New Rider FAQs

New motorcycle riders and those interested in getting their motorcycle license obviously has some questions.

This page will cover some common questions new riders have.

Have some other questions that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Why are Motorcycles so Loud?

Unlike cars, motorcycle’s have shorter exhausts and mufflers and no engine compartment to block the noise.

All the engine noises and exhaust pipe sounds are mostly open to the atmosphere – making them much louder.

The volume of a specific motorcycle varies depending on engine size, engine type, and the types of pipes installed.

Is Revving Your Engine Bad for your Motorcycle?

Prolonged revs without moving can be bad for your engine. This may cause undue wear on your piston rings and cylinders and can overheat your engine.

Normal revving, however, is perfectly fine for your motorcycle.

If you’re warming up your bike, you may need to rev it to keep the engine moving at first.

Can Motorcycles Park Anywhere?

With their small size and maneuverability, you’d think motorcycles can park anywhere they can fit, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

The same parking laws that apply to cars also apply to motorcycles, such as:

  • Don’t park where signs prohibit it.
  • Don’t park at red curbs or on stripped parking spots.
  • Don’t park on the sidewalk.
  • Don’t park between parking spaces.

Do you need a Motorcycle License to Ride a Motorcycle?

If you plan on riding a motorcycle with an engine size of 50cc and up, you’re going to need a motorcycle license or endorsement.

Your standard driver’s license will not suffice.

Operating a motorcycle is a lot different than driving a car.

Can you use Car Oil in your Motorcycle?

You should refer to your motorcycle owner’s manual for the exact type of oil you should be using in your engine.

However, motorcycle engines typically require motorcycle engine oil. Motorcycle oil is designed for wet-clutch operation and may include different additives than car oils.

If you’re in a pinch, you can get away with using car oil in your bike, but this should be swapped out for proper motorcycle engine oil as soon as your able.

Can You Ride a Motorcycle Home After Buying it?

If the bike is currently registered with valid plates, you can typically ride the bike after purchasing it.

Some states may require you to get a temporary registration to do so.

You’ll then have a grace period of about 10 to 30 days to title and register the motorcycle in your name.

If the bike is not currently titled and registered, you will not be able to ride it on public streets, and you’ll need to tow the bike home.

How Tall do you need to be to Ride a Motorcycle?

There is not minimum height to ride a motorcycle.

Different motorcycles are designed for different sized riders, and many can be adjusted to accommodate rider height.

As a general rule of thumb, you should be able to sit comfortable on the bike, reach all the controls without stretching, and be able to balance the bike at a stop with the balls of your feet and toes on the ground.

Motorcycle passengers need to be able to reach the passenger foot rests comfortably.

Can You Ride a Motorcycle in Shorts and Flip Flops?

Legally you can, but you’d be foolish to do so.

Wear the proper riding gear whenever you’re riding a motorcycle. This includes:

  • Long, sturdy pants and jacket.
  • Closed-toe, over-the-ankle shoes.
  • Gloves.
  • Helmet.

Can Motorcycles get Wet?

Yes, it is okay for your motorcycle to get wet.

i.e. If you leave your motorcycle out in the rain one day, it will be alright.

However, prolonged exposure to water and moisture can cause problems.

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