lifetime commitment, even seasoned motorcyclists should consider a class.

What is Covered in Motorcycle Safety Courses?

Courses will cover different information, but an introductory motorcycle safety courses should cover basics of starting and operating a bike, such as:

  • How to start the motorcycle
  • How to change gears
  • How to turn the motorcycle
  • How to effectively brake

In a more advanced course, you will meet in a classroom to discuss safety topics, much as you would in a defensive driving course. However, there should also be a riding component where you can practice certain exercises, such as:

  • Swerves
  • Proper cornering
  • Quick stops
  • Maneuvers at slow speeds

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What if I Don’t Own a Motorcycle?

Generally, you will need your own motorcycle to participate in the riding exercises. These courses want you familiar with your bike to start.

If your friend has a bike, then you might be able to use it. For example, the Nevada Rider program allows participants to use a friend’s motorcycle so long as it is properly insured and registered. You will also need written permission from the owner.

Should I Take Motorcycle Safety Course if I Never Ride a Bike?

Maybe not. However, taking a basic motorcycle safety course can certainly increase your familiarity with motorcycles. You will gain a better understanding of how they function on the road and, hopefully, pay closer attention to them when you are out driving. Many motorcycle accidents are caused because motorists either are not looking for motorcycles or underestimate their performance capability. By taking a motorcycle safety class, you will certainly firm up your appreciation of motorcyclists and their bikes.

Should I Take Motorcycle Safety More than Once?

Yes! Experts realize that driving skills certainly degrade over time, especially if you never practice them. People who go for long stretches without riding their motorcycle would probably benefit from refresher course, either at the beginner or more advanced levels.

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