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Motorcycle safety

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. In order to prevent injury or accidents, it’s important to abide by Massachusetts law and practice motorcycle safety. Massachusetts strives to reduce the number of motorcycle-related fatalities and injuries in the Commonwealth.

Obtaining a Motorcycle Permit and License

You can obtain a motorcycle permit and license by visiting a local Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office.

  • Any person over the age of 16 may apply for a Class M (Motorcycle) permit and is required to take a written and vision test.
  • To apply for a Class M license, you must be older than 18 years old, have a valid Class M permit, complete the Class M License and ID Card Application, and pass a road test.

Safety Tips for MotorcycleRiders
Before hitting the road, make sure you’re ready to ride safely.

o   Wear bright, protective clothing – Motorcyclists should be easily seen and keep their arms and legs covered. Denim and leather are also great materials to protect your skin from sunburn and scratches, and can also help maintain body temperature.

o   Use proper lane position – It helps drivers see you and protects your riding space. If you can see a driver in their side-view mirror, they can see you.

  • Know and obey traffic laws – Following rules and regulations will lead to an overall safer ride.

More Resources for Motorcycle Safety

By following state laws and motorcycle safety best practices, you’ll be prepared to enjoy an exciting ride in Massachusetts!

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