Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chicago, IL USA 60637
The City Tag, etc.
What else you need: Helmet, gloves, boots that cover your ankles, heavy-duty jacket, preferably a jacket made specifically for motorcycling, and long pants. Don't go riding in shorts. You need all of the items listed here to ride a motorcycle.
MSF training I found to be very useful. I feel a lot more confident and safe on the bike since I took the MSF course--the basic course. Good motorcycle skills have to be practiced with repitition, so they become second nature. That is the kind of training you get from MSF.
Maybe you have seen the little round tags on the back of motorcycles in Chicago. Those are like the city sticker: if you don't have one, you could get a ticket. This is what I heard, but I still haven't bought one.
Something I didn't know until about 3 years ago: you need a special motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license. You can no longer legally ride a motorcycle without that motorcycle endorsement.