Now that the weather around Western New York is finally starting to take a turn for the better, you'll begin to see more and more motorcyclists on the roads and Highways. We share the road with motorcyclists, so let's all be save and follow the laws and be sure to look twice to save a life. And cyclists if you're a new rider or just need to brush up what is needed to get your cycle on the road, here are some things you need to to know. To drive a motorcycle in the state of New York you must have a Class M or MJ Operator's License or Learner's Permit. To get a learner's permit, you'll also need to pass a written exam at a Department of Motor Vehicles testing center.

On the day of the test, you must be accompanied by a driver at least 18 years old who is licensed to drive the motorcycle as well as a car or truck to be used to transport the license examiner. If you have a valid driver's license and a motorcycle operator's permit, you may receive a waiver of the road test by completing an educational training course given by an instructor certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Laws for riding on NYS roadways:

  • Motorcycle helmet use is required for all riders.
  • Eye protection is required for all riders.
  • Daytime headlight use is required.
  • A passenger seat and footrest are required if carrying a passenger.
  • Motorcycle helmet speakers may only have one earphone.
  • A Muffler is required.
  • Handlebars or grips must be less than 15 inches above than the driver's seat
  • Only two motorcycles may operate side by side in a single lane.