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Motorcycle FAQ - Motorcycle Frequently Asked Questions for Non-Riders

How do I choose my first motorcycle?
The first thing a new rider wants to do is get a motorcycle. We tell you how to choose it and give recommendations for good first bikes. Read our 2-part series.

How does a motorcycle work?
Select a part on a motorcycle and find out what it does in this article.

Can I learn to ride a motorcycle?
You CAN ride a motorcycle if you have the desire, passion, and determination. Here's how...

How do I learn to ride?
Once you know you want to ride, get trained. Your friends or family may not be the best teachers. Do it right with Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training. Read more...

What protective apparel do I need?
Motorcycles go fast and you ride out in the open. Protect your body and especially your head. Use a helmet. Read more...

What are best motorcycle books?
If you're anything like me, you'll be reading everything you can find about motorcycles. Want to know my picks for the best beginner books? Read more...

How do I meet other motorcyclists?
Maybe you can't find another rider to talk to. Why not visit our forum. We have many beginning riders there asking the same questions you are. Get answers and meet riders from all over the world. Click the Start Reading button when you get there. Take a look...

How can I talk to other motorcyclists?
Perhaps you'd like to interact in real time with other riders. Visit our chat room on Sunday, Monday and Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. ET. We get a mix of regulars from the forum and newcomers too. Get to know real riders and hear them discuss motorcycling and just about anything else too. This is a text chat. Just go to the forum and click the Chat tab at the top.

Can you give me the definition of a motorcycle term?
We have a motorcycle glossary of common terms that riders use. Get educated on these basics. Get a definition...

Can you tell me about the history of motorcycles?
There is a vast history of motorcycles that goes back more than 125 years. Harley-Davidson started selling motorcycles in 1903 and is still going strong. Read more...

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