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Welcome to the World of Motorcycling

Motorcycling is one of the most fun and exciting ways to get from Point A to Point B.

The wind rushing over your shoulders, the unfiltered sense of freedom as you speed through time and space, the satisfaction of seamlessly connecting a set of curves in a single, graceful arc…riding a motorcycle is a rush for the senses from start to finish. It’s no wonder so many motorcyclists consider the act of riding a motorcycle a key component of a full and satisfying life.

Motorcycling is Practical

Motorcycling is also a supremely practical way to move through this world.

Motorcycles are less expensive to own and operate than four-wheeled vehicles. They are also easier to park and maneuver in crowded environments, making them ideal for our congested and busy world. Smaller, lighter and more efficient, motorcycles typically have a smaller environmental footprint, as well. 

It’s no surprise, then, that motorcycling is undergoing a renaissance right now, with new riders being attracted to the sport at an unprecedented rate, and riders who once abandoned the sport returning in waves. Renewed interest at the manufacturer level in lighter, smaller and less-expensive motorcycles are making the sport more accessible than ever, while technological advances have made motorcycles easier and more comfortable to ride. There’s never been a better time than right now to become a motorcyclist.

If you are visiting this site, you are at least somewhat motorcycle-curious, and intrigued by the possibility of two-wheeled travel. The AMA wants nothing more than for you to join the ranks of safe, serious and committed motorcyclists, and we’ve assembled an abundance of resources to help make this a reality for you. No matter what type of riding you are attracted to, seeking out backroads on a sportbike or commuting to a corporate campus on a fuel-sipping scooter, touring coast-to-coast or conquering technical off-road singletrack, the AMA exists to support you. 

Motorcycling Takes Time

Motorcycling isn’t second nature.

Riding a motorcycle well is a challenging pursuit, and doing it successfully is much more involved than driving a car. Motorcycles require balance, and though they respond more quickly and more precisely to rider inputs, they are also more sensitive to outside forces such as crosswinds or surface irregularities. You have to operate a motorcycle with more care, attention and skill than you would a car, which makes the act of riding a motorcycle more challenging — but ultimately more satisfying, too. 

There are right ways — and wrong ways — to operate a motorcycle. On this section of our website, we provide a brief introduction to motorcycling. However, there is no substitute for capable hands-on instruction, and your next stop should be a beginner’s course in motorcycle riding. There are many good options, but a great place to start is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course or Dirt Bike School.

Find one near you at In the meantime, explore the rest of this section for more information to get your riding career started right.

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