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Hi guys - there's another thread, talking about insurance quotes. There's a guy (alchemist) from Beaumont in the US who is just 17 and has a 954...

He went on to say that it's possible to get a licence for any size bike from the age of 15????

Is that true?? Over here in the UK, one has to be 21 and qualified to drive such a motorcycle.

Confused Brit:)
 

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in the U.S. all you need to do is take a 2 day class and you can get a licence to operate any motorcycle. its not like in other countrys where you have to ride a smaller machine for a while before you can graduate to a larger bike. af far as I know its 16 to get a licence but there may be ways to get it earlier
 

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In South Africa all you need to do is write a learners licence (theory only) test, be 18, and off you go on your 'busa! Crazy
 

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Hi guys - there's another thread, talking about insurance quotes. There's a guy (alchemist) from Beaumont in the US who is just 17 and has a 954...

He went on to say that it's possible to get a licence for any size bike from the age of 15????

Is that true?? Over here in the UK, one has to be 21 and qualified to drive such a motorcycle.

Confused Brit:)
The US doesn't have stepped licenses as Britain and Japan, for instance, do.

In most states, you can get your drivers license at age 16....for a car. After that, you can apply for a motorcycle learners permit, after which you can ride anything with two wheels (that's street legal). Again, in most states, you cannot take a passenger and must wear a helmet. To get your official license, you must take the proficiency test, which involves stopping and turning a figure eight. Very few states require a motorcycle safety course. Some states endorse courses that take from 2 days to a few weeks (4 hours/week) and if you pass the course you get your license automatically. And a few states will license at 15 years of age, but have size restrictions. For instance, last I knew, Tennessee had a 600cc restriction until the age of 16.

Its quite different from where you are. :rotfl: And truthfully, the average rider in the US is clueless and a danger to themselves and others. Before I get flamed from above and below...I said _average_.
 

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Yeah in the states you can just take the written and off you go. Until your date to do the drive test.

I'm sure there would be outrage if there was a cc limited licence, not to many Harleys under 250cc.

It's a U.S. thing......
 

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the only control in place to stop younger rider from getting superbikes is that the insurance it extremely expensive for youngsters. like 400.00 a month for full coverage. thats how they keep the younger guys off liter bikes. but if you don't need that coverage then your good to go even at 16.

I know I would have killed myself with a blade at 16.
 

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Yup, and there are a few states where you dont need any insurance at all.

Hence the term "squid".

Picture.. Shorts, sandels, no gear, no helmet doing wheelies down the hwy = Squid.
 

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The US doesn't have stepped licenses as Britain and Japan, for instance, do.

In most states, you can get your drivers license at age 16....for a car. After that, you can apply for a motorcycle learners permit, after which you can ride anything with two wheels (that's street legal). Again, in most states, you cannot take a passenger and must wear a helmet. To get your official license, you must take the proficiency test, which involves stopping and turning a figure eight. Very few states require a motorcycle safety course. Some states endorse courses that take from 2 days to a few weeks (4 hours/week) and if you pass the course you get your license automatically. And a few states will license at 15 years of age, but have size restrictions. For instance, last I knew, Tennessee had a 600cc restriction until the age of 16.

Its quite different from where you are. :rotfl: And truthfully, the average rider in the US is clueless and a danger to themselves and others. Before I get flamed from above and below...I said _average_.

you hit the nail right on the head. so true. its the reason 95% of the time i ride alone. testing requirements are rediculously low and testosterone of american teenage males is entirely too high. which is why some of us with clean records still pay out the brown-eye for insurance...

thanks kids and squids! alchemist117 laid down his bike recently too. low tire pressure got em. gotta remember to check the hoops before each ride.
 
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