Does scooter experience help?

by Cindy

I've been riding mopeds and scooters to commute to work and for fun for many years. I'm thinking of getting a motorcycle. I intend to take the safety course this summer, but I've been wondering if my non-motorcycle experience will help or hinder me?

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May 06, 2011
Scooters are two wheelers too!
by: Anonymous

Your experience is definitely a plus - you are used to the flow of traffic, used to scanning ahead, used to the issue of being seen (or often, not being seen!)

I actually ride a 600 cc scooter - legally a motorcycle, and like one, except for the transmission, and the step-through design. I have had motorcycles, too, and the only adjustment is that you have the clutch now with the left hand, and on most bikes, the rear brake control moves to a foot pedal on the right side.

You have more power, more acceleration, but most motorcycles are not as nimble as a scooter, so the steering takes some getting used to. You have a higher center of gravity, so braking feels a bit different, too.

Don't let anyone dis your scooter experience, it all counts toward you being a better rider!

Apr 22, 2011
by: Cindy

Thanks for your encouragement. I just bought a Yamaha V Star Classic 650, and I'm loving riding! My biggest issue is pulling out of a complete stop and easing into first gear. I guess I'll just have to ride a lot more to get used to the clutch! I think the 2-wheel experience really has helped.

Apr 15, 2011
Scooter to Motorcycle
by: Ms. B

I think it will help because if you've been out in traffic on your scooter, it may lessen the jitters you may feel once out on a motorcycle. You also have the feeling of balance and steering on two wheels. Good luck!

Apr 10, 2011
I think it should help.
by: sassy2731

I think it will be helpful to you since you have already been on the road getting some experience on two wheels. You will just be upgrading to something with a clutch is all. Go for it. And the safety course is required here in Texas, even for scooters.

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