Despite the tradition of James Dean and "Easy Rider", tattoos, cigarettes and a handlebar moustache are no longer prerequisites for learning to ride a motorcycle. As long as you have reached the age of 16 years and 6 months, you are eligible to enter into a pre-learner course in order to learn to ride a motorcycle.
According to the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) website, the pre-learner course runs over two days, running for 3.5 hours per day. While motorcycles, helmets, gloves and tuition are provided at the training centre, there are certain attributes that are essential for anyone wanting to sit astride a motorcycle: balance, good reflexes, and a high standard of coordination.
Having successfully completed the course, you are qualified for a learner rider licence. It is also necessary to undertake a test, which can be booked online at the RTA website. A learner's license will be valid for 12 months.
As with any license test, there is a cost charged by the RTA. Handbooks for Motorcycle Riders cost $11. Pre-learner courses cost $78 and pre-provisional courses $117. The skills test will cost $47 for each attempt.
While these carefully administered tests may run contrary to the spirit of rebellion that drew you to the activity of motorcycle riding, they are vital to ensure the safety of both riders and other motorists. This extended process will make you a better rider in the long run, allowing you to focus on style after gaining a degree of mastery.