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Don’t Train Yourself to Ride a Motorcycle, Trust the Pros

Learning to drive a car is not the same as learning to operate a motorcycle. There are specific rules of the road and real safety concerns bike riders must be aware of before hopping on a bike. Taking a class to learn the basics before getting your motorcycle rider’s license may be a great idea that will offer peace of mind.

Every year, more than 2,500 motorcycle riders are involved in accidents on New Jersey roads. What’s worse is that 90 percent of all riders who are involved in these crashes had no formal training, according to

Don’t underestimate the importance of professional training for operating bikes, as motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than ones in traditional vehicles. If you’re under the age of 18 in New Jersey, you don’t have a choice as state law mandates that minors have to pass a Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course, before being eligible for a license.

However, the safety course is a good idea even for adults who have been driving cars for years. A little bit of professional training could bring tremendous benefits.

  • Trained riders are said to have a lower chance of crashing and suffer less severe injuries when they do get into accidents than do untrained riders, according to
  • Upon successful completion of the basic rider course or the basic rider course two, you may be eligible for a road test waiver.
  • Depending on your insurance carrier, you may be eligible for a discount on your premium, if you complete a certified training/defensive driving course every two-three years.

If you’ve completed a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course outside of New Jersey, it will not transfer over, as the programs are not considered to be equivalent. You do not need a learner’s permit or to have any previous riding experience before signing up for the NJ training courses.

For more than 25 years, attorney Andrew Prince, Esq. has been representing NJ motorcycle riders who have been injured in crashes. If you or someone you know deserves to be compensated for their injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, contact Mr. Prince today for a free consultation about your case.