Starting Monday, in order to get a learner’s permit for a motorcycle in Pennsylvania, where The Kneeslider is from, you actually have to know something about motorcycles. As soon as you return the application, you’ll be required to take a knowledge test. The permit will only be issued when you pass the written test. The Kneeslider strongly supports that.
Motorcycles get a bad reputation as being some type of super dangerous conveyance when what they really are is a vehicle that requires a bit more from the operator. Drop anyone in a car and they may be able to navigate from point A to B if it’s a short distance, they’ll be a danger to others but they may survive. Put them on a motorcycle and there’s little chance they’ll make it very far out of the driveway. Ride on a busy street? Yeah, right.
We’ve discussed motorcycle licensing before and we simply feel the more training and experience up front, the better. This “test before permit” policy may at least keep the most ignorant off the bike and force them to put in some basic effort to learn something before hopping on and riding off. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses are even better.