Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
In Indiana all I needed to register my bike was a permit. I never had just a permit anywhere else, but I would imagine it to be similar.
The training classes are definitely highly recommended. That being said, you can learn to ride on your own. I never took any classes and I never had friends show me how to ride. If you understand the concept of and know how to drive a manual transmission, then you already know how to ride. Everything else is just a coordination issue. Clutch, shifter, throttle, brakes, it's all there, just as in a car. You just need to get used to where they are.
I would definitely recommend the training though, as I will definitely be taking some sort of class once we get another bike. They can teach you proper techniques that will take you a lot longer to figure out on your own.
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