In Canada they offer programs that teach you how to ride, teach you safety, even some minor maintenance & will get you your license through them as well (unless you are really totally unteachable!). Call your local DMV to see what ones are available in your area. They are similar to the high school Drivers' Ed programs & will also help with the cost of insurance on your bike. I highly recommend them. I took one even after learning to ride with my father who was a motor cycle policeman & after having grown up riding with him. They are well worth the money which is about $300.00 down here in my area. You get your fee back in saved insurance costs often in the first couple of years.
P.S. Most supply the bikes to learn on as well so you don't need your own for the course.
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