In this era of congested roads, increasing petrol prices and overpriced parking, many people are turning to cost efficient means of transport — the motorcycle. A motorcycle is easier to maintain and fun to ride. They don’t require large parking space and they keep pollution levels down. In Oklahoma State, there are many beautiful places to ride a motorcycle. To enjoy riding a motorcycle in these places, the law requires you to obtain a license first.

Getting Licensed

In order to legally drive a motorcycle in Oklahoma, you will need to obtain an Oklahoma motorcycle license. You will need to add a motorcycle endorsement to your current Oklahoma driver’s license. To do so, you must first pass the motorcycle knowledge, skills, and vision tests. Get in touch with your local Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Exam Station to know the exact dates, location and time for these tests.

Motorcycle Learner’s Permit

If you aren’t 16 years old; you will need to apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit. This permit will allow you to practice riding a motorcycle until you reach age 16. A motorcycle learner’s permit comes with some restricts such as:

  • Motorcycle must not be larger than a 250cc piston displacement.
  • You must wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.
  • You will be allowed to ride a motorcycle between 4:30 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Your speed may not exceed 35 MPH.
  • You will only ride a motorcycle under the posted speed limit.

Other Learner’s Restrictions

If you hold a motorcycle learner permit, you must also take lessons from your parent, guardian or any person aged at least 21 years old. The person must accompany you while riding and monitor you all the time. If you hold your Oklahoma learner’s permit for at least 30 days, without causing any accident or violating any traffic rules, you can proceed to taking a motorcycle diver’s test. If you pass this test, you will no longer be required to be supervised while riding a motorcycle. If you pass the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course within the 30 days supervision period, the motorcycle driver’s test will be waived.

Staying Safe

You should practice good safety strategies if you want to keep a clean motorcycle driving record. Staying safe will always help you avoid compromising the safety of other riders on the road. The Oklahoma Motorcycle Operator’s Manual is a free guide with useful information about motorcycle riding, licensing, registration and safety. You will be on the safer side if you master the information in this guide. As a rider, professional training is also needed. You can enroll in the Oklahoma Rider Course. This is a training program offered by the Oklahoma Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Under this training, you will learn skills like:

  • Effective turning.
  • Motorcycle maintenance.
  • Braking maneuvers.
  • How to avoid an obstacle.
  • Traffic strategies.
  • How to select protective apparel.