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- Fuel Economy
- Ease of parking
- Lower purchase cost
- Reduced maintenance and so many more.
However, there are two sides to everything and with motor cycle riding one is open to risks that automobile drivers are not prone to. In case of a collision, riders are more likely to get hurt and sustain injuries irrespective of how serious the accident is. That is one of the major reasons why motorcyclists should take time to develop their skills before heading out on the road.
The Class M & MD
In the state of Arkansas one should obtain the class M motorcycle license by the ability to pass a written exam and a road test. The state does not provide a separate motorcycle manual although it includes a set aside section on motorcycles, motor driven cycles and motorized bicycles in the Arkansas Driver’s Manual. Drivers are also advised to review vital information about sharing the road with other users be it vehicles or pedestrians, and defensive driving techniques.
Being an unrestricted license, The Class M license allows holders to operate a motorcycle on public roadways.
Applicants should be 16 years of age or older and must possess a learner’s instruction permit for the last 6 months that proves successful completion of knowledge, vision and practical skill tests.
There is a class MD license that is meant for younger AR applicants that is a restricted motorcycle license for individuals between 14 and 16 years old. Holders of the Class MD are only permitted to operate motorcycles displacing 250cc or less. Those under 16 may not carry passengers.
AR Motorcycle Regulations
Riders should be constantly aware of road conditions because two-wheelers are more affected than four-wheeled vehicles. Riders should know how conditions such as weight, speed and surfaces affect balance and control of the motorcycle. The state Driver’s Manual talks about regulations that apply specifically to riders of two-wheeled vehicles, such as motorcycles or motor-driven cycles. Such regulations include:
- Eye Protection – All drivers and passengers are required to wear eye protection (e.g. glasses, goggles, face shield, etc.).
- Helmets – It is mandatory for those under 21 years old to wear helmets.
- Lights – Both headlight and taillight must be on whenever the motorcycle is operating.
- Passengers – The vehicle must be equipped with footrests and handholds for passengers. Only one passenger is permitted per vehicle.
The Arkansas Motorcycle Manual offers a thorough introduction to the basic skills and knowledge necessary for safe motorcycle operation. The available information will enable you to pass the knowledge test and become a skilled rider. The manual is available for free online at the Arkansas State Police website or below. Pass the test today.